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Ode to Popcorn! (Picks & A New Recipe!)

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10.14.11
 

In honor of National Popcorn Poppin' Month, we're dishing on why we love popcorn, our favorite picks, and our best recipes using the fluffy, puffy stuff. SNACK TIME!

 
  Our Top Pick: 94% Fat-Free Microwave Popcorn!

PER SERVING (about 5 cups popped corn, average): 100 calories, 1.5g fat, 204mg sodium, 22g carbs, 4g fiber, 0g sugars, 2.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3*

There are several different companies that make the easy-to-cook, guilt-free popcorn of our dreams. Here are a few popular brands and the varieties they bring to the snack aisle...

Jolly Time: Look for the Healthy Pop lineup, featuring multi-serving bags AND mini 100-calorie bags. Varieties include Butter, Kettle Corn, Caramel Apple, Low Sodium Butter, and Crispy White Naturally Flavored. Hooray for options!

Orville Redenbacher's: SmartPop! is the kind to look for from this company. Kettle Korn (not a typo!) and Butter flavors are available in both 100-calorie mini bags and the larger standard-sized options; the Butter version even comes in a fun Pop Up Bowl!

Newman's Own: Paul's purely delicious line includes 94% fat-free butter-flavored popcorn in multi-serving bags. There are also single-serving 100-calorie bags in Natural flavor (not 94% fat-free, but impressive nonetheless). Not bad!

Pop Secret: The secret's out... When it comes to 94% fat-free popcorn, this brand has 100-calorie bags of both Butter and Kettle Corn flavors, plus full-sized bags of the Butter flavor. Yes!

Act II
: The usual (delicious) suspects here. The 94% fat-free popcorn comes in Butter and Kettle Corn varieties -- mini bags too. Woohoo!

 
 
 
  MOVIE THEATER POPCORN SHOCKER!

OK, maybe it's less than shocking to those who've heard us dish this info before, but it's worth repeating. People, a large order of buttered popcorn at a typical movie theater can have anywhere from 850 to 1,500 calories and up to 130 grams of fat! Click here for our snack picks to sneak past the ticket takers... 

 
  New Recipe! Salted Caramel Popcorn Mix

PER SERVING (1/5th of recipe, about 2 cups): 160 calories, 4g fat, 227mg sodium, 32g carbs, 4g fiber, 9g sugars, 2.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4*

Here's a brand-new sweet 'n salty treat for snackers everywhere -- start popping that corn now!

Ingredients:
8 cups popped 94% fat-free kettle-corn-flavored microwave popcorn (about 1 standard-sized bag's worth)
1 1/2 cups Fiber One Caramel Delight cereal
1 oz. (about 40) pretzel sticks, broken into pieces
2 tbsp. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
4 cubes chewy caramel (like Kraft Traditional Caramels), chopped

 
 

Directions:
Preheat oven to 275 degrees.

Spray a large baking sheet with nonstick spray. Place (popped) popcorn on the sheet in an even layer. Evenly top with cereal and pretzel pieces. Evenly sprinkle chocolate chips and chopped caramel (making sure caramel pieces don't stick together) on top of cereal-pretzel layer.

Bake in the oven until caramel pieces have just slightly melted, 5 - 6 minutes. Meanwhile, get two large spoons ready so you can immediately toss the mixture after baking.

Remove sheet from oven. Immediately and gently toss mixture on the sheet with the spoons, making sure to evenly distribute melted chocolate and caramel. Divide into 5 servings and enjoy!

MAKES 5 SERVINGS

 
 
  Hungry for More Popcorny Fun?

Check out a few more popcorn-packed recipes!

HG's Ultimate Movie-Viewing Snack Mix - All the flavors of a well-stocked concession stand in one guilt-free snack. Roll 'em!

Party Poppin' Trail Mix - Cereal, chocolate-coated nuts, and freeze-dried fruit join the popcorn party in this crazy-good mix!

Pot-of-Gold Rainbow Snack Mix - Like popcorn mixed with chewy fruity snacks? It's your lucky day -- click and make this recipe ASAP.

 

Pass the popcorn! You know... to your family and other loved ones... via email... by clicking "Send to a Friend." The button immediately to the left of this sentence? Do it!

CHEW ON THIS:

Today, October 14th, is National Chocolate-Covered Insects Day. Aren't you glad we devoted this email to National Popcorn Poppin' Month instead?

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*The PointsPlus® values for these products and/or recipes were calculated by Hungry Girl and are not an endorsement or approval of the product, recipe or its manufacturer or developer by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the owner of the PointsPlus® registered trademark.

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