What is dry or air-popped popcorn?

Popcorn….Who doesn’t love it? Just mention the word and the look of “Yum” will appear on everyone around you. Over the years, there have been many ways developed to cook popcorn. In the last couple of decades, dry popping has become very popular. Let’s take a closer look at dry popping, and why it is all the rage among many popcorn connoisseurs.

What is Dry Popped Popcorn?

Dry popping, or commonly known as air popping is a method for heating popcorn kernels, so they can be transformed into the white, fluffy treat that everyone loves.

With air popping, corn kernels are cooked using hot air, instead of coconut or other forms of vegetable oil.

How Does it Work?

The process is beautifully simple! Popcorn kernels are exposed to very hot air, which causes them to expand. As the temperature of each kernel rises, the water inside of it creates pressure underneath its hard-starchy surface. The little kernel can only take so much stress, so when it reaches its limit, the inner starch inflates and bursts.

The Difference Between Traditional Popping Methods and Air Popped Popcorn

The traditional way to pop popcorn over the decades has been to use coconut oil or other types of vegetable oil. The oil is heated up and then popcorn is added. Once the oil reaches 400-460 degrees Fahrenheit, it starts the chemical reaction of popping the popcorn.

Dry or air popped popcorn doesn’t use any oil, but instead relies on heated air to accomplish the popping effect.

The Benefits of Air Popped Popcorn

While all popcorn is absolutely “dee-lish”, dry or air popped popcorn has some distinct benefits.

Easy Clean Up

Because air popped popcorn doesn’t use any oil to heat up the kernels, the clean-up process is less messy and takes no time at all.

Low Fat & Low Calorie

Air popped popcorn is quite low in calories and fat, since no oil is used in the cooking process. A 3-cup serving of dry popped popcorn is only going to cost you about 93 calories.

Good Source of Fiber

Air popped popcorn provides a great source of fiber, which aids in digestion, and can help in the prevention of heart disease and high cholesterol.

Baked in Vitamins & Minerals

Dry popped popcorn contains a certain degree of vitamins and minerals, such as iron, zinc, magnesium and Vitamin B.

So dear readers, what are you waiting for? Get yourself a heaping helping of some hot, fresh, air popped popcorn to enjoy and share! Don’t forget to tantalize your taste buds with some favorite toppings!

Cretors is Your One Stop Dry Popped Popcorn Headquarters!

If you are looking for an air popcorn popper for your movie theater, school, carnival, fair, or concession stand, Cretors is the perfect solution.

We offer several models to choose from, including counter top installation, or back room production. We are confident you’ll find one to fit your exact needs! Contact us today for your hot air popper, and all the supplies you need to create delicious, mouthwatering popcorn.