Ok, so to address your popcorn questions! If you’re doing it the old-fashioned way, you remove the kernels from the mini cobs FIRST. Then follow Ted’s stovetop directions in the post from 12/16/10 below.
One mini cob produces a respectable amount of popcorn for two people.
Now, if you’re going to use a microwave, there’s some debate as to whether or not the kernels first have to be removed from the cob or if the cob can just go in as is. And if as is, whether or not the whole thing has to be inside a paper bag. If anyone has tried the microwave method one way or the other, please post in the comments, we’re all curious!