Portion Control: Steampunk Popcorn Maker Pops One Kernel at a Time

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Pringles might have coined the slogan “Once you pop, you just can’t stop,” but doesn’t it seem more apt for popcorn? After all, we’ve all had the experience of sitting in a theater and realizing the giant bucket of corn is halfway gone and the previews haven’t even finished yet (wait, is that just me?).

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The key is portion control, and Oncle Sam wants to teach you how. Its complicated popcorn contraption remarkably outputs one popped kernel at a time. That breaks down to four calories a piece, so your waistline won’t gradually expand as you sit through a marathon of a movie like “Inception” or “Titanic.”


The steampunk-like popcorn maker starts with a kernel that’s heated in oil by a tea lamp, adding a few grains of salt, and within half a minute, it’s ready for consumption. Most of the process is anticipation for that one kernel, and if you want more, you’ll have to start all over again. What an unsatisfying snack, right?

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