Goal: To Find the Best White Cheddar Popcorn

Eliminating potato chips and other greasy (translation=yummy) salty snacks as I still try and lose weight, I found I can eat popcorn (unbuttered of course) and get the salt craving satisfied as well as feeling full after the snack with few calories.

The question is: Make it myself from kernels, and if yes, what kernels are the best, or buy it pre-cheddered???

My first attempt was buying Bob’s Red Mill white kernels (see bottom half of container) …I couldn’t find the same Red Mill white again and bought a brand of organic yellow kernels (see top half of container)



Popping it in a teaspoon of canola oil, then adding this..


Yes, it says Real Cheese but hey, who are they kidding? It tastes good tho and gives the popcorn enough flavor to enjoy without butter.

I also bought two brands of White Cheddar popcorn, Skinny Pop and Smart Foods. Skinny Pop has fewer calories but has a bit of a chemical taste to its “cheddar”. Smart Foods has more of a real cheddar taste but doesn’t have enough flavor depth to recognize it as cheddar.

I don’t really like either that much but it’s the only ones I can find easily.

The brand that gets good reviews I can’t find near me.

Cape Cod White Cheddar popcorn. Cape Cod makes wicked good potato chips (don’t ask me how I know!) so I’m assuming their excellence in chips transcends to popcorn. Searching their website to find the product near me, it sends me exclusively to Acme Markets, the closest of which is up Route 22 a hoof, too far for one bag of popcorn.


I see I can buy it online but seems silly to do that. I’ll keep looking while on the road. maybe I can find it in North Carolina.

Any other popcorn connoisseurs in the peanut gallery here? Jiffy Pop was the default in my house growing up. I can’t tell you how many times we started a stove top fire!

Microwave popcorn has been banned here, after one nasty incident where I burned a bag of it (seeing a trend?) and the house stunk for a week. The microwave was almost unusable too.

Add your favorites here. I’m game for new ideas.

UPDATE: Sound Beacher’s private Cape Cod stash. Mmmmmmmmmmmm. Raid!!!!!

29 thoughts on “Goal: To Find the Best White Cheddar Popcorn

  1. Ocean State Job Lot sells Bob’s Red Mill products and that’s where I bought white popping corn. For cheddar flavor, Cabot makes a powdered version which works well. Found that at the Cabot store in Quechee, VT. Haven’t seen it outside of VT. Unfortunately, neither the popcorn nor the cheese will do you any good in Bedford.
    On Saturdays, my local hardware store gives out freshly made popcorn. I don’t know what brand they use but it’s terrific.
    I like Orville’s popcorn in the plastic jar. I get the yellow but I think they also make a white kind.
    Beautiful day here. Doesn’t look or feel at all like November.

    1. Both my supermarkets carry lots of Bob’s Red Mill products. Now that all markets have many organic aisles, some of Bob’s line has moved. Stop’nShop even categorizes Organic Popcorn in a separate aisles making it a game of hide and go seek.

      Shoprite carries far more Red Mill line but not the popcorn kernels. PITA!

      Mr. EOS is his way back to Bedford today after closing up the rentals and turning water off. Had I known earlier I would have sent him to Job Lot first.

      I think the yellow kernels I have are Orville’s. Or Newman’s.

      I prefer the white kernels to the yellow but quite honestly I don’t know the difference the color makes in the taste. Is there one?

  2. Why white cheddar? How about plain unbuttered unflavored popcorn?

    I buy Bob’s Red Mill white kernels at Costco. I think they are the best.

    1. Fair question. Unflavored unbuttered popcorn is like eating cardboard. I can’t do it. If I’m going butter free, I need some flavor. I’ve tried the Sea Salt ones, still not enough flavor. White cheddar just seems to go.

      I just got a new Costco membership. I figured I could find some goodies for thanksgiving there. I’ll look for the kernels. Thanks for the suggestion.

  3. My wife buys the Skinny Pop white cheddar but I find half the bag is kernel pieces that aren’t edible. I much prefer popping my own.

  4. I would pop my own. In a little coconut oil. Then drown it in butter and sea salt. Or, melted peanut butter.

    However, if you’re avoiding the fats, albeit healthy, sprinkle some brewers (nutritional) yeast on top, it gives a lovely, cheesy flavor, and some calorie free vitamins to boot.

    Or, what about some finely grated Parmesan and/ or roasted garlic olive oil?

    1. Brewer’s Yeast? On popcorn? Never thought of that, ever. Nor have I bought brewer’s yeast. I’m game. I’ll try it.

      I’ve tried the parm and it’s a little TOO cheesy. But damn, melted peanut butter. Holy cow that sounds good.

  5. Oh my word. Jiffy Pop. Stove top fires. Been there. Always wondered what their insurance liability rates are like.
    The only bagged popcorn I eat is Trader Joes Movie Theater Style (red bag). It really does taste like the stuff you buy at the movies. Don’t know the fat/calorie count because I don’t want to know it.
    But hey, not potato chips so it’s got that going for it.

    1. They still SELL Jiffy Pop so they must have a good insurance company. We had electric burners growing up but I can remember more than a few times the oil spilling out from the side and causing lots of smoke. Mmmm. That and a bottle of Coke – life was so easy then.

    1. Alton’s Good Eats was one of my favorite shows years ago. Is he still on?

      Huh, putting salt on kernels while popping? That’s new to me, I’m going to try that for sure. As for using a large metal bowl with tin foil, okay for Alton Brown but I’d surely spill it or drop it using tongs. I use a large pot with two handles.

      Thanks. That as definitely not “meh”. 🙂

      1. I don’t think he is still on Good Eats, but, he does have a podcast.
        I only do the microwave bags. They’re not great, but, in the calculus of planning ahead, cooking, cleaning up, and the ever present “pain-in-the-ass” factor, they still come out ahead.

        1. Yeh, I get that whole cleaning up pain in the ass deal. I wouldn’t have equated it with calculus because I was never smart enough to take calculus. I barely passed geometry. I remember my teacher telling me that he was giving me credit for how nicely I drew my geometric shapes. No credit for the actual answers tho!!
          I’m slowly going podcast. I tried Bill O’Reilly first. Tired of his. I tried a few other conservative pol types but haven’t struck the mother lode of interest yet. Beyond politics, I haven’t added podcasts so it wouldn’t have occurred to me to see that Alton Brown had a podcast.
          Update: checked Alton Browncast. Very sporadic. Last one was months ago. Darn.

          PS: I added Dan Bongino. Chuck Woolery’s Blunt Force. Mark Levin who I missed on Hannity last night. And Laura Ingraham.

          Looking for conservative podcasts on the Podcast app is like looking for a needle in a haystack. All liberal podcasts. Slate. NPR. I had to Google “best conservative podcasts” to find a list.

        2. Being a regular commenter is never having to say you’re sorry. 😀😀.

          Love Scott Adams. Added him to the list. Thanks. I just haven’t figured out when/how to find time to listen to each one daily.

  6. I keep a jar of Orville’s in the freezer & pop it frozen with Tobasco Spicy Salt. Yum!

    I’m hoping the weather in the Carolinas holds for your trip to Biltmore. It’s been in the high 70’s with zero humidity. Perfect!

    1. Say what? You keep it in the freezer? Then add Tabasco Spicy salt??? That sounds amazing. Where do I find Tabasco spicy salt? In what aisle? I’m doing this.

      Quick question: doesn’t frozen popcorn ‘defrost’ in the hot oil then splatter while cooking? I’ve never heard of freezing popcorn.

      You guys are such a font of information. Thanks.

      1. I haven’t seen the Tobasco Spicy Salt in the market in a long time. It used to be in the spice isle. Maybe you could find it online or mix up a batch using the dry ingredients in Tobasco Sauce. The container says the ingredients are sea salt, distilled vinegar & cayenne. If you can’t find it let me know & I’ll send you one – I just checked the pantry & I have 3 of them. When the frozen kernels hit the hot oil they pop immediately & splatter all over the place but I put on a lid that covers most of the pan. I must have found the freezing method on some cooking show. I never would have come up with the idea myself.

  7. Shoprite brand white cheddar popcorn cakes. Great flavor. I like them with tuna salad on top. Munch on them while reading your blog! Bibi

    1. Popcorn cakes versus rice cakes but in the same aisle? Hmmmm. Not seen those. They would be good with either egg or tuna salad on them. Another great suggestion. Thanks.

  8. Well, you just missed Alton Brown he did a show at the Palace Theater in Stamford on Sunday Oct. 29th https://www.palacestamford.org/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=altonbrown&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::context_id=
    I’d never heard of him, but of course there’s always something to learn at EOS.
    I happen to have Cape Cod popcorn, the exact package you have pictured! And a new Cape Cod product called puffs white cheddar, I’ve not tried yet. We went on the Cape Cod factory tour when we were up on Cape Code in September. That’s the only place I’ve even found the pop corn and I had searched after the first time I’d had it from the factory years ago. There is an Acme in Riverside, so I will investigate. So what will you pay for the 2 bags I’ve imported direct from the factory??
    The college kid like to use the hot air machine and I buy the kernels they have 3 types at Fairway Market.

    1. Alton Brown was in Stamford? No way. I would have enjoyed seeing him. His TV show was part camp part science part cooking. A Food Nerd. Always informative and interesting. It wasn’t a cooking show in the traditional sense.

      So, how IS the Cape Cod popcorn? Any good? Worth me paying you a kings ransom for said bags???

      Hot air popcorn makers were the next best thing to fondue pots back in the 70s. Nice that people still use them.

  9. Yes the CC popcorn is very very good. That’s why of the 3 bags I bought only one is left and the puffs, I’ve not tried yet. The value is increasing $$. Expiration isn’t until Dec. 22nd so we have time to negotiate!!

  10. I see my link didn’t work –
    “Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science”, the follow-up to the smash “Edible Inevitable” tour, hits the road again. Fans can expect all-new everything including songs, multimedia presentations, talk-show antics, and bigger and better potentially dangerous food demonstrations. Brown has a knack for mixing together a perfect base of science, music and food into two hours of pure entertainment. Critics and fans alike have raved about the interactive components of Brown’s shows. He promises “plenty of new therapy inducing opportunities during our audience participation segments. I don’t want to give too much away, but this time we’re going to play a little game while we’re at it. Plus, you’ll see things I’ve never been allowed to do on TV.” He’s also contemplating more sophisticated protective gear for folks in the first few rows…just in case things get messy…again.

    Brown, author of the James Beard award winning, “I’m Just Here for the Food,” and the New York Times bestselling sequence, “Good Eats,” is releasing the first of two new cookbooks through Ballantine Books (an imprint of Random House) in the Fall of 2016. ALTON BROWN: EVERY DAY COOK, or EDC as Brown calls it, is a collection of more than 100 personal recipes as well as a pinch of science and history. He has hosted numerous series including, “Cutthroat Kitchen,” “Camp Cutthroat” and “Iron Chef America” and created, produced and hosted the Peabody award winning series, “Good Eats” for 13 years on Food Network. Good Eats can still be seen on the Cooking Channel and Netflix.

  11. Can’t believe I’m late to this! Glad I didn’t miss it though. You’re reader had some great points. I will definitely be ordering some tobasco salt, sriracha salt and vermont cheddar powder off Amazon asap.

    Before I read that I was coming in hot – this is the absolute best way to make popcorn at home.

    Air pop with this:

    Use Amish purple popping corn (try other colors but I liked this best – takes a year to go through thks order – 6lbs!)

    Buy simple super fine nut salt and drizzle a little butter. So good.

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