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Anyone obsessed with popcorn knows that microwavable bags aren’t always the way to go. Popping your own kernels allows you to make as much as you want and season it according to your preferences, whether that’s light salt, tons of butter, sweet — the list goes on. To avoid making a mess by popping popcorn on your stove (not to mention potentially scorching your cookware like I once did to my mom’s 20-year-old saucepan…), there’s a handy gadget that we think you need to check out: the Hotpop Microwave Popcorn Popper.
With over 15,000 five-star ratings on Amazon, this silicone popcorn maker is the ultimate movie night tool. And as an added bonus, you can get your own as part of a special sale exclusive to Kitchn that’s taking place now through Jan. 23. Just use the code 15HOTPOPJAN at checkout to take 15 percent off. The discount only applies to four colors, Transparent Purple, Dark Orchid, Black, and Cherry, which you’ll be directed to when you click below.
There are a few things that make this Hotpop stand out from other popcorn makers. Unlike hot air popcorn makers, this is an all-in-one popper so it also doubles as a serving bowl. You can easily clean it when you’re done, rather than cleaning out your appliance and then washing the serving bowl. And although there are glass microwave poppers that we like, the heat-resistant BPA-free silicone of the Hotpop means that you don’t have to worry about it breaking. Plus, it collapses down to just two inches tall when you’re done so it’s easy to store just about anywhere.
To use the Hotpop, all you have to do is add kernels to the bowl, plus your favorite seasonings, and then stick it in the microwave. It’s said to make up to 15 cups of popcorn but can also take as little as 1 tablespoon of kernels if you’re looking for a personal snack. Tons of reviewers have also commented on how few unpopped kernels they were left with when compared to microwaveable bags.
“I had been using about a half cup of popcorn on my stovetop, but using a third of a cup in the Hotpop gave me a full bowl of popcorn. There were 10 unpopped kernels, but what really impressed me was that all of the popped corn was fluffy,” one reviewer wrote. And even if you’re left with unpopped kernels, you can go ahead and reheat those!
“I cannot believe how easy it was to make perfect popcorn and use the same bowl to eat out of. I have let all my friends know about this! Buy it!” another customer said, adding that they’re throwing out their old popcorn maker.
Several reviewers also raved about how easy this gadget is to clean and store, especially when compared to bulkier popcorn makers. “Cleaning is a snap: swish the sides and lid with warm, soapy water, turn upside down in the drain to air dry, snap down to closed position and back in the cabinet it goes. I didn’t have to find cabinet space since I put it on top of the baking sheets,” one person commented.
While a microwavable popcorn maker might not seem totally necessary, it’ll be one of those gadgets that you’ll ask yourself how you lived so long without it. Skip the long ingredient list on microwavable bags and pop your own kernels with this super easy-to-use Hotpop Microwave Popcorn Popper. You’ll thank us during your next movie night!