...to popcorn. I don't have my own popcorn maker. I never really considered getting one, except for campfires.
But I've changed my mind. And I now have my first entry on my Christmas wish list: A 6 Quart Silver Whirley Pop Stovetop Popcorn Popper.
I saw one in action on Saturday. When the 4H Champ offered a popcorn snack to my kids. I expected to hear the microwave humming. Instead, there was the Champ pouring buttery oil into a stainless steel contraption and popping fresh kernels.
It's clearly superior popcorn, more hearty. Plus, I like the idea that I can buy local and experiment with flavored, trans-fat free oils.
Best part of this kitchen gadget? It's made right in Monon, Ind. According to the Wabash Valley Farms site, it's made right in the barn.
Update: I got some feedback on Twitter that the Whirley Pop's plastic pieces don't hold up to long-term cranking. I checked Amazon customer reviews and the popper gets a 4 1/2 star average out of 325 reviews. That's pretty good. It's mostly praise. Where there is criticism, it's like UrbanApe says...the plastic parts give out.