Hot-Air popcorn poppers offer health conscience consumer an opportunity to snack on something an old time favorite snack that is fun, high in fiber, and can satisfy all those special cravings without the extra calories associated with oil poppers. Microwave popcorn was once the only option for healthy eaters but most brands still tend to have high calorie counts and in order to get that same tasty flavor additional toppings usually need to be added. Microwave popcorn can also get expensive if you prefer higher quality kernels and more nutritious values. Until very recently, consumer where not aware that microwave popcorn contained a chemical named diacetyl which is believed to have caused popcorn factory workers and some consumers to develop popcorn lung or bronchiolitis obliterans. Manufacturers have now removed that chemical from popcorn products. Hot-air poppers are a healthy alternative that does not include extra calories, chemicals, and the high cost of regular oil popping machines. Here are some criteria to look for when deciding which hot air machine to choose from:
Popped corn quality
Does the popcorn come out fluffy and crunchy? Does the popcorn come out a little burned? Does the machine pop all the kernels? Are there any half popped kernels? Does it take long to pop the corn? Quality popcorn should be your top priority. The last thing you want is a machine that produces soggy popcorn or one that won’t produce a consistent product with every use.
Is the machine user friendly? Is the popper easy to assemble and clean? Does it include accessories like a butter melting feature, a popcorn scoop, or a bowl to catch the popcorn as it is popping? You may find a machine that looks great, produces an excellent product but has way too many buttons and steps to follow. You might also find a machine that cannot be taken apart for proper cleaning. These are things you need to keep in mind especially if you plan to purchase an expensive unit.
Is the machine made of quality materials? Are you getting your money’s worth for the quality of the popcorn it dispenses? Do other manufacturers carry a similar design of the same model? Should you try to find a used popcorn popper? You may be paying extra to get that old fashioned popcorn maker look. Keep in mind that the quality of popcorn produced is more important than the appearance of the machine.
There is a big difference between hot-air poppers and oil poppers where taste is concerned. Hot air popcorn makers tend to produce a drier product which is healthier but may not satisfy people who are looking for that nostalgic popcorn taste. On the other hand, oil popcorn poppers will have the flavor from the oil and won’t be as dry but might produce a soggy product. These are some things to keep in mind when you are on the hunt for a popcorn maker to fit your needs.