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Feb 5, 2010 07:17 AM

Popcorn maker?

Hi, not sure if popcorn qualifies as chow-worthy, but I'm looking for a stovetop popcorn maker to replace my dead hot air unit. I've seen photos and read reviews and think this is the way to go.
Checked Caynes, Lee Valley and the Bay - can't seem to locate one in the GTA - does anyone have any opinions on using them and/or any idea where I can get one?

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  1. I have this one.

    Not sure where I bought it, but that was many years ago anyway. I really liked it at first but found it hard to clean well. Over time, it got a solidified oil stickiness to the surface, which I wasn't too fond of, so, I stopped using it. Maybe others have better reports on this one.

    I have a melamine bowl and lid set for microwave popping, which I find much more convenient.

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    1. re: Full tummy

      Take the lid off and soak in hot soapy water for a bit and it will come out nice and clean again! One of those green dish pads will help with the more difficult parts.

      1. re: hoagy294

        Thanks Hoagy294 that's exactly what I was looking for ! I'll give it a try and let you know how it goes.

        1. re: jacquieF

          That's the one I had, mentioned above.

      2. There is a similar device with a thick bottom available from They use it for green coffee beans). at a higher price. Haven't seen it in GTA but Wabash may be able to help.

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          1. I was given a whirley pop type popcorn maker as a gift by a dear friend who was a real foodie perfectionist before she died of cancer 7 years ago and she told me it was the best popcorn maker in the whole world. She was right and I use mine all the time.

            Hot air popcorn makers produce dry type of popcorn while the whirley pop type ones produce a moister popcorn because of the small amount of oil that is used (and it can be as little as 1/2 a teaspoon). The whirley pop makes popcorn more like what one tasted in movie theatres when growing up (I am not sure how they do it now).

            I highly recommend this type of popcorn maker.