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Commercial 4 oz Theater Popcorn Machine Maker Concession Circus w/ Cart Black

Item: ES1104220CT

List Price: $910.00  

Price: $662.95

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**PLEASE NOTE - This is for ONE 4 oz Popcorn Machine with a Matching Cart (the one on the far right in the first photo). The second photo is for display purposes only and is better showing the included cart (the one on the right with the smaller wheels). The first photo is showing all 3 available sizes from left-to-right: 8 oz Popper with Cart, 6 oz Popper with Cart, and lastly the 4 oz Popper with Cart. For the other sizes, see our other items or contact us.
  • Made in the USA
  • Pops 92 oz per hour! (1 oz = 2 cups popped popcorn)
  • High-Output, Hard-Coat Anodized Aluminum Kettle
  • Side-Hinged Kettle
  • Sturdy Cabinet Construction
  • Stainless Steel "Foodzone" Food Surface
  • Tempered Glass Panels
  • Built in Warming Deck
  • Old Maid Drawer (catches unpopped kernels)
  • Presentation Lamp
  • 120 Volt, 1200 Watt, 10 Amp
  • ETL Approved to UL 197, CSA 22.2 No. 109, NSF-4
  • Cart Info:
    • Sturdy all steel construction
    • Chip resistant Powder Coated Paint Finish
    • Convenient storage area

  • Limited LIFETIME Warranty (for residential setting only; commercial setting has 3 Year Warranty)
  • Popper Dimensions: 16" x 14" x 24"
  • Cart Dimensions: 16" x 34" x 30"
  • Weight: approx. 96 lbs

Please note this is for only ONE 4 oz popcorn machine. First photo shows from left: 8 oz, 6 oz, & 4 oz poppers. Second photo shows from left: 8 oz / 6 oz Cart & 4 oz Cart (smaller wheels).

Paragon popcorn machines produce delicious, theater-quality popcorn every time. All of our poppers are user friendly, easy to maintain, and safe!

All Paragon machines are commercial grade equipment. This means they are actually meant to be run 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. These are the same products as what you see in theatres. That is why we can offer a LIMITED LIFETIME Warranty on this item (for residential settings only - commercial settings will have a 3 Year Warranty instead).

High Output, Hard Coat-Anodized Aluminum Kettle:
Poppers feature high output, hard coat anodized aluminum kettles for optimum performance and easy cleaning.

Side-Hinged Kettle:
Our side-hinged kettles are simple to operate and maintain. Just wipe with a damp cloth regularly to eliminate most of the baked-on carbon.

Stainless Steel Foodzone and Tempered Glass Panels:
The stainless steel bottom trays, drop doors, and old-maid drawers are removable for quick cleaning. Tempered glass side and back panels are designed for safety and easy cleaning.

Old Maid Drawer:
A removable, stainless steel drawer in the base of the popper collects the unpopped kernels, or "old maids."

Built in Warming Deck:
Most of our poppers incorporate a 50-watt heating element underneath the bottom tray that keeps all of the popcorn in the cabinet - not just the top - at the ideal serving temperature.

Presentation Lamp:
A 50-watt R20 lamp lights the cabinet interior for operator convenience and highlights the popped corn for added impulse sales.

Sturdy Cabinet Construction:
Our cabinets feature aluminum extruded side post construction to withstand heavy commercial use without damage. This design also protects wiring from oil residues that cause operation interruptions.

What Size Popcorn Machine Do I Need?
The best way to determine the actual size machine you will need is to figure out how many one-ounce servings you will go through in your busiest hour. A one-ounce serving is a bag approximately 3 -1/2 " wide by 2" deep and 8" tall (if you use a different serving size, convert it to one ounce servings). Divide the number of one-ounce servings per hour by 16 and you will have the size machine you will need to meet your busiest demand. Example: In the busiest hour you use 125 one-ounce servings. 125 divided by 16 equals 7.81, so you should order an eight-ounce machine.

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 design to cook a kettle of kernels in approximately 3-1/2 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 effect 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 or aluminum cleanout trays, aluminum corner posts and either plated or anodized kettles. These surfaces can be cleaned using standard window cleaner. 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 which will allow you to clean it to near new conditions.

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. If the expansion ratio is over 44, the popcorn becomes very brittle and tends to break apart into small pieces.

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