When I was a kid I had an electric popcorn popper, and I absolutely loved it. I even got to bring it to my 4th grade classroom when we were stringing popcorn to decorate our class Christmas tree.
I know things have changed a bit since those days, but give a kid a popcorn popper and they will find all kinds of fun uses for it. I used mine for slumber parties, afterschool snacks, and movie nights. My Mom even used the popping bowl for a mixing bowl. It was just that useful.
This West Bend Stir Crazy popper is a little bit fancier than the one I had, but it would still be as fun. This popper has a motorized stirring rod, so there are no burnt kernels.
It also has a place on the top to put butter. As the popper heats up the butter melts and drips onto the popcorn. After you are done popping, just put the lid over the butter area and then you can flip the popper over and use the popping cover as a serving bowl.
This is the original Stir Crazy Popcorn Maker. It comes with the stirring rod, and the melting lid, and butter drip station. You can also put the cover over the butter area and then flip it over and serve the freshly popped corn in the popper cover.
This popper is the original and has received rave reviews. In our opinion, the previous popper is the newer model and probably a better purchase, but it is hard to go wrong with a classic. West Bend has been making electric popcorn poppers for a while now, and they know what they are doing.
Here is another stirring popper from West Bend. This one has a sturdier stirring rod and it has two settings, one for popcorn and one for roasting nuts.
I actually assumed this popper was for making kettle corn because of its name, but it is just a popper. Although that won’t stop me from making kettle corn in it.
To make kettle corn, pop in coconut oil then add butter, salt and sugar. Now you have kettle corn. If you want to make it really authentic, purchase some mushroom popcorn for that true kettle corn experience.
The nut roasting is also a nice feature of this popper. Fresh roasted nuts are yummy and it is easy to make different variations with salt, sugar and spices.
This popper has an older retro look, but is still a popular model.
The electric popcorn popper isn’t by West Bend, but it seems like a similar contender. This machine by Paramount has a fun black and white design and a stirring mechanism.
It also has the serving bowl butter melting top, which is also dishwasher safe. The heating element is 1000 watts for fast popping and the popping plate is non-stick ceramic. This popper is Teflon free.
This is actually a nice popper and definitely gives the stir crazy popper a run for its money. You can use up to 6 ounce packet of corn with this popper. This popper has received positive reviews and seems like a good choice in electric popcorn poppers.