Popcorn poppers are used in a variety of applications from small school concession events to large movie theaters. Choosing the right popcorn popper for your establishment is essential as there are many elements to consider. Some elements, such as case type, may be more of a preference, where as other elements, such as production amount, is something to be thought about and calculated.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind when shopping for a popcorn popper, but do not hesitate to contact one of Central's Product Consultant if you further assistance is needed.
1 oz. Servings per Hour: Each popcorn popper Central sells includes information for how many 1 oz. servings per hour the machine will make. This will directly correlate with the kettle capacity. Using both the kettle capacity and 1 oz. servings per hour capabilities, you will be able to determine the popping cycle time. Again, it is important to consider how your demand fluctuates and if you are able to pop on an as needed basis.
Keep in mind that not all kettle sizes and 1 oz. servings per hour are consistent. They vary among different manufacturers, so be sure to read about each one thoroughly.
Kettle Capacity: All popcorn machines include kettles. Within these kettles is where the unpopped kernels and oil are placed. Their capacity determines how much popcorn can be popped at one time. The most important factor in choosing a machine is matching your demand with the poppers capacity. You want to match a machines capacity as closely as possible to your demand. This will allow you to maximize your profits and reduce product waste.
- Plated Steel: Heavy duty construction
- Anodized Aluminum: Extremely even cooking heat
- Stainless Steel: Durable and long-lasting
- Anodized Aluminum: Maximum performance with easy cleaning
- Nickel Plated Steel: Maintenance free operation
- Aluminum: Extremely even cooking heat
- Dupont® Scratchguard®: Non-stick surface makes for easy cleaning
Heated Corn Deck: If you will be popping your popcorn in bulk, then you will want to consider a heated corn deck. This feature will help keep your popcorn fresh for longer. Keeping the popcorn fresh tasting helps maximize product while keeping customers happy.
- Drawer for unpopped kernels: Also known as an "old maid" drawer. This is a drawer to catch all unpopped kernels.
- Drop serving panel: Allows operator to scoop popcorn out without it falling to the floor.
- Operator Serve vs. Self-Serve: Operator serve typically has a door in the back of the machine for you to serve to customers. Self-serve enables customers to serve themselves and many include sneeze guards. Keep in mind you have more control when it comes to portion size if you serve over allowing customers serve themselves.