Who Wants Popcorn? Everyone!

Since having our beautiful baby girl three and a half months ago, our movie theater nights have become non-existent. We thoroughly enjoyed sitting at the theater, watching a blockbuster hit, and eating hot, buttery, fresh popcorn that made us lick our fingers for more. The more I think about it, though, we were attending crowded movies while sitting in an uncomfortable theater surrounded by people we didn’t know, eating over-priced popcorn and drinking over-priced soda. A night at the movies for two was about $40 and forget about the cost of a babysitter. Enter the Waring Pro WPM40 Popcorn Maker and bring the movies home, literally.

Last night, I returned to North Carolina to our new Waring Pro Professional Popcorn Maker. Athena’s bed time came at 8pm and Big Brother was followed by Falling Skies. Instead of spending $40 at the theater, we spent the evening on our comfortable couch, watching two of our favorite summer shows, and eating fresh, hot, delicious popcorn buttered to our liking. In less than two minutes, we made a bucket of popcorn for the price of a few kernels at the theater. The heat lamp kept the popped corn warm and the door and pivoting kettle were easy to remove for cleaning.

Instead of taking up our cupboard space, we picked up the trolley and placed it in our living room adding the perfect nostalgic accent. Even if we didn’t like popcorn, which is the silliest statement I ever heard, we’d still love the look of the Waring Pro Professional Popcorn Maker.

With popcorn that tastes better than the what we get at the theater, our own comfy couch, and time to ourselves, we’re finding ways to combine our old life with our new one and we couldn’t be happier.

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98 thoughts on “Who Wants Popcorn? Everyone!

  1. It’s a shame movie going is so pricey these days. I used to enjoy going once in awhile now you have to think twice if you can afford it. Usually I stay away from the over-priced popcorn when I do go. It’s not good for my health anyway lol. At least home is good enough experience these days, unless you don’t have A/C like me.

  2. My family has a genetic family “popcorn” link! It’s a daily must have. My daughter will flip for this machine! He he
    I better watch Maggie, she’s been known to try and grab a kernel or two! LOL

  3. It’s been a while since I used one of those. They make the best popcorn, as far as I’m concerned! I’m more of an at-home movie person instead of theater-going…comforts of home right there when you need it :)

  4. Dear Bucket,
    We have the cutest little theatre in our small town that makes the BEST popcorn in the world.
    It’s $3 per person to get in.
    $10 for a large popcorn you can refill as much as you want (even if you are walking out the door after the movie)…and a large soda..same deal. They even give you little bags for every member of your party.
    For $25 bucks, my party of five can see movies (we saw Batman last night) and thoroughly stuff ourselves until we feel sick.
    And it’s less than a mile from our house. Very cute, and retro.
    BUT. We are crazy lucky.
    I love your idea of the home popper!
    When our babies were small, rented movies were just the ticket. :)
    Lisa

  5. What a great idea! And being able to add real butter will be a treat for sure! Nothing like your own comfy couch to watch your favorite movies while eating popcorn flavored the way you want it! Enjoy!

  6. Yes, and the multiplexes deliberately make the popcorn more salty so you feel the need to soothe your parched tongue with a soda too…Great idea!

  7. Mmmmm I use a Whirley Pop! Not quite as fancy, but it makes a great Christmas gift and delivers the most delicious movie-esque popcorn! I stopped buying it at the theater because what’s the point? – I can cook it at home for next to nothing and season it to my liking!

  8. I love popcorn, but alas it is too indulgent for my plan to slim down. Because movie going is to pricey, we know reserve going to the movies for special movies that would warrant us paying the extra bucks to do reserve sitting and be able to order a full meal. Places like AMC’s Dine In theatres are starting to pop up across the nation.
    However, IF popcorn was something I could consume on a regular basis I would totally buy a machine like yours.

  9. I totally love that! Like the rest I love popcorn when I go to a movie. That is always my meal of choice. I’m a cheap date even if the popcorn is expensive because I don’t need anything else! Thanks for sharing!

  10. I saw the title of your post and had to come and read it. Yes!!!! Movie night at home makes so much more sense…and cents get saved for sure. :)
    I LOVE popcorn…I have a simple air popper that I’ve had for several years…pour in 1/2 cup organic kernels (cost 10 cents),pop for 1 minute and add a little olive oil and, if I’m feeling dangerous :), a pinch of sea salt and sugar. Then my husband and I sit back and watch old classic movies, BBC specials or whatever we please. No noisy people behind us, no bother if we need to go to the bathroom…just put the movie on pause. :) And no crazy movie ticket prices. Definitely the way to go. And, with what just happened in Aurora (I’m in Colorado Springs, just down the road from there), home is simply a safer place to be.

  11. We really enjoy the experience of making some popcorn, sit on the couch and watch a movie. There is a few movies a year that we go to the theater to see but much prefer making our popcorn at home made the way we like it and kicking back and watching a movie. Love your popper that you bought.

  12. Hi Lesley,
    Hoping that your vacation time has been good for you.I LOVE popcorn! Now I am really getting hungry..You have a point about watching films at home vs going out. Home is best for me, too.

    BTW- you have been nominated for a blog award at my blog. Enjoy and have a good Monday.

  13. It is only when you have children that these investments suddenly make sense… My husband and I also have popcorn making movie night at our house… Our children are a bit older now so sometimes we let them stay up late for movie night and sometimes we just have movie night on our own. We love it.

  14. Heck, yeah! That popcorn maker looks awesome. My friend Joan would be in heaven if she could make that much popcorn at a time. :) Thanks for stopping by my blog and reading my post on high country running, too.

  15. Thanks for this idea. I love popcorn, particularly the smell, close to the honey-roasted peanuts I remember from the Munich October Fest. I didn’t know about popcorn machine. Checked and saw a mini one at amazon UK. Makes a wonderful present, too.

  16. I have never liked the theatre, even as a kid. I do like the movie popcorn, so I may have to look into this for a Christmas gift to my family and myself!

  17. Whenever we go to the theater my son walks out with a whopping headache. He says it is too loud and the intense lights hurt his eyes. He has some light sensitivity issues. We rent movies from the library (it’s free) and make popcorn at home. Sometimes we buy the movies which we can watch again and again. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea but we love our movie nights at home.

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