Next to boiling a pot of water -- assuming it isn't being watched -- making a batch of microwave popcorn might just be the easiest cooking process there is in the kitchen. (Making toast is a close contender, but it's a good idea to keep an eye on that process.) To get from raw ingredient to finished product requires little more than reaching into the pantry and pulling out a bag of popcorn.
Yet, there is a sacrifice for this convenience; microwave popcorn comes in a variety of flavors, none of which are exactly of your choosing. That's all fine and dandy if you happen to like what is being offered, but sometimes you want to be able to make it your own -- and that only takes one extra step: the pouring of kernels.
The Chef'n PopTop Popcorn Popper ($19.99) is a microwave popcorn maker that allows popcorn people to enjoy their creation on their terms. Just pour kernels in until they reach the fill line and then add seasonings like butter or salt as desired (or olive oil, hint, hint). Then, close up the folding lid and pop it in the microwave. As the kernels transform into fluffy and delicious popcorn, the lid unfolds to accommodate the growing treat while conveniently located tabs make it easy to open when ready. Now all that leaves is the hard part: choosing a movie to watch to go along with that delicious popcorn.