I received this product in exchange for my honest review but as always, all opinions are my own. This post also contains affiliate links.
As you may have noticed, I’ve been branching out from the everyday geeky subscription box reviews to bring new and exciting things to the Nerf Herder Blog! Today I have a product review of the Star Wars Death Star Popcorn Maker from Pangea Brands. This opportunity came at a perfect time as I have been spending more and more time on cooking related reviews.
I’ve been pretty much a microwave popcorn guy …basically since the stuff was invented lol. Before that I think we did that metal pan thing that you pop on the burner when I was a kid. Not that those are bad ways to get your popcorn but both methods rely on oil to pop the kernels. The Star Wars Death Star Popcorn Maker uses hot air to pop the popcorn which is a much healthier way to go! In fact, I found out that you save about 10 calories per cup (8 g) with air popping vs oil popped popcorn. I, for one, am definitely trying to find ways to cut unnecessary calories out of my diet as I am getting a little bigger in the mid-section lol.
The Star Wars Death Star Popcorn Maker is pretty much ready to be used right out of the box. After removing the packing plastic the pieces fit together easily with really no need for the instructions. When not in use, you have an awesome Death Star replica to really geek up your kitchen. When you’re ready to make some popcorn, simply remove the top half which then becomes the popcorn bowl. The scoop and popcorn chute can be stored inside and easily fit right into place. After you scoop the popcorn kernels into the Death Star, it is placed on the top where you can use it to melt butter.
When switched on the machine is a little noisy but that was to be expected since it uses a fan to blow the hot air around. In my experience, I’d say this pops in about half the time of a microwave bag (although I didn’t time it)… or maybe it just seems faster as I am busy watching the popcorn bounce around the machine lol. Occasionally some unpopped kernels will come shooting out. It seems like this only happens in the beginning when things just start popping. I found roughly the same amount of unpopped kernels in the bottom of the bowl compared to a microwave bag.
The butter warmer works great although I recommend that you give the butter a little stir about half way to get it to melt evenly. I’m still playing around with the butter to popcorn ratio to find the right balance for me. I’m more of a lightly buttered person with very little salt but my son, on the other hand, is heavy on the butter and the more salt the better. The best part of having your own popper is that everyone can make their own the way they like it. Plus, since buying kernels is way less expensive than buying bags of microwave popcorn you’re saving money in the long run!
Most importantly… enjoy your popcorn! This was maybe half of a scoop full which filled roughly half of the bowl. I did do a full scoop which does fill the entire bowl so you can make a little or a lot depending on your needs. If you would like to see the Star Wars Death Star Popcorn Maker in action, I made a video that you can check out here:
So I have to say that everyone in the family is definitely loving our new Death Star Popcorn Maker! Even my girlfriend, who is the least geeky person I know, has been won over by the delicious popcorn and has graciously allowed me to keep the Death Star out on the counter when not in use lol.
If you’re interested in getting the Star Wars Death Star Popcorn Maker, you can find it at major retailers like Bed Bath & Beyond or online at Amazon.com
Pangea Brands makes many other Star Wars themed small kitchen appliances like toasters, blenders, and waffle makers. In addition to this product, I have also been given a Storm Trooper Toaster and Anakin Skywalker Lightsaber Immersion Blender to review as well so be on the look out for those. If you want to learn more about the Pangea Brands products, visit their website at PangeaBrands.com or check them out on social media here:
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