We are a popcorn family. It's our favorite snack. Evan and Elisabeth eat it every Friday night when they watch "Star Wars: The Clone Wars". Evan and I have it maybe every other night while we watch tv.
If I had to have a "last meal" it would be chicken and dumplings and popcorn.
Which is why I need to introduce you to this:
It's a Whirlypop. We received it as a wedding gift (5 years ago this month!!) and we have put it to good use. We actually kind of forgot about it once we'd moved out here. But, when I bought real kernels instead of microwave popcorn, our love of the Whirlypop returned.
Here's the inside.
So, what you do is you take 4 Tbsp. of the kernels.
Dump them in. Add about 1/2 Tbsp of salt or less. Add 2 Tbsp. of oil and get to whirling!
We set our heat at medium-high. You just have to continuously turn the crank so the kernels are moving around. It takes about 3-4 minutes.
Look at Evan. He's such a happy whirler.
And, PRESTO!, you have delicious popcorn!
The nice thing about the Whirlypop is that it came with a little recipe book. Our favorite is the cinnamon popcorn recipe, but there's tons of others--cheesy popcorns, chocolate popcorns, even spicy popcorns!
If you do not have a popcorn maker (aka: not microwave bags), then I totally recommend investing in one. Elisabeth LOVES helping us make the popcorn and it's kind of a fun thing when she has friends over. It impresses the crowd.