New in the Market: Popcorn Indiana

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on June 11, 2012 · 0 comments

We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think.

Two things we know about Americans – everyone snacks and no one eats enough fiber each day. Popcorn fits the bill for both. It is a traditional snack and it is 100% whole grain containing fiber. Before you rush out and eat a bucketful, as with all snacks portion counts.

Though based in New Jersey, the corn in Popcorn Indiana products does come from Indiana.

Popcorn Indiana products – Popcorn/Kettlecorn and Chip’ins – are all popcorn based but the nutrition content does vary so you need to choose carefully if you need to watch calories. We recently tasted 3 varieties in each product line.

Original Movie Theater Popcorn suggests a 2 cup portion which has 160 calories, 12 grams of fat (1.5 are saturated fat), 5 milligrams of cholesterol, no trans fat, 13 grams of carb (no sugar and 3 grams of fiber) and 190 milligrams of sodium.

Kettlecorn Cinnamon Sugar and Sweet & Tangy BBQ both suggest a 2.5 cup portion with 130 calories, 4.5 grams of fat (no saturated fat, trans fat or cholesterol), 21 grams of carb (including 7 grams of sugar and 2 grams of fiber). Cinnamon Sugar has 115 milligrams of sodium and Sweet & Tangy BBQ has 160 milligrams.

Chip’ins are triangle shaped popcorn chips which is an interesting variation on the standard chip and would work well for dipping. We tried White Cheddar, Sea Salt, and Jalapeno Ranch. All were crunchy and the flavor was true to the variety name. Each variety suggests 1-ounce or 18 chips as a serving. The calories (120 to 130 per serving) and nutrition profile were similar – 4 grams fat (no saturated fat, trans fat or cholesterol), 21 to 22 grams of carb, 0 to 1 gram of sugar, 1 gram of fiber and 230 to 240 milligrams of sodium.

Popcorn is naturally gluten free. The brand is certified kosher (OU).

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