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Pick Popcorn Poppers for Your Classic Movies

Updated on September 16, 2009

"Unwed! Untamed! Unleaded! Backseat Bimbos meet their Roadside Romeos!"

If you happen to know that the title above belongs to the tag line used to promote the 1987 film “Hot Rod Harlots”, then you are either a complete movie fanatic, or… let’s just leave it with the idea that you’re a movie fanatic. And if you missed that brilliant piece of film making masterpiece (note sarcasm), the great news is that there is a high probability that you can now find it on DVD or video streaming to watch on in your home theater along with a big batch of home-made popcorn.

That’s the beauty of modern technology and the entertainment industry; you can get pretty much anything you want, whenever you want it, streaming into your surround sound, high definition home theater set up. The one thing that this kind of technology can NOT bring you however, is the genuine popcorn that you get at the movie theaters. You know the kind; the one that comes out of the popcorn popper machine instead of those flat envelopes that you throw in the microwave oven and nuke for a couple of minutes. They’re both called popcorn, but they’re simply not equal to one another.

If you’re looking for the REAL movie at home experience, you’ll definitely want to get yourself a popcorn popper to go with the rest of your home theater equipment. Trust me, you, your family and your guests will be really happy that you did.

Once you’ve made the decision that you are going to go the route of a real popcorn machine, you’ll need to decide on what kind of machine to get. As far as cooking methods, there are two basics options; cooking with oil or cooking with hot air.

Cooking with oil (or butter) is probably the most authentic method, and will give you the most ‘movie house’ taste and experience. With that said though, there are other things to consider that might make a hot air popper more attractive for your needs.

First, especially if you have small children around, a hot air popcorn popper probably makes the most sense. I don’t know about you, but the idea of small children and hot oil just makes me nervous. The other benefit of the hot air method is that it is going to be more healthy. I mean come on… you have to admit that all that butter and or oil that makes the popcorn so delicious isn’t going to be too good for you. But man is it good!!! My recommendation is to enjoy you popcorn the way you like it, but if it includes a lot of butter, go in moderation. If you don’t add the butter, or if you go with one of the flavoring salts instead (which can be quite delicious by the way, and there are so many different options to choose from it can be a lot of fun to experiment mixing and matching them together), you can go crazy with the stuff.

Which brings up another great point about popcorn in general; it’s a great tasting, healthy snack for kids and adults. It doesn’t have to be limited to just movie time. Any time you want a little something to snack on, fire up some of that popcorn that is so easy to store in your pantry, and enjoy!

This brings me to the final point you may want to consider. How easy is it to clean your popcorn popper? A hot air popper will be quite easy to clean. If you use oil or butter however, it will be a bit messier. This is where you’ll also want to decide whether you want to go with a stove top popper or an electric popper that can be placed anywhere. For example, if you have a picnic in the backyard, it would be nice to be able to bring the machine out there for everyone. Just a few more points to consider.

So, now that you realize there are a few things to decide on when it comes to selecting your popcorn machine, you can set your mind to figuring out what will work best for you. What is not in question is how much you’ll enjoy having your own, home-made popcorn, regardless of what system you end up using. You’ll laugh at the idea of using that envelope popcorn ever again. Instead, you’ll have the great tasting, authentic popcorn you remember from your childhood and from the movie theaters to enjoy with “Hot Rod Harlots”, or whatever other movie you may choose to view.

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