Frequently Asked Questions About Popcorn Machines.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Popcorn Machines.

The first commercial popcorn machine was invented by Charles Cretors in Chicago in 1885. Nowadays, movie theaters, shopping malls and entertainment centers make a great profit from popcorn, since for every dollar spent on popcorn, around 90 cents is pure profit! So, what are the frequently asked questions about popcorn machines?

1: What Popcorn Machine Size Do I Need?
Popcorn machines are grouped by the size (in ounces) of the kettle. The best way to determine the size of machine you will need is to figure out how many one-ounce servings you will be able to sell. A single 1-ounce serving is a bag approximately 3 -1/2″ wide by 2″ deep and 8″ tall (This serving size is equivalent to a small popcorn at a movie theater).

2: What Type of Oil Should I Use?
The type of oil that you use will affect the taste of the popcorn. The most common type that is used is coconut oil. It’s normally regarded as the best tasting. However, the health-conscious often prefer canola oil, due to its lower fat and cholesterol content. Other types that are often used are sunflower, peanut and soy.

3: What’s The Best Way To Keep My popcorn Machine Clean?
You’ll want to note that you should never submerge a kettle in any type of liquid. The kettle has electrical components inside of it that can short out if wet. Kettles are designed to be wiped out with a clean cloth after each use.

4: What’s The Best Ratio of Oil To Corn For Popcorn Machines?
So how much corn or oil do you use? Well it all depends on the size of your popcorn machine‘s kettle!


Size of Machine Amount of Oil Amount of Corn
4 oz. 1/4 cup 1/2 cup
6 oz. 1/4 cup 3/4 cup
8 oz. 1/3 cup 1 cup
12 oz. 1/2 cup 1 1/2 cups
14 oz. 1/2 cup 1 3/4 cups
16 oz. 2/3 cup 2 cups
20 oz. 3/4 cup 2 1/2 cups

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