We went from using microwave popcorn to using a 'whirley popper' on top of the stove. It has a lever in the handle which you crank to make an arm on the inside of the pot stir up the kernels so they don't get burned while they pop. I absolutely adore it & use mine every week because I have a serious popcorn addiction! It tastes like how I remember my grandma's popcorn on the stove tasted!
I may use this method of microwaving when I don't want to wait for it to cook on the stove for the kids.
If anyone is interested, here's the link to buy your own whirley popper: http://www.popcornpopper.com/