Whether you make it at home or buy it, Popcorn is an easy go to gluten free snack…. whether you are gluten free or not. I was round at friend’s the other day and out of all the snacks it was the popcorn that was obliterated first and replenished another two times. Clearly a favourite. Whilst out on my supermarket shop yesterday I bought two popcorn brands to put head to head. Tyrrell’s Proper Popcorn Sweet & Salty against Metcalfe’s Skinny Topcorn Sweet ‘n Salt. I wondered how I was going to decide but luckily these two little reprobates offered to help.
We started off with Tyrrell’s Sweet & Salty. Lets get the important information out the way. 80g foil wrapped bag. Gluten Free. Vegetarian Friendly. 507 Calories per 100g. Ingredients were popped corn, sunflower oil, sugar and sea salt. On the front of the fab designed bag it says there are 116 calories per 23g serving. Which is great …. but I am yet to meet anyone who has a serving of popcorn and can stop at 23g! The flavour of the popcorn was evenly spread out and when you got to the bottom it was not laden with salt or granules of flavour. There was a warning on the packet to say that there may be some unpopped kernels, that said I think we only came across one.
My test tasters said they preferred Metcalfe’s and when I pressed them as to why they struggled to say …. helpful. I suspect it is because they had to dig their hands in the bag less deeply to get more popcorn out!! On a separate note the Metcalfe’s bag also did not rip when the tasters were both trying to fight to get their hands in the bag!! Happy Snacking.