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What is the Best Popcorn for an Air Popper?

Updated on November 12, 2014

Old-fashioned popcorn made in a hot air popcorn maker is becoming more popular as people remember that it tastes better and is a healthy snack when made the old fashioned way. The best popcorn for an air popper is one in which most all the kernels pop and has a good taste and texture. Two stand out as top sellers online, Snappy White Popcorn and Eden Organic Yellow Popcorn. Each has nearly 100% positive reviews and almost no complaints from consumers.

Snappy White Popcorn for Air Poppers

Snappy premium brand white popcorn is grown in Iowa and is a cheap (compared to microwavable popcorn) and convenient way to make popcorn in your hot air popcorn popper. Amazon sells Snappy White Popcorn in a 4-pound plastic container with a screw top lid that keeps it fresh and with a wide opening on the top, you don’t have to transfer the popcorn kernels to another container or deal with a bag of kernels that spill everywhere when you try to get your kernels out for popping.

This is the brand we use in the Cuisinart Hot Air Popcorn Popper. Just a half of a cup makes a full large bowl of popcorn that’s light and fluffy and very few kernels are left unpopped (less than 10 kernels most of the time), unlike microwaved popcorn which tends to leave half the bag unpopped. The popped corn has a good flavor with or without added salt and butter. It pops up quickly in a just a few minutes and never burns in the hot air popper. It also has very few if any hulls in each batch which is a nice change from other kernels.

We use our popcorn maker several times a week with ½ cup of kernels used with each batch. A month later and we still have not depleted our supply of Snappy popcorn kernels. Although it’s getting low – time to buy some more!

See how Snappy Popcorn pops up:


Eden Organic Yellow Popcorn for Air Poppers

If you are looking for organic popcorn, then Eden Organic Yellow Popcorn is your best option. There’s good reason to switch to organic popcorn. You can’t wash pesticide and herbicide residue off the kernels before eating as you do other fruits and vegetables. So using kernels grown with little to no exposure to such toxins is a healthier alternative. Eden Organic Popcorn is Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA) certified. All Eden Foods are also grown without genetically engineered organisms according to the Eden Foods website.

It can be cooked in a pan with oil, microwave, or a hot air popper. Like Snappy, most all the kernels pop nicely. It does have a slightly more noticeable corn flavor than Snappy. The puffs of popcorn are large

Despite being organic, it is comparable in price to Snappy. It comes in several sealed bags that can be resealed for easy storage. Amazon sells Eden Organic Popcorn in a large bag that contains 12 20-ounce packages. Even daily popcorn makers should be able to make this amount last several weeks.


What is your favorite popcorn for a hot air popper?

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      Joe 3 years ago

      What is the best seasoning for the popcorn:

      Butter shaker

      Cheese shaker

      Could you please recommend the best seasonings.

      Thank you

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      Liz Elias 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

      This is useful and interesting. The "standard" popcorns available in the supermarket are usually just two: Jolly Time and Orville Redenbacher's.

      Neither one performs particularly well in my hot-air popper. I end up with MANY unpopped kernels, and most of those are blown out the chute before they've even had a chance to pop. Perhaps the fault is with my machine. (I don't remember the brand.) I've taken to going back to old-fashioned stove-top popping in a pan with a clear lid.

      Voted up, interesting and useful.