Inclusion Learning Centre: Popcorn Inclusions

Inclusion Learning Centre E-Course Topic Header: Popcorn Inclusions - includes image of spilt jar of caramel popcorn kibble

Popcorn’s natural popping process creates a light, high fibre and well-loved treat. Delicious, and available in full or kibbled flakes (popped kernels).

Although remnants of popcorn have been found thousands of years ago in Mexico, the snack was first popularised in the late 19th century and increased in popularity due to the large volume by weight compared to sugar-based treats that were rationed during the Second World War. Popcorn was also introduced as a highly profitable snack sold at theatres with Wikipedia reporting that in instances it was more profitable than the proceeds of the cinema ticket itself. Popularity surged after the invention of microwaveable varieties for home consumers.

4 Types of Popcorn
4 Types of Popcorn (L to R:) Caramel Popcorn Kibble, Kibbled caramel popcorn, whole caramel popcorn, and plain popcorn

The light and fluffy texture of popcorn come from a specific variety of corn, which has a durable shell to allow for the foam-like texture of the steamed wholegrain to develop when the pressure inside is released.

Used in a variety of ways, the flavours and textures of popcorn can allow product developers to create food experiences on a variety of levels.

4 Types of Popcorn in mixed Pile
4 Types of Popcorn Mixed Pile

As inclusions, the unique texture of popcorn can be preserved in high moisture environments such as those required in QSR environments, milkshakes, or ice creams with the application of various coatings such as cocoa butter and confectionery fat (RSPO Certified Sustainable Palm Oil).

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Further reading: – FoodFlo Popcorn Product Page – Corny Facts – Popcorn (Wikipedia)

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