Two weeks ago I was contacted by the makers of Mini Pops, a popped sorghum snack I’d once read about in Oprah magazine. I was intrigued enough to agree to accept some samples, along with assurances from the Mini Pop folks that I wasn’t obligated to review the product if I didn’t like it.
Well, I liked it! 🙂
So, here’s what the product looks like. My son and I were tickled by its resemblance to popcorn, but on a much smaller scale. (Imagine popcorn sized for an American Girl doll and you have the right idea.)
The flavors we sampled were Baby White Cheddar, Subatomic Sea Salt and Itty Bitty Butter. I liked all three but I should tell you that the cheese and butter flavors were quite subtle, which could be a drawback for kids used to more intense (e.g., “Flavor Blasted“) processed snacks. I was thinking it would be fun to buy the sorghum un-popped (also available from the Mini Pops people) and make it at home so I could season it myself with melted butter, salt, Parmesan, etc. Apparently it’s as easy to pop as popcorn; you can prepare it on the stove or in the microwave (by placing it in a brown paper lunch bag, our favorite trick for chemical-free microwave popped corn.)
According to the Mini Pops website, the benefits of eating popped sorghum over popped corn are many: fewer calories, less fat, less sodium, more protein, more calcium, and more iron. You also don’t get those annoying hulls stuck in your teeth as you often do with popcorn, and the product is certified organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, Kosher-certified, and whole grain.
So if you’re looking for something a little out of the box to drop in a lunch or backpack this fall, Mini Pops are worth checking out. You can find out if they’re available in your area here.
[Blogger disclosure: Other than receiving free samples for review, I never accept any form of compensation for product reviews you see here on The Lunch Tray.]
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