Popcorn is a favorite treat and when Americans eat popcorn they are serious about it. You want to find the best popcorn, right? You want popcorn that will pop up the most so you get the most popcorn to enjoy.
While some people out there enjoy the unpopped kernels, most people want the fluffy popped popcorn. A popcorn brand that fails to pop is basically a waste of time and money.
Read on to find out how to get the most out of your next bag of popcorn by learning how to figure out the popcorn brand that pops the best.
Factors Affecting How Popcorn Pops
Popcorn has a special design that enables it to pop verses other type of corn. There are many things that affect how popcorn pops. In order to really make a good comparison of different brands of popcorn you have to understand what things may affect the popcorn.
Sometimes you will find popcorn from the same brand pops differently if it is from different brands. The fact that the moisture content of the kernel must be at 13% or around for ideal popping may have something to do with that.
Storage or age can reduce the moisture content and cause the corn not to pop. It is important that you choose your popcorn carefully for the test.
A Simple Way to compare Popcorn Brands
To start your test you will need to choose five brand of popcorn. Take 100 kernels from each bag. If you are using microwave popcorn you can simply open the bags and take out the kernels for the test.
Pop the kernels.
Count the amount of unpopped kernels for each brand.
To get the best results here are some tips:
– Get popcorn around the same age – check the dates on the box or container.
– Choose popcorn with similar storage conditions.
– Pop them the same way. Make sure everything you do is exactly the same.
– Use plain, unflavored popcorn.
Drawing your Conclusion
You should be able to see what popcorn left the most unpopped kernels and which left the least. The popcorn with the lesser amount of unpopped kernels is the one that popped the best.
You may want to do two round of popping for each brand so you can get a better comparison. You want to rule out the chance that something you did may have made one brand pop better.
This is not a scientific test because, as mentioned, there are so many things that can affect your test. You have to be as exact as carefully when popping and also carefully when choosing the popcorn.
You may want to repeat the test again and compare your results. This is especially helpful if two brand s seem to be neck and neck.
The bottom line is that you will find most brands pop rather well. Which one pops the best may not be important. After all, it is the taste that counts in the end.
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