Some of us enjoy the satisfying staccato pops of little kernels excitedly bursting to life in the microwave or on the stove. For everybody else, and for general on-the-go snacking convenience, there’s popped popcorn.
Let Somebody Else Do the Popping
Who among us hasn’t accidentally tripped the smoke alarm by letting our popcorn sit on the stove just a little bit too long? Somehow, popped popcorn is just about perfect every time, and the bags we sell, made with real, natural ingredients, are even better for you!
Top Brands for Popped Popcorn
These popular brands leave the concession stand in the dust:
Angie’s founders started out making kettle corn in their Minnesota kitchen. Soon, their recipes sold out at local farmers markers and a company was officially born. Not only does Angie’s make incredible snacks, the brand also gives back to organizations supporting women and children.
Skinny Pop is the kind of company that doesn’t believe in artificial ingredients. This company’s all-natural popcorn, which contains only 39 calories per cup, achieves an amazing movie-theater taste using only non-GMO ingredients.
An exceptionally modest snack company, Lesser Evil creates paleo-friendly puffs, organic popcorn, and high-protein curls made from cage-free egg whites. Every mindful ingredient this company uses is carefully selected to produce surprisingly snackable food.
Best Popped Popcorn
These popped popcorn options are ready to go for your next road trip:
Lesser Evil Organic Oh My Ghee Popcorn
Here’s one for all the lactose-intolerant fans of buttery flavor. This naturally lactose-free ghee popcorn, seasoned just with Himalayan salt, is also certified USDA Organic, and the clarified butter used as a topping is sourced from grass-fed cows.
Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP Sweet & Salty Kettle Corn
If you’re craving a sweet and salty snack (with fewer calories than traditional kettle corn), reach for a bag from Angie’s. This natural option contains only 35 calories per cup and is made with Non-GMO Project Verified ingredients.
Organic Vegan Popped Popcorn
For plant-based popcorn poppers, here are our top picks:
Living Intentions MCT Superfood Popcorn, Cheeze Please
At Thrive Market, we know that some vegans still find themselves craving dairy-esque snacks. This “cheeze-y” vegan popcorn gets its texture and flavor from a delightful mixture of natural ingredients, like vegetables, seeds, and spices.
Living Intentions Superfood Popcorn, Tandoori Turmeric
Bring out the best health benefits, and extend them even further, with this spicy superfood popcorn snack. In addition to turmeric, help yourself to a healthy sampling of ashwagandha and cumin, two other superfoods that are known for their health properties.
Healthier Snacking and Ingredient Options
Take a look at our blog to learn more about some of the ingredients and ideas we’ve explored above:
Known as a flavorful spice in Indian cuisine, turmeric is also a nutritional powerhouse with the potential to alleviate inflammation. Find out how to incorporate this potent ingredient into your next dish.
How Ghee Compares to Standard Butter
Ghee is another ingredient found frequently in dishes originating in South Asia. This clarified butter is naturally free of lactose, making it better suited for many people who have trouble processing dairy.
DIY Vegan Movie-Theater Popcorn
If you’re on the lookout for vegan popcorn varieties, our homemade recipe is a great alternative to the concession stand at your local cinema. Try our caramel popcorn recipe, too, for a plant-based sweet treat.