I LOVE popcorn and probably have it 2 or 3 times a week. Usually, I buy the corn kernels and air-pop them, but on occasion, I'll have a pack or 2 of microwave popcorn on hand for when I run out. When I first saw Orville Redenbacher's Natural Lime & Salt Popcorn, I thought it was a rather odd flavor combination, and kept on going. But a friend of mine loves it and she let me try it one day while I was at her house, and I have to say - not bad ... not bad at all.
The lime flavor comes out a little bit in the aroma and sort of an after-taste when eating the popcorn. The flavor definitely makes it's presence known, but isn't really strong and overwhelming. And it's one of those flavors that you either love or hate. As much as I liked it, I don't think it's something that I would buy on a regular basis.
Each 44 gram bag (1 serving) of Orville Redenbacher's Natural Lime & Salt Popcorn provides 220 calories, 23% of the daily value for total fat (15 grams), and 35% of the DV for saturated fat. There is also 370 mg sodium (15% of the DV), 4 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein. The ingredients are, Popping Corn, Palm Oil, Salt, Less than 2% natural flavoring.
Kettle corn reminds me of rustic amusement parks and country fairs, but unfortunately, opportunities for me to be at those places are pretty rare. Orville Redenbacher's Smart Pop Kettle Korn seemed like it might fit the bill when I'm in a nostalgic mood, with a description of, "slightly sweet, slightly salty, and 94% fat free." Sounds good to me, so I bought a box and hoped for the best.
The kettle corn indeed has a nice, mild mix of sweet and salty. The popcorn is sweetened by the artificial sweetener sucralose, but I couldn't really tell when I ate it. The Smart Pop descriptor indicates that the popcorn is 94% fat free, and this particular type had 30% less sodium as well. Neither of these improvements in nutrition altered the good taste though.
A serving of three tablespoons of un-popped corn provides 130 calories and 2.5 grams of fat, including 0.5 gram of saturated fat. There is no cholesterol, but there are 250 milligrams of sodium (10% of the daily value), plus 5 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein.
Popcorn itself is pretty healthy as a light, whole grain snack, but problems ensue when unhealthy flavorings like butter are added. Plus, the typical bag of popcorn has 2 or 3 servings, which can amplify the effect of the bad stuff if you're eating it by yourself. Orville Redenbacher's 100 Calorie Smart Pop 94% Fat Free Butter Mini Bags are a solution to these nutritional issues.
The mini bags are smaller than the typical popcorn bag and folded in half rather than thirds. The portion seemed smaller than other 100 calorie popcorn bags I've tried, but it could just be an optical illusion. There really isn't much butter flavor, but the salt is present. I can appreciate unadulterated popcorn, but this popcorn just seemed a little uninteresting.
One bag produces 6.5 cups of popcorn and has 100 calories and 2 grams of fat, including 0.5 gram of saturated fat. There are 220 milligrams of sodium (9% DV), 24 grams of carbohydrates, including 4 grams of dietary fiber, and 3 grams of protein.
Orville Redenbacher Caramel Mini Smart Cakes received a rave review, so I knew I had to try it. I opted for Orville's All Natural Wild Berry 100 Calorie Mini Popcorn Cakes and hoped it would hold up just a well. First and foremost, the box is huge and the 6 puffed up bags inside are neck in neck. Each self serve bag contains 14 little purple cakes and absolutely no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. The first ingredient is popcorn, followed by sugar, salt, elderberry juice concentrate and a few other minor ingredients.
The taste, however, is one of the largest cherries on top of any sundae you have ever had. It resembles the combination of a caramel corn sensation and enticing berry sweetness. The crispy snap that the popcorn cakes provide combine with the pleasantly sweet flavor to take your mouth on a wild ride. I think this may be the biggest 100 calorie pack I have ever had (well, except for maybe Orville's never-ending 100 calorie packs of popcorn).
The search for a low calorie, sweet snack is OVER! Orville Redenbacher's Caramel Mini Smart Cakes is a wonderfully tasty, deliciously sweet, crispy snack that smells and taste like caramel popcorn, but without being overly sweet and sticky. I also really liked the shape. Each "mini smart cake" is a small disc shaped oval, about 1.5 inches in diameter - the size of a potato chip.
What's so Smart about these? 60 calories for a serving of 9 -10 mini-cakes!
What's even smarter? The ingredients list is short and simple - and surprisingly contains no artificial sweeteners.