Whirley-Pop Popcorn



Is there a snack more fun than fresh-made popcorn? It’s warm and salty, buttery and airy. It’s not complicated or expensive, but feels more festive than, say, opening a bag of chips. While there are many ways to pop your own popcorn, I am fond of the Whirley-Pop method. I purchased our pan years ago and it’s still going strong. And because I can heat any corn I like in it, I feel especially good with organic kernels from our local whole food bulk bins.

Makes 24 cups

Recipe inspired by Whirley-Pop company instructions


  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 2 Tbsp. olive, sunflower or coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup butter (half a stick), melted
  • 1/4 tsp. fine sea salt


  1. Place butter in pan atop stove and heat so it will be melted by the time your popcorn is popped.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat electric stove burner to medium high or turn on gas burner. Add popcorn and oil to the Whirley-Pop pan.
  3. Once contents begin to heat up (you will hear occasional pops before things really get going) hold the wooden handle with one hand and turn the crank with the other.
  4. Continue stirring for about 3 minutes until the popping slows back down and/or the crank becomes difficult to turn.
  5. Pour the popcorn into a large bowl. Pour the melted butter on top and then sprinkle on the salt. Stir everything well. Eat up!