Wabash Valley Farms Whirley Pop Popcorn Popper Compliment - Whirley Pop Popcorn Popper

Review by 20131 on 2006-09-16
As a gift, I received the Whirley Pop Popcorn Popper. It's basically a lightweight aluminum pot, with a clamp on lid. The trick to the thing is that it has a hand-operated crank that turns wires through the grain as it's heating up to pop. Simple in design, well, to the point that I thought it was just another kitchen gadget that was "all show and no go."

Let me tell you, I was not only surprised, but also impressed. I followed the directions and measured out the popcorn (Orville's) and oil, put the thing on the burner and turned the crank. Again, I thought to myself, "come on, this is not gonna work."

A few minutes later, I was pleasantly surprised with an overflowing bowl of some of the fluffiest popcorn I'd ever had. With this thing I was able to use less oil, and get more yield and virtually NO old maids.

Again, it's not some sort of modern marvel, but rather a throw-back, wooden hand crank and all. That being said, I believe maybe it's a new spin on an old idea that really works well. (tr)
Comments:33 Replies - Latest reply on 2007-02-01
Posted by S on 2006-09-16:
Good review Pirate. Thanks.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-09-16:
Never heard of it.
Posted by tander on 2006-09-16:
Good review, I'm going to go out and buy one tomorrow!!
Posted by glc on 2006-09-17:
Being somewhat of a popcorn connoisseur, I checked it out online. Very reasonably priced...Think I'm going to get one. Thanks, PWP!
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-09-17:
We eat so much popcorn and the microwave stuff (well PopSecret Home Style is ok) never tastes like the kind you make in a popper. I will keep an eye out for these too, it would be nice to have an easy way to make real popcorn.
Posted by D. on 2006-09-17:
More commercials...LOL!
Posted by D. on 2006-09-17:
I hate microwave popcorn...I like it the old fashioned way on the stovetop...I've seen these types of popcorn pots around, basically the same design and was always curious as it if they really worked or if it was more trouble than it was worth...I liked that it had the turning crank handle to prevent it from burning on the bottom...thank you most trusted advisor...
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-09-17:
Yes, thank you O, most trusted plagiarizer!
Posted by S. on 2006-09-17:
When I was a kid (quite a few moons ago), my parents had a beat up, light weight aluminum pot that was our popcorn maker. The lid we used was bigger than what the pot required. We kids used to fight each other over who was going to do the 'shuffle' over the gas burner to make popcorn. I agree it had a better taste than what the nuker popcorn has, but, oh the convenience of microwave popcorn! Can it be cleaned in the dishwasher? In this house, nothing comes through the front door unless it can be nuked, tossed into the washer and dryer, or can be cleaned in the dishwasher. Think I'll also check it out. Thanks, PWP.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-09-17:
Glad to be of assistance to all. (tr)
Posted by D. on 2006-09-17:
Ponie...that reminds me of my Mom making popcorn when we were young...I couldn't tell you how many dish cloths and pot holders she caught on fire doing the "shuffle"...lol
Posted by D. on 2006-09-17:
...but she never burnt the popcorn!
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-09-17:
MMMmmm....nearly burnt popcorn, that's the real deal!
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-09-18:
Interesting.... I got one of these for Christmas about 5 years ago, and have never had it out of teh box. I guess now I will have to dig it out. Thanks for the tip.
Posted by D. on 2006-09-18:
Of all people...Ken Popcorn! LOL
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-09-18:
Interesting Mr. pirate. Never heard of this contraption but am happy about the lack of "old maids" in your large bowl of popcorn. Thanks for the info but I am not into popcorn poppers with cranks. All I need is a pot, a little oil and a few premium kernels to do the trick. (ITR)
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-09-18:
And where are you going to come up with that fare at the homeless shelter?
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-09-18:
Ever heard of "jiffy pop" stovetop popcorn, eh Justin Wilson?
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-09-18:
Now THAT I'm sure they do have at the shelter.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-09-18:
What's next. An informative about your "homemade slushie machine?" Look out 7/11!
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-09-18:
And.........the last "appreciated" informative you posted was.................................................
Posted by Slimjim on 2006-09-18:
I have a great machine at home called a microwave. You stick the bag in and it's done in 2 minutes. No handle either. A few kernels may not pop but I can afford the 1/2 cent loss.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-09-19:
And that's fine if you don't mind the tropical oils, and the un-natural flavor, etc. Some people like you have simpler tastes. For those of us who like a bit more gourmet flavor and performance out our popcorn, we can't simply settle for "microwave popcorn."
Posted by Slimjim on 2006-09-19:
LOL, Gourmet Popcorn. Several other oxymorons include Jumbo Shrimp, pretty ugly, and Microsoft Works.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-09-19:
Gourmet Popcorn. Free watch batteries. Refusing to pay a tax on a litre of soda pop. Watch out, Stone Phillips!
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-09-19:
Or refusal to pay parking tickets and raw chicken. What's your point slim? Yeah, who can beat the convenience of microwave popcorn....... But that's like saying, gee, I can have Boston Market chicken dinner, or have thanksgiving dinner at home, like ma used to make.
Posted by Slimjim on 2006-09-19:
Also kind of like having Petti di Pollo at La Famiglia's or a keel bone in the hood.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-09-19:
Or "chicken fingers" from Cheeseburger in Paradise!
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-09-20:
Or like owning a 97 Dakota, not having AC, then whining to anonymous strangers who speculate on how to troubleshoot something that cannot be fixed and should be sold instead.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-09-20:
Or crying about the Denver Boot !
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-09-20:
The Denver Boot ruined my Memorial Day weekend, bub!
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-09-20:
Not as much as you ruined everyone else's around you.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-02-01:
Orville is still alive and living with Elvis.

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