Thanks to Pop Secret for sponsoring today’s burnt popcorn horror story.

When I was a college dorm resident, there was no greater crime than burning popcorn. The smell stank up the whole floor, and it lingered for hours after the offense. It never failed that someone burned popcorn at least once a week, usually late at night after an evening of enjoying all college has to offer.  I never liked the smell of burnt popcorn; after college I hated it.

Unfortunately, burnt popcorn is still a problem for us today. Having two crazy children means I can’t always stand by the microwave and monitor the popcorn popping. The kids don’t care; they’d rather be throwing blocks at each other. And then they’re upset when the kitchen stinks and the popcorn is gross. If only there was a way to keep them occupied and also achieve the perfect bag of popcorn….

As a wise man once said — there’s an iPhone app for that.

Pop Secret has released the Perfect Pop App, which will actually monitor your bag of popcorn and let you know when it’s perfectly popped. Yes, really. I know it sounds like a totally crazy thing, but it’s really easy and it really works. Here’s the lowdown:

Pop Secret Perfect Pop App

1. Put a bag of Pop Secret in the microwave and enter suggested cooking time from the packaging. Note: Perfect Pop is optimized for the deliciousness of Pop Secret popcorn only.

2. Turn up the volume on your iPhone. Point the phone’s speaker towards the microwave and keep within 3 feet.

3. Start the microwave, and then start the app.

The boys and tried this with our movie tonight, and I was surprised by how cool the app is. You get fun movie facts while your popcorn cooks, and you see the phone flash as kernels start popping. This “inside the bag” view was a lot of fun for the boys, and kept any wars from breaking out in the living room while I cooked popcorn in the kitchen.

Pop Secret Perfect Pop App

For some fun on your next movie night, grab some Pop Secret popcorn and download the free Perfect Pop app. You’ll have fun making popcorn together, and a perfectly popped healthy snack. Best of all, your kitchen won’t stink like my college dorm.

Pop Secret Perfect Pop App