owner`s manual - Snappy Popcorn
Model Numbers
1104510 (120 volts)
1108510 (120 volts)
1204510 (230 volts)
1208510 (230 volts)
4 oz and 8 oz Popcorn Machines
Paragon International, Inc • 731 W. 18th Street • P.O. Box 560 • Nevada, IA 50201 USA
Phone (515) 382-8000 • Toll-free (800) 433-0333 • Fax (515) 382-8001 • Email: info@manufacturedfun.com
Paragon values your continued safety above all else. Please follow these guidelines when using your equipment to
prevent injury and maximize product performance:
No direct contact to equipment by the general public should be allowed when used in
food service locations. Only trained personnel should operate this equipment.
Carefully read any and all instructions before beginning operation of the equipment.
Always wear safety glasses when servicing equipment.
Kettle reaches extreme heat during operation. To avoid injury, NEVER touch kettle
while hot.
Any alterations made to equipment by anyone other than certified Paragon personnel
will void warranty and may also create unsafe working conditions. NEVER make
alterations to the equipment.
Machine must be properly grounded to prevent electrical shock.
Do NOT immerse kettle, or any other part of this equipment in water. Doing so may
damage equipment and prevent it from working properly.
Always unplug equipment before cleaning or servicing to prevent electric shock.
Our goal is to provide you with the best solutions to attract customers, expand your business, and improve
your profits. That’s why this product has been specially-crafted to meet precise specifications for
performance, efficiency, and output.
Your Paragon Popper features:
A high-output, hard-coat anodized aluminum kettle for powerful performance and easy cleaning.
Convenient side-hinged kettle that makes it a snap to operate and to clean.
Sturdy cabinet construction that withstands heavy commercial use and maintains attractive
Tempered glass panels for easy cleaning.
Presentation lamp which creates an attractive display setting for increased impulse buying.
Should you have any questions about your equipment, or would like to know more about our other
innovative concession equipment and supplies, please contact us at 1-800-433-0333 or visit us on the
web at: Manufacturedfun.com
Thank you for your purchase and enjoy!
This product requires a properly-grounded 120 volt supply with a 15 amp circuit. The Paragon Thrifty Pop 4
oz Popper has a current draw of 9.2 amps. The Paragon Thrifty Pop 8 oz. Popper has a current draw of
11.2 amps. (Export voltage is 230VAC)
We recommend your Paragon Popcorn Machine be plugged directly into a dedicated outlet. Extension
cords may create a safety hazard and reduce its performance.
Be sure outlet accepts three (3) prong grounded plug. DO NOT use a three (3) prong to two (2) prong
Paragon carefully inspects each product during assembly and after completion to adhere to strict quality
guidelines, and packs it securely to ensure safe delivery to each of our customers. Be sure to carefully
remove all packing material and adhesive before any operation. Please examine your product to guarantee
all equipment has arrived, complete and in good condition.
If you believe that any damage may have occurred during shipment or parts may be missing, please
contact Paragon immediately for replacement.
How much will my popcorn popper produce?
The Paragon 4 oz. Popper will yield 92 ounces of popcorn per hour.
The Paragon 8 oz Popper will yield 147 ounces of popcorn per hour.
Why are hard-coat anodized aluminum kettles considered the best?
When you are cooking popcorn there are two key elements: heat transfer and ease of
cleaning. Aluminum provides the best heat transfer of any approved cooking material which
means that the heat from the elements transfer completely to the food, resulting in much
better performance. When you anodize aluminum you are changing the molecular surface of
the aluminum and filling in the pores of the material. This makes a very smooth and slippery
surface which can be cleaned very easily and is extremely durable.
What makes popcorn pop?
A popcorn kernel actually has approximately 12% moisture inside of it. As you heat up the
kernel, the moisture turns into steam and expands. Once the kernel reaches 475 degrees
Fahrenheit the expanding steam forces the hull to explode (or pop).
How long does it take to cook a batch of popcorn?
All Paragon poppers are designed to cook a kettle of kernels in approximately 3-5 minutes.
The cycle time is based on having the kettle heated to cooking temperature before loading
the kettle.
What type of oil should I use to cook popcorn?
The type of oil that you use will affect the taste of the popcorn. The most common type that
is used is coconut oil. It normally is regarded as the best tasting and has long been a staple
at movie theaters. However, many health conscious people prefer canola oil due to its lower
fat and cholesterol content. Other types that are often used are sunflower, peanut and soy.
What’s the best way to keep my popcorn machine clean?
All Paragon poppers utilize tempered glass panels, stainless steel cleanout trays, aluminum
corner posts and anodized kettles. These surfaces can be cleaned using vinegar and water
solution. The use of ammonia based cleaners is not recommended. You will want to note
that you should never submerge a kettle in any type of liquid because it has electrical
components inside of it that can short out. Paragon kettles are designed to be wiped out with
a clean cloth after each use. Should you have a kettle that gets burned-on oil stains you can
order Paragon’s kettle cleaning kit (part #1075) which will allow you to clean it to near new
What is “expansion ratio” on popcorn and what is the optimum level?
Expansion ratio refers to the increase in volume that occurs as popcorn pops. It is
determined by measuring the volume of popcorn prior to and after popping. An expansion
ratio between 40 and 44 is usually considered ideal. If the expansion is less than 40, the
popped corn can be a little chewy and if the expansion ratio is over 44 the popcorn becomes
very brittle and tends to break apart into small pieces.
Be sure equipment is connected to properly grounded 120 volt power supply with 15 amp circuit.
1. Turn on two switches. (Located in the chassis above the door.)
2. Allow kettle to warm for approximately 5 minutes.
3. BULK SUPPLIES: Place one measure of oil in kettle. Immediately add one measure of raw popcorn
plus seasoning salt. Pull lid closed to prevent stray kernels. (Lid is held in place by magnet directly
above the kettle.)
NOTE: Corn and Oil measures:
For a 4 ounce Popper use 1/6-1/4 cup of oil and 4 ounces (1/2 cup) of raw corn.
For an 8 ounce Popper use 2/3 cup of oil and 8 ounces (1 cup) of raw corn.
PORTION PACKS: Cut off top of plastic pack. Dump entire contents in kettle. Pull lid closed to
prevent stray kernels. Use appropriate size pre-measured pack for machine.
4. While corn is popping, keep front operator doors slightly ajar to prevent fogging. Keep hopper door at
“out” position to aid in catching stray popcorn.
5. Allow corn to pop until popping ceases, usually when 3-4 seconds lapse between pops. Then pour
remaining popped corn from kettle by rotating handle clockwise 1/3 turn and pulling downward.
6. Repeat steps 1-5 for additional batches.
7. Turn KETTLE switch to OFF position when finished preparing popcorn; POWER or LIGHT switch may
remain ON to display and heat popcorn.
KETTLE WILL BE HOT! Please be sure to avoid direct contact with the kettle during the popping
Kettle Care
The Paragon exclusive popcorn kettle, with patented heater arrangement, consists of a double (two part)
unit for maximum efficiency at minimum expense with low-cost maintenance.
NOTE: To avoid heavy build-up of deposits that require specialized cleaning, please follow these
1. Wipe, with soft towel or cloth, excess oil from exterior and interior of kettle as often as possible.
2. Excessive or careless use of popping oil may result in kettle damage.
3. Always be sure to turn KETTLE switch to OFF when popping is complete.
4. For heavily carbonized kettles, Paragon recommends the use of Kettle Cleaning Kit (part #1075).
Kettle Removal
1. Make sure unit is NOT connected to a power supply. UNPLUG power cord.
2. Unplug the kettle pigtail from the socket located in the chassis of the machine (ceiling).
3. Pull the clip off the hinge pin.
4. Pull the hinge pin out of the kettle hanger to free kettle.
TO INSTALL: Reverse steps 1-4.
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