When I first received my rather tantalizing box of Halfpops, I had no idea what to expect. Well, actually what I expected was something along the line of flavored popcorn. What I didn’t know was that Halfpops are actually exactly what the name sounds like: popcorn popped halfway so that the flavor of the corn is contained in one crunchy bite. It’s basically the best part of a bowl of popcorn contained in a (very well designed) bag. You know, the bottom where all of the super crunchy not-all-the-way popped bits have been hiding. Yum.
Halfpops are air-popped locally about 10 miles away from my hometown in the Seattle, Washington area. These tasty little kernels are gluten free, nut free, contain zero trans fat, no corn syrup, no artificial flavors, no hydrogenated oils, no preservatives, and as put by the company- no negativity. I praise these guys for coming up with the ingenious idea of popping popcorn only halfway so as to get some serious flavor packed into one kernel without getting lost in the fluff of ordinary popcorn.
As of now, there are only two flavors of Halfpops, but it looks like a new flavor will be coming out soon! Vote here for the flavor you want to see- I voted for kettle corn! The two existing flavors are natural butter & pure ocean sea salt, and natural aged white cheddar. The butter/salt flavor has only four simple all-natural ingredients: popcorn, canola oil, butter, and sea salt. The cheddar flavor (my current favorite) has popcorn, canola oil, cheddar cheese, whey, dry buttermilk, and sea salt. I’m trying to eat only foods that have a simple, comprehensive ingredient list so this snack is going to be perfect for long study sessions or staying in with friends for a movie night. And at only 130 calories for a sizable bag, you can rest assured that you are snacking smart!
Gluten Free-er’s Opinion (mine): Amazing! I love the fact that this snack is all natural, a good source of fiber, and of course, free of gluten! I will most definitely be purchasing more bags of Halfpops in the future!
Non Gluten Free-er’s Opinion (my roommate): “I love them! They are very delicious with that great crunchy texture!”
Two Thumbs Up!