Different Kinds of Popcorn

Whether we're going into a movie theater, walking down a snack aisle or thinking about a moment from childhood, popcorn is a regular snack in many diets. With so many different kinds of popcorn available for our selection, this simple and quick treat is the perfect after school or late night snack.

Kettle Corn
Kettle corn is a type of popcorn that has a sweet taste mixed with the popcorn's usual salty taste. This kind of popcorn has less fat and sodium than other popcorns with flavored seasoning. Traditionally, kettle corn is made in iron kettles and sweetened with sugar, honey and molasses.

Hot Air Popcorn
Hot air popcorn is made with electronic hot air machines. This kind of popcorn is healthy because it doesn't use oil in its production. Electronic hot air popcorn machines work faster than microwaves and leave fewer kernels unpopped.

Microwave Popcorn
Microwave popcorn is one of the most commonly known types of popcorn. The popcorn is already in a bag, and sometimes includes the salt and butter and optional seasonings. The kernels are popped inside of a microwave. This is a quick and easy way to make popcorn, though some say microwave popcorn is one of the most unhealthy methods when making popcorn.

Old-fashioned Popcorn
Historically, old-fashioned popcorn was made with a sauce pan on the top of a stove. There are people who still desire this kind of popcorn, as it can be less buttery and salty than other kinds of popcorn. This kind of popcorn takes longer to make and has a greater chance of being burned, as well as a higher number of unpopped kernels.

Flavored Popcorn
Flavored popcorn is generally mixed with a seasoning made separately from the popcorn. With so many variation in seasoning, you can get as creative as you want when making new popcorn seasonings. You can even create fruity popcorn flavors like lemon-lime, strawberry, watermelon and pineapple.

Adding Variety to Your Popcorn
You don't need to simply season your popcorn. You can combine other crunchy treats like almonds and peanuts along with traditional or flavored popcorns. With so many different kinds of popcorn, who knows what kind of popcorn will pop up next!

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