Another small and cheap impulse purchase for the family, but a well used one at that. The oddly named Severin popcorn maker is a little smaller than I had imagined, but didn't really mind, besides it will easily feed a couple of mouths in one go. It doesn't use oil to cook the popcorn, which makes it a little healthier unlike the microwavable bags - well that it until you load it up with loads of sugar. after they are cooked.
I was surprised to notice that it came with a non-uk 2 pin shaver plug, so had to get an adapter so I could use it in our UK sockets, that's a pain.
When in use it heats up very quickly in 2 minutes you pop the kernels into the plastic compartment and the kernels start to pop before you know it after several minutes (bit like a microwave). It does state that the unit should be turned off after 10 minutes to enable it to cool down before reuse - which I find very irritating, beacise once I start poping I can't stop. We just love the smell of freshly made popcorn, but we do tend to find that there are still lots of kernels that haven't popped in the bowl, that's no big issue as we can pop them back inside the machine when heating up a second batch.
PLEASE NOTE: This machine only produces plain popcorm you can not add butter, salt, sugar etc to it unless you do this after they're popped. Although they are a great snack and healthier than crisps. And please do remember to duck when the kernels are popping as a few do shoot out beyond the plastic lid, but this is no fault of the machine, it' just the nature of popcorn.
The kids love it and so do I, so gets a big thumbs up from me, especially at this cheap price too.
Purchased from Amazon for £16.95 inc del.
I bought this popcorn maker mainly for the kids benefit as I thought they would enjoy making their own popcorn and I could be sure what was going in to it as the bags of cinema sweet popcorn we used to buy are filled to the brim with sugar. Plus I remember trying to make popcorn in a pan years ago and ended up burning most of what I made so I assumed that buying a little machine for making it would be easier.
The severin popcorn maker cost me £24.99 which I didn't think was bad as I had been looking at some popcorn makers which were priced at nearly double this amount.
When the popcorn maker arrived I was initially disappointed with how small it was as I didn't think it would make enough for me and my two children but the amount of popcorn that you get from it is surprising and it easily fills a massive bowl for us to share.
I had only the one experience of making popcorn before in a pan and it was a disaster so I was pleasantly surprised with just how easy this little machine was to use.
All you have to do is put some kernels in the base of the machine and turn it on. Because it uses hot air you don't need any oil and the air circulates around the machine and the popcorn starts popping within about two minutes.
The thing that I love about this machine is that the popcorn all of a sudden starts just overflowing from it which is why is has a curved lid to stop it from shooting off in to the air. You do need to have a bowl under it to gather up the popcorn or else you will be picking up popcorn from everywhere.
The popcorn is cooked lovely and is light and fluffy. Plain old popcorn is a healthy alternative but lets be honest it isn't the tastiest option so we like to add some sugar to the kernals when popping them and we have recently bought some sachets to flavour popcorn which are delicious and it still makes it much healthier than shop bought popcorn.
Both my kids and I absolutely love our popcorn maker and I can't recommend it highly enough. We use it loads and we still get pleasure making the popcorn together as a family and the taste is just as nice (with the right ingredients) as shop bought.
I love popcorn! Salty and buttery and delicious... I'm also always conscious that my weight isn't brill, and having fibro I can't indulge too much or it just goes up because I'm not as active as most people are. So the ultimate answer to being able to eat popcorn without cramming calories and fat down my neck is to own a popcorn maker. Now the first one I had was quite a cheap Argos branded one, and it lasted me a few years. It did however give up the ghost a little over a year ago, and when I looked around to replace it this seemed to be a good option.
This particular popcorn maker costs around £20-£30 depending on where you buy it (Amazon have it at the moment for £26.50 for example). I got mine at the cheaper end of the price range for £21 about a year ago.
If you've encountered home popcorn makers before then this one will come as no surprise. Basically you have a body which you place the popping corn into, and a sort of hooded lid which sits over it and allows the popcorn to spill out into a bowl placed beneath the spout of the lid when it's popped.
This isn't the first popcorn maker I've owned, so the method for using it came as no surprise to me. Place a small amount of popping corn into the bottom of the device, pop the lid on and then press the button to turn it on. Because this is a hot air popcorn maker, a fan comes on within it which whirrs round and heats up the corn kernels till they pop. As they pop the popped corn sort of fires up out of the lid into your bowl.
Now, one thing to remember with a hot air popcorn maker is that if you have the odd lighter kernel then it will get blown up out of the device without being popped - you can do two things here. Either just ignore any un-popped ones and throw them away, or grab them out and throw them back in at the end to see if they'll re-pop. Sometimes they will, sometimes not, but I usually do this so as not to waste too much.
Healthwise air popped popcorn is pretty darn good - it's very low in calories and fat, and so the only thing you have to worry about is anything you choose to add afterwards. I like to use a little spritzer bottle and just mist my popcorn with a tiny bit of salted liquid butter, but when I'm being good, I just moisten my hands with water, add a little salt to them and then sort of toss the popcorn through as you might a salad so it gets slightly salty without using any fat at all.
Ok downsides to this popcorn maker... well it's not the largest I've come across, but as I rarely use it to make popcorn for more than two of us at a time I find it adequate. The biggest issue I can see with this is that it comes with a European style 2 pin plug on it instead of the UK style 3 pin plug. Having a husband who's a dab hand at electrics and electronics this wasn't an issue for me as he just whipped that off and replaced it with a regular one, but I can see some people would have a problem if they're still selling it this way.
Overall it's easy to use, and its fun to let kids help with too as it doesn't get too hot and is quite safe for them to help with. As the popcorn is dry it doesn't really require much cleaning either - just a quick wipe with a dry cloth.
*as my husband just walked in while I was posting this and said 'isn't popping corn hard to find' I'll just mention that you can pick it up for under £1 for a pack of unpopped corn in most supermarkets and that a bag will last you AGES!!!*
This is a decent popcorn maker which makes delicious fresh, unburnt popcorn. It does it fast and the cup that you put on top melts butter and mesures the popcorn well.
It's quite small and well-built, but comes with a french plug and no adapter is supplied (if bought from Amazon). I love to melt butter and put the popcorn, melted butter and some salt into a container and shake, to make lovely buttery and salty popcorn as a treat (it's very unhealthy with butter and salt).
The only problem is, the fan blows out quite a lot of unpopped kernels into the bowl. It's either wasted popcorn or more effort to re-pop the unpopped ones. And just a word of warning, don't put the included butter/measuring cup in the dishwasher, it will break! Overall, this is a good popcorn popper, perfect for quick and healthy snacks, and is a good buy.
Short name: Severin PC 3751