Best Popcorn Kernels

The 7 Best Popcorn Kernels Reviews in 2018

Popcorns are weaved into many of our favorite memories, whether it be standing in the line at a movie theater’s entrance gate and smelling the heavenly flavor of popcorns and warm butter wafting towards you or a family movie night on the big couch with a bucket full of your favorite popcorns. Without popcorns, some of our best experiences would have remained incomplete.

Although it is fun to buy ready-made popcorns when you go to the movie theaters, these delicious entertainment snacks can also be made at home, and the best part is that you can make it tastier, healthier and customized to your liking! But to make popcorns at home on your stove, you will have to buy popcorn kernels, which are then popped in oil on the stove. It is a fun activity to do, due to the great smell of popcorns being made that fills up your kitchen and also there is something strangely satisfying in the popping sound made when the popcorns are being cooked.

​If you want to make your own popcorns at home, you will find many variations of popcorn kernels on the market. Each of them has their own unique serving sizes, flavors, shapes, ingredients, etc. and it can become quite confusing to choose the popcorn kernels that would best suit your taste and dietary requirements. To solve this problem, we have brought the best popcorn kernels you can find on the market together, compared their characteristics and summarized their pros and cons, so that by the end of this article, you will have a clear idea of which popcorn kernels you would like to buy and make a bowl of popcorns to pair with your favorite movie and enjoy a great time.

​Best Pick

Great Northern Popcorn Premium 24 Pk- 8 Ounce Popcorn Portion

​This eight-ounce pre-measured packs of popcorn with separate compartments for oil and the seasoning is the ultimate solution to making a theater quality popcorn at your own home, with the assurance of achieving consistent taste and quality. Due to its ease of use, consistency and high quality, it has achieved the best pick position on our list.

​Budget Pick

​Snappy White Popcorn, 4 Pounds

​If you are looking for a classic non-GMO, organic popcorn with 100% coconut oil, this is a product that will meet your high standards while staying within your budget. BY stocking up your kitchen with these popcorn kernels, you can make theater quality popcorns anywhere and anytime, with the added safety of the popcorns being gluten-free, vegan and completely organic.

​If you are looking for more options to choose your favorite popcorn kernels from, then worry no more. These two are not your only options and we are going to introduce you to several other high-quality popcorn kernels and make a comparison between them in the next section so that you have a clear picture of what kind of popcorn kernels are available on the market and which one will be the best for you.


1. ​Great Northern Popcorn Premium 24 Pk- 8 Ounce Popcorn Portion

The first thing that we love about these popcorn kernels is the smart packaging. These come in premeasured 8-ounce packets which means you know exactly how much you are going to use without having to measure out the kernels using a measuring cup or by guesswork.

The packaging also features a tri-pack system which has the oil and the seasoning in separate compartments. This is especially useful when you are not sure how much oil or seasoning you need to add to make your popcorns taste great since there is no measuring involved when using these packets. 

You simply open the packet and add the contents into a pan on the stovetop. Also, since the seasoning, the kernels and the oil are in separate compartments, you can skip out on the oil or the seasoning if you want to customize your popcorns by using your own oil or seasoning. The packets are also easy to store and to use since the 8-ounce packets are lighter to carry than a big, heavy bag of popcorns. Another great thing about the packaging is that the back of the packet has a detailed easy-to-understand instruction for the different methods in which you can make popcorns using these kernels. There are instructions for using it in a commercial popper, electric popper, air popper, and top of the stove. Besides the instructions, there is a clear list that shows the nutritional facts about this packet of popcorns.

​The second thing that we love about these popcorn kernels is its quality. Since our earliest memories regarding the taste of popcorns come mainly from going to watch baseball games at a stadium or a movie theater, we tend to compare the taste of our home popcorns with the taste of the popcorns we had at those places. And these popcorn kernels from Great Northern Popcorns focuses on bringing out that taste we desire by using low-melt, buttery-flavored oil and extra-fine diacetyl-free seasoned salt. The kernels are also directly sourced from local farms, which maintains the freshness of the popcorns.

​Pros

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    ​Has separate compartments for the kernels, oil and the seasoning
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    ​The kernels are premeasured to be of 8-ounce portions
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    ​Low-melt buttery flavored oil and extra-fine diacetyl-free seasoned salt ensures the taste of your popcorns to be movie-theater quality
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    ​These popcorns are non-GMO and gluten-free
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    ​Detailed instructions on how to make popcorns using this packet are given at the back of the packet
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    ​Clear nutritional facts are given on the packet
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    Can be made in multiple ways using an air popper, electric popper, commercial popper or on the stovetop

​Cons

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    ​If you do not want any packaged oil or salt and want only the kernels then this might not be the best option for you

2. ​Franklin's Gourmet Movie Theater Popcorn

If you are looking for a strictly organic popcorn that uses no animal fat and contains no GMO or gluten, with the added requirement of the packets being premeasured for a small portion, then these 2 ounces packets from Franklin’s would make a great choice for you.

These compact popcorn packets come in three compartments that separate the oil, seasoning and the kernels and are perfect for making home popcorns as well as being tossed into your camping bag so that you can enjoy popcorns even outdoors.

These popcorn kernels are certified to be organic, non-GMO, Gluten-free, soy-free, peanut-free, Kosher and Vegan so you can make it for yourself, your family or for your guests without having to worry about the possibilities of someone being allergic to certain ingredients. The oil in the packet is also measured to be the right amount and is 100 % pure coconut oil, which adds the delicious coconut flavor to your popcorns as well as makes it healthier compared to popcorns made using animal fat.

Pros

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    ​Vegan, organic, non-GMO, free of gluten, peanut, and soy
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    ​Premeasured oil, kernels, and seasoning in separate compartments
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    ​Small 2 oz portions of kernels that have been premeasured
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    ​Instructions for making the popcorn and nutritional facts have been given clearly at the back of the packets

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    ​2 oz. makes a small bowl of popcorns which might not be enough if you want to make popcorns for a large group of people

3. Snappy White Popcorn, 4 Pounds

The never-ending debate between whether white or yellow popcorns are better might never be resolved but the good news is that you can easily find both types on the market. If you are an avid fan of white popcorn kernels which are usually smaller than the yellow ones and might even be tenderer, then this is a great jar of white popcorn kernels that are worth looking into.

The great thing about this popcorn is that it comes in a 4 pounds jar, which means you will not have to go through the hassle of having to cut several packets of small portions to make popcorns for a group of people. 

This jar also contains only the kernels, without any oil or seasoning so you have the full freedom of customizing your popcorns however way you like. 

To make things more interesting, the jar has a fun recipe for making cinnamon crunch popcorns that you can look up and make a bowl of delicious cinnamon flavored sweet crunchy popcorns to savor with your favorite movie or TV show. Since these popcorns are whole grain products, they are high in fiber and low in fat and combined with the fact that they are non-GMO, they are a healthy snack alternative to having crisps or fries.

​Pros

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    ​The jar has 4 pounds of popcorns so you can use as much as you want, which is very useful if you have a big family or like having big portions of popcorns. This saves the time and effort because you do not have to cut open small packets of popcorns.
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    ​The jar is airtight ensuring the safe storage of your popcorn kernels.
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    ​They are white popcorns instead of yellow and are smaller and softer.
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    ​The jar has a special popcorn recipe
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    ​They are low in fat, high in fiber and non-GMO, which makes them a healthy food to snack on
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    ​No added oil or seasoning so you can customize your popcorns any way you like

​Cons

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    ​If you popcorn kernels that come with oil and seasoning then it might not be the best option for you.
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    ​The popcorns are not premeasured

4. Orville Redenbacher's Gourmet Popcorn Kernels

If you are a true lover of yellow popcorns, you would not be disappointed by the quality of these popcorns by Orville Redenbacher's. They have been growing their high-quality yellow popcorn kernels in their family farms since 1952 and have focused on making their popcorns crispy on the outside but tender on the inside which is one of the secrets to what makes great movie-theater quality popcorns.

This product also comes in a big 5 pounds 12 oz container with a wide opening so that you can easily scoop out as much popcorn as you want. 

The airtight lid of the container also keeps the kernels fresh for a long time and the handle of the container allows you a good grip on it when you are lifting it up. The popcorn kernels are also great in the sense that they can be made in versatile methods. You can pop these popcorns using an air popper, electric popper, microwave, or on the stovetop. With these popcorns, you do not have to worry about how much oil you should put in for a certain amount of popcorns since the container gives a clear table of measurements that tell you how much oil is needed to pop specific amounts of kernels, along with easy instructions on how to make the perfect popcorns on your stovetop. The nutritional facts about the popcorns are also given clearly to remove any doubts or confusions.

​These popcorns not only taste great but also make a healthier snack compared to many other snack food since they are 100% whole-grain and has a high fiber content. They are non-GMO, organic and gluten-free and are safe to be consumed by anyone. Since the container only contains kernels without any oil or seasoning, you can add your own flavors and oil to make it healthier and tastier.

​Pros

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    ​5 pound 12 oz container with an airtight lid on a wide opening and a handle to easily lift it up makes a user-friendly packaging
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    ​High-quality yellow popcorns kernels from family farms
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    ​No oil or seasoning is added to the kernels which give you flexibility in how you want to prepare your popcorns
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    ​The kernels are 100% whole grain, non-GMO, gluten-free and organic so it is good for your health
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    ​You can make your popcorns using versatile methods such as air popper, stove top, electric popper, and microwave, using these kernels
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    ​Easy instructions and oil measurements are given on the container along with the nutritional facts

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    ​No oil or seasoning is provided with the kernels
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    ​The popcorn kernels are not premeasured so you would need a measuring cup if you want to make an accurate amount of popcorns

5. Bob's Red Mill Whole White Popcorn

Do you know what is worse than a movie spoiler? You’ve guessed it right: realizing that you have run out of popcorns right when you got everything else ready for a perfect family movie night. To make sure that you do not run out of popcorns at your home, you can stock up your kitchen cupboard with these delicious and wholesome white popcorns from Bob’s Red Mill.

What we love about their packaging is the fact that they have four packets of 27 oz popcorn kernels each, so that you only need to take out one packet in a place where you can reach it easily and keep the other packets intact for later use.

These popcorns also make a healthy snack for your whole family because of its high fiber content and due to the fact that it does not contain any added salt or oil. You can make your popcorns any you want probably with a dash of olive oil, with butter, with cheese or caramel.

The packet also has clear instructions on how to make great popcorns with these kernels on the stovetop or in the microwave. Not only that, the packaging also comes with exciting recipes that you can try out using these kernels, such as nacho popcorns. The popcorns are gluten-free and vegan so that a wide range of people can enjoy the popcorns without worrying about ethical or health issues.

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    ​The packaging design and size is good for stocking up your kitchen so that you do not run out of popcorns even if you have a big family and use popcorns frequently
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    ​They are whole grain, white popcorns without any added salt or oil so they are high in fiber and low in fat which is good for your health
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    ​The packet has instructions on how to make popcorns using these kernels in a microwave or on the stovetop and also gives unique recipes using the popcorns

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    ​Once opened, the bag has to be clipped or the kernels need to be transferred to an airtight container to retain the freshness of the kernels
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    There might be spills from the bag when you try to get the kernels out

6. Organic Yellow Popcorn Kernels (3lb) by Anthony's

What we especially love about these yellow popcorns, apart from its high quality, is its smart package design. There are many types of popcorn kernels that are great in terms of taste and quality, but few are ones that come with a great packaging as well.

This packet, although it is in a bag, can stand on its own and is made from a sturdy paper which ensures that the packaging will preserve your kernels in their freshest form. The bag also features a re-sealable opening so you can take out as many kernels as you want and seal it back easily to keep the interiors airtight.

As much as this product is attractive, so is its kernels. These are movie-theater quality yellow popcorns that are organic, non-GMO and gluten-free. The kernels are large, crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside when popped and since they do not have any added oil or salt, you can get as creative as you want with these kernels. Each bag contains 3 pounds of kernels ready to be popped and topped with your favorite toppings.

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    ​The popcorn kernels come in an attractive, sturdy packaging with a re-sealable opening
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    ​Using these big yellow kernels, you can make movie theater quality popcorns at your home
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    ​Can be made using the stovetop, air popper, electric popper
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    ​Does not have any added seasoning or oil so you can customize it to your likings
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    ​The popcorns are non-GMO, gluten-free and organic

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    ​Comes in a 3-pound bag and you have to measure out the amount of kernel on your own when making it
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    ​Since it does not have added salt and oil, it might be difficult for you to guess how much oil and salt is needed to make it properly

7. Amish Country Popcorn - 3 (1 lb. Bag Variety) Purple Popcorn, Blue Popcorn, and Red Popcorn

If you have tried both white and yellow popcorns and have been wanting to try something new, this set of three bags of popcorns is something you should definitely look into. Each of the bags contains 1 pound of popcorn kernels, but the kernels are different in size, appearance, texture, and flavor.

Looking at their names, purple, blue and red, you might become intimidated thinking that these are genetically modified or artificially colored. If that is the case, set your worries aside because the good news is that they are completely non-GMO, and does not have artificial coloring added.

They have been naturally cross-bred to bring out the unique colors in their kernels and when popped, they will look like your usual white or yellow popcorns, only with great features like them being more flavorful and with fewer hulls.

The purple popcorns have a nutty kernel and are smaller than your usual popcorns and when they are popped, they turn tender and fluffy. The blue ones are the favorite for many popcorn lovers since these have their unique natural sweet flavor and contain fewer hulls, which saves you from the trouble of having to pick out hulls that get stuck on your teeth after having popcorns. The red popcorns become similar to the usual white popcorns when popped but they also have less flaky hulls and puff up to be fluffy and meaty popcorns. None of these three varieties have seasoning or oil added to them so you can make them however way you want, and what makes things more fun and exciting is the recipe guide book that comes with this set that offers you interesting recipes that you can try using these popcorns.

​Not only are these popcorns a great thing to enjoy with your family, especially your children, but they also make a great gift for anyone who is a popcorn connoisseur.

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    ​The set has three different varieties of popcorn kernels which makes it a unique and an interesting product
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    ​The popcorns are non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free, tree-nut and peanut-free and do not contain any added salt or oil so you can safely consume it without worrying about health issues
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    ​They can be made on the stovetop, in a microwave oven, air popper or electric popper
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    ​Comes with a complete recipe guide so that you can try out interesting recipes using the popcorns

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    ​The packaging of the bags could have been better, given the fact that the opening only comes with a simple twister, which may cause air to go inside the bags once they are opened.
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    They are not premeasured so you will have to measure out certain amounts of popcorns when making them

Factors to be Considered Before Buying a Popcorn Kernel 

Reading about all these popcorns might have made you crave for popcorns and you might be getting ready to go out and grab a packet of kernels from the nearest store and make yourself a bowl of delicious popcorns. But before you do that, we want you to consider a few factors that will help you buy the popcorns that are the perfect match for you and your family.

Amount per pack

The amount of kernels in each packet is an important factor to consider because you do not want to end up buying a large amount of popcorn that you would not be able to finish but also it is a bad idea to buy packets that contain too little popcorn for your big family and running out of popcorns right before your favorite TV show starts. It is important to assess how many ounces of popcorn kernels you are using each week or every month and stock up your kitchen accordingly so that there is no wastage or shortage.

The packaging

As with all other edible materials, it is important to note that the popcorn kernels have a good packaging that ensures safe storage of your popcorns. Popcorn kernels in containers with airtight lids or in resealable bags are good because they help to preserve the freshness of the kernels. The packaging should also have a clear description of the nutritional facts so that you can be aware of any ingredients that you might be allergic to. Also, if you prefer non-GMO and vegan kernels, that information should be given on the packaging.

The variety of kernels​ 

There are many types of popcorn kernels and everyone has their own preferences when it comes to what their favorite variety is. On the market, you can commonly find yellow and white popcorn kernels, and even blue, red, purple, etc. if you want to explore the possibilities of flavors and textures of different popcorns. Each variety has their own unique flavor, texture, amount of hulls, and size and you can experiment with different varieties or stick to your favorite variety.

Only kernels or kernels with oil and seasoning

Popcorns are like rice in the sense that there is no end to the number of ways you can prepare your popcorns and tune it to fit your likings. Popcorns kernels that come without any seasoning or oil would be a great choice for you if you want maximum freedom in how you want to make your popcorns. You can replace butter with olive oil, add cheese or caramel instead of salt, or try out one of the fun recipes that often comes on the packaging of the kernels.

But if you want your popcorn preparation to be quick and easy, you can go for the popcorns that have the kernels, oil, and salt in separate compartments and all you have to do is cut the packet open and add it to your stovetop, microwave, air popper or electric popper. The salt, oil, and kernels of these packets also come in premeasured portions which saves you from the trouble of having to measure them out manually.

Conclusion

​Now that you know about the seven best popcorn kernels on the market and also a comprehensive list of the things you will need to consider to choose the popcorn kernel that is suitable to your taste and nutritional preferences, you are ready to treat yourself and your family to a delicious bowl of popcorns.

The 7 Best Popcorn Kernels Reviews in 2018
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