Commenting on the best popcorn, dining with family or hosting a party? These innovations can make the perfect pairing.
By Samara Engles Wilderman
U.S. popcorn consumption is up 4.2%, according to the Conagra Brands CFO. Whether you choose to grab a bowl of homemade or canned before a movie, or enjoy that crisp-coated corn in a bowl or on your plate, you’re in luck: Popcorn will never look the same again. Here’s how to get the best popcorn.
It’s a surprisingly complicated business, and the corn rises and falls in price depending on the season. But how can you tell whether your popcorn is truly corn, or some kind of corn flour? Check the label. According to the SkinnyTaste blog, corn should read 90% or more “corn meal” and “corn flour.”
Popcorn kernels are dried and protected in what’s known as a spud, or a pulpy bean. But the corn isn’t the most valuable part. The liquid inside the kernels is.
In 2011, Kellogg introduced a corn product, “Pop Secret”: a tasty and nutritious dip that adds nutritional value to a bowl of popcorn. At the time, Pop Secret dipped was a spud made from a modified corn product called Maison Germain, which boasts more vitamins, minerals and protein than regular popcorn.
But the new hybrid, “Popcorn Flakes,” is “more nutritious,” according to Kellogg. “We’ve added potassium, magnesium and vitamin A [all of which were depleted by the Maison Germain]. We’ve reduced carbs and increased fiber.” The result is a spud with more vitamins, fewer carbs, and a more realistic texture.
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