The AppLife.

It’s addictive, it’s easy, and it’s how I live.

When Noah was a baby, I used an app to track breastfeeding, sleep, and diaper changes (which was a great improvement over my strategy with the first baby, The Creeptastic Notebook.) I have an app to track my womanly cycles (my husband has been known to ask me to check it to see if it had an explanation for my current mood.) I have an app that gives me a laundry list of every inappropriate word or scene in any movie so that I can decide if my kids (or myself) should watch it (the word list is also pretty entertaining, such as “6 scatalogical terms, 1 with the use of ‘bag’ and 1 with the use of ‘storm’.”) I even have an app to turn off my bathroom electrical outlet, in case I get fifteen minutes away from home and freak out because I might have left my curling iron on (which I never actually do. But just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean you won’t one day burn the house down with a hair implement.)

But now, oh, now. My life is complete.

Perfect Pop

That’s right. I have an app to ensure that I never have excess popcorn waste again. Minimized unpopped kernels, Maximized popped perfection.

Perfect Pop, by Pop Secret, is a free app that listens with an expertly trained ear to tell you exactly when to turn off your microwave. (If I were as smart as Sheldon and Leonard, I would find a way to hook that app with my outlet-switching-off app and get the popcorn app to tell the outlet app to shut off at the exact right second so that my microwave would die in obedience. But then I’d have to reset my microwave clock every time I popped a bag of popcorn, and that seems like it might overwrite the convenience of not having to turn the microwave off myself.)

So. You turn the app on when you start the microwave, and the cute little kernel goes through a bunch of cartoony changes as it listens carefully for pop-progress.

(You need to have the phone’s bottom speakers as close to the microwave as possible, so I took advantage of my superior Game Show Vixen hand flourish.) At the exact right second of perfect poppage, the app congratulates you and instructs you to turn off the microwave.

And the results are delicious. No burnt pieces, and hardly any waste.

I poured out my entire bag and sifted through to quantify that the app did, in fact, reduce the number of unpopped kernels. Here’s what I found:


Only eighteen kernels.

That just has to be below the national unpopped average. I hereby challenge you to pop a bag of popcorn with less than eighteen unpopped kernels. Download “Perfect Pop” on the App Store* by searching for “Perfect Pop.”

In celebration of their groundbreaking new app, the kind people at Pop Secret (you can follow them on Twitter here) have offered to give one of you a $100 Visa Gift Card!

For a chance to win, leave a comment and tell us: Before Pop Secret made it easy, what was your popcorn strategy?


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225 thoughts on “An App for Everything. {And a $100 Giveaway!}

  1. Before popsecret made it easy…we used a hot air popper it was cool but more time consuming :)

  2. I just stand in front of the microwave til it’s done. I’ve burned popcorn at work and the smell is horrible and lingers for days. I can’t try the app because I don’t have a smart phone.

    Thanks for the contest.

  3. Usually check the popcorn every minute or so, and make sure it was still popping.
    Michelle Tucker
    michelletucker at baconnation dot net

  4. I really cannot believe only 18 kernels! That is really unheard of… But my secret was to always not listen on the time on the bag – Just take the popcorn out when it sounded done.. needless to say I have had lots of bad bags!!

    elizzzzzabeth at yahoo dot com

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