It’s hard to not get hungry when you hear fresh kernels go “pop” and see piles of fluffy popped corn spill out of the sides of a popcorn kettle.
People have been enjoying hot, buttery popcorn at events since the late 19th century. The first portable popcorn wagon made its debut at Chicago’s World Fair in 1893.
Today, popcorn is just as popular as ever. That’s why investing in a popcorn machine is a good idea if you want to make money selling snacks.
We recommend that you start off with a portable popcorn machine. Portable popcorn machines are especially good for carnivals, fairs and other big events because they’re easy to setup move around.
When it comes to commercial popcorn machines, there are two names you need to know: Paragon and Great Northern. Both manufacturers have a great reputation for making excellent commercial popcorn machines.
One advantage of going with one of these two big name popcorn manufacturers is that replacement parts are always available. Both Paragon and Great Northern have sections on their websites where you can go to order parts if something breaks.
Another reason to go with Paragon or Great Northern is that both companies have great customer service reputations. Their customer service agents and repairmen go out of their way to help you solve any problems that may arise.
Both Paragon and Great Northern have many imitators that try to offer low cost versions of their classic products. Because imitation popcorn machines are cheaper, you may be tempted to try your luck with one. But if you’re serious about selling popcorn, you should invest in the real deal.
Cut-rate popcorn manufacturers produce popcorn machines that break down and fall apart after a few months of use. Popcorn machines built by Paragon and Great Northern, though, are built to last. If something goes wrong because of a manufacturing flaw, both Paragon and Great Northern will either fix or replace your popper.
The beauty of a selling popcorn is that you don’t have to do much selling at all. Popcorn makes noise as it cooks. It also smells great. Plus, it’s relatively cheap compared to other snack foods that are commonly sold at events.
Here are a few ways to move more product if you plan on selling popped corn:
Whether you’re looking for an indoor movie style popcorn machine or a popcorn machine you can take with you to events, the 1911 Original Popcorn Machine by Paragon is an excellent choice. We love its classic “popcorn machine on wheels” look. The convenient bicycle style travel wheels on the side make it perfect for street use, but its retro design also looks right at home inside as well.
Paragon offers a nearly identical “grown up” black-and-white version of this model called the Contempto, but it’s just not as fun. If you want to sell lots of popcorn, it’s better to go with a colorful popcorn machine that attracts the eye.
This popcorn popper from Great Northern isn’t quite as powerful as our favorite Paragon popper, but it has the same classic design– and a number of useful features that its competition lacks. The built-in control switches allow you to reduce your power consumption when business is slow.
We also like that this popper comes with a number of accessories. With Paragon’s 1911 Original Popcorn Machine, all you get is the device itself.