Tuesday, August 11, 2015

G.H. Cretors Popped Corn (Review)

Recently I had the opportunity to sample (at no cost to me) several varieties of yummy popcorn from G.H. Cretors.  I'd never heard of the company before.  I must have just missed it!  The different flavors of popcorn are sold in a few supermarkets near here (stores where I don't shop) and Target stores (where I rarely have time to browse).

First, a little background.  G.H. Cretors has been in business since 1885 and started with the invention of the popcorn machine.  The products are still all-natural (no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives), non-GMO, naturally gluten-free, and kosher (dairy).  The caramel corn is made with brown rice syrup instead of refined sugars.  It has a low glycemic index (which doesn't spike blood sugar) and adds minerals.

The flavors of popcorn from G.H. Cretors fall into two categories.  Since I mentioned the caramel corn, I'll start there.

Chicago Mix is new for me.  I'm guessing it's a Chicago thing, and they've tried to keep it to themselves!  It's a blend of cheese popcorn and caramel popcorn.  As someone who likes the combination of sweet and salty, I nearly fell in love with this mix!  I had fun trying just sweet, just salty, and both together.  My family seemed to like it, too:  after I tasted it I left the bag on the kitchen table, and it was empty before I knew it!

You can also buy Just the Cheese Corn and Just the Caramel Corn.  I liked both of these.  The cheese corn has a better flavor than the brand I've been buying at the supermarket.  The caramel corn, though, was just fabulous.  The caramel coating is light, buttery, and crisp.  Just. So. Good.  My husband found these too salty and too sweet, respectively--but again, the bags were empty in no time.

If you're looking for something less indulgent, look to the Organic Simply Salted and Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil flavors.  These are both really good!  They remind me of popcorn that I'd make at home--except that their kernels are extraordinarily fluffy and their corn doesn't have unpopped kernels!  Both are made with organic popcorn, organic oil, and sea salt.  The difference is that Simply Salted is cooked with sunflower oil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil is cooked with--you guessed it--EVOO.  I appreciated that this isn't overly salty; too much salt is a pet peeve for me and my family.  The nutrition profiles of the two Organic flavors are similar (calories, fat, sodium, and dietary fiber).  Simply Salted reminded me of air-popped corn, though it's not tough, as air-popped can be.  I preferred the EVOO.  It's not a strong oil flavor, but it gives a good taste, and the relatively low salt content made it just right.

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1 comment :

  1. I think the Chicago mix might be the best I have ever tried. Yum.


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