Red Palm Oil Popcorn

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yellowpopcorn.jpg C. is the big popcorn lover in our family. All of us love it, but he loves it best. I surprised him with it on Saturday night, for our movie night. We watched North and South, based on the novel of the same name by Elizabeth Gaskell, who also wrote Wives and Daughters, which was also turned into a fantastic movie.

Back to the popcorn, though. It might seem terribly indulgent for me to have used red palm oil for the popping. Red palm oil is almost double the price of the grapeseed oil I normally use. But I really, really wanted to try it. Red palm oil can be heated to high temps without changing composition, which makes it a healthy choice for popping popcorn.

Another benefit, although you can’t call it “healthy”, is that the popcorn came out movie-theater yellow, which the kids loved. I tossed the popcorn with sea salt and nutritional yeast — for a bit of cheezy flavor. The red palm oil gave the popcorn a bit of a tang, but not overly powerful. Yumm!

I toss our popcorn in doubled up paper bags. I learned that from a friend in high school and have done it ever since.

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  1. says

    What a delicious sounding treat! I toss our popcorn in little white lunch bags and then everyone has his/her own bag… mainly because I like hot sauce on mine and no one else does! I have not used the yeast on our popcorn yet, though I have thought it might taste really good.

    Oh, I think you’ll like the yeast if you try it. I’m just in shock that you like hot sauce! I have lots of lunch bags and probably the kids will be tickled to eat their popcorn that way next week. Thanks for the idea.

  2. says

    Wow, that does look store bought. :D We use an air-popper and I but melted butter and mineral salt on it. :P Thanks for the brown bag tip. I’ll have to try that and the yeast.

    Now I want some popcorn.

  3. Tracy in NC says

    My sister has been putting nutritional yeast on her popcorn for forever. Now she gives it to her grandchildren and they think “Grandma’s is the best”. I’d never heard of it until she told me about it. It is yummy.

  4. phil says

    I bought a 4oz kettle popcorn machine a few months ago and have been trying to get that movie theater popcorn look and taste.Then i a came across this post and wow that was the secret red palm oil.I also use flavacol.MMM very delicious. Thank you.

  5. Bea says

    Very interesting! My son makes tacos for me using red palm oil for the tortillas and they are delicious! I’ll have to pass this tip on to him as well. Thanks for the info. :)

  6. Tracy says

    Sorry I still can’t find the place where you order your red palm oil. What is the name of the website? I enjoyed looking at it last time I was reading the popcorn blog a few months back.


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