Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Whirl it. Pop it.

With all these "New Year, New You" resolutions fluttering around, here's a fun snack that won't kill you on calories or tarnish your New Year's Resolutions. Let me introduce you to the infamous Whirley-Pop, an old-fashioned popcorn maker.

All you do is add some olive oil, popcorn kernels, place over a stove and twirl your popper once you hear a "POP" - You may become quite addicted to this new appliance as you learn that it can create mouthwatering flavors for your popcorn buds - spicy, sweet or salty. The great thing about the popper is you can use olive oil (many say Olive Oil does not do well with high heat, but I've never had a problem with it for the WP) and you get to moderate the seasoning intake so you'll have a healthy and satisfying snack. 

Today I tested out three new types of popcorn kernels from Fireworks popcorn: Red River Valley, Wisconsin White Birch, and High Mountain Midnight. These gourmet kernels offer a delightful flavor, even though their popped state is not as big as your average Orville Redenbacher pop. The darker seeds allude to a burnt popped corn, but it's just a little deceiving that's all.

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