I used to have a popcorn maker similar to the Whirley Stainless-Steel Induction Popcorn Maker, but it wouldn’t work on our induction cooktop when we upgraded. We had to resort to microwave popcorn because I wouldn’t allow my husband to shake one of our cast iron pans on the new cooktop. With the old popper, shaking the pan wasn’t necessary, because the pot lid had a built-in stirring system. This Whirley popper has the stirring system, and best of all, it works with induction cooktops.
The Whirley popper is made of stainless steel, so it will work on any type of stove, from the old coil electrics to gas to glass tops to induction. The lid snaps on to ensure that the popping corn doesn’t dislodge it, and it’s vented to allow steam to escape to keep the popped kernels crispy.
The built-in stirring mechanism is inspired by commercial poppers. Simply turn the crank found at the end of the handle to turn arms inside the pot designed to keep the kernels in motion. The pot holds 6 quarts of fresh, hot popcorn. You’ll need to hand-wash this one, but it’s a small price to pay for a healthier snack.
The Whirley Stainless-Steel Induction Popcorn Maker is available for $49.95 online at Williams-Sonoma.