Popcorn lovers, rejoice! The ultimate popcorn maker is just $10 at Amazon

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Hotpop popcorn maker in blue.
Create delicious microwave popcorn quickly and already have the bowl to eat it in. (Photo: Amazon)

Is popcorn your go-to snack? Here's a way to lower your 'corn costs and make it a healthier snack: Grab the Hotpop Silicone Microwave Popcorn Popper for $10 (normally $12).

And if you have Amazon Prime, you’ll get free shipping, of course. Not yet a member? No problem. You can sign up for your free 30-day trial here. (And by the way, those without Prime still get free shipping on orders of $25 or more.)

$10 $12 at Amazon

Microwave popcorn is convenient, no question, so why not just grab a box of it at the store? For starters, there's all that packaging: The outside box, the plastic wrap around each bag and the bag itself — all destined for landfills.

Meanwhile, the store-bought stuff usually contains various additives and preservatives, to say nothing of enough oil, salt and/or butter to destroy any health benefits.

Finally, there's cost: A typical six-pack of, say, Pop Secret might run you about $4 at the grocery store. That can add up pretty quickly.

Once you buy the Hotpop popper it's just BYO kernels — which are incredibly cheap by comparison. For example, here's a six-pound (!) bag of Amish Country Popcorn for $15. That's probably enough to accommodate a year's worth of weekend movie nights.

Six pound bag of corn kernals with Amish Country logo.
Once you start popping your own corn at home, you'll never want to go back to the prepackaged microwave stuff. (Photo: Amazon)

$15 at Amazon

Meanwhile, the popper itself is fairly ingenious: Just pour in some kernels, add a bit of oil and salt (or not, if you're trying to keep it super-healthy), then zap it in the microwave for a few minutes. The popper is also the bowl you eat from. It's dishwasher-safe and it collapses down for easier storage. (Like I said: ingenious.)

I've owned one of these for a couple of years; it produces flawless popcorn every time and ranks high on my list of must-have kitchen gadgets.

Your thoughts? Share your pop secrets (ha!) in the comments section below.

$10 $12 at Amazon

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