Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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I bought a Paragon Contempo 4 oz popcorn maker last year after finally finishing my home theater. I'm a huge popcorn fan, but I'm very disappointed with the popcorn I make. It is often so chewy that when you chew it, it chews up into hard little clumps that I have to either swallow whole or spit out. It's not light and fluffy like either movie theater or microwave popcorn. It doesn't break apart when I chew it like good popcorn, but clumps up instead.
I've googled and searched here, but so far I haven't found the cause for this so I'm begging for your help.
Now I am using Pop Weaver Napspak Butter Flavored 4 oz packages. I had the same problem with the previous case of popcorn, though I can't remember the brand anymore. At work we have an 8 oz Gold Metal popcorn machine and they use the 8 oz version of the exact same popcorn I use and theirs tastes fine. I probably need to try half of their 8 oz packages in my machine and try one of my 4 oz packages in their machine to try and narrow down the problem.
From searching, many people said that popcorn with too much moisture in it can be chewy, so they recommended popping it a few hours in advance of eating and leaving it in the warming tray and this does seem to help mine. However, when I take it out of the warming tray and eat it cold for the next few days, it's very chewy again.
I live in Colorado where it's very dry. I leave the door partly open when popping to let the steam escape. I let the kettle warm up about 5 minutes before putting in the coconut oil. Then when the oil melts, I put in the popcorn. The kernels seem to be popping all the way as best I can tell.
Any idea of my popper could be bad, or if both cases of popcorn I bought were bad, or if I'm just popping it wrong, or something else?