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Presto Orville Redenbacher popcorn fountain flows anew

The Orville Redenbacher's Fountain Hot Air Popper by Presto features fun popping action. As kernels pop, they flow up and into the bowl.

A fountain of popcorn never gets old.
A fountain of popcorn never gets old. Amazon

Popcorn never gets old. Well, that's not necessarily true. Popped popcorn might not last forever, but those kernels sure seem to. In any event, popcorn seems to have found some sort of fountain of youth that it has at its disposal. Not only that, but it has chameleon-like abilities, playing well with seasonings from spicy to sweet. Where could such a fountain be found? Turns out, right on the kitchen countertop.

The Presto 04868 Orville Redenbacher's Fountain Hot Air Popper (about $40) allows anybody to enjoy a fountain of food from the comfort of his or her own kitchen. The enclosed popcorn maker works in a fashion similar to other hot air poppers, with the exception that kernels push their way out of the reservoir as they are popped. Three stainless-steel grates keep the popcorn from emerging until there is enough to physically open the trap doors. The result is a fountain of popcorn, spilling over into its own serving bowl.

And while a fountain of popcorn certainly has its own appeal, perhaps the real treat of the popcorn machine is the fact that the enclosed bowl keeps the fountain of popcorn from exploding all over the place -- because picking up wayward pieces of popcorn from the floor certainly does get old.