I'm a Self-Proclaimed Popcorn Enthusiast — and This $15 Product Makes Movie Theater-Worthy Kernels Every Time

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For me, popcorn is its own food group and my all-time favorite snack. Ever since I learned how to use an electric stirring popcorn maker at the age of 9, it became my job to make popcorn for the family on movie nights. I was soon making popcorn several nights a week once I perfected the amount of oil, butter, and salt to add.

Over the years, I've tried several different popcorn makers and could never find the machine that performed just how I wanted to. The electric stirring popcorn machine made delicious kernels, but it was difficult to clean, took up a lot of storage space, and the plastic top eventually cracked. I tried a popular air-pop machine, but in my opinion, it made flavorless popcorn. A few years ago, I tried a plastic microwave popper that's more convenient than an electric option, but it only popped half of the popcorn kernels with each use. And don't even get me started about the chemical-like cardboard taste that prepackaged microwave popcorn provides.

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Last week, I received a silicone popcorn maker that I was skeptical of, but it proved to be my perfect popcorn match. The HotPop Silicone Microwave Popcorn Maker makes fluffy kernels in just two to four minutes. It's made with 100% BPA-free silicone that's super easy to handle and won't transfer a plastic-like taste to your snack. The maker successfully pops every seed and can be used with or without oil. Unlike my hard plastic microwave popper, the silicone popcorn maker doesn't come out hot to the touch for safe removal.

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To buy: $15 (originally $20); amazon.com

It has a collapsible design that's so easy to store and doesn't take up a lot of space in your kitchen. Plus, it's dishwasher safe for effortless cleaning. My favorite part? The flexible silicone bowl can shake the popcorn and seasoning, so you end up with an even coating of butter and salt throughout the entire batch. I've tested the maker using no oil, vegetable oil, and coconut oil—and all versions produced fluffy, crunchy, and flavorful popcorn.

Over 12,000 Amazon shoppers love this popper because it's easy to use clean, and makes movie theater-worthy popcorn.

This reviewer wrote, "I am popcorn aficionado! With that said, I have tried every conceivable way to perfect popcorn, and this popper just blew me away. Easy to use, easy to clean and most of all makes perfectly popped popcorn! Light, airy, crispy, not chewy. When you're finished cleaning it, it will collapse into itself to save space! I am extremely happy with this product and would absolutely recommended it to all popcorn lovers!"

"It's the perfect way to pop popcorn," this reviewer said. "Easy to clean, folds up nicely for storage, and it WORKS—down to the last kernel."

You can get the silicone microwave popcorn maker for just $15 right now on Amazon for the perfect healthy snack to support your next binge-watch sessions.

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