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Skip the Microwave, the Popcorn Monsoon Makes Snacking a Spectacle

It's certainly a thrill when a bag of microwave popcorn starts its cacophony of tiny explosions, but the magic is hidden away inside a paper bag, masking the thrill of popping corn. So designer Jolene Carlier re-imagined the hot air popper with her Popcorn Monsoon that's as entertaining as watching a hamster dash through a plastic maze.

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Since the contraption just relies on hot air for popping, instead of heating oil, it ends up producing a more healthier snack in the end. And watching that spinning tornado of freshly-popped popcorn slowly rising will certainly be a draw to kids, helping lure them away from other less healthy snacks in the process.

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It's still a concept at this point, but there are no technological hurdles preventing this from going into production one day, so keep those fingers crossed and those husk-picking toothpicks at the ready. [Cargo Collective - Jolene Carlier via MoCo Loco]

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DISCUSSION

Stove-top popcorn is healthier than the microwave stuff and tastes better than air popped.

  1. Get a large pot and coat the bottom with a fairly thin layer of oil (I use canola or safflower oil. Olive oil, coconut oil or clarified butter work too but have a risk of burning).
  2. Add 3 kernels to the pot, cover, and heat on high until you hear all 3 pop letting you know the oil has reached the proper temperature.
  3. Add more kernels to cover the bottom of the pot.
  4. When you hear the popping start, shake the pot side to side, holding the lid closed. You may need to turn down the heat a bit to prevent burning (may have to try once or twice).
  5. When you hear the popping slow to 2-3 seconds between pops, turn off the heat and give it a couple more shakes.
  6. Pour popcorn into a large bowl (or bowls) and sprinkle some salt and any flavorings you may want (I'm a bit of a purist and only use salt).