scrumptiously delicious

popcorn – yes, popcorn. Not the microwavable, chemical laden type served up in its own special packaging -no, I’m talking about fresh, made in minutes, popcorn…popcorn from scratch.

The whirley pop popcorn makerThe Original Whirley Pop™ Stovetop Popcorn Popper makes the best homemade popcorn ever!

I was introduced to this simple yet very efficient piece of equipment while house sitting for some friends on the island of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands…I often enjoyed popcorn back in the states, but for some reason hadn’t thought to make it while in the islands. So, when our friend showed us around the house and pointed out their fabulous (and well used) popcorn maker I decided then and there that popcorn was going to be enjoyed at some point during our stay. Why not enjoy a cocktail, on the balmy veranda overlooking the Caribbean Sea while snacking on some delicious popcorn? And we did, often…

Though once back in our caribbean shack I didn’t want to use my ‘stateside’ method of popping corn – a large heavy bottom pot, covered with lid,  constantly shaking over flame, waiting for all the popcorn to pop – no, I wanted the ease of the whirley pop….and the whirley pop is not available on this tiny caribbean island, I had to wait…

We returned to the states for hurricane season and just in time for the large annual Damariscotta Hospital Yard Sale. It’s a huge yard sale held every year on a local farmers field in Damariscotta Maine. Items are donated throughout the year and categorized – proceeds support the local hospital – children’s clothes, tools, furniture, housewares, antiques, etc. are just a few of the items typically available. Can you imagine how happy I was when I spotted the new Whirley Pop in the kitchen section for only $3.00? Serendipity I say…

So, the next time you have a hankering for some snack and your not quite sure what it is, give the old fashioned idea of freshly popped popcorn a try and let your taste buds swoon…

It is so easy to use. Place enough oil (sunflower works well) to coat the bottom of the pan and pour in organic corn kernels – enough to cover the bottom of pan…place over heat and when you hear popping starting (within a few seconds) start turning the crank and within a few minutes you will have delicious fresh popcorn. Sprinkle with your favorite topping or simply a pinch or two of kosher or sea salt and enjoy! 

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