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joiep's picture

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I got a "Whirley Pop Popcorn Popper" for Christmas and I just love it.
They advertise it as "perfect movie theatre popcorn in your own home." Well, I have never had theatre popcorn that tastes this good. They do send a sample of popcorn but I am just using Redenbacher's so it's not the popcorn but the popping method. Instead of shaking the pan as you pop you stir the kernels by turning the handle.

The popcorn comes out very light and tender and every kernel pops. My only complaint is I have to make two batches for my popcorn fans. I got the 6 quart "Whirley Pop" through some catalog, you may have seen it. It comes in an 8 quart but is only available through QVC and they call it "Theatre Time 8 Qt. Popcorn Popper". I just ordered one for a friend's birthday.

Anyone else tried the "Whirley Pop"?

MEAN_CHEF's picture

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I have a Theater Time II popper . The thin aluminum kind with the wooden turn handle. It is the definitive popper for sure. There are none better.

Jean_'s picture

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You mean you don't use your microwave?

joiep's picture

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I am in good company! A PC who appreciates good popcorn. Where did you get the Theater Time II? It's sounds just like my "Whirley Pop". How many quarts? The 6 Qt. takes 1/2c. of popcorn and the 8 Qt. takes 3/4c. I might be in the market for a bigger version than my 6 Qt.

Chiffonade_'s picture

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Can I ask you two poppers a question? How much fat do you have to add to this popcorn to get it to work? The air poppers do not require any fat - it's added later.

MEAN_CHEF's picture

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Air popping, although no oil, sucks in comparison.
I checked, mine is a 6 qt just enough for 2 people. I think I use 2TBl canola to a half cup of corn. You may be able to use less.

The real thing is how great the popper is. You put the stuff in and, over high heat, turn the handle for 3 minutes and it's done. No unpopped kernels.

Why worry about the oil, you will be buttering it anyway.

joiep's picture

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Chiff, my instructions say,"We suggest you initially use 1-3 T. of any oil." (that would be to 1/2c. popcorn) "As you become more comfortable with your popper, you can reduce the amount of oil used to as low as a single teaspoon. That's about 41 calories, 4 1/2 fat grams!"

Mean, did you get the "Secrets to Great Popcorn" cookbook with your popper? It has about 20 pages of different recipes for popcorn, popcorn bars and popcorn mixes. I use to make mine with garlic salt and Parmesan but my favorite is just salt and butter. Some of these recipes look fun, though.

CLS's picture

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I have the Theatre Time II. I love it. 2 tbl. oil, add the popcorn (into the cold pan), put it on the burner and keep twirling the nob. In no time you have perfect popcorn. Mean is right. It's the definitive popcorn popper. None better.

I have even bought several for gifts. Everyone I've given one to loves it.

I used to have the telephone number of the place you can order it. W-S used to sell it and stopped (don't know why). But their customer service department gave me the name and number of the manufacturer. I'm sorry, I can't find it anymore.