Decades ago -- back in the day -- vendors sold freshly popped corn from carts on street corners. Today we can recreate the aesthetic of old-time popcorn makers, using The Nostalgia Popcorn Maker, which captures this old-fashioned method using new products. The poppers look like vintage carts, come in a variety of sizes, but essentially operate in the same way. Oil heats the corn kernels until they begin to pop. You can make almost any variety of popcorn in the popper; just add seasonings or flavors to taste .

Set the Nostalgia Popcorn Maker on a sturdy, flat surface near an electrical outlet. Keeping the switch in the off position, plug in the machine.

Pour 1 tbsp. vegetable oil per 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels into the suspended metal popper. Next, pour in the popcorn kernels. Close the lid on the metal popper.

Close the door of the popcorn maker and press the "On" switch.

Keep a close eye on the popcorn as it's cooking. The amount of time it will take to pop completely depends on the amount of kernels you use. For example, 1/4 cup of kernels takes two to three minutes to pop. Once the popping begins to slow down to a near stop, turn off the popper.

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Open the door and scoop out the popcorn. Season to taste.

Check out some more easy-to-make go to study break snacks here.

Tip

For a fully old-fashioned effect, serve popcorn in reusable containers made to look like movie theater popcorn

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Racheal Ambrose started writing professionally in 2007. She has worked for the minority publishing company Elite Media Group Inc., Ball Bearings online magazine, "Ball State Daily News" and "The Herald Bulletin." Her articles focus on minority and women's issues, children, crafts, housekeeping and green living. Ambrose holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Ball State University.