Who knew the ultimate popcorn maker was just $14 at Amazon?

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Love popcorn? Here's a way to lower your 'corn costs and make it a healthier snack: Grab the Popco Silicone Microwave Popcorn Popper for $14. (And take note: It occasionally goes on sale for a buck or two less. Consider using a tool like CamelCamelCamel to notify you of price drops.)

And if you have Amazon Prime, you’ll get free shipping, of course. Not yet a member? No problem. You can sign up for your free 30-day trial here. (And by the way, those without Prime still get free shipping on orders of $25 or more.)

Microwave popcorn is convenient, no question, so why not just grab a box of it at the store? For starters, there's all that packaging: The outside box, the plastic wrap around each bag and the bag itself — all destined for landfills.

Meanwhile, the store-bought stuff usually contains various additives and preservatives, to say nothing of enough oil, salt and/or butter to destroy any health benefits.

Finally, there's cost: A typical six-pack of, say, Pop Secret might run you about $4 at the grocery store. That can add up pretty quickly.

Once you buy the Popco popper, it's just BYO kernels — which are incredibly cheap by comparison. For example, here's a six-pound (!) bag of Amish Country Popcorn for $15. That's probably enough to accommodate a year's worth of weekend movie nights.

Shop it:Amish Country Popcorn 6-pounds, $15,amazon.com

Meanwhile, the popper itself is fairly ingenious: Just pour in some kernels, add a bit of oil and salt (or not, if you're trying to keep it super-healthy), then zap it in the microwave for a few minutes. The popper is also the bowl you eat from. It's dishwasher-safe, and it also collapses down for easier storage. (Like I said: ingenious.)

I've owned one of these for a couple of years; it produces flawless popcorn every time and ranks high on my list of must-have kitchen gadgets.

Your thoughts? Share your pop secrets (ha!) in the comments section below.

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