Nothing beats the smell of freshly-popped popcorn when you’re settling in for a movie. With home popcorn makers, it’s easy to make classic salted popcorn and other easy recipe variations in just a few minutes. Best of all, this interactive cooking opportunity is entertaining for kids and adults alike, so get started today for tons of fun!
Popcorn kernels (sometimes sold as “popping corn”)
Oil (usually coconut oil)
Using a Stirring Popcorn Maker
Attach the lid- Make sure your bowl is firmly attached to the base before you begin. Popping your corn without fastening your base down is a surefire recipe for a spill.
Using a Theater-Style Popcorn Maker
Add the popcorn and oil to the cooking chamber-For most theater-style popcorn makers, the cooking chamber is a metal “bucket” with a handle attached to it suspended in the middle of a clear glass case. Usually, all you need to do is lift one of the metal flaps on top to open it so you can add ingredients.
Turn the cooker on- As with a home “stirrer” popcorn maker, you’ll want to turn the machine off when pops slow to about one, every few seconds. As the popcorn cooks, you should notice popped kernels rising out of the cooking chamber, spilling over the sides, and gathering at the bottom of the glass case below.
Serve by scooping into bags
When it comes to flavoring your popcorn, the sky’s the limit. Once the popcorn finishes popping, dump it into a big bowl. Pour, drizzle, or sprinkle on the topping, and then toss it all together until the popcorn is well-coated. The most important tip for flavoring your popcorn, no matter what kind of topping you use, is to flavor it when it’s still warm from the stove or microwave. Whether you’re dressing it with butter, oil, melted chocolate, or spices, they’ll adhere and absorb best when the popcorn is still warm.
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