When I was a kid, hot air poppers were all the rage, but I never really liked the popcorn it made. The hot air tended to make the popcorn ever so slightly most and chewy. It was never as good as the kind you made in a pot on the stove, but, it was a a lot easier and something a kid could make.
Then came the advent of microwave popcorn. Which seemed fine and dandy until that report came out about how you're not supposed to breathe in the steam when you first open a bag of it. Because it causes cancer or something terrible like that! (Doctors are going to have to take out Medical Malpractice Insurance just to guard them against mis-diagnosing popcorn cancer!)
Not to mention, have you ever noticed the amount of fat and calories in one normal bag of microwave popcorn? Popcorn - something that used to be a healthy snack??
I got to thinking that I'd like to get away from microwave popcorn. Besides being totally unhealthy, it's expensive! It's WAY cheaper to make popcorn just using popcorn kernels and some oil. The one problem with this is that I am terrible at making popcorn in a pot - I always seem to burn the popcorn in the bottom of the pot, and that pretty much takes the fun out of the whole thing.
However, they make this new-fangled West Bend Stir Crazy Popcorn Popper that uses oil and kernels to make it for you! It even has a mechanism in the bottom that stirs the kernels around! It's really cool! You can even melt pats of butter on the top which melt and drip onto the popcorn below as it's popping. Then when it's finished, you invert the whole thing and voila! A bowl of buttery popcorn that isn't 3,000 calories, won't give you cancer if you breathe in the steam and cost pennies to make! Sweet!
We just added a little salt and it was super yummy! Just like making it in a pot, except it wasn't black on the bottom, ha ha!
How do *you* make popcorn?