While watching the movie, we would hunt for the prized piece of popcorn that was loaded with butter and eat those first. Years later, it was a hot air popper. Then it was microwave popcorn.
I bought this popcorn popper last year at Sam's Club for $30, well under the $60 I had seen it advertised. I was shopping with my friend who had a popper just like this one and said it worked very well. I had just finished eating a batch of white chocolate covered popcorn and wanted to make my own "gourmet" style popcorn.
Last year? Uh, yeah. I'm not sure why I let it sit around for a year. I found a link for this popper at Amazon, but they are out of stock for this particular model. Other similar models by Cuisinart have had mixed ratings, so I am hesitant to recommend any of those.
The first thing you need to do is line up the hot plate with the base. There wasn't any clear instructions on how to do this, but you need to line up the element with the holes, tip the plate in while lining up the outside markings on the base/plate and snap it in place.
What caught my attention to this particular model is that it uses very little oil. It calls for 2 teaspoons, but I only used 1. My friend said that you don't have to use oil, but I thought I would try following all the instructions first...
It comes with a 1/2 cup measuring cup. I needed 8 cups of popped corn, so I used 1/3 cup.
Put the cover on, and push the switch in the front to turn it on.
The metal arm will start moving and pushing the corn kernels around. Within a minute, the corn will start popping, which was fun to watch, although the cover did get some steam.
When it is done popping, you will need to switch it off. There is no timer or buzzer, so watch and listen to your popcorn. You can use the red plastic lid that snaps on the top to use the cover as a bowl, but I felt it trapped in the steam and I did not want soggy popcorn.
The cover rests on the plate, so you will need to grab BOTH the cover and plate at the handles, squeeze to remove it from the base, and flip it over.
Remove the plate and pour the popcorn into your container. I was happy to see that every kernel was popped, saw no burnt kernels, and got a generous 9 cups from this batch. That was easy!
I have used this machine several times with great success! I will let you know if there are any of the problems mentioned in the Amazon review.
Stay tuned for a yummy recipe made with this popcorn...
What do YOU like on your popcorn?