Metcalfe’s & Tyrrell’s Popcorn to the test!

Metcalfe’s & Tyrrell’s Popcorn to the test!

Whether you make it at home or buy it, Popcorn is an easy and go to snack…. whether you are gluten free or not. I was round at friend’s with the kids 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.

Wow, these little people are thorough. They made sure that they kept trying each bag …. just to make sure they got the taste right! Talk about taking their job seriously.

Popcorn Fifi Friendly

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.


Tyrells Popcorn Fifi Friendly
Next up was Sweet ‘n Salt by Metcalfe’s Skinny Topcorn. It also came in a foil wrapped bag, was gluten free (the popcorn not the bag), vegetarian friendly and had 80g in the bag. There seemed less packaging as the popcorn was closer to the top of the bag.  Funny how that makes you feel like you are getting more. The other differences were lower calories at 459 per 100g and 19.2g fat versus 24.3g in Tyrrell’s. The ingredients were popped butterfly corn, sugar, rapeseed oil and salt. Again I think I found one random unpopped kernel but I did find flavour hovering around the bottom of the bag.
Metcalfes popcorn Fifi Friendly
As I type I am making sure I grab a few more handfuls to taste. If you are looking for a difference in taste, you would probably struggle to find one. They kind of have the same flavour and it is incredibly moreish. If I was to have both put in a bowl in front of me, have no fear they would be demolished and I would be asking for more.  The only difference I came across was that Metcalfe’s popcorn did appear bigger and fluffier and the Tyrrell’s have more crunch.

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.

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