Instructions for Use

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Sweet & Easy Snack Machine - Instructions

Please see the FAQ for answers to many common questions.

Seasoning Instructions: First Time Use

  • Wash the pan fresh out of the box. Then season it by doing the following:
    • Pour a tablespoon of vegetable oil into the pan
    • Tilt and roll the pan to coat the bottom and sides
    • Heat for 20 seconds, or until oil is hot (do not leave pan unattended)
    • Remove from heat and allow to cool
    • Wipe out with a paper towel

Popping Instructions

  1. Pour ingredients in the popper, according to the measurements below. Use the proper combination of oil and popping corn.
    Full batch of popcorn (6-quart, 24 cups): 1/2 cup popping corn* and 1-3 tablespoons oil**
    Partial batch of popcorn (1-quart, 4 cups): 1 tablespoon popping corn* and 1 teaspoon oil**
    *Because some gourmet hybrids, such as Baby White, Ladyfinger, or Baby Yellow, pop up smaller, you may need to add more popping corn to make a full batch.
    **As you become familiar with your Sweet & Easy, you may find you can reduce the amount of oil to as low as a single teaspoon, which reduces fat content.
  2. Before placing the popcorn popper on your gas or electric stove, follow these instructions. If electric, preheat the burner to medium-high heat before placing the popper with ingredients on the burner. If gas, place popper with ingredients on burner and set to medium heat.
  3. Hold the side handle with one hand and slowly turn the top crank in a clockwise direction with your other hand. Continue stirring like this through the entire process (about 3 minutes), until you only hear an occasional pop or until the crank becomes somewhat difficult to turn. DO NOT force the crank.
  4. Remove from heat immediately. Open the lid flap (be cautious of steam), lock in place, and pour popped corn into a serving bowl. Let stand a minute or two to maximize crispiness. Add butter, salt, or your favorite seasonings and enjoy!

Nut Roasting: Serving, Storing, and Reheating Instructions

  • Follow initial roasting instructions for the specific recipe you have chosen. Once nuts are cooked, using a wooden spoon or spatula, immediately spread hot nuts on a non-stick or wax-paper covered cookie sheet to cool. Gently separate nuts with a wooden spoon. Nuts will be very hot – do not eat until cooled.
  • To store, be sure nuts are thoroughly cooled and then pour into an airtight container. Refrigerate to retain freshness or freeze for future use.
  • To reheat for serving (Microwave): Spread ¼ pound of glazed nuts on a flat plate and cover with paper towel. Heat on lowest setting for 2 ½ minutes, rotating plate halfway through heating. Increase time to 3 ½ minutes for ½ pound.
  • To reheat for serving (Conventional Oven): Preheat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Spread ¼ pound of glazed nuts on a non-stick cookie sheet and cover with aluminum foil. Heat at 250 for approximately 7 minutes; increase time to 10 minutes for ½ pound.

Sweet & Easy Snack Machine – Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: What type of oil should I use when popping popcorn?
    A: Any cooking oil will work; however, most users prefer coconut, canola, peanut, or olive oil
  • Q: What kind of popping corn should I use?
    A: Any popping corn will work, but for best results use a fresh, gourmet popping corn. You can shop online for products for your Sweet & Easy at
  • Q: Should I put seasonings in my Sweet & Easy while making popcorn?
    A: No, unless it is a special salt-based or sugar-based product. Otherwise, you will likely burn or toughen your popcorn. It's best to add seasonings after the popcorn is in a bowl. Did you know you can add our Movie Theater style seasoning while making popcorn? Shop for it and other popcorn items on
  • Q: How should I heat the pan?
    A: Your Sweet & Easy will perform well on any gas or electric kitchen stovetop or camping stove. On electric stovetops, set your burner for medium to medium-high heat. On a gas or camping stove, set burner to medium heat. However, heat settings will vary, so you might have to adjust to find your optimum setting. The goal when making popcorn is a 2-3 minute popping time. Keep in mind that the Sweet & Easy is made out of stainless steel, so popping time may be a little longer.
  • Q: How long and how fast should I stir the crank?
    A: Stir continuously all the way from start to finish. Your stirring speed is not as important, but most users find it best to begin slowly during the heating process and then quicken a bit to a steadier pace through the popping process.
  • Q: Which way should I turn the crank?
    A: The stir wire was designed for a clockwise crank motion; however, you may find when making the thicker recipes that it works best to stir in both directions to get the ingredients thoroughly mixed.
  • Q: How do I clean my Sweet & Easy?
    A: If you use your Sweet & Easy every week for popping popcorn, washing is not necessary. Just wipe out with a paper towel. If you are making a thicker, gooier recipe, use this easy cleaning tip: immediately after finishing the recipe in the Sweet & Easy, place in sink, fill with warm soapy water, and let soak. It will clean up in a snap. Do not place in the dishwasher. Dry thoroughly after each use.
  • Q: How do I clean my Sweet & Easy if it has burn marks on the bottom?
    A: Soak in hot, soapy water. If needed, use baking soda and a scouring pad, but nothing stronger. If you are unable to remove all of the burn marks, don't worry. They will not affect your cooking or the taste of the popcorn mixtures.
  • Q: How do I remove or attach the lid on my Sweet & Easy?
    A:   ·Lid Removal: Your lid assembly should be affixed securely by 3 clips-one above the handle, the second directly across from the handle and the third located on the lid half. Make sure your popper is cool before trying to remove the lid. First release the small metal clip holding down the lid half. Then, while holding the black handle with one hand, use the other hand to pull the metal clip, located above the black handle, up gently and it will release from the pan. Continue lifting the lid and remove the entire lid assembly.
          ·Attaching The Lid: While sitting and centering the lid onto the pan, align the metal clip with the black handle. Then press down on the metal clip closest to the black handle, ensuring the clip completely snaps onto the pan. Next, press down on the lid half clip to lock onto the pan. Lastly press down on the metal clip directly across from the handle and lock onto the pan. The lid should now be securely attached to the pan and ready for popping.
  • Q: What if I have more questions?
    A: Call or e-mail us. We'd love to hear from you! Our customer service team is available from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday-Friday. Call us at 800-270-2705 or send

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