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No movie magic needed for this on-demand popcorn maker

The Westbend On Demand Hot Air Popcorn Popper stores popcorn and measures portions when it's time to pop. It couldn't be easier.

Demand your popcorn at a flip of the switch (well, two switches) with the Westbend On Demand Hot Air Popcorn Popper.
Demand your popcorn at a flip of the switch (well, two switches) with the Westbend On Demand Hot Air Popcorn Popper. Williams-Sonoma


Popcorn speaks for itself. Loudly and often. Get a bunch of kernels together, apply some heat, and the resulting chorus is sure to garner some attention. If the sound doesn't get you, the scent of corn popping certainly will. Luckily, popcorn is quite easy to make -- and now it requires even less effort.

The $80 Westbend On Demand Hot Air Popcorn Popper makes popcorn in three easy steps: 1. Put bowl under chute. 2. Flip switch. 3. Flip other switch. That's all there is to it -- ready-to-eat popcorn materializes in the bowl with nary a trip to the pantry. But this is no movie magic that makes the bowl of ready-to-eat popcorn appear out of thin air.

The popcorn maker stores kernels in a side container and dispenses them one serving at a time with a press of a lever. From there, it's just a matter of turning the popcorn maker on (assuming you remembered Step 1).

However, as vociferous a bunch of popping popcorn may be, not every kernel will have something to say; when all is said and done, any un-popped kernels can be directed into a collecting drawer for easy disposal.