My family loves popcorn, however my mum went on a diet a few years ago and so we could no longer buy toffee popcorn from the supermarket - so upsetting! We also stopped cooking popcorn in a frying pan in an effort to cut down on our oil consumption. The upset in our house was short lived as we invested in a popcorn maker for all the family. We must have had the machine for approximately 2/2.5 years before it died, however we used it at least once every 2 weeks.
The colour was not suited to my taste, black, orange and white, (a really weird colour combination) and did not match the kitchen at home which is red, however for the price this was not something that I can complain about. It is very quick to produce the popped popcorn from the popcorn kernels and is great because it means that you can add your own flavour to the popcorn. Butter can be melted in the scoop that sits in the lid, which is a wonderful invention, although I do not use it as much as some people may.
Despite all this it is a very awkward shape and so takes a lot of shuffling around in the cupboard as well as taking up a lot of space in the cupboard in the first place and the instructions are very difficult to understand to begin with. Once you have jumped over this hurdle it is pretty basic to use and work and so I have very few complaints.
I was given this popcorn maker a few years ago now as a Birthday gift. I was a student at the time and my housemates and I would use it regularly to provide us with popcorn on our movie nights!
As you can see in the picture, this popcorn maker has a white base, with a black rim amd then a neon orange lid. This didn't bother me at all during my student days, as our kitchen was a mismatch of colours anyway. However now I have bought my own house, it does look a little out of place in our kitchen. If I had the cupboard space I think I would store it out of sight!
This maker doesn't need any oil, which I like as it makes the finished product more healthy. Of course if you're going to liberally cover it with sugar or salt then it's not going to be so healthy! We had great fun experimenting with popcorn toppings in our student days- marmite, ketchup, cheese, toffe sauce and jam were all favourites (not together though!) Although admittedly they do sound rather disgusting now!
There is a little plastic scoop that doubles up as the top of the orange plastic cover on this machine- this is particularly useful as it means I'm much less likely to lose it. To make popcorn, you simply pour the corn kernels into the little orange scoop, and then pour the scoop into the base of the machine. The machine plugs into a normal socket, and when you switch it on the magic begins!
This machine is fairly noisy when in use, but as it only takes a couple of minutes to produce a hefty size bowl of popcorn, it isn't too much of a problem. The whole machine does get fairly hot, so be careful to avoid burning yourself- I won't go anywhere near it without oven gloves! Having said that, when our boiler broke one winter and our landlord wasn't interested in fixing it, the popcorn maker did come in quite handy at heating my little room up!
After a minute or so of the kernels frantically wizzing around inside, the first piece of popcorn emerges. This is where the fun starts, as you have to work out where to position your bowl to catch it in. The first few pieces always come out in an orderly fashion, but after about another 30 seconds it seems to descend into chaos as dozens of pieces of popcorn come flying out in different directions at the same time! It can get rather messy, and invariably some of it will end up on the floor which is a bit of a waste.
I have found that if I only half fill the orange scoop, it is much easier to catch all of the popcorn. Also, I am left with much fewer unpopped kernels, so I feel that the scoop measure is a little too big.
This is so much cheaper than buying ready made popcorn- a bag of kernels costs in the region of 50p depending on where you buy it (I have found them in Holland & Barret, Sainsbury's, and M&S!), and will last for ages, so there are some serious savings to be made by making it yourself. Plus I think it is quite fun, and suspect that children would love to watch this machine in action.
As this was a gift I don't know how much this machine cost originally, and I have just had a look online and it doesn't seem to be made any more. However there are a couple of machines on ebay at present for under £10 including postage, which is a bargain if you ask me!
This is a basic, no-frills popcorn maker. It can be a little bit messy to use, but it produces great popcorn and will save you a fortune if you usually buy it ready made on a regular basis. I would definitely recommend this popcorn maker.
I got one of these a year or so ago and it was a very thoughtful present. I hate buying shop popcorn that is loaded with sugar, so the fact that I could make my own and add just a little flavour was awesome.
It is very simple to use and makes a bagful of popcorn in a couple of minutes. Simple loading it up with kernels purchased cheaply from the supermarket. Once the popping is done, a quick wipe out sees it ready for action next time. It does leave some corn unpopped, which the only negative on this product.
I then put my popcorn in a bag, add a pinch of salt, or perhaps some chocolate sprinkles (does that make me weird) and give it a shake. The end result is better than any of the pre-made stuff.
Now, in comparison, you could use a saucepan. The results are just as good and it'll save you spending your £15 on one of these. The only caveat is that you have to keep a very close eye on the saucepan, otherwise you end up burning it and it takes ages to clean.
So, take your choice; saucepan and stand watching it or spend £15 on one of these, which is great fun to use. I know what I would choose.
A couple of years ago I got this as a birthday present. I was very excited and hoped to get fresh popcorn. Unfortunately not only were the instructions for use hard to understand, it did not work properly and any popcorn that popped actually knocked the lid of. It is also very hard to store and it was hard to find space for it, there were a lot of components. When we did make the popcorn finally it was delicious but frankly not worth it for the amount of effort we had to put in. Instead I recommend not buying a popcorn maker and just making it on the stove, its easier, faster and you are more in control plus its cheaper. Just buy popcorn kernals from your local store, heat oil or butter in a pan add popcorn heat. When it starts to pop turn off heat and hold a lid on top, allow to pop. So don't buy a maker, make it yourself.
I got this for birthday present a few years ago.. i got the one that is shaped like a duck...
How to use
All you have to do is measure out a capful which is his hat Fill it up to the top with the corn and then put it in the machine...put the cap back on and swith the machine on. Place a large bowl under his beak to collect the popcorn..
Then let the popping begin..this takes around a min or so..and you bowl gets filled with lots of hot popcorn when the popping stops then wait a few sec..switch off the machine.
Now you can either start eating the popcorn or make some more..one batch would be enough for one person..although it does make a lot..
it does come with a recipe leaflet which has around 5 recipes on it..for melted butter popcorn..etc..
i always put salt on mine as it tates nice like that
what i love about this is that you dont use any oil...this is great if your on a diet..you could eat this while watching a movie..or its just a healthy snack if your hungry..this would be for all the family..kids would love it
tastes great..delicious hot fresh popcorn..
i got mine as a present but you can buy them for around £15 now days
You will also need to buy corn..which you can get from any supermarket these days (asda sainsburys) its not every expensive either..
always wait til the popcorn maker has cooled down before you try and clean it..you can wash the measuring cup and hood in water..but as for the machine use a damp cloth..plz make sure its unplugged first
i loved it..its fun quick and easy to use... it really does save you money..a great healthy snack for all the family
Last year for christmas my eldest daughter really wanted one of the toy ready, steady, cook popcorn machine that sell at around £30. Being the mean mum that I am, I refused and bought this one instead for 2 main reasons: a) I refuse to pay £30 for a toy one when I can pay £14.50 for a real one (and judging by some of the reviews for the toy one my judgement is right) b) My prima popcorn maker is shaped like a duck - I like ducks! The machine is as previously mentioned shaped like a duck, so naturally stands up on the ducks feet big and red so it doesn't wobble. It separates across the beak to make it easy for cleaning and it has a red hat, this is a vital part of the duck as it is used to measure the popping curnals and you have to put it on while it is popping or you end up with unpopped corn all over the kitchen. The popping section is oval shaped and the only visible metal the rest is plastic. So you fill up the hat with corn and pour it into the unit, then turn it on. This sounds a bit like a vacuum cleaner but the inner unit heats up and starts popping the corn. You must put a bowl under his beak as this is where the corn spews out from and once it starts there is no stopping it, it comes thick and fast. The first couple of curnels that come out are usually unpopped, I did try and pop them back in the first time but that didn't work as it is very hot and when you take the lid off you end up with more coming out than you had to start with. So I usually wait for them to cool down and then ditch them. After a couple of minutes the popping noise really slows down and there are usually a few unpopped ones in the bottom - I throw these away. In all out of a whole large bowl of popcorn I usually end up with about 10 unpopped, which you can't really complain about. To serve I usually put a couple of
desert spoons of icing sugar on it and mix it in. It does come with a couple of recipes to make the toffee type one, but this involves making the coating which I don't mind but you then have to lay the corn out on a baking sheet and pop it in the oven which when you have however many kids in the kitchen saying 'is it ready yet?' is far to much hassle and I really can't be bothered and they seem to like the icing sugar just fine! The popcorn maker does not have any oil in it at all so it is completely fat free for the kids, it does taste a bit bland without anything on but quite nice with icing sugar and of course you could salt it but I never really saw the point of savory popcorn! To clean simply take the top of the head off and wipe around with a cloth - it doesn't need anything more than that, but don't try adding flavouring directly to the machine or it will clog and then I wouldn't fancy cleaning it. You can buy the curnels from health food shops at around £2 for a really big bag, and we have been popping all year and I think I am going to hit the best before date before I get an empty bag. The other huge advantage of this is when you have friends round 'to play' you always end up feeding them, which over the holidays can work out expensive. By doing up a bowl of popcorn it costs in the region of 5p a bowl (no mathematical formulae for that just my estimation!) and they are happy and don't want anything else. For storage it is 31cm high but you can reduce this to 24cm if you take the top off (beak and hat) so it does fit nicely into a cupboard. The flex is not retractable but does slip into the main body (once it has cooled down of course) and there is a handle on it. I have no regrets about not buying the ready steady cook one. The only downside is it has to live in the kitchen but the kids can
do everything to make the corn themselves and it does cool down really quickly and the outside is perfectly cool so safe. But I wouldn't risk them having it on their own yet, because it is a 'real' appliance, not a toy and the corn does get hot. My kids are 5 and 7 and from a common sense point of view I would probably let the youngest use it unsupervised in a couple of years time and the oldest when she's married and left home! This is made by prima and I got mine from Argos, As you can see from the picture they do non duck shaped models but who wouldn't want a duck. This is an excellent buy and far better quality than the twice as expensive toy. So its June, nearly time for Christmas shopping and it makes a great present and so happy popping. Thanks for reading.
Why buy a POPCORN maker when I can stick in in a pan? The answer is simple, you don't use any oil in a popcorn maker, making it a yummy nibbly HEALTHY SNACK. The way it does that my heating up a metal element and then spinning the drum. I do not know the calorie content of dried peice of a cob of corn, heated up to explode, but I don't think its much, not much at all. Compare this to the stuff you get at cinema with added sugar or salt and cooked in oil and left out to go stale. I eat it plain as it is, of course you can add sugar, salt, etc but then it defeats the health factor, the instructions come with a few suggestions of their own but remember to add ingredients once the popcorn is in the bowl. The amount of popcorn you can pop is about 20 large handfulls, of course you can put more corn in, as the element is hot it will only take about 40 seconds for the next batch. OK now I've convinced you to buy one, let me tell you why should buy this product. It's not the tiniest of devices when you stick the plastic bowl(comes with it) underneath but it is very easy and simple to use. Pour the kernles from the top (about 60 pence from waitrose) turn the machine on and in two minutes out comes tons of corn, popping out into the bowl. Turn off the machine remove the bowl and munch, and thats about it, because you don't add oil, butter etc there is no cleaning required at all YAY and any unburst kernels will POP the next time you use it. There is a simple off and on switch, its a bit noisy when its running as it spins the corn around and that's all there is to say, you won't regret buying it. There is another Popcorn maker I saw in the shape of a duck but it looks sad, so I would suggest this one because it works well, great when friends/kids come round and you want a healthy snack. The model I have is the one up which is identical to this one but comes with a bowl
We have just bought a Popcorn Maker and it is very good. It cost £9.99 from Lidl, its not a known brand name but is made by Belmonte in Portugal, the Argos catalogue have the Hinari one for £14.50 and it looks identical to the one we have bought except that the Hinari one has a logo on it. Using the machine you can make hot popcorn in seconds without making a mess of a pan and you don’t need oil or butter. If you want butter there is a little dish on the machine where you can melt some while the popcorn is cooking and then you pour it over the cooked popcorn. The machine is quite small and the popcorn is popped straight into your eating bowl so there is only one bowl to wash. Popcorn makes a quick healthy snack for all ages, my 19 month old daughter loves it too. This is a good machine and very cheap.