Growing up, my family relied on the microwave or an electric popper to turn out popcorn, which always left me wondering how anyone managed to get popcorn before every house was wired up. I did eventually find out that it was the heat that popped the popcorn, rather than the electricity, which led me to consider how I could popcorn outside the house. The answer is the Nordic Ware Grill Popcorn Popper: it can pop popcorn anywhere, from your stove top to your grill. It can even make popcorn on a campfire. Considering how many places you can take this popcorn popper, it's probably a good thing that the top doubles as a serving bowl for your popcorn. If you're in a pinch, the base can even double as a regular cooking pan.
The Nordic Ware Grill Popcorn Popper needs a little oil, along with popcorn kernels. Put it over heat and the nonstick base and cover will keep everything contained when your kernels start popping. The popper comes with recipes for different variations, including kettle corn, something that your electric popper might have trouble handling. It can go through the dishwasher, making clean up easy. Nordic Ware Grill Popcorn Popper is available for $39.95.