January 19th is National Popcorn Day! Today we celebrate a delicious snack that exploded in popularity during the 19th century in America: popcorn! Evidence of its existence dates back thousands of years, and in the 16th century it was recorded that popcorn was very involved in ceremonies of the Aztec people!
While many of us associate it as a companion for the movies, popcorn can be enjoyed at any time. Without toppings, it’s considered a relatively healthy food. Melted butter and salt are a classic, but certainly takes points off an overall health score. Popcorn doesn’t have to be bare to still be enjoyed, though! Small and medium businesses who create gourmet popcorn are showing us that with the right ingredients, this snack can be delicious and healthy.
Popcorn needs a good oil to ‘pop’ in! Instead of standard vegetable oil, many companies and establishments like movie theatres take advantage of the versatile Coconut Oil. Refined Coconut Oil can even be used as an alternative buttery topping. Another top choice for oil to pop the kernels or toss the finished popcorn in is Sunflower Oil. It’s low in saturated fats and high in sought-after unsaturated fatty acids.
If you want something sweet to pair with your salt, there are many natural sweeteners used in popcorn products. Sugar, such as cane sugar or coconut sugar, can be melted down for a caramel sauce. Keto-friendly sweeteners like Monk Fruit Extract only use a little for a powerful sweet punch or to balance out other flavors. Bittersweet fans might prefer their popcorn coated in melted chocolate. We carry two varieties of chocolate wafers that are created to ease the melting process!
Regardless of what popcorn you want to make, Jedwards supplies plenty of ingredients at wholesale pricing for your perfect formulation. Visit our website at bulknaturaloils.com!