Who knew the ultimate popcorn maker was only $14 at Amazon?

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It’s a popcorn popper and a bowl. It works in the microwave and then in the dishwasher. And it folds flat for easy storage. Best $14 you’ll ever spend on a movie night. (Photo: Amazon)

Do you love popcorn? Here’s a way to cut your corn costs and make it a healthier snack: Popco Silicone Microwave Popcorn Popper for $14. (And be aware, it occasionally goes on sale for a few bucks less. Consider using a tool like CamelCamelCamel to notify you of price drops.)

And if you have Amazon Prime, of course you get free shipping. not a member yet? No problem. You can sign up for your 30 day free trial here. (And by the way, the ones without Prime still get free shipping on orders of $25 or more.)

Microwave popcorn is handy, no question, so why not just grab a box of it from the store? For starters, there’s all that packaging: the outer box, the plastic wrap around each bag, and the bag itself — all destined for landfills.

Meanwhile, the store-bought stuff usually contains various additives and preservatives, not to mention enough oil, salt, and/or butter to negate any health benefits.

Finally, there is a cost: A typical six-pack of, say, Pop Secret will cost you about $4 at the grocery store. That can add up pretty quickly.

Once you buy the popco popper, they’re just BYO kernels – which are incredibly cheap by comparison. For example, here is a six pound (!) bag of Amish Country Popcorn for $15. That’s probably enough to accommodate weekend movie nights for a year.

Once you start popping your own corn at home, you'll never want to go back to the prepackaged microwave stuff.  (Photo: Amazon)

Once you start popping your own corn at home, you’ll never want to go back to the prepackaged microwave stuff. (Photo: Amazon)

Buy it: Amish Country Popcorn 6lb, $15, amazon.com

Meanwhile, the popper itself is pretty ingenious: just pour in some kernels, add a little oil and salt (or not, if you want to keep it super healthy), then zap it in the microwave for a few minutes. The popper is also the bowl from which you eat. It is dishwasher safe and can also be folded for easier storage. (Like I said, genius.)

I’ve had one for a few years; it produces impeccable popcorn every time and is high on my list of must-have kitchen gadgets.

Your thoughts? Share your pop secrets (ha!) in the comments section below.

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