Old Fashioned Stovetop Popcorn Popper

I’m sure some of you have been wondering how we pop popcorn around here since we got rid of our microwave.

You were wondering, weren’t you?

Well, let me tell ya, we do it the old fashioned way friends! On the stove top.

My Nana really lucked out when she found this Whirley-Pop at a local Goodwill for five bucks. It didn’t even look like it had ever been used. She called me up (knowing my taste for the slow life) and asked me if I’d be interested in her picking it up for me.

Um. Yeah!

I could hardly wait to use it. As soon as I got my hands on it I crowded the kids around to watch our newest gadget in action.

We happened to have a bag of popcorn kernels already, so all I had to do was add a little oil to the pan and start stirring. (We had been using the microwave up until then, but were popping kernels in paper bags instead of the store-bought kind.)

It worked SO well! I couldn’t believe how quickly it filled with fluffy popcorn. I don’t think a single kernel was wasted, and not a piece was burned!

We put the hot snack into a container with some butter and salt, popped the lid on and gave it a good shake.

Yummm. The kids were even eating it without flavoring added. I think the fun of watching it all happen made the snack even more tasty to them.

If you happen to come across one of these Whirly-Pop stovetop popcorn popper doojiggies… pick it up. It’s pretty cool.

20 thoughts on “Old Fashioned Stovetop Popcorn Popper”

  1. Kendra, We have one as well although I can not seem to keep popcorn kernels in my house. They seem to travel to my sisters car everytime they come over..lol, I actually had some friends that had picked up one at a local dept store and it came with different salts and kernels etc. but it was 30 bucks. I told myself that I was not giving that much for it. So i waited. Last year mom and i were at some yard sales and *enter angels singing* there was the same kit that my friends had, only the popcorn was clearly old, but it was 1 DOLLAR for the popper and the old popcorn.(which went out to the birds) I was so excited and have made several batches in it.. Just wish I could keep the kernels in my house to make more!! lol I suppose I will have to tag them with an alarm system so they cant travel out of my front door.. Great recipe, I will surely have to try it soon!!!

  2. It is really charming to think of all your babies crowded around to watch something so ordinary. What a thrill to raise children for whom, as you describe, the “slow life” is the norm.

    God bless you and your family.

    I pray Jerry finds meaningful work very soon.

  3. We just made our first batch of stovetop popcorn tonight! We don’t have a popper, just used a large pan with a lid. It turned out delicious!!
    We gave our microwave away years ago and have never looked back. Can’t believe it took us this long to make popcorn, it is soooo yummy 🙂
    My 3 year old devoured her bowl and then started on mine. Looks like we have a new snack!

  4. We’ve been using the whirly pop popper for years now. I bought ours back in the day when the price was around $30+. My mother told my oldest son (which is now 21) to make real popcorn you have to make it on the stove top! At the time we had the glass stovetop and I couldn’t use a regular pot. So my son got a whirly pop popper for a Christmas gift that year. It was well worth it, we use it all the time and it makes the best popcorn with coconut oil and a little salt. To this day if you ask if anyone wants any popcorn he’ll say “the real kind?”

  5. Bought one a few years ago to use on our wood burning stove should we ever lose electricity and crave popcorn (the mother of all comfort foods!) Still in the box. Ok, so maybe I’ll get it out. Cost me new $10 on a Black Friday Sale(Day after Thanksgiving.)

    I have ditched the microwave popcorn and just pop on the stove in a good stainless steel pan. Scorched popcorn clean up is no fun so I hover over the pan and shake frequently. Add butter and salt and you have yummy yum yum!

  6. I’ve seen those things at the kitchen stores when I’m lucky enough to be able to go the the outlet stores (like the Tanger Outlets)! I can’t remember off the top of my head how much they are, but I’m gonna HAVE to pick one up nest time I am up there! Popcorn is a necessity in our house, and my husband goes nuts when we are out! Right now I am using a bowl contraption that’s made to be used in the microwave with normal kernels, but to me the popcorn doesn’t really taste all that great, even though it’s much better then the pop in bags. I’m going to be putting this on my list to pick up very soon!

  7. Nice to see and I would like to offer up how we do it. Also on the stovetop but in a wok. Also with a bit of greasey substance and some salt. Thought I am quite fond of cheesy popcorn. Thanks for sharing and it is just another good topic though I for one never gave it a thought on how you might make your popcorn. Best wishes to all.

  8. Until I stopped microwaving popcorn, I forgot how yummy the stove top kind is! My folks use an air popper which, in my opinion, makes the popcorn taste like…well, air. I use a case iron pot for now but I’ve been keeping my eye out for the kind you have.

    Our local health store stocks dried dressings (buttermilk ranch is a favorite!) which I sprinkle on. It’s made from dehydrated dairy so it’s not a fake powdery covering at all.

    Since using the stovetop, I’ve tried microed popcorn only once. I forgot how nasty that “butter flavoring” is. And if I recall correctly, there’s somethign in the bag manufacturing process that is similar to Teflon – where it cooks your food non-stick but also leaches chemicals into it. YUCK!

  9. I wanted one of those but my husband bought me one of those air poppers instead. Hopefully I’ll be able to pick one up some day because even the air poppers are a royal pain!

  10. I don’t really like microwave popcorn because it seem to always burn… yuk! I came from a family of popcorn addicts… my husband, not so much. I always have made mine on the stovetop… it’s fun to see it push the top off the pot. A little oil, popcorn and while it’s hot sprinkle with salt and your good to go. I just use my small revereware pots, but if I had company we’d get out the BIG pot. Fun for all with an old John Wayne video… yeah we still have a video tape player… haven’t graduated to DVD yet and we get lots of old movies at the dump ’cause everyone else is getting rid of their videos. Yea.

  11. We pop our popcorn on the stove top too, but just in a regular pan with a lid! Perfect everytime! We use coconut oil and just salt it. My husband makes the best popcorn ever!


  12. We loved ours and used it for years until the gear thing on top broke. Now we use a hot air popper. Would love to replace my Whirley Pop though. It was great for making Kettle Corn at home!

  13. I have been using this type of popper for a while. And I also got it at the thrift store. The only thing is mine is made out of aluminum. Yours looks like the stainless steel kind. I want one of those because aluminum in not good to cook with. If you haven’t already tried this, use coconut oil. Coconut oil is a very healthy oil and it doesn’t leave a coconut taste if you don’t over use it. I buy my coconut oil from Amazon. I have it on a subscription so I save a lot. Here is a link > http://www.amazon.com/Nutiva-Organic-Coconut-54-Ounce-Containers/dp/B003QDRJXY/ref=pd_ys_iyr_img
    You can also use coconut oil to make deodorant and many other things. So it’s good to have on hand.

    Another healthy oil is palm oil. It will change the color of the popcorn to a yellow color but it’s tastes good.
    And don’t be afraid to put lots of good quality butter on it. Butter is a good fat that we need.We go through almost 10 lbs of butter a month and we have not gained any weigh from it or had any other health issues. The Weston. A Price site explains it well.
    Forgive me if I am preaching to the choir :). So excited you got a good deal on your new popper :).

  14. Sounds great! Good nothing was burnt! Didn’t realize this would work so well! I have to try the stove top popcorn at some point. Don’t forget to try it out with sugar! In Europe, at least in Germany where I’m originally from, we ALWAYS eat it with sugar (on county fairs etc. sometimes even with chocolate, caramel or cinnamon). Maybe not the healthiest kind, but hey, not any more calories than butter, lol! 🙂 For me because of that it’s always funny to hear about the savory kind with butter and salt ;)! I didn’t know about this kind at all until i came to the US. guess what happened to me the first time I went to the movies here with my hubby!! I got the popcorn for us and I thought I’m putting on some sugar and major scoop of vanilla sauce (wondered already why they would have that standing around…) :p. You should’ve seen my fave when i realized it was butter and salt, lol! anyway, hope you enjoying some more popcorn. Always a good snack! 🙂

  15. I don’t have a Whirley Pop, but we’ve been making popcorn on the stove for a few years now. My 17 yo dd is the popcorn master and makes a mean batch. It is sooooo yummy, we can just add a little salt and be quite content.

  16. We have one of these and use it all the time. We got our first one at a thrift store years ago, but we’ve been able to find them for about $15 at Atwoods (farm store). A good price I think. I like the popcorn from it too. It’s so much more dense and fluffy than that of the microwave bags. It has a better taste too. I think it’s faster cooking than the microwave kind too, but I could be wrong about that. In the end, Yum is the word for it. 🙂


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