All things have a starting point, though some things are a starting point. Popcorn is one of those things. Perhaps it is the sound: first the kernels cascade into the machine, then after a frozen moment they explode and pop, reverberating the air with anticipation. Or maybe it's the scent: the distinctive smell that popping popcorn emits is enticing. Both sound and scent combine to signal the coziness to come. And that's just the start.
No popcorn kernel has truly completed its journey until it meets its topping. The Waring Popcorn Maker with Melting Pot ($129.95) combines a popper and a saucepan into one unit. The built-in warming pot can be used to prepare a favorite topping to drizzle over the completed batch -- or it can be used to easily create a new favorite. The open saucepan has a spout for easy pouring that can just be thrown in the dishwasher after use.
They say getting there is half the fun, and while that may be true, with chocolate, caramel or not buttered popcorn, eating it is the fun part. But let's not overlook the journey. The popcorn popper features a motorized stirrer to help facilitate the popping action. The melting pot is made of aluminum and has its own control. The popping bowl doubles as a serving bowl with a 20-cup capacity, so no matter where the journey takes you, cries of "are we there yet?" will not be heard.