Popping Perfect Popcorn with PopSecret

2013-05-19 20.27.08 My husband LOVES popcorn.  I don’t think you quite understand this statement.  MY HUSBAND LOVES POPCORN.  He has 3 favorite foods, which are popcorn, peanuts and mashed potatoes.  His mother has informed me that, when he was a child, she would get him a bag of popcorn and his little sister would try to grab a piece, and he would push her away!  Or, if his mother would ask him for some popcorn, he would hand her ONE kernel, and keep munching on the rest.  I have to admit that this hasn’t changed much.  He’s still pretty stingy when it comes to his popcorn, but at least he is starting to share a little bit with the kids.  My son is well on his way to being just like his dad… DSC_0066   Obsession with popcorn in our household aside…we also LOVE movies!  We own several hundred DVDs and Blu-Rays.  My favorite thing to do after a long day of work and then putting the kids to bed is to sit down on the couch and watch a movie.  When I sit down to watch with my husband, we always have to have some popcorn.  Our favorite microwave popcorn is actually Pop Secret’s Homestyle.  We almost always have a box of it in our pantry.  One month I kept forgetting to purchase it, and when I finally did and my husband went in the pantry and saw that we had it, he LITERALLY made a sound like Homer Simpson and quickly stuck a bag in the microwave. My favorite movie right now is a musical.  I have seriously watched it over a dozen times.  I could watch it again and again and again.  My husband (who surprisingly HATES singing in movies but LOVES music) refused to watch it with me.  I really wanted to watch it, so I bribed him with a bag of popcorn.  It totally worked.  You can see how excited he was to watch the movie… 2013-05-15 19.59.41   There is nothing as disappointing as burning your bag of popcorn.  It makes the whole house stink and tastes terrible.  So Pop Secret recently released an app called Perfect Pop on the App Store*.  The app is free and will detect how many “pops” are going on in the microwave.  When your popcorn bag has reached critical mass (meaning the amount of popping in the bag has slowed down enough), the app will tell you to stop the microwave!  We tried it out, and it worked great!  Being the crazy person I am, I counted the unpopped kernels at the end of the bowl, and there were only 10!  I definitely call that a success.  Nothing was burned and, of course, it tasted delicious! At the end of the movie the official review from my husband was, “Better than I was expecting.”  That, my friends, is a glowing review from my husband! So definitely take some time with your significant other and have a movie night of your own.  Bribery with popcorn definitely goes far in this house; maybe you can get your sweetie to watch something they don’t want to see too!  Follow @PopSecret to learn more about the app, or check out other projects they’ve got in the works at Pop Secret Labs.


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Sarah Werle Kimmel

Sarah Werle Kimmel is a digital parenting coach and family tech expert. She has spent the last 20 years of her career working as a Microsoft Certified IT Manager supporting over 100 small businesses. During that time she started Family Tech LLC to help families understand and manage the technology in their home. She has regularly appeared as a family tech expert on local NBC, CBS, ABC and FOX news affiliates, BYUtv and Studio 5, and has been invited all over the world from tech companies like Lenovo, Verizon, Microsoft, Dell, and Samsung. Find out more on her website SarahKimmel.com


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