Joel Nichols has had a lifelong passion for making stove top popcorn. Popping has been about time with family and friends, creating memories and slowing life down. Enjoying the unique flavors of stove top popcorn, other popping styles never taste as good. A life long tinkerer Joel wanted to build a better, simpler stove top popper, the Apollo Popper. We need your help to launch this patent pending design that works incredibly well.
The Popping Zone!
Not a normal pan, the curved bottom creates popping and lifting zones. Popping with it you discover how well it really works. The popping zone keeps the unpopped kernals in the oil and heat. The lifting zone, in the center, helps move the popped kernels away from the hot oil lowering the chance of burning while waiting on other kernels to pop.
The Aha Moment
We wanted to create a popper that was as easy to use as microwave popcorn. In a normal pan, the area the heat and oil reside in is the same area that the popped kernel sits in. Our concept was to use the kinetic energy of the popping kernel to move the corn out of the oil and into a "lifting zone." The unpopped kernels stay in the "popping zone." To test our theory, we machined 14 different mini designs testing each one on how well they performed. This proved our theory that a unique topography could create a better pan. From these variations, we refined what we believe is the ultimate design, the Apollo Popper.
The lid's knob is designed to vent the steam released by the kernels during popping. This allows the steam and moisture to escape while still protecting your hands, making for extra crisp popcorn.
The Design Process
Concepts, testing, prototypes. More changes and more testing. Frustrating surprises, hiccups and vetting manufacturing partners. It is all part of the process, challenging ourselves to build a better stove top popper. The final design has made it all worth it!!! Enjoy the pics for a glimpse into our journey.
Popper designs haven't changed in decades. They are overly mechanical, hard to clean and use, the whole process complicated. Microwave popcorn has taken over much of the market because of its ease of use. We wanted to design a popcorn popper as easy to use as fixing microwave popcorn, better tasting, lower cost per serving and better for the environment. It is time to awaken the market to popping corn on the stove with a better Popper design.
Microwave Bags = Waste
There are over 15 billion quarts of popcorn consumed annually, much of it ends up in microwave bags, which are not recyclable. This means as much as 20 million pounds of solid waste. We can reduce this with stove top popping and reusable containers.
The Farm to Table Flavors
From farm to table, popcorn is one of the healthiest snacks. The Apollo Popper allows you total control. The portion size, oil, corn variety, and seasonings are up to you, the popcorn artist. The Apollo Popper is the first step in your journey to becoming a Popista.
Your Popcorn, Your Way
Total Portion Control
It is easy to change portion sizes by just putting less corn and oil in the popper. The curved bottom helps you maintain the oil to corn ratios for a consistent taste.
Start creating memories with family and friends by popping with the Apollo Popper.
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