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As a family we have a collection of novelty household appliances like candy grabbers, candy floss machine and this lovely duck shaped popcorn maker. This popcorn maker was originally bought for my sister however it was soon adopted by all of the family members and has just become a shared thing over the years. The reason we bought this was mainly because it was a duck and we found that quite amusing, however the price was just £20! This was at a slight discount but I for one think that is a great price for a household appliance with such a great novelty aspect.
The machine is very easy to assemble, mainly because it's practically already assembled in the box! The feet and the body are moulded together with just the top half of the head and the hat which needs to be attached. There are grooves placed wither side of the bottom half of the head which makes it quick, easy and secure to attach the top half. Setting up literally took me about half a minute, which always makes me a very happy girl because I hate waiting around.
Using the machine is almost as easy as it was to set up, you just need to take the duck's hat off and pop your corns into his head. The corn seeds for this machine can normally be found in shops such as Julian Graves and Holland and Barrett if your local supermarket doesn't stock them. Once the corn seeds are emptied into the head you need to get a bowl at the ready and flick the switch which can be found on the side of his foot. I highly recommend that you keep the bowl covering his beak at all times. The beak isn't covered so if the bowl isn't there ready to catch the corn when it pops then you'll have popcorn all over the place, I still haven't learnt this and every time I let my guard down the corn starts popping! I'd also recommend that you hold down the lid if the popping gets too vigorous because there are no grooves to hold it on securely.
It usually takes around 3-5 minutes for the corn to start popping, but this varies depending on how much corn you put in. I find that if I put too much in the popping is uncontrollable and I find it hard to catch it all when I have to switch bowls, so little but lots of batches work better than one big one. The machine itself does tend to get a little hot so if you have children make sure you supervise them whilst using this machine.
Once you've made your popcorn you need to clean the machine. Generally pop corn doesn't make a mess it just leaves behind a few seeds, but if the machine was to get dirty its very easy to clean. Because of the plastic nature of the product you can use a wet wipe for minor dirt and the filth just feels like it falls off. If you have a slightly dirtier duck then I tend to use soapy water and its clean within a few minutes, so overall the upkeep of this nifty popcorn maker is excellent and affordable.
- Great, fun design. It makes it a good product to buy for children's birthday parties and also makes the whole process of making popcorn more exciting and fun.
-Has never failed to work, I've had no problems with this machine at all, its as good as new every time I use it.
- There's only one button which makes it great for children to use (when supervised) and it also makes the machine fool proof with no need to waste time reading through instructions.
-The power supply is a plug, meaning the up keep is even cheaper with no need to worry about batteries.
-Super easy to clean, no hassle.
-It can get hot which can be a safety hazard.
-You have to be careful when using the machine that the hat doesn't pop off whilst making sure you catch all the popcorn which comes out.
Overall I'd say this gadget is great fun and to me its more like a game than an appliance, it brings tasty food and great entertainment for the whole family, what more could you ask for? I'd recommend this machine to anyone who likes popcorn, it doesn't matter if you live on your own, with your partner or with your family you're gaurenteed to love this machine and get your moneys worth out of it. I use mine almost every Saturday night! One of the best £20 that has every been spent in this household.
This is a very fun but useful little gadget. Everyone nowadays pops their popcorn in the microwave but i find this to not be the easiest way. I hate having to stand in front of a mini nuclear reactor with my face pressed up against the glass listening for the popping to slow down to a minimum as recommended on those bags of microwave popcorn. If I have problems becoming a father in the future I'll know it's a result of my popcorn popping practices in my youth. More times than not I don't stop the microwave soon enough and end up with bitter scorched and even burned popcorn. Or on the other end of the scale I open the door too soon to try and prevent the cremated popcorn and end up with a half popped bag mixed with tooth shattering popcorn kernels hiding in each piece.
That's where this novelty looking popcorn maker comes in. It cost me 20Euro in dublin and the main reason I bought this little fella was for my little nieces and nephews. I would try and make their visits as much fun as possible and would print up special personalised cinema tickets for them to enter the sitting room to watch their movie of choice. And you can't have a movie night without popcorn so Humphrey the happy duck would provide my happy little friends with lots of warm delicious popcorn.
The appliance itself is of a smartly dressed duck the base which has his bright yellow flippers has a simple on and off switch and the power cord coming out the back. The cheerful face works as the exit shoot and the long White neck houses the kernels. The bright red hat doubles as a handy measuring cup. I just pour the un-popped kernels down into the duck replace the hat and switch it on. It's as simple as that. The hat works as a lid to stop the popcorn from popping up out the top. Soon enough the popcorn will start poring out the bill so make sure you have a big bowl ready. Or you can do what I do, I just let the little ones hold their bowl under his open mouth and catch the fluffy warm freshly popped popcorn. This makes it so much fun for them far more fun than waiting for the microwave to beep. The laughter as they collect their popcorn from Humphrey the happy duck (a name I gave him) is so uplifting it makes you wish you were that young again.
Just like with microwave popcorn you must listen for the pops slowing down but it's not the same as once one scorched kernel pops out you can simply press off and remove your bowl. This means no horrible, bitter, burnt bits of popcorn. Some will be left behind in the body of the duck very little, but some. So when this happens I just let the popcorn cool down and take of his hat and simply tip it out the same way it went in.
When it comes to cleaning it's a very very easy job, all that's needed is a simple rub down with a piece of kitchen roll as only popcorn is put into the duck on butter or anything else the out side may become grubby if little hands covered in chock let want to prod the duck when it's off and cooled down of course. And if this happened a damp cloth or piece of kitchen role will do the job, just give him a rum and he will come up good as new. The duck will make as much or as little popcorn as you like because you can just keep adding kernels as the start to slow down. But one full hat makes a good sized bowl enough for two. Or in my case, enough for me. This is a very fun way of preparing popcorn it pops it perfectly and dispenses it neatly. I love it and so do the little smiling faces that use him every week.
Thanks for reading :0) 2night.
My daughter loves popcorn and so do I, yet I always found the microwave stuff either under or overcooked and either too dry or too greasy. So after some searching on a well known website, my daughter shouted out 'Duck! Mummy look a duck!' (she's 3) and this one was added to our basket. I think it cost around the £25 mark.
It consists of the base, which contains the on/off switch, power cord and handle, and the top part (the actual face) which clips onto the bottom and lets the popcorn out through the mouth. Then the hat sits on top (obviously) and stops the popcorn/kernals coming out the top. The hat also doubles up as a measuring cup for the kernals.
It is very simple to operate, you literally just measure the kernals, pour them into the machine and turn it on, after placing the hat back on the head to stop a big mess. It is advisable to position a large bowl under the beak to catch your popcorn at this point. The majority of the popcorn will come up and out through the beak, however there is usually some left inside as well, so just take the hat off and tip them them out.
The instruction manual also contains about 5 recipes, which range from the standard butter one to a cheese one.
I find this really easy to clean as there is no oil used, and because it comes apart so easily. We literally just wipe it down after using it.
My daughter loses this and now calls popcorn duckcorn instead. It is a great little addition to a kitchen and usually takes several guesses for guests to figure out what it is for.
Highly recommended to anyone who likes popcorn and wants a little fun in their kitchen.
Recently I had a desire to purchase a popcorn maker as I love popcorn but don't particularly like the thought of cooking it in oil. So I was looking around and saw this fantastic looking duck popcorn maker, and so I eventually put in some bids on ebay and won one for around £12 incl. postage (they normally go for around £20 excl. postage on ebay but I'd been bidding on some for a few weeks and ended up searching for 'duck popcorn maker' instead of 'prima duck popcorn maker' which made all the difference). I didn't really want to pay anything over £25 for it, and even now that I've got it, I don't think it's worth paying over the top for it. Mine's a second hand one and I'm perfectly happy with it.
Anyway, so it arrived and I opened it up and was thrilled at the thought of using it. So basically, you have the base which has the handle, the on off switch and the power cord on it. Then you have the top part of the beak/face which you just clip onto the bottom bit (mine beak's yellow, not white, like the one pictured above). Then you have the hat, which just sits on the top of the head to stop the kernels/popcorn from shooting out. Not forgetting the instruction book.
Using the popcorn maker is really easy. The ducks hat doubles up as a measuring cup to measure the kernels. This makes more than enough for one person or a good amount to share between two people, or maybe three at a push. So once the kernels are in the hat you pour them into the duck and leave the hat resting on the ducks head. Then it's time to turn it on and wait! It's important to have a good sized bowl beneath the beak so that it catches it and doesn't overflow. A mixing bowl is a good choice. The popcorn will start popping and eventually enough will pop that it flows out from the beak into the bowl, but you have to keep an eye on when the kernels stop popping as they can become burnt if you leave it too long (which happened to me yesterday as I was trying to make the popcorn and the sauce!). Once the popcorn is all popped, some will still be left in the inside of the duck so I just take the hat off and use the handle to pour the rest out. I think the instructions say to leave it to cool down after 2 portions have been made (if you're making it for a party or something).
Cleaning of the appliance is really easy. As there's no oil or anything used, I just use a piece of kitchen towel to wipe around all the parts that were used, and that seems to do the job.
Moving on to the instruction manual, there are around 4 or 5 recipes in there, one of which I tried out yesterday! The recipe we tried was a buttery type recipe, which tasted similar to butterkisk toffee popcorn. It involved meling butter, sugar and golden syrup (which we didn't have so we substituted if for honey) and then poured it over the popcorn, which was then baked in the oven for 10 minutes! It was absolutely delicious. Definitely recommended. There was also a chocolate recipe, ice cream recipe and even a cheese recipe!
All in all, this popcorn maker brings a bit of fun to the kitchen and can entertain a 21 year old, so would definitely be good for children and possibly teenagers. Whilst it's a little pricey, if you can pick up a cheap second hand one, it's well worth it. If not, maybe spend your money on a little bit less fun but more practical.
I have had this popcorn maker for a couple of years now and i am yet to see another one as great and fun looking as this one. Not only does it make tasty, fat-free popcorn ina matter of minutes but it looks really great in your kitchen and is fun to make aswell!
I think i bought this in Argos and i'm not sure how much it was but i doubt it was more than 20 or 30 quid because i wouldn't have bought it if it was!! Argos dont appear to sell them anymore but they are still available on amazon or ebay.
The popcorn maker is obviously shaped like a duck it is very brightly coloured with yellow feet, a white body with red bow tie and a red hat which you use to put the popcorn kernals in. I think the popcorn maker looks great, especially if you have kids it would be really good fun thing to have in your kitchen.
~How To Use~
The popcorn maker is really easy to use you simply plug it in, measure some popcorn kernals intop the duck hat and tip them in, you then wait for the popcorn to come shooting out of the ducks beak. And trust me it does SHOOT out!! So make sure you have a bowl ready to catch the flying popcorn or you could just take cover and hope for the best but believe me you will have a big clear up job on your hands!! The popcorn maker uses no oil, meaning it is very easy to clean, in fact you hardly have to clean it at all!! It also means the popcorn is fat free which is another bonus.
Overall, i would reccomend this popcorn maker as it looks great in your kitchen, couldn't be easier to use, and the popcorn is really tasty. As i mentioned earlier i have had it for several years and continue to use it without having any trouble, so it is definitley a great buy.