Do you love the taste of movie theater popcorn, but dislike the exorbitant cost and vast amounts of unhealthy fats and salt? Learn how to make movie theater popcorn on your stovetop using a Whirley Pop Stovetop Popcorn Popper for just a fraction of the cost, calories and fat.
I LOVE popcorn, especially from a movie theater, but my pocketbook and waist don’t like it so much. Instead, I prefer to cook popcorn the old fashioned way, in a pot on top of the stove. I have always disliked the taste of popcorn popped in a hot air popper and don’t even get me started on why microwave popcorn will never make an appearance in our home.
My dad found a Whirley Pop Popcorn Maker, never used before, at a yard sale for $2.00 and bought it for me. I guess he is tired of the house smelling of burnt popcorn and me burning all the bottoms of the pots. Tucked inside the popcorn maker, a treasure in itself, was a canvas bag of Fartless Popcorn with a witty poem on the back from almost thirty years ago! Pretty cool!
Ok, back on topic…
How To Make Movie Theater Popcorn On Your Stovetop
Add coconut oil and popcorn kernels to a cold Whirley Pop popcorn maker. Do not heat the Whirley Pop or oil first!
Popcorn cooked in coconut oil tastes great plain, just like old-fashioned kettle corn, but to replicate the true authentic flavor of movie theater popcorn, add a 1/2 tsp of Flavacol Popcorn Seasoning to the Whirley Pop popcorn popper along with the kernels and oil. This is the same salt they use in the theaters.
I use Trader Joe’s Coconut Oil because it tastes amazing and is full of healthy fats that are good for you, paired with a good quality organic popcorn. I am very fortunate that my grocery store sells organic popcorn for the same price as name brand popcorns, so, when given the choice, I inevitably choose organic products over non-organic products. When I don’t have the option of buying organic, I like to use Orville Redenbacher Popcorn. It pops the kernels up really light and fluffy in the Whirley Pop, leaving almost no kernel unpopped.
Place the Whirley Pop on your stovetop over medium heat. If you are using a glass top stove, preheat the burner for a couple of minutes beforehand. Close the lid. Once the kernels begin popping, crank the handle continuously, until all the kernels have finished popping, about 6 to 7 minutes. Even though the handle will become stiff to turn, keep turning the handle to prevent the popcorn from burning.
The Whirley Pop popcorn maker works fabulous on my glass stovetop!
One of the problems I began noticing since I got my new glass top oven was that I began burning the popcorn and the bottom of my stainless steel pots. I would end up with a clump of burnt popcorn in the middle, dozens of unpopped kernels leftover and burned bottoms on my pans.
At first, I thought the bag of popcorn I bought was stale, but when I bought a new bag and it did the same thing, I figured it must be from the inconsistent temperature of the burner from lifting and shaking the pot. With a Whirley Pop, you don’t shake the pot, but instead use a handle to stir the popcorn as it pops. A much better solution for my glass stovetop!
Pour it into a bowl and enjoy. Season it with a little extra drizzle of butter or with whatever seasonings you fancy. Whether you like your popcorn plain, slathered in butter, sweet or salty, the Whirley Pop Stovetop Popcorn Maker makes a fabulous tasting bowl of popcorn! One of my favorite snacks to nosh on while watching movies is spicy Jalapeno Parmesan Garlic Popcorn. It’s popcorn with an attitude!
Save Or Print Movie Theater Popcorn Recipe For Your Next Movie Night
- 1/2 cup popcorn
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp Flavacol Popcorn Seasoning
- Seasoning salt
- Brewers yeast
- Cinnamon and sugar
- Grated cheese
- Turn a stove top burner onto medium heat. There is no need for a higher heat because the pan is very thin and cooks the popcorn quickly.
- Add popcorn and coconut oil to a cold Whirley Pop Popcorn maker. Do not preheat the pot or oil first!
- Close the lid and place on the preheated burner.
- Crank the handle continuously, for about 6 to 7 minutes, until all the kernels are done popping.
- Remove from heat and open the lid to release the steam.
- Pour into a bowl and top with your favorite seasonings. Enjoy!
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I have enjoyed my Whirley Pop so much, I bought one for a friend’s birthday. And she loves hers just as much as I do! What a great gift at a fantastic price. Well worth the money and it’s a gift that will just keep on popping!