Tasty Microwave Popcorn popper

This is our review for the Tasty Microwave Popcorn Popper.

It's also better known as the Ecolution Original Microwave Micro-Pop Popcorn Maker.

Manufactured by the same company with the same award winning design. Just branded a little differently for marketing purposes. More information detailing this concept in the "fun facts" section below this first picture.

Tasty Microwave Popcorn Popper, also known as the Ecolution Original Micro-Pop Popper.

Fun Facts About The Tasty Microwave Popper

Here's some brief background information about the companies involved with this product.

Just in case you were confused, as I was at first, it will help explain how and why the same exact product contains two different names (depending on where you find it for sale at).

Tasty and Ecolution are brands operated and manufactured by Epoca International, Inc.

  • Tasty is a licensed brand, which is a trademark of BuzzFeed, Inc.
  • Ecolution is an owned brand by Epoca International, Inc.

Tasty is the world's largest food network. At the time of writing this, they have 65 billion video views, 92 million Facebook followers, and 35 million Instagram followers. Quite impressive, right?

Okay, enough with the boring stuff. Let's get this poppin off!

Ecolution/Tasty Microwave Popcorn Maker Review

These are currently available in two sizes and a few different colors.

  • They have a 1 1/2 quart Snack Size, which I am reviewing here.
  • And a 3 quart Family Size.

Both come with the protective holders.

The 3 quart Family Size has the option of not having the protective holder, which appears to be the original 3 quart micro-pop. I assume that this was part of their original design. According to the warnings, it states that the protective holder is not intended to separate.

Their most common color is red. They're also available in blue, yellow, orange, purple, pine green, lime green, and fuchsia (hot pink).

Also available in 2 packs. Perfect for twinning with your bestie, or just wanting matching sets.

Multiple colors and 2 packs can be found here.

The Tasty Popcorn Popper Packaging

This little thing immediately caught my eye in the store.

But, what really got my attention, was what I discovered after I picked it up off of the shelf.

The packaging is loaded with lots of pun-filled sayings. Although some of it sounds kind of cheesy, I couldn't help myself from laughing out loud right there in the store. I just wasn't expecting to see this type of stuff written on normal product packaging. Not that it's unusual, it just caught me off guard.

These also are sold packaged up in a box, especially if ordering them online.

Front package of the Tasty popcorn popper.Front of package.

The front is mainly just showcasing what the popper is, along with a few other small statements to grab your attention, and to make us feel comfortable with owning one.

Top of the Tasty popcorn maker package.Top of package.

The top is just informing us that using this glass bowl is healthier than using pre-packaged microwave popcorn, which are lined with icky chemicals. I concur!

Back of the Tasty popcorn maker packaging.Back of package.

The back demonstrates how simple it is to use, in just 3 easy steps.

So now, we've pulled the cardboard packaging off of the bowl.

There's a plastic zip tie thing-a-ma-jig wrapped around the handle and the lid. This is just to ensure that the bowl and lid aren't separated prior to the consumer getting it home all in one piece.

Go ahead and cut that off and discard it. We definitely don't want that junk melting in the microwave.

Cutting the plastic zip tie from the lid of the Tasty popcorn maker.Snipping the zip tie.
The Tasty/Ecolution micro-pop popper.The popper.

After removing the booklet from inside the bowl, I took a quick look at the cute little bowl in all it's glory.

My immediate first thought was that it looks just like a coffee pot.

Since I got this right before Halloween, I also thought it could be used as a candy bowl, maybe even throughout the holiday seasons. Or maybe even as a mint jar for the office where my wife works.

Others have said that it might be cool to use as a little fish bowl.

Comment down below in the Facebook commenting section if you've found other uses for this bowl, other than making popcorn in it.

The Instructions, Warnings, And Tips Booklet

Tips and a popcorn recipe courtesy of Tasty.Tips and a popcorn recipe.

As shown directly above and below, this is the front and back sides of the little booklet that came inside the Tasty Microwave Popcorn Popper bowl.

One side provides important warnings, safety and care, and the microwave popcorn popping instructions.

The other side gives some pretty cool and valuable tips to help assist you and I with making popcorn as perfect as it possibly can be. And there's a recipe just in case you want to switch things up and doctor up your popcorn.

One of my favorite statements they say is, "Staring contests with microwaves are not recommended."

Warnings, safety care, and instructions for the Tasty popcorn popper.Warnings, safety care, and instructions.

Although nearly the entire packing stuff is full of puns and funny excerpts to make us laugh, they know when to get serious.

They do not take the Warnings and the Safety & Care sections lightly. They're all serious business with that, as we all should be. Safety always comes first a foremost. Then we can pop it like it's hot!

Tasty Microwave Popcorn Popper Directions

As mentioned above earlier in this article, the instructions are really simple and easy...

  1. Add kernels to the fill line (equates to 1/8 cup).
  2. Pour kernels into the bowl and place the lid on top of the popper. If desired, add butter to the top of the lid.
  3. Place it in the microwave for about 2:30 to 3:00 minutes. When the popping slows to about 2-4 seconds in between pops, stop the microwave.
Adding the popcorn kernels to the fill line.Add kernels to fill line.
Pour the kernels into the bowl and replace lid on top.Dump kernels into bowl.
Add a pat of butter to the lid of the popcorn maker.Options for butter.

Allow it to cool for a minute before handling it. Season and enjoy your snack.

Popped popcorn in the Tasty microwave bowl.Fresh popped popcorn removed from the microwave.

Final Thoughts Concluding Our Test Results

The one and only thing that I was concerned about was that it melted my butter too quickly. However, that doesn't seem to be a major issue because it could perhaps be fixed in one of three ways...

  • Freeze the butter first (or chill butter at a colder temperature than your normal refrigerator is set to).
  • Preheat the bowl for 30 seconds.
  • Or just don't use butter while it's cooking (I personally prefer to pour melted butter on after popcorn has popped).

There are a couple of major things that I check for...

I always check for unpopped kernels and burnt popcorn.

To my delight, there weren't any burned, nor were there 'old maids'.



Moving forward.

If you have experienced any issues with this popper, aside from the glass cracking or breaking, the plastic melting, or any other crazy warranty stuff, my suggestions are as follows...

As with anything, familiarize yourself with whatever products you have until you get it dialed in just right.

Just like the instructions dictate, all microwaves are different.

Therefore, it may take a few tries with some trial and error, making some minor adjustments here and there, until you start making perfectly popped popcorn with this popper.

Pros


  • Easy to use
  • 2 Size options
  • Protective handle
  • 3-in-1 lid
  • Affordable
  • Dishwasher safe
  • BPA & PFOA-free

Cons


  • Glass is susceptible to breaking
  • Recommend using in a rotating microwave
Perfectly cooked popcorn using the Tasty Microwave Popcorn Popper, also known as the Ecolution Micro-Pop.Perfectly cooked popcorn using the Tasty Microwave Popcorn Popper, also known as the Ecolution Micro-Pop.

For some reason, their own website sells these marked up at a higher price. I don't have the slightest clue as to why they would charge more than other places.

Amazon sells the Original Ecolution Microwave Micro-Pop for the same price point amount as I bought mine for...

Click here to check current price and availability and reviews for the Tasty Microwave Popcorn Popper.

Final Note: The Tasty Microwave Popcorn Popper was the winner of the 2016 Good Design Award, awarded by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture & Design.


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