The Hotpop microwave popper is on sale at Amazon

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If popcorn is your go-to snack, here’s a way to lower your ‘corn costs other make it a healthier snack: Grab the Hotpop Silicone Microwave Popcorn Popper for $13.

A popcorn maker for popping delicious microwave ‘corn quickly in a read-to-serve bowl. (Photo: Amazon)

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.)

$13 at Amazon

Less waste

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 — which is one of the reasons this popper has more than 18,000 five-star reviews.

“Love this! Easy popcorn in the microwave without having to buy the packages!” wrote to . “I was using paper bags (they work great too) but wasteful. This is perfect!”

A healthier option

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, which Amazon shoppers love.

“I like the product because now I can make my own popcorn in the microwave without trying to determine which packaged and processed microwave product to buy,” wrote one . “Add butter and/or other seasonings, and you will have the best popcorn ever — and it’s fresh.”

Cut the ‘corn cost

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.

“Making popcorn with this device has been much easier than making it over the stove and much less expensive than buying the individually packaged bags,” “It even functions as a bowl once you are done popping, saving room in the dishwasher. I was delivered an orange one instead of a red one, but I didn’t really care what color I got in the first place. Money well spent, and it will save you in the long run!”

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 kernels 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 into 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.

$13 at Amazon

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