The Humble Budget | #2 | Popcorn

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Snack foods can get expensive on a tight budget. They are not only the kind of foods that get consumed quickly but are many times some of the most expensive items you might want to buy! Popcorn is probably one of the most highly sought out snacks, especially by those working on a slimmer budget, but what if I told you that even if you chose the cheapest bagged popcorn out there you would STILL be spending too much for a delicious bowl of popcorn? Well, that is exactly what I am going to do. 🙂

Introducing the Whirley Pop! This magical contraption takes the idea of popping popcorn on a stove top and makes it, not only far more cost effective, but also more fun! There are multiple reasons why the Whirley Pop is one of, if not the best, choice for popcorn snack cravings, here are some of the most important!

Cost: The Whirley pop, which actually goes by a few different names, is sold by many retailers including Amazon, Aldi, and Mast General Store. I have never seen it sell for more than $25, and Aldi right now is selling them for $16! The initial cost of the actual Whirley pop will be the most you will spend on any part of this popcorn venture, and I assure you it will pay for itself time and time again!  Kernels can be purchased virtually anywhere and can be found right next to the boxed popcorn bags at the grocery store, the cost varies from bags for $1.50 to containers for $5.00. Justin and I normally go simple on our kernel choice and pick up the cheaper bags from either Bi-Lo or Aldi!

Longevity: If treated well a Whirley Pop will last you at least five years! A small investment of less than $25 for a LOT of gain!

Ingredients: One of the absolute greatest things about the Whirley Pop is that YOU choose the ingredients for the popcorn you crave! The combinations are ENDLESS. Justin and I’s favorites include parmesan popcorn, chocolate chip popcorn, and, always the classic, sea salt popcorn!

Process: Simply take your Whirley pop, add about 2 tablespoons, or less, of oil and between a ¼ or ½ cup of popcorn kernels, with the ingredients inside put the Whirley Pop on medium heat, let sit for about 2 minutes or until you hear the oil start to bubble and a kernel or two pop, then start twirling the handle until you stop hearing the kernels finish popping, pour into a bowl, sprinkle with salt and ENJOY!

Health: Because the Whirley Pop gives you the freedom to choose what ingredients you will use for your popcorn it allows you the option to be healthier! When you buy bagged popcorn you can’t know for sure what the quality of butter, salt or kernel has been used, nor do you have the option to go without certain ingredients. But with the Whirley Pop! Do you want unsalted popcorn? You’ve got it! Want to try a new fancy organic salt? Go for it! Want to use olive oil instead of canola oil? Give it a go!

Amount: why have a pre-decided popcorn amount if you could decide yourself? With the Whirley Pop the amount made in a single batch is up to you! A full Whirley Pop batch makes a large bowl of popcorn perfect to share with a significant other! Just want some for yourself though? Just pour in a half the amount of oil and kernels you would for a full batch and your all set!

Now you might say, why would I do all that work if I could just stick a relatively inexpensive bag of popcorn in the microwave and let it do the work for me? And I would understand, but I would also challenge you to consider the cost and quality saving and upgrade that you might be sacrificing just to avoid a minor amount of effort! Sure, when you want a quick snack it isn’t always the most exciting thing to have to put in a bit of work before you can enjoy the treat, but I can assure you that if you try out the Whirley Pop the benefits reaped will convince you of the worth of the investment!!

*this was not a sponsored post, all of the above thoughts are thoroughly my own offered without compensation. 🙂

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