The perfect popcorn, at last! My boyfriend & I were at a fair when we saw the huge 20 lb bags of "mushroom popcorn" behind the counter at a kettle corn vendor. Asking about that, they proceeded to tell us that this is the only type of popcorn that gives you the large, round pieces, rather than the butterfly shape, which is less fluffy. He looked for it on line and found Just Poppin. Surprising me on my birthday, knowing I'm the popcorn afficionado, I immediately popped up a batch with very hot coconut oil...perfecto! My only problem with it is the substantial hulls that get stuck in your throat & teeth, but it sounds like they may have hull-less in reading some of these reviews. I know I'll never pop the stuff you get in the store again.
[Note from Just Poppin
: Mushroom popcorn, by it's very nature, does tend to have a lot of hulls. We know the hulls aren't pleasant, but the mushroom popcorn needs the thick hull to hold in all the moisture so the steam can build up to create the explosive pop and large "mushroom" for which the popcorn is named.
There are a couple of ways to deal with this. The first would be to use a Kernel Katcher Popcorn Bowl
. This bowl has a special compartment in the bottom which collects unpopped kernels and excess hulls. You can view a video of how the Kernel Katcher works
on our website.
Another suggestion is to pour your freshly popped popcorn into a large paper bag, roll up the end, and shake it around like crazy. This will help knock some excess hulls off. Lastly, popping the mushroom popcorn in a hot air popper tends to dry out the hulls so they fall off more readily while being popped and also afterward in your bowl.
Mushroom popcorn is typically used for making Kettle Corn or Caramel or Candied Popcorn. These types of popcorn are usually highly processed so excess hulls tend to get knocked off (Kettle Corn vendors stir the popped popcorn around in a big tray that has holes in the bottom that catches any unpopped kernels as well as excess hulls). It is not usually used for plain eating although many of our customers do enjoy eating it with salt and butter. Our Movie Pop Popcorn is a great snacking popcorn with butter and salt, as is our Tender Pop Hulless Popcorn. These two popcorns are not "mushroom" but the standard "butterfly" variety.]