Cravings owner, Chad Jordan, was gracious enough to share a Whirley Pop Popcorn Popper with me so I could experience the fun of popping corn first hand. I was briefly schooled on the various options available in the store for popping seeds and selected the variety mix.
At the first available opportunity I made a movie date with my grand-daughter Annalise. We had a great time getting set-up and reading the directions (These were very simple). The one thing that surprised me was the suggestion that we start the popping process from a pan that is not pre-heated. Annalise was the designated crank turner to keep those seeds moving in the coconut oil.
Because I chose the variety mix with several different kernel sizes, the recommended three minute cooking time was not exactly right. But, the good thing is you can hear the popping action very well and you definitely know when the popping is done.
We added just a little melted butter and some sea salt and sat down to watch the original Muppet Movie, a free film online. While Anna liked the movie, it was my son and I that really enjoyed this classic. We marveled at the technological feat it was for its time and also the awesome cast of big name stars assembled to be part of the movie. Did you know that Orson Welles was in the Muppet Movie?
The popcorn was so good that it was gone before the movie was over and there was not one un-popped kernel in the bottom of our bowls. The variety mix definitely delivered a lot of different flavors and textures, but I am thinking next time we will try two separate batches of seeds and do a taste comparison. Plus, now that I know how easy the Whirley Pop is to operate, I plan on creating some of my own seasonings recipes and popping more corn at home.
Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan. Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.