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Paramount is dedicated to offering the highest quality popcorn machines and supplies at the best value. Features of Paramount popcorn machines have been designed with the users in mind, for convenience, for aesthetics and appeal, and for ease of use and cleaning. Ultimately, Paramount products are intended for enjoyment of popcorn in a variety of settings at home or at social, business, and community events.

Paramount popcorn serving containers include various sizes of popcorn serving bags and tubs. Popcorn ingredients include a selection of convenient, ready-to-use, pre-measured popcorn ingredient packets. The popcorn kernels, oil, and salt seasonings prepared together in a Paramount popcorn machine result in delicious quality popcorn.

At Paramount, we want everyone to have an enjoyable popcorn experience using Paramount popcorn machines and popcorn ingredients for making, serving, and enjoying delicious popcorn.

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Frequently Asked Questions & Useful Information:







Which size of popcorn machine should be used?
There are two primary factors in determining the most appropriate popcorn machine for a given application, Machine Size and Kettle Capacity. Most popcorn machines are referred to by the capacity (in ounces) of the kettle in the machine.

    Machine Size:
    The overall physical machine size, impacts the volume of popped popcorn that is accessible for serving from the machine. The dimensions may also be a factor to be considered depending upon the application or location that the user desires for their machine.

    Kettle Capacity:
    The maximum amount of kernels (by weight in ounces) able to be popped in a single batch determines the kettle capacity. The larger the kettle capacity, the greater the quantity of popped popcorn per batch. You can always use fewer ingredients per batch with any of the Paramount Popcorn Machine models, also resulting in shorter batch popping times (example: 4oz of kernels in an 8oz kettle). Attempting to pop more per batch however will quickly increase the quantity of "old maids" or unpopped kernels.

* Popcorn Machine Size Comparison Chart Coming Soon *

Is a cart/trolley for a popcorn machine needed?
No, all Paramount Popcorn Machines can stand alone on a counter or tabletop. The cart sections are optional for use with some of the popcorn machine models. A popcorn machine can be combined with the matching Cart Section for an attractive unit that adds charm and appeal to anywhere popcorn is enjoyed. The Cart Section furnishes a storage location for popcorn serving bags and tubs, serving accessories, and popcorn ingredients.

Are spare & replacement popcorn machine parts available?
Yes, please visit www.KeepItPoppin.com for viewing and obtaining spare and replacement popcorn machine parts or components.

What does ‘ounces' (oz) mean in relation to popcorn kernels?
Raw unpopped popcorn kernels are measured by weight in ounces.

Can you use fewer kernels (e.g. 4oz) with a larger (e.g. 8oz) capacity kettle?
Yes, see "Kettle Capacity" above.

What is the relationship between ounces of popcorn kernels and popped popcorn?
An average ratio of kernels to popped popcorn is 1 ounce of kernels to 4 cups (or 1 quart) of popped popcorn. Here is a chart showing this ratio at various quantities:
Serving Container Usage Chart

How many servings are there per batch? What is the relationship between the amount of popcorn and the number of people that can be served?
An "average serving of popcorn" can vary dramatically depending on the application, such as for personal or family use versus concessionary use. All Paramount Popcorn Machines can pop unlimited batches back-to-back, or pop an unlimited amount of popcorn. Here is a useful chart that can help determine an ideal machine or kettle size based upon your serving size needs:
Serving Container Usage Chart

Here is a useful chart that can help determine the ideal serving container size based upon your specific application needs:
Serving Container Usage Chart

How long does it take to make a single batch of popcorn?
The time it takes to pop popcorn will vary, depending on the quantity and type of ingredients, temperature of the kettle and ingredients, kettle's construction and heating ability, and more. Typically, a batch of popcorn will be completed in approximately 3 to 8 minutes.

What kind of oil should be used to pop popcorn?
A variety of different oils can be used to pop popcorn, determined by personal preference for flavor and nutritional value. Commonly used oils include canola, coconut, corn, peanut, soy, and sunflower oil. Coconut oil is the most commonly used oil for Theater Popcorn at the movies for example. Butter should NOT be used to pop popcorn as butter will burn before reaching the temperature needed to pop popcorn.

What ratio of oil to kernels should be used?
The ratio of oil to kernels can vary based upon a number of factors, including personal preference. Here is a general chart of commonly used popcorn kernel to oil ratios:
Serving Container Usage Chart

What can cause popped popcorn to have a chewy texture?
The use of popped popcorn toppings, such as butter, as well as the type/quantity of oil used can impact the texture. However, popped popcorn will have a chewy texture generally to the degree that it has absorbed moisture. Moisture can be absorbed from the steam during the popping process and from humidity in the air. The moisture level is also impacted by the length of time popcorn is exposed to air and if the popcorn (along with surrounding air) is being heated, as with a "Warming Base" built into various Paramount popcorn machine models.

What causes popcorn kernels to pop?
Popcorn kernels have a hard outer shell, a starchy inside, and a small amount of moisture, optimally 13.5%. As the popcorn kernel is heated to a temperature of about 350°F / 180°C, the moisture turns to steam. Because of the hard shell, the steam cannot escape, causing enough pressure to make the kernel ‘explode’ or turn inside out. Popcorn pops best in oil that has reached a temperature of 400°- 460°.

Why don’t some of the popcorn kernels pop, i.e. “old maids”?
Some kernels don’t pop because they do not have enough moisture to create enough steam for an explosion. Also, if the outer shell (hull) wasn’t strong enough to hold the pressure, the steam will escape gradually rather than cause the popping explosion.

What is the best way to store popcorn kernels?
If stored properly, popcorn kernels can last for a very long time. Store unpopped popcorn kernels in a tightly sealed container. The sealed container blocks out humidity and helps to maintain constant moisture content. If your popcorn isn’t stored in an airtight container and kept at room temperature (on the cool side), you risk drying out the kernels, increasing the odds for unpopped “old maids”. Popcorn kernels can eventually go “bad” if not stored properly.

What is the shelf life of popcorn kernels?
Popcorn kernels have an indefinite shelf life as long as they are stored in ideal conditions. Refrigeration of popcorn kernels is not recommended. However for best results, usage is recommended for within one year from purchase.

What are the different types of popcorn kernels?
Although unpopped popcorn kernels look alike, there are two main types, butterfly and mushroom, based on the shape of the popcorn when the kernel pops. Butterfly popcorn has an irregular shape with ‘wings’ extending out, are tender, light and fluffy, and are typically used by theaters and concessions. Mushroom popcorn is compact, ball-shaped, larger, denser and less fragile, and is most often used for ‘gourmet’ popcorn coated with caramel, cheese, chocolate, etc or to make kettle corn.

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