Old Fashioned Popcorn Maker - Not Just in the Past!

If you're interested in an old fashioned popcorn maker, then you've come to the right place!

Grab a seat and a cup of coffee or ice water and get ready to read. We'll cover three points to consider when choosing a nostalgic popcorn popper.

Hot Air or Oil Popper?

First of all, you'll want to think about the type of popcorn maker that is best for you and your family. Do you want a hot air popper? This type of popcorn maker uses hot air to pop the corn. These poppers use no oil and produce popcorn with much less fat and calories, unless, of course, you add salt and butter.

Or would you prefer an old fashioned popcorn maker that uses oil to pop the kernels? Many people claim that taste is why they want a nostalgic popper, and the oil poppers are generally known for having better popcorn taste.

If you're especially wanting to make popcorn that tastes like it came from the movie theater, then you'll want to consider an oil popper. Movie theaters typically pop their corn with coconut oil, and from personal experience, this is the way to go! I like to make my popcorn with coconut oil and then add a little salt only. It's yummy! And coconut oil, like olive oil and peanut oil, is well-known for its health benefits.

Size is a Consideration

The next point to think about is the size of your old fashioned popcorn maker. How much space are you willing to allocate to your popper? Do you have a counter area to place it? Or are you wanting to put the popcorn popper in the basement rec room, so a standing floor model is what you're after?

Today, manufacturers are designing popcorn makers to suit a variety of consumers' needs, from tabletop models to full-sized floor models.

For example, The Home Depot offers a hot air popcorn popper model that takes up about 10 square inches of counter space. This model runs about $100. Walmart offers a slightly smaller hot air tabletop model for about $32.

Amazon has a tabletop model from Nostalgia Electrics that is slightly larger, but this model uses oil to pop the corn. Reviews for this model have been very good, and this popper retails for about $68.

Floor standing models are more expensive, although if you have the available space, many people love them! This old fashioned popcorn maker looks like the type of stand you might have seen on the corner downtown 50 or 100 years ago. This model can stand about five feet tall, so you'll need to devote some space to it.

The larger floor standing popcorn poppers use oil to pop the corn kernels. Prices for this type of popcorn maker range from $230 to $300 and more.

Old Fashioned Popcorn Makers for the Stovetop

Of course, you may be thinking about the old fashioned popcorn popper Mom or Grandma used on the stove!

If that's the case, then you'll remember Mom adding the oil to the hot pot and then turning the crank to keep the corn kernels from sticking to the bottom. It made lots of fluffy popped corn!

The good news is that you can still get this type of popcorn popper today. It is sold under the brand names Whirley Pop and Victorio, and there are some other less well known names also.

Reviews are very good for these type of poppers, particularly for the aluminum model. If you don't want to cook with aluminum, there is also a stainless steel version that has good reviews. Prices for this type of popper run from $25 to about $50, depending on whether you buy just the popper or if you get a package with corn, oil and seasoning.

So whether you're interested in a nostalgic popcorn popper that sits on your table, stands on the floor, or can be used on the stovetop, you can find the perfect machine to meet your needs!


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