By Kathryn Hatter

Get it fast and make it delicious with a hot air popcorn popper. You don't need cooking oil to pop up a batch of fluffy, white popcorn when you use a hot air popcorn popper. Melt a little butter in the top of the machine if you wish, but this is optional if you would rather keep your popcorn low in fat and calories. With a hot air popper, you can make tasty popcorn quickly and simply.

Make a batch of light and fluffy popcorn.

Step 1

Place the hot air popper onto the counter and remove the cover from the base.

Step 2

Use the butter-melting cup (which doubles as a measuring cup) to measure 1/2-cup of popcorn. Pour the popcorn into the base of the unit.

Step 3

Place the cover onto the base and put the butter-melting cup into the top of the cover.

Step 4

Place as much as 3 tbsp. of butter or margarine into the butter-melting cup.

Step 5

Position the bowl beneath the chute of the cover to catch the popped popcorn as it flows out of the base.

Step 6

Plug the hot air popper in and allow it to operate to warm the popcorn kernels in the base. As the popcorn pops, the butter or margarine in the butter-melting cup will melt.

Step 7

Unplug the popcorn popper after the popcorn finishes popping -- approximately three minutes.

Step 8

Pour the melted butter or margarine over the popped popcorn. Add salt to the popcorn, if you desire.

Step 9

Discard any unpopped kernels from the bottom of the base.

Step 10

Allow the popcorn popper to cool after you finish popping the popcorn. Wash the cover and the butter-melting cup by hand with dishwashing detergent. Rinse these pieces well with warm water.