What is this gizmo?
This is a microwave popcorn popper.
What caught my eye?
It looked simple and durable. I was trying to find a way to make healthier popcorn and the description on Amazon said that it didn’t require any type of oils for popping.
What did I find?
When you open the box, you’ll see that the popper is made of silicone and it folds down for easy storage. See the picture below where I’ve added an apple to give you some perspective on the size of the popper.
It was super easy to unfold the popper and get started. As advertised, you don’t need to add anything but popcorn. I used Jolly Time Organic. (See below.)
Steps to Making Popcorn
- There are markings near the bottom of the bowl indicating how much popcorn to add. For this post, I used about 1/4 cup of popcorn.
- Next, you put the lid over the popcorn. It sits down inside the bowl which seems a little odd at first. But you’ll quickly see why when it starts to pop. The lid moves up the bowl as the popcorn expands.
- Set your micro for about 3.5 minutes on high and hit start. You’ll want to stay nearby and listen to the popping as it nears about 3 minutes. The popping time will vary based on the moisture content of the popcorn and your microwave’s power. The popping will really ramp up and then slow back down. When it slows, listen and stop the microwave when the popping is about 2 seconds apart. Monitoring the popping the first few times will give you a good baseline of the time required for your setup.
Now you have popcorn! It doesn’t have all the unhealthy oils and preservatives of the pre-packaged paper bag type popcorn. You can add whatever toppings your family likes. I happen to be a basic salt and butter fan. I melt a little butter and I’m ready for my movie!
What Ways I Will/Could Use It
Well, it’s great for movie snacking of course! I’m a huge fan of salty snacks. This gizmo is a great way to whip up some salty snacks in a slightly healthier form. I don’t typically eat grains so I shouldn’t use it often. But when I’m craving something salty and living a little crazy, popcorn is my guilty pleasure.
What I Liked
- It is as quick and simple as I’d hoped. Dump in some popcorn and fire off the microwave.
- It’s easy to clean and store. It can go in the dishwasher.
- At $12.90 at the time of this writing, the price is right! A 20 oz. bag of the Jolly Time Organic popcorn is just $2.28 at my local grocery. I’m guessing you’d get about 10 bowls of popcorn from a single bag.
What I Would Change
The only thing I would change about this gizmo is its address. I really do like it too much. As I mentioned above, I don’t typically eat grains. But with this gizmo in my cabinet, I’m way too tempted to use it. On my next trip to Arizona, I plan to give it a new home where my grandsons live. I think they would love to have popcorn as a snack. I’ll feel better knowing they’ll have access to something without all the nasty oils and chemicals of the prepackaged stuff and my daughter might like the fact that it’s easy on the budget. Win!
If you like popcorn, I think this is worth having. Sure, you could probably find some kind of a bowl and try to cover it. But for under $13 you can have a bowl that is built for the microwave, has pre-set fill markings, is easy to clean, is easy to store and makes a great serving bowl for your finished product.