Popcorn poppers are bright and attractive pieces of equipment, certain to draw customers to any concession stand. These machines are known for giving off the irresistible aroma of buttery, fresh popcorn which makes it a sure sell.
When selecting a popcorn popper there are a few key components that you should understand before making your purchase.
All popcorn popping machines feature kettles, into which the unpopped kernels and oil mixture is poured. These kettles are made from stainless steel and are lined with a non-stick coating, making them safe and easy to clean. The kettle swings low to distribute the popped kernels into the holding cabinet.
Popcorn machine holding cabinets feature heated stainless steel to keep popcorn warm and fresh before it is served.
Popcorn machines vary by kettle capacity, ranging from 5 to 100 ounces of unpopped kernels. For most concessions operations, 6 to 8 ounce kettles are the most popular. For most movie theater operations a kettle capacity between 32 and 52 ounces is sufficient, only very large operations require a kettle that holds more than 52 ounces. The kettle capacity also directly corresponds to the number of servings the machine will produce in an hour. Most popcorn machines have a three minute popping cycle, so a machine with a 6-ounce kettle can produce 120 one-ounce servings in an hour.
One other factor to consider when purchasing a popcorn popper is the power source. These machines run on either electricity or gas. Many concessions businesses will not be able to purchase an electric machine as this requires consistent access to an outlet, which might not be possible.
TAN JAY SON, MD of NEWVOS
“For a small start up or concession stand – pick a small unit (8oz – 14oz unit) that includes a warmer inside. Popcorn is not something you prepare only when there are orders, so you should have a unit that can help preserve heat after a batch is out”