I grew up with hot air popcorn. The family unit used to make a giant mixing bowl of the stuff and then dole out cereal bowl sized helpings. We would melt butter in the microwave and pour way too much salt in our bowl. At some point, my brother and I said to hell with the cereal bowls and just made two mixing bowls full of popcorn for the each of us.
When I went to college I didn’t have a hot air popcorn maker and had to make due with microwave popcorn. It sucked. You’d follow the directions and it would still be a burnt and black mess. I hated it.
After moving out of my parent’s house, one of the first appliances I purchased was a hot air popcorn machine. My brother and I had perfected the art of hot air popcorn by using two mixing bowls. We’d pop the corn in bowl one and melt our butter in the microwave. Next, we’d fill bowl two with a increments of popcorn and poured butter and salt. This magic step insured that our popcorn would be as uniformly buttered and salted as possible. It wasn’t an exact science and sometimes we’d have the dreaded overloaded mushy kernal of butter and salt.
This method has been handed down through the generations to my daughter who ate nothing but hot air popcorn using our traditional methods and popcorn at the movies. She loved the melting and pouring of the butter.
About a month ago, my hot air popcorn maker met its own maker. It popped it’s last and luckily didn’t start a fire. I decided, with a slight tear in my eye and tastebuds screaming, to purchase microwave popcorn. I thought to myself that I’d get a hot air popcorn maker for my kiddo for Christmas.
I tried a couple of different brands, but ultimately settled on Orville Redenbacher’s Movie Theater Butter. I opened the first package, followed the directions and pushed the popcorn button on my microwave and prayed. Amazingly, the popcorn finished popping at exactly the same moment as the microwave turned off. I opened the now filled bag and there wasn’t a burnt on in there. No terrible smell of burnt popcorn running through my kitchen. Just tasty popcorn. I was shocked.
Investigating the different types, I found Orville Redenbacher’s Pour Over Movie Theater Butter popcorn and my daughter was in heaven. I think after trying this out for the first time she kissed me on the cheek. It does replicate the joy of pouring butter on popcorn.
While the Pour Over style is a bit expensive, it’s worth it so my kiddo can have her evening popcorn when she hangs with the old man. I’ll probably end up getting a hot air popcorn maker. It only costs about $20, but in the meantime I’ll enjoy the simplicity and taste of Orville Redenbacher’s Movie Theater Butter.