Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A Delicious, Party Perfect Snack - @Popcorn_Indiana

As the clock ticks down to midnight, I know there's a flurry of parties and other gatherings about to kick off. If you're anything like my family, food is one of the last things on your mind right now, but the fact is, whether you're hosting (or attending) a cocktail soiree for twenty or an intimate movie night for two, you will need something to snack on.

Luckily, popcorn is a treat that is both light to eat and easy to serve (just check out these festive cones!), and not only that - it's a naturally gluten free, vegan whole grain food kids will go crazy for! With so many variations available, it can be hard to decide which is the best balance for taste, nutrition, convenience and cost - and Popcorn, Indiana is a worthy contender! Proclaimed an "innovator of all-natural popcorn", the company is all about healthier, convenient snacks that deliver big flavour. In their  facility, there are special kettles that are filled by hand and popcorn chefs who do nothing but dream up fantastic flavor combinations. All the company's whole grain products are certified gluten-free by the The Gluten-Free Certification Organization  and are made from non-GMO corn. With a mission to show North Americans "What Fun Tastes Like, one kernel at a time", I think they're well up to the task.

Warm, unburned popcorn can be a hassle if you're entertaining a crowd, which is one of the reasons I love the "warm up bag" idea from the folks at Popcorn, Indiana. I served their Movie Theatre popcorn this holiday, and it came out of the bag piping hot, without being soggy or burned. Taste-wise, it definitely had the "cinema" flavour, which was a hit with the movie-philes in the house and not so overwhelming that those of us preferring more "natural" popcorn couldn't stomach it. At only 160 calories per two-cup serving, it's a lot easier on the waistline, not to mention will save you some green - no need to splurge on a bucket of popcorn at the theatre when you can have TV on Demand and a bag of this at home!

For those of us with New Year's resolutions to keep, the company also makes a line of "Biggest Loser" approved popcorn called Fit. Fit currently comes in four flavours (Sea Salt, Real Butter, Parmesan & Herb and Olive Oil) ranging from 37-40 calories a cup. Definitely less greasy than any standard popcorn and even fresher-tasting than the Movie Butter variety to me, this would be my go-to for kid's parties and general snacking - though the two "gourmet" flavours beg for a recipe application (savoury popcorn balls or bars, perhaps?). When this becomes available in my local grocery store, I will definitely be looking for it!

So, whether you're hosting tonight or simply looking for a healthier snack-time craving satisfier, it's time to take a new look at popcorn and imagine the delicious year ahead!

Popcorn, Indiana offers an assortment of flavours, including Kettlecorn, Aged White Cheddar, Touch of Sea Salt, Cinnamon Sugar, Sweet & Tangy BBQ, Bacon Ranch, Buffalo Cheddar and Smoked Cheddar. Along with their "standard style" popcorns, the company also offers chocolate-cloaked "Drizzlecorn", granola-style clusters and dippable chips.

Follow them on Twitter:@Popcorn_Indiana and Facebook

Disclosure: I was provided free product for the purpose of review. I was not monetarily compensated in any way. 

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