Old-timey popcorn popper keeps the kernels popping

Old-fashioned hand-crank popcorn maker stirs up fun movie snacks.

Spin up a batch of popcorn. Amazon

Kitchen gadgets have been around for a long time. Toasters first appeared in the early 1900s, and it seemed gadget hounds have been filling their kitchens with them ever since. Luckily, they have progressed somewhat from their earlier, more dangerous days. But there are some items that deserve a second look as possibly being the best solution to a given task.

The Whirley-Pop Stovetop Popcorn Popper is a classically styled, vintage-inspired design that uses good old-fashioned arm strength to accomplish the task. Popcorn is popped directly on the stovetop. Simply place kernels and oil in the pot and start cranking. The stay cool wooden handle spins the stainless-steel stirring system on the inside. Popcorn kernels are kept from sticking to the bottom of the pan, resulting in fewer burnt and unpopped kernels. Steam vents in the lid help to keep the popcorn dry and crisp.

The popper makes up to six quarts of popcorn, so there will plenty of the delicious snack to go around. Invite the gang over for a movie, but just make sure this conversation piece doesn't keep the talking going on through the movie. And if you're concerned about standing guard over a hot stovetop while stirring up a batch, fear not, this method is quicker than a microwave!

About the author

    Brian is the author of the culinary based novel Stealing Food Road. A lifelong Californian, he has been consistently exposed to some of the best food in the world. With a deep appreciation for the kitchen, he is always on the lookout for that perfect appliance that combines style and grace with the ever-popular ability to save time.


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