Does each different popcorn kernel type have a distinctive taste… or do they all pretty much taste the same?
Wayne Schmidt recently conducted an in-depth taste review of 20 different types of popcorn kernels. Let’s take a look at what he discovered.
According to a statista.com survey published in 2015, Orville Redenbacher is still the number one leading popcorn brand in the US. Almost a quarter of the respondents preferred Orville Redenbacher over all other popcorn brands.
When Wayne Schmidt compared Orville Redenbacher to other less popular leading popcorn brands he didn’t notice any big differences between the resultant popcorn– other than the fact that Orville Redenbacher popcorn cost him three times as much money.
The majority of the popcorn that you find in most stores comes from either yellow or white kernels. Here’s the major differences between the two most popular kernel types.
After trying out many different types of yellow and white popcorn kernels, Wayne Schmidt concluded that there wasn’t much of a taste difference.
Aside from a few slight differences in texture, white and yellow popcorn were pretty hard to tell apart.
Thanks to Schmidt we now know that when it comes to popular popcorn, there doesn’t seem to be much of a difference between the various brands. We also know that white and yellow kernels are just about equal in almost every way.
But what about gourmet popcorn?
Listed below are a few of the most interesting things that Wayne Schmidt discovered about gourmet popcorn during his popcorn comparison test.
After taste testing 20 different popcorn kernel types, product reviewer Wayne Schmidt decided that Savanna Gold by Fireworks was the overall best popcorn kernel.
According to Schmidt, Savanna Gold popcorn looks beautiful and it has a pleasing texture. Savanna Gold isn’t too crunchy, but it isn’t too soft either. Additionally, Savanna Gold was also one of the best popping popcorns that Schmidt reviewed. It makes satisfying, loud noises when you cook it over a stove.
Even though a few important subtle texture differences may exist, most popcorn generally tastes the same.
So what can you do to add some flavor to your popcorn– other than pile on butter and sprinkle in salt?
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