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My daughter loves a bit of popcorn when we watch a movie at home. She likes nothing more than to settle on the sofa, a little bowl of popcorn and a nice blanket. She is a creature of comfort! I thought it would be a treat to buy her a Popcorn maker. She is only 4 but I thought it would be fun for me and her to make some popcorn together.
I came across this Cosmopolitan Popcorn Maker in Tesco. It was priced up at £9.99 which I thought was a bargain. It turned out the be a printing error but I was given it for the advertised price.
When I got it home and out of the box my daughter was very excited to see the white and pink plastic and she couldn't wait to get started to make some popcorn. It has "Cosmopolitan" written on front in pink and it has pink flower images on the base. It is also white with a clear bit at the top so that you can see the popcorn popping.
It states on the box that you will have fresh and yummy popcorn in 3 minutes which I thought was good. So my daughter tipped in the popcorn kernals (you have to buy these as it doesn't come with them). The instructions say to use 30g of kernals and to measure these out you can use the top of the machine. Once all the popcorn was in, my daughter pressed the button and we waited.
I feel guilty about this as my daughter was so excited but it just turned into a massive let down for her. It states that it takes 3 minutes from start to finish to have freshly made popcorn. Our kernals did not start popping for at least ten. At first I thought it was faulty as it was taking so long. The next problem was the noise. it made this horrible vibrating like sound no matter where it was stood. It was really loud and became quite annoying after having to wait so long for the popcorn to pop.
Once we got the popcorn out (25 minutes later) and we tried a bit, it was awful. It was dry and completely untasty. Even when we added a little salt to it, it still tasted awful. My daughter said to me "Mama, this is just disgusting" and looked at me as though we had just been concocting a new poison. In the end, we threw the popcorn we had just wasted time making and used a pack of Butterkist popcorn for the microwave and had that.
I promptly took this back to the shop for a refund. Even though I got it cheaper for £9.99, it was still far too much to par for this piece of rubbish. Avoid as though it has the plague. It is not worth parting with your hard earned cash.
I bought this cute popcorn maker last year for my girls birthday party / sleepover i thought it would be better to make my own popcorn that to buy bags or ready made popcorn from the super market.
The cosmopolitan popcorn maker cost £25.00 from tesco.
I bought a bag of kernels and got ready to do some popping for the party.
As the girls put the dvd on i unpacked the popcorn machine, it looked great bright white with hot pink flowers just my style. The instructions are pretty basic.
The lid of the popcorn machine is the measuring cup for the kernels so i measured out 30g and popped it in.
The box says tasty popcorn in 3 minute, this did not happen it took at least 15 minutes for the kernels to start popping. I thought there was something wrong with the machine as it took long and makes a dreadful sound very loud. When the popcorn started to fall out from the funnel i had a bucket to catch it and still went everywhere but least there was some in the bucket. The girls were lucky to get a few bits each. The popcorn was not tasty very dry and yuk.
The popcorn machine runs with hot air only and can not add oil.
After trying over and over i decided to give in worst machine i had ever used.
It was crisps all round for the girls and the machine was left on the side. I did clean the machine and it was easy to do.
Unfortunately the machine is still in the box in a cupboard and not been used since.
Waste of money, i don't recommend this cosmopolitan popcorn maker.
I got this as a freebie last year for signing up for a years subscription to a magazine (not Cosmopolitan funnily enough!!!) and I LOVE home made popcorn so thought it was going to be a wicked free gift... but it's ended up like the other 5 popcorn makers we own, shoved in the cupboard because of how useless it is!!!
It's the best looking popcorn maker I've seen and is mega girly, it's a white and pink design that stands out lovely in the kitchen and it's a big time shame that it doesn't work better because I can definitely see myself standing in the kitchen making batches of popcorn in such a good looking gadget.
You can only pop 30g of popcorn kernels at a time with this popcorn maker and after doing 2 batches you have to turn the machine off and let it cool down.... you might think 30g sounds a lot but it's doesn't make all that much popcorn when you're planning to share it between a few of you. Even the 2 batches only makes one big bowl of popcorn and when it's all gone it's disappointing to go back to the popcorn maker and discover that it needs even longer to cool down... you might as well go to the shop and buy a bag of popcorn!
The popcorn doesn't taste great either, it's hard to describe but when the popcorn is cooked it's got a bit of an electric taste that makes each piece taste like it was on the point of burning even though it looked as white as any other popcorn. At least 1/3 of the kernels didn't pop either so mixed in with my nice fluffy popcorn were a load of bits that I was scared of breaking my teeth on, I thought this one would help me to avoid unpopped kernels with it being a smaller design of popcorn maker but it's actually worse than any of the other electric popcorn makers we've got in the house.
There is a funnel for the popped popcorn to come down and the idea is to put a bowl under the funnel to collect all the popcorn, this doesn't work very well either and the popcorn maker kind of spits the popcorn out at such weird angles that loads of it ended up on the floor and all over the work top. Be careful with this as popcorn is madly slippery if you step on it so try and make sure you get it all up off the floor as quick as you can. That's easier said than done though because once the corn starts popping it comes out of the funnel madly quick and makes you feel like you're in a comedy film as you rush around with the bowl trying to catch it all!
You don't need to put any oil in this popcorn maker and that's a good thing but in a way it's a bad thing as well because the popcorn that it makes is very dry, last time I used this one I melted some butter to pour over the popcorn and that gave it a yummy taste and also made the popcorn a whole lot easier to digest because it took some of the dryness away. By the time I've added butter to the popcorn it kind of ruins any progress my diet made by not adding oil anyway!
Over all I LOVE the design of this popcorn maker and am gutted that it doesn't work better, even for a freebie it's poor value and I can't be bothered with it because of the popcorn not tasting all that good and the effort of cleaning up the spilled popcorn afterwards. Also it's a pain having to keep letting the popcorn maker cool down because it doesn't make much popcorn anyway so to make enough for a whole family or group of friends would take forever.
The Cosmopolitan Let's Party... Popcorn maker is part of a whole range of products made by Cosmopolitan - others include a doughnut maker, a smoothie maker and a drinks fountain. The popcorn maker is covered in little purpley pink flowers, making it an attractive addition to anyone's kitchen. It uses hot air to heat the kernels up and pop them, and in the lid is a little cap for measuring out the correct quantity of popcorn.
For years I've been making my own popcorn in a pan with oil, and more often than not burning the pan. So I was really excited to receive this as a gift recently. However, after trying it out I wasn't so impressed with the machine as I'd hoped.
Firstly, I don't think the popcorn tastes as good as it does when made from the pan! I find it tastes a bit like hot appliance, if that makes any kind of sense. This can be rescued a bit by pouring lots of butter and salt over the finished product but I have to say I'd prefer just using a little bit of oil in the first place over this. I've read on other reviews that on other popcorn makers you can melt the butter in the little measuring cap - not so for this one.
Also, you can only pop 30g of kernels at once, which for a seasoned addict like me just isn't enough. You can only do two batches in a row and then you have to shut the machine down and let it cool off for a while. Not exaclty conducive to a party, I'd say.
Another reason I was excited to try this product was that I thought perhaps it would be able to pop all the kernels you put in it, unlike popping corn in a pan when there's always a few left behind. Again, unfortunately not true. Quite a few are ejected along with the popped corn by mistake, ending up in various nooks and crannies, and there are still some left behind at the end (when you have to turn it off so it doesn't get too hot).
You will need your wits about you as the corn comes out at quite a crazy rate. Despite the downwards pointing funnel, a lot ended up all over my kitchen. Slightly hazardous. It also makes quite a lot of noise while its on, again not conducive to a party atmosphere.
Good points: it doesn't use oil to pop the popcorn, therefore much better for you health-wise if you don't add any other toppings. It has a high novelty factor and does look very good sat in your kitchen.
However, I think for all its downsides I'd rather stick to popping corn the old fashioned way, and save the space in my rather small kitchen for a more useful appliance.