List of popcorn brands

This is a list of notable popcorn brands. Popcorn, also known as popping corn, is a type of corn (maize, Zea mays var. everta) that expands from the kernel and puffs up when heated. Popcorn is able to pop because its kernels have a hard moisture-sealed hull and a dense starchy interior. Pressure builds inside the kernel, and a small explosion (or "pop") is the end result. Some strains of corn are now cultivated specifically as popping corns.

An uncooked bag of microwave popcorn

Microwave popcorn is unpopped popcorn in an enhanced, sealed paper bag intended to be heated in a microwave oven. In addition to the dried corn the bags typically contain solidified cooking oil, one or more seasonings (often salt), and natural or artificial flavorings, or both. With the many different flavors, there are many different manufacturers.

Notable popcorn brandsEdit

Name Image Origin Description
Act II United States (Minnesota) Preceded by Act I in 1981, an early microwave popcorn stored in the refrigerator and based on the look and taste of movie theater popcorn. In 1984, Act II, a shelf stable microwave popcorn was released, becoming the first mass-marketed microwave popcorn.[1]
American Pop Corn Company United States (Iowa) Founded in 1914 by a farmer. Sold under the name "Jolly Time"[2] in cans, the company later added microwave popcorn and began selling in Europe.[2]
Angie's Kettle Corn United States (Minnesota) The producers originally distributed their kettle corn product in 2002 outside the Metrodome during Minnesota Vikings home games.[3]
Butterkist United States (Kentucky) In 1914, vendors began buying Butter-Kist popcorn machines for venues such as cinemas.[4] In 1938 the machines made their way to United Kingdom,[4] and after the Second World War, the company developed into the UK's lead selling popcorn brand. In 1998 it moved production to West Yorkshire.[5]
Cape Cod United States (Massachusetts) Cape Cod Potato Chips was founded in 1980 with the idea of offering healthier foods made with little processing, starting with potato chip making.[6] Types of popcorn include Kettle Corn, Sea Salt, and White Cheddar.
Cracker Jack United States (Chicago, Illinois) Consists of molasses-flavored caramel-coated popcorn and peanuts, well known for being packaged with a prize of trivial value inside. The Cracker Jack name was registered in 1896,[7] and some food historians consider it the first junk food.[8]
Crunch 'n Munch United States Consisting of caramel-coated popcorn and peanuts with various flavors, Crunch 'n Munch was first sold in 1966 by the Franklin Nut Company.[9]
Fiddle Faddle   United States Popped popcorn covered with either caramel or butter toffee and mixed with peanuts,[10] the snack was introduced in 1967 and is commonly found in discount and drug stores.[11]
Healthy Choice
Jiffy Pop United States First marketed as Jiffy Pop in 1959,[12] original Jiffy Pop packages used an aluminum pan held over a stove to pop corn.[12]
Joe & Seph's Gourmet Popcorn United Kingdom Established in 2010, Joe & Seph's makes over 40 flavours of popcorn.
Karmelkorn United States (Wyoming) Founded in 1929, the retailer initially sold popcorn and caramel corn out of downtown storefronts, operating out of shopping malls by the 1960s.[13] After 1986,[14][15] Dairy Queen began co-branding Karmelkorn with the Dairy Queen and Orange Julius brands.[16]
Kirkland Signature United States "Kirkland Signature" is Costco's private label. It is sold by Costco at their website and warehouses, and is trademarked by the company.
LesserEvil United States (New York) Founded in 2004, it first released a line of four Kettle Corn varieties.[17] In 2005, LesserEvil shifted from a low-carb line to an all-natural line.[18] In 2007, LesserEvil became one of the top-selling popcorn lines in the Natural Retail Channel.[19]
Lolly Gobble Bliss Bombs Australia Originally released in the 1970s,[20] it is caramelised, ready-to-eat popcorn, similar to the American Cracker Jack.The popcorn is coated with toffee and rolled in crushed peanuts.[20]
Lucky Elephant Popcorn Canada On the snack food market since the 1950s, it has generally retailed at mom and pop grocery stores, carnivals, concession stands, arenas and neighborhood food outlets, and more recently major grocery outlets.[21]
Market Pantry Brand of popcorn sold at Target.
Orville Redenbacher's   United States[22] Brand of popcorn launched to the public in 1969.[22]
Popcorn Shed United Kingdom Gourmet popcorn manufacturer. Founded by cousins Laura Jane Jackson and Sam Feller
Pop Secret First launched to the public in 1984. In 2014, Pop Secret introduced a pre-popped popcorn in a bag.[citation needed]
Pop Weaver United States (Indiana) Founded in 1928, customers include store chains around the world, as well as concessionaires, and international popcorn distributors. In 2007, the Weaver Popcorn Company became the first company to remove diacetyl, a controversial butter flavoring, from its Pop Weaver microwave popcorn products.[23][24]
Popcorn, Indiana United States[25] Best known for its kettle corn,[26]
Poppycock United States The original mixture consisted of clusters of popcorn, almonds, and pecans covered in a candy glaze.[27] Poppycock is estimated to have been invented in the 1950s.[28] Production moved in 1960 to Illinois,[28][29] and a second ownership change occurred in 1991.[28]
Princeton Popcorn Co United States A vertically integrated producer of mushroom popcorn located in Princeton, Kansas. Run by a first-generation farmer, the company specializes in a seed-to-store model.
Screaming Yellow Zonkers United States Popcorn with a yellow sugary glaze, in a black box, the product was developed in 1968.[citation needed] Zonkers were geared toward those who enjoy sweetened popcorn without nuts, as opposed to products like Cracker Jack. Screaming Yellow Zonkers were kosher, but did contain dairy products.[citation needed]
Smartfood United States (Massachusetts) Smartfood was first created in 1985. A pre-popped popcorn with real cheese, in January 1989, the company was sold to Frito-Lay.[30]
SkinnyPop United States (Texas) SkinnyPop was founded in Illinois in 2010. Its parent company, Amplify Snack Brands, was bought by Hershey Co. in 2017.[31][32]
Tiny but Mighty Popcorn United States (Iowa) Initially founded as K&K Popcorn in 1981.[citation needed]
Thatcher's Gourmet Popcorn United States Thatcher's Gourmet Popcorn was founded in 1983 as a small retail store in San Francisco. They are using natural ingredients for making gourmet popcorn.
The Popcorn Spot United States (Arkansas) The Popcorn Spot is a family owned business that is focused on quality and making a difference. At The Popcorn Spot we transform plain popcorn into over 40 different flavors!
Trail's End United States Trail's End is a candied popcorn brand sold by the Boy Scouts of America and Scouts Canada in fund raising, in collaboration with Pop Weaver. Available flavors from year to year vary.[citation needed]

See alsoEdit


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  4. ^ a b Butterkist history
  5. ^ Monkhill assumes Butterkist role Archived 2009-08-19 at the Wayback Machine Eurofood - November 8, 2001
  6. ^ "CAPE COD POTATO CHIPS: A 'LUXURY' JUNK FOOD". The New York Times. December 26, 1986. Retrieved March 13, 2009.
  7. ^ "CJCA – Cracker Jack Collectors Association – History & Lore". Retrieved 2013-11-20.
  8. ^ Fernandez, Manny (August 8, 2010). "Let Us Now Praise the Great Men of Junk Food". New York Times. p. WK3.
  9. ^ ConAgra Foods: Crunch 'n Munch - History
  10. ^ SEC: Lincoln Snacks Company Form 10-K 2000 (Retrieved November 26, 2007)
  11. ^ Cheryl V. Jackson (12 September 2007). "ConAgra buys Lincoln Snacks; Chicago company sells maker of Poppycock". Chicago Sun-Times via HighBeam Research. Archived from the original on 11 June 2014. Retrieved 2 June 2012.(subscription required)
  12. ^ a b "Jiffy Pop Popcorn and Stove-Top Popping Pan - ConAgra Foods". conagrafoods. Archived from the original on 27 October 2007. Retrieved 16 May 2015.
  13. ^ United States (1982). Franchise opportunities. Sterling Pub. Co. ISBN 9780806976426. Retrieved 2015-04-01.
  14. ^ "Karmelkorn gourmet popcorn and popcorn gifts". Retrieved 2015-04-01.
  15. ^ Restaurant Business. Restaurant Business. 1986. Retrieved 2015-04-01.
  16. ^ Eberts, M.; Gisler, M.; Brothers, L. (1995). Opportunities in Fast Food Careers. VGM Career Horizons. p. 15. ISBN 9780844244020. Retrieved 2015-04-01.
  17. ^ Professional Candy Buyer. November–December, 2004.
  18. ^ Becky Ebenkamp, Snack Brand Offers A Lesser Touch Of Evil, BRANDWEEK, December 3, 2007.
  19. ^ "LesserEvil finds good with TNT Marketing". National Petroleum News. April 2007.
  20. ^ a b "Sweet and savoury: opposites attract". 12 March 2013. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
  21. ^ Slatalla, Michelle (April 5, 2001). "Online Shopper; From Famine to Feast, Thanks to the Net". NY Times. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  22. ^ a b Klara, Robert (9 May 2011). "Orville Redenbacher's Pop-Up Bowl Heats Up the Microwave Popcorn Segment". Adweek. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  23. ^ "Weaver Popcorn to Eliminate Controversial Ingredient". 2007-08-29. Archived from the original on 2007-08-30.
  24. ^ Weaver Popcorn Company. Press Release: Pop Weaver introduces first microwave popcorn with flavoring containing no diacetyl Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine.
  25. ^ Indianapolis Monthly. Emmis Communications. September 2006. p. 138. ISSN 0899-0328.
  26. ^ "What People Watch, Listen To and Buy | Nielsen". Retrieved 2017-08-01.
  27. ^ Poppycock flavors from Poppycock website
  28. ^ a b c "Lincoln Snacks official Poppycock History". Lincoln Snacks. Archived from the original on 9 February 2005.
  29. ^ "Patent for snack matching the description of Poppycock". US Patent Office. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
  30. ^ "SMARTFOOD RIDES POPCORN SEESAW". Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  31. ^ Confidential, Melissa Harris' Chicago. "Business is popping for healthier snack". Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  32. ^ Monica, Paul R. La. "Sweet and salty! Hershey buys SkinnyPop maker". CNNMoney. Retrieved 2018-10-11.

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