Going to the movies wouldn’t be the same for a lot of people without popcorn. In some of the articles on our site we discuss the benefits of building your own home theater. In addition to having the proper armrest cup holder, here’s some information on home popcorn popping that should “pop” your interest.
Some people remember one of the first easy home popcorn machine. It was an aluminum pie tin containing yellow corn kernels and oil covered with foil. The meticulously placed aluminum foil served two purposes; the first was to cover the popped kernels as they cooked and once they expanded, worked with the tin as a disposable serving dish. It was fun to use as it still is today but there have been many advancements in the popcorn machine since.
For a long time, microwavable popcorn bags were very popular. They came in various flavors and sizes and could be found in the grocery aisle, convenience stores and in most snack food machines. It was one of best ways to have a filling meal that was cheap as well as easily transportable. One of the few downsides was that unless the bag itself cooked evenly, a person could have equal amounts of edible as well as uncooked or burned popcorn kernels. In recent, the stove-top popcorn cooker has slowly gained popularity. It uses a rotary crank to ensure that all kernels have cooked evenly. Some stores sell kits complete with containers and dry flavors such as butter, jalapeno and cheese. As many people became weight-conscious, they realized that it was possible to enjoy popped corn without extra calories or fat by using a popcorn machine that uses air to cook, instead of oil or butter. These are available at most discount stores as a electric counter-top or microwavable version.
Concession-style popcorn machines are sold at most major stores as stand-alone or counter-top versions. These are good for feeding large groups of three or more people. This kind of popcorn machine can also be rented. For kids on the inside, there are novelty popcorn machines shaped like animals or popular cartoon characters.