Popcorn Poppers

Written by Ingrid Chen
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The range of popcorn popper machines covers every concession need, from home theaters to large entertainment venues. Popcorn machines are an excellent addition to venues big and small. Though the machines have great differences, they share a similar appeal and mechanism.

Invented in 1885 by an American named Charles Cretors, the idea behind the popcorn machine was to provide mass quantities of a snack for traveling festivals and other entertainment venues. The machine was basically a peanut roaster with a kettle attached to the top of the machine. The kettle had a hinged lid, which was pushed open as the corn kernels expanded. This allowed for popcorn to fall into the container below, while keeping uncooked kernels neatly in the kettle to be cooked as well.

Modern versions of the machine are not unlike the original versions. With the advancement of heat technology and innovations with surface materials, the popcorn machine is now able to pop every kernel with consistent heat and to keep popcorn fresher for longer. Machines range in size from a six ounce capacity to 66 ounces and larger. Each ounce of popcorn kernels produces approximately four cups (32 ounces) of finished popcorn.

Choosing the Machine Most Suitable for Your Needs

Small machines (six to eight ounce capacity) are suitable for home theaters, low-traffic venues and other areas of low consumption. Rather than microwaving popcorn in bags, however, a machine provides multiple times the amount in the same or shorter time. A machine with an intentionally antique look can also add a touch of nostalgia to any home theatre, while maintaining the technology of modern poppers. Conversely, larger machines are meant for high-traffic venues such as sports arenas, movie theaters and outdoor festivals.

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