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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic design that makes top quality popcorn, February 21, 2001
This review is from: West Bend 82306 Stir Crazy 6-Quart Electric Popcorn Popper (Kitchen)
Tried air poppers; blech, styrofoam pellets would taste about as good. Microwave corn; too much salt and "butter" in the packets, plus they cost a lot. Popping in a saucepan on the stove; horrible to clean afterwards and it burns. Microwave poppers; don't get me started.

THIS is the one. The first one I had was in the dorm in college (one with the yellow bowl.) I think we bought it together for the whole floor. And this is still the best popper on the market, decades later.

It does make a difference if you use GOOD popcorn (you know the one I mean, Mr. R's best) and at least FRESH popcorn. And the touch of oil used in the popping makes the popcorn taste wonderful. We sometimes use olive oil for a special taste treat. Anyway you pop it, this is a great device.
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Initial post: Jun 18, 2007 9:17:33 AM PDT
book fan says:
I wholehaeartedly agree with this review

Posted on Oct 16, 2008 10:46:02 AM PDT
Ozzy Bear says:
My mom had one of these years ago, and I found that the popcorn always came out better if the lid stayed off during the popping process. It allowed the steam to vent to give less chewy popcorn. I agree that this is a great popcorn popper. It reminds me of the popcorn I used to make as a kid on the stovetop, minus the lard of course!

Posted on Oct 20, 2008 7:16:09 PM PDT
Joanna, this is about as good a review as I've read here on Amazon. I don't know where your originally from, but I hear your words wrapped in a knowing and patient southern drawl. Can't help buy wonder if that's how it's written. Either way, I think I'm gonna git me one of these fine contraptions.

Posted on Nov 9, 2008 9:33:57 AM PST
I have a straight-up Midwest accent contaminated with a bit of MidAtlantic stuff. No drawl. Sorry.

Posted on Dec 2, 2010 10:01:24 AM PST
YES!! I had a "yellow bowl" Stir-Crazy in college - used to make gallons of popcorn for "Saturday Night Live" parties in the TV room (back when SNL was still funny - that tells you how long ago it was -- think Gilda, Chevy, Dan, Jim, etc.). It died at some point and I got another "yellow bowl" model which I am still using.

I typically get a tablespoon or less of unpopped kernels using Orville Redenbacher's (which I keep in the freezer to keep fresh), and I bent the stirring rod up slightly to prevent it scraping the non-stick coating off of the cooking surface. I haven't tried leaving the butter lid off to vent the steam, as one reviewer suggests, but I'll give that a go next time I pull it out!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2010 4:21:55 PM PST
We had those SNL parties in grad school, so I must be older than you by a bit. There's evidence the micropop stuff isn't so good for you, so I like to make my own. We sometimes use olive oil for a really nice flavor.
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