Everyone has a microwave, and that probably means you think that the best and easiest way to make popcorn is to throw a bag in and have hot popcorn a few minutes later. You would also be terribly, horribly, disgustingly WRONG.
A stovetop Whirley Pop Popcorn Popper is the best way to make up some delicious popcorn in no time. You will only buy one, so in my opinion it’s better to spring for the stainless steel version, which has less chance of leaching aluminum into your food. If you’d rather save a few bucks, an awful lot of people use the basic version without complaint.
Why not microwave popcorn? Good question.
- It’s disgusting. It is soaked in some bizarre imitation butter concoction that is greasy and coats your mouth with a disgusting film. It’s also covered in some strange salty discharge that is probably the tears of small children desperate to know what real popcorn tastes like.
- It makes your microwave disgusting. It leaves some waxy, butter-like residue all over the microwave tray. You want to put that in your mouth? No way!
- See how gross that bag is once you empty it? Why would you put the contents that caused it to be so revolting inside you?
- It’s unhealthy. The Food Babe, who I discovered while writing this post, does a nice job of breaking down the ingredients in microwave popcorn and their problems.
- It just tastes bad in every way. Sure, it smells good. However, that’s it. Once you put a kernel in your mouth, you’re spending every following second trying to convince your mouth it’s not that bad. It’s like watching a Transformers movie. It looks like something you should like but it’s impossible to consume it without realizing it’s utter crap.
Enter the Whirley Pop! Why is this so much better?
- You are actually involved in the cooking process. This gives you a small sense of accomplishment and satisfaction you do not get from pushing a microwave ‘start’ button.
- You use actual real popcorn that you see before it becomes delicious. You can see how clean and natural it looks before you doom it to your digestive tract.
- You can modify the taste easily. There are different types of popcorn, different oils, different salts, different flavorings. All of these in various combinations can have a subtle or profound effect on your popcorn. Indianapolis has a fantastic popcorn store called Just Pop In! that hints at the varieties of popcorn flavors possible. This makes it fun to experiment and create your own flavor, which you can then market and sell to Just Pop In! (maybe).
- See how relatively clean the pan is when you’re done cooking? That’s a good sign that what you are eating isn’t disgusting.
- It’s cheap. Even gourmet popcorn is pretty inexpensive, all things considered.
- You determine how much popcorn you are going to make (and eat). This can reduce waste and be sure you utilize the popcorn you buy. It’s also really easy to make several large batches for movie night with friends.
- Cleanup is super easy.
So quit eating that nasty microwave popcorn and start enjoying the good life. Get a Whirley Pop!