We love popcorn around here, and with our old popcorn maker on its way out, we knew it was time for a replacement. I thought the Waring Popcorn Maker with Melting Station looked like a solid choice, and now that it’s in my kitchen, I can make popcorn like a pro!
This popcorn maker has two sections: A large dome for popping the corn, and a little pan that melts the butter or any other topping you desire. To operate it, you place the kernels onto the hot plate and affix the dome top before turning it on.
Once the popcorn is done, you flip the dome over to become the serving bowl, affixing a small lid to the very bottom to cover the vent slits and prevent any butter or salt from escaping when serving. The unit gets very hot, so you want to handle it cautiously and remove the popcorn as soon as it’s ready so that it doesn’t burn. This popcorn machine is serious about being efficient!
Meanwhile, just add your butter or other topping to the pan while the popcorn is being prepared, and it will melt it perfectly and in time with the popcorn. The pan has a rotating paddle inside it which turns constantly, smoothing out the butter so that it all melts evenly. I think this is so smart and easier than melting the butter in the microwave – which inevitably ends up making a big mess, at least in my experience!
This popcorn maker is certainly impressive and reminds me of something I’d see at a fair – and with a 20 cup maximum yield, it will be fantastic for parties. The built-in melting station is the icing on the cake and such a fantastic feature! The unit is large, so you do need a little counter space to use it, and the plug is rather short; however, this has not been a real issue for us. The manual said the pieces were not dishwasher-safe and must be washed by hand, but then we read online that it is actually top-rack safe for the dishwasher, so I tried running it through and it came out perfectly. So that’s a game changer and makes this pretty much the perfect popcorn machine!
I think this popcorn maker is totally awesome and I really couldn’t ask for more. Movie night just got that much easier – thanks, Waring!
Find this Popcorn Maker with Melting Station and other great kitchen accessories at WaringPro.com!