How many people like microwave over fresh popped? I prefer fresh popped for several reasons. Fresh popped just tastes better, it also doesn't take much longer, although cleanup is in the favor of microwave. It must be healthier, a little oil and some salt, plus some real butter, not the mystery concoction lurking in the bottom of the bag. What are all of those chemicals? I like it better leftover, plus, if you "accidentally" burn some, just an added plus.