Thursday, November 25, 2010

Popcorn maker stirs up some flavor

Homemade fresh popcorn is really where it's at. Aside from the important aspect that most anything freshly made is at the peak of its potential, when it comes to homemade popcorn the flavor can be precisely controlled. However, getting all that great flavor incorporated can be a tricky undertaking. And more than a bit messy when using sticky ingredients.

The Cuisinart EasyPop Plus Popcorn Maker offers a convenient method for popcorn popping, and adds the capability to stir in flavorings to the resultant batch. After all the popcorn has popped, the switch can then be flipped over to the stir position to continue the process and mix in caramel, spice mixtures, and anything else you can dream up. (It may or not taste so great, but hey, popcorn is a good thing to experiment with.)

Sometimes plain popcorn is what the situation calls for. With the capability to produce up to 10 cups of popped popcorn using just one tablespoon of oil, the mechanized popcorn maker allows for the option to keep it simple. The 550-watt machine stands at just more than a foot tall, and while not everybody may approve of your choice of additions, the fact that the unit can be easily cleaned (the BPA-free plastic lid is dishwasher safe and the base wipes clean with a damp cloth) means a fresh batch of popcorn is always just a countertop away.

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