What It Is: Pop goes the corn. Turn your microwave oven into a popcorn machine with the Lekue Microwave Popcorn Popper. Made of food-safe silicone, the base and lid fit in a standard microwave oven. Pop the corn kernels on the popcorn setting or set it for 2 to 4 minutes, depending on the speed of your microwave.
Why We Like It: Corn kernels can be popped without any additional ingredients for a healthy snack. Just corn. Pour 1/4- to 1/3-cup corn into the bottom of the silicone bowl, top with the cover, but do not cram it into place. Microwave on the popcorn setting of the oven for 2 to 4 minutes on high. (The wide range of time varies with the individual microwave ovens.) The good news: if there are any kernels that don’t pop, pour off the popped corn and return the “old maids” to the oven and pop again. Season the popcorn and enjoy right from the bowl. A small recipe booklet is included with suggestions for flavored popcorn: curry, coconut, sweetened herbs, honey, lemon, or truffle oil.
Details: The two-piece, high-grade silicone red bowl/base and see-through or clear lid helps keep pesky kernels from popping all over the microwave. The bowl collapes for space-savings storage. The bowl and lid are dishwasher safe. Pot holders are suggested for removing the bowl from the oven after popping. Retails for $20. Available at surlatable.com or amazon.com.