When Stephane, Pop Karma’s uber-talented Chef Consultant and I first started talking popcorn, we debated air-popped vs. oil-popped. Air popping requires nothing but hot air – if you give popcorn enough heat, it will pop. Oil-popping provides the heat source through hot oil – you are frying the kernals.
Stephane thought we should air pop since we would be adding healthy ingredients in our recipes. I thought maybe we should oil pop, like movie theaters.
Air-popping gives you pure popcorn taste. Oil-popping adds more flavor and fat – after all, you’re frying it. According to the USDA, three cups of airpopped popcorn is 92 calories and 0.5 grams of fat (0.1 grams of saturated fat). The same amount of oil-popped popcorn adds 79% more calories and 780% more fat since it is 165 calories and 4.4 grams of fat (1.6 grams of saturated fat).
After some recipe testing, it turns out Stephane was right. Our recipes build on pure popcorn taste, and besides, we want to serve you the healthiest food possible. Pop Karma Popcorn is air-popped.