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post #691 of 698 Unread 10-16-2016, 07:43 AM
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Wow, wow, wow! Used the Gold Medal Lil' Maxx for seven 8-oz batches last night. It is amazing how much better it does at popping corn compared to the Great Northern machine it replaced! Wow!

1) Every popped kernel received some coating of the coconut oil/Flavocal. With the GN machine, the last half of the popped kernels came out completely white. And, yes, the amount of coconut oil and Flavocal was adjust appropriate to the size of the kettle. The Gold Medal machine simply allowed the popped kernels to receive a more even distribution of the oil!

2) Same brand of popcorn (same bag, in fact), the Gold Medal machine popped kernels were noticably more plump (larger) and more tender & crisp.

3) VERY few old maids! I mean, maybe 20-30 old maids total out of seven batches! The Great Northern machine left 15-20 old maids per batch!

4) Faster! The Gold Medal kettle heats faster and pops faster! The difference was quite noticeable!

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After chewing through roughly six hundred responses in this thread I thought I would list some of the online resources before I close out all my tabs. Hopefully this will save the next guy some time, and if I missed something perhaps others can add to this post. I was interested in the Paragon and the Gold Medal machines and I used the following websites:

http://www.concessionstands.com/
http://www.webstaurantstore.com/
http://www.paragonpopcornmachines.com/
http://www.snappypopcorn.com/

Amazon has both machines for sale but they really want to sell you the Great Northern brand so you have to dig to find the other brands. Also, I saw a better deal today on the GM machine on Amazon than I saw yesterday, and from a different vendor!

I ended up ordering the GM Fun Pop with the cart from Snappy. They had both the Paragon and GM, both with a stand or cart for $500 and change, and free shipping. They also threw in some popcorn samples and were very nice to deal with on the phone.

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After chewing through roughly six hundred responses in this thread I thought I would list some of the online resources before I close out all my tabs. Hopefully this will save the next guy some time, and if I missed something perhaps others can add to this post. I was interested in the Paragon and the Gold Medal machines and I used the following websites:

http://www.concessionstands.com/
http://www.webstaurantstore.com/
http://www.paragonpopcornmachines.com/
http://www.snappypopcorn.com/

Amazon has both machines for sale but they really want to sell you the Great Northern brand so you have to dig to find the other brands. Also, I saw a better deal today on the GM machine on Amazon than I saw yesterday, and from a different vendor!

I ended up ordering the GM Fun Pop with the cart from Snappy. They had both the Paragon and GM, both with a stand or cart for $500 and change, and free shipping. They also threw in some popcorn samples and were very nice to deal with on the phone.

Cheers....
What made you decide against the Paragon popper?

I've been tossing around the idea of a popper for years now I guess... always thought the Paragon was the one.

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What made you decide against the Paragon popper?

I've been tossing around the idea of a popper for years now I guess... always thought the Paragon was the one.
I have to admit I started out with a bias towards the Gold Medal (GM) machine. A friend has had one for over 10 years and not only do they use it on a regular basis at home, they also use it to pop huge plastic bags of popcorn for high school functions and such (4oz popper BTW). It's hard not to be impressed with the longevity of this popper.

For us it ultimately came down to appearance; the wife liked the cart versus the pedestal on the Paragon (although you get more storage), and the sales person at Snappy's said the GM was more attractive (to her). In reality it's hard to make a decision and if there was a big difference in price or availability I could be happy with either machine. I'm very happy to have the order placed and now I can move on to obsessing about the perfect popcorn mix and picking out which movie to watch!
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Thank you very much for your effort. This is definately helpful for us in choosing a popcorn machine.

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After chewing through roughly six hundred responses in this thread I thought I would list some of the online resources before I close out all my tabs. Hopefully this will save the next guy some time, and if I missed something perhaps others can add to this post. I was interested in the Paragon and the Gold Medal machines and I used the following websites:

http://www.concessionstands.com/
http://www.webstaurantstore.com/
http://www.paragonpopcornmachines.com/
http://www.snappypopcorn.com/

Amazon has both machines for sale but they really want to sell you the Great Northern brand so you have to dig to find the other brands. Also, I saw a better deal today on the GM machine on Amazon than I saw yesterday, and from a different vendor!

I ended up ordering the GM Fun Pop with the cart from Snappy. They had both the Paragon and GM, both with a stand or cart for $500 and change, and free shipping. They also threw in some popcorn samples and were very nice to deal with on the phone.

Cheers....
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This forum has struck once again. Started out looking for a decent amazon popcorn machine, ended up ordering a Paragom Theater 8. While we don't always watch TV together, the whole crew is 7, and at some point you start to get tired of more than 3 batches.

Added a mix of prepackaged and bulk supplies to the order before I was done. Forgot to add a scoop, oh well, that is what Amazon is good for.
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So far, for experimentation have ordered:
At-the-movies-popcorn portion packs (case of 4oz and case of 8oz)
White Coconut oil (no beta carotene)
Original flavacol (with yellow die)
Naked oil bars
Popcorn glaze (Carmel and chocolate).
Shipping is he huge hidden cost on all of that, almost 1/2 he cost. Bulk online is probably better, but small quantities, shipping reads.

Other, non online intended experiments:
Clarified butter-the original buttery tasting popping oil. Pretty sure it died out due to cost, not flavor.
Lard-another very traditional popping oil-especially for kettle corn.
Bacon grease-everything is better with bacon, right?

Still looking for kettle corn flavoring mix. The one I found had shipping too high. That said, this one is probably possible to do without a mix as well.

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Paragon TP series. I chose to go with a bigger popper not because I have to pop a lot but because I want minimal interaction so that I can make more at once. Recipe I have found, which is awesome:

1/4 cup popcorn oil
1/2 cup (heaping) corn
1 tsp flavacol salt in kettle

Buttery topping, add as needed once done popping.

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Was at the local Earl May Garden Center this past week getting our tree for the holidays...grabbed a bag of their free popcorn while waiting for them to prep the tree. Ended up also buying a bag of their corn and a jug of their oil.

Best popcorn yet.

Also, they sell Flavacol at the Earl May. Who knew?

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