We love popcorn. And we've tried every conceivable method of cooking it; stove top, hot air, microwave, etc. But the bottom line is that microwave ovens seem to have been uniquely built for popping popcorn efficiently (vs plug-in hot air poppers that are less efficient). And quite importantly, microwaving allows the cooking of popcorn healthfully as long as you do it from scratch vs the bags from the store.

So after years of experimentation, here is the best device we have found:


(BTW, though quite effective, I've always been uncomfortable with the silicone micro wave bowls)

Any better devices out there? Or better cooking methods? Any tips on prep and seasoning?

We microwave.
Brown paper bag.
Bag lasts quite a while.

Huh, never tried a paper bag... I wouldn't have thought it would work. I'll have to give that a try.

We've been big popcorn fans, too-- ever since our early days as a couple when it was about the only snack we could afford.
Went from a cast aluminum roaster pan, through a couple of airpoppers, and settled on the microwave Presto Powerpop (Orville Redenbacher) long ago-- so I haven't tried anything more recent.

We enjoyed buying small-production heirloom popcorn, and were tickled with the taste and texture differences. We keep a hand-pump pressurized atomizer filled with olive oil in the cabinet if we want to use some type of powdered seasoning.

Hand-pump oil sprayers are great. It'd be nice if more people used them vs the aerosol oil cans. We hand-pump spray canola oil along with 50/50 salt on our popcorn and sometimes add garlic powder or cayenne pepper powder.

But every now and then, I just gotta put one of these on the stovetop. I always get a kick out of it, as does the whole family. (currently $1.62 at Walmart)

I bought one of those for the wife. She said the quality of the popcorn is better the the air popper that she uses.

I don't eat popcorn, so I have no input.

I saw one of those Jiffy pop in the Smithsonian museum.


Does that run off regular household 110v?

Isamorph, you are quite skilled when it comes to finding information on the internet.

Have you ever thought of teaching others? It could be a money maker!

The microwave popper Farticus mentioned, amazon's best seller, is down to $18:

price graph: https://camelcamelcamel.com/product/B019CXRMI8