I am big advocate of popping your own popcorn on the stove. It’s much healthier and less expensive than making microwave popcorn. When Popcorn Indiana offered to send me some samples of their bagged popcorn, I took a good look at what it was before I accepted the samples.

All varieties of their popcorn are free from trans fats, gluten (they’ve had an FDA-affiliated lab test the popcorn even though it’s naturally gluten-free), preservatives and GMOs. The varieties they sent me were also free from artificial colors, and I looked up several of the other varieties on their website and I didn’t find any that used artificial color.

I asked if the company has any sustainability initiatives. I was told it sends popcorn remnants to farmers to use as animal feed and donates short dated products (ones that are close to their expiration date) to food banks.

I liked what I learned so I had them go ahead and send me some samples. I received four different varieties from Popcorn Indiana.

  • Fit Popcorn Real Butter
  • Fit Popcorn Parmesan & Herb
  • Drizzled Black & White Kettle Corn
  • Drizzled Cinnamon Sugar Kettle Corn
The Fit varieties are low calorie. The Butter flavor contains 30 calories per cup and the flavor of real butter flavor (because it uses real butter). The Parmesan & Herb contains 40 calories per cup, and it’s a good treat. I mentioned last week that I’ve been very careful with portion control lately, and this popcorn fits right into the way I’m retraining myself to eat. Yesterday mid-afternoon I had a 2-cup, 80 calorie serving, and it hit the spot.

The real test is the kids, though, right? You know those Snow Day Chocolate Chip Muffins that I’ve made more times than I can count this never-ending winter? I made them this morning (no snow day but a 2-hour delay for the kids’ schools), and my 11-year-old opted to take some of the Parmesan & Herb popcorn in for a snack at school instead of a homemade chocolate chip muffin.

The drizzled varieties are definitely more of a once-in-a-while treat than an every day snack. They’re drizzled with white and dark chocolate and are higher in calories and contain sugar. I thought I’d like the Black & White Kettle Corn the best, but the Cinnamon Sugar was surprisingly addictive.

I’m not going to be giving up popping my own popcorn on the stove on movie night or when the boys have groups of friends over. I still think it’s the best option and the most economical. But, now that I’ve had a chance to sample the Popcorn Indiana bagged popcorns, I’ll keep them in mind for the times when I do chose to buy bagged snacks. I think I’ll definitely be buying the Parmesan & Herb again to keep on hand for when I need a quick, low calorie, filling snack.

Popcorn Indiana has several other varieties and flavors. They even have a Sriracha flavor. I’m going to have to get some of that for my oldest son. 

Disclaimer: Popcorn, Indiana sent me samples of their products. Although the samples were free, they did not pay me to write a review, nor was a favorable review promised in return for the products. My opinion in this post is simply that - my opinion.

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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

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