Wednesday, February 15, 2012


 Bowls of fresh microwave popped popcorn

My mother never much of a popcorn fan until she had Garrett Popcorn's Caramelcrisp popcorn in Chicago. When she returned to Singapore and Garett popcorn opened some shops, she bought a bag for herself, and has since gone through 3 small bags.

On Garrett Popcorn's website is the nutritional information for the Caramelcrisp popcorn:
Nutrition Facts: Serving Size:1 Cup (30g) Servings Per Container: varies,
Amount Per Serving:
140, from Fat 60,
Total Fat
7g (DV 11%), Saturated Fat 4.5g (DV 23%), Trans Fat 0g,
15mg (DV 5%),
95mg (DV 4%),
Total Carbohydrate
22g (DV 7%), Dietary Fiber 1g (DV 4%), Sugars 15g,
Protein 1g,
Vitamin A (DV 6%), Vitamin C (DV 0%), Calcium (DV 2%), Iron (DV 2%) *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Ingredients: Brown Sugar, Unsalted Butter, Popcorn, Corn Syrup, Water, Salt, Baking Soda (leavening). ALLERGEN INFORMATION: Contains Milk. Produced in a kitchen that also processes peanuts, tree nuts, milk and soy. This product is Gluten-free.
I have had a taste of the popcorn myself and it is quite tasty. But look at the carbohydrate breakup and you will see that out of 22g of carbs in a serving, 15g comes from sugar! As a consequence I have been hesistant to allow my mother to eat much more Caramelcrisp popcorn. 

My attempted solution has been to buy a packet of popcorn kernels from NTUC, to pop some for her to try, and to leave the rest of the packet in the cupboard for when she wants more.

Popcorn may be gluten-free, but is still a grain. However at least this home-made popcorn will not be drenched with sugar... a step towards more healthy snacks.

Fairprice Pasar popcorn kernals are available at NTUC Fairprice for $1.20 in the dried goods section.