When brainstorming fun food ideas with my awesome husband and soon-to-be 10 year old son (TEN?! Wow time flies! I remember when I started this blog he was 5 and we didn’t know he was Celiac!) we came up with some fun food stuffs: cotton candy, popcorn, watermelon (it will be a summer afternoon in the park, after all!) and candy. But making cotton candy? Renting machines that could easily be contaminated = PASS. Renting a big popcorn machine? Same fear. So being the ultimate “nothing’s too awesome for a party” person, what do I do? Why, buy a full-sized old fashioned, movie theatre-style Popcorn machine of course!
Yep. I can justify anything, given enough time.
So I did a bunch of research and found what seems to be the best mid-level prosumer product, a Great Northern Popcorn 8 oz. Popper. FUN!!! So I bought this super fun popcorn machine for about $165 on Amazon, which seems like a good price.
Ah…. But then.. What to put in it that is totally safe for our super-sensitive Celiac stomachs?? After a LOT more research, I’ve come to the conclusion that the pre-measured packages (those with oil on one side and kernels on the other) aren’t the way to go to be safe. Buying kernels, oil, salt and/or seasonings by themselves is safer and much more cost-effective. During my research, I found that the entire line of Kernel Season’s products is certified GF by GFCO! Yay! Super safe. Check out Kernel Season’s GF policies here and more here.
So I settled on the following gluten free popcorn, oil and seasoning products. I’ve yet to try them (awaiting everything to arrive from Amazon), so I don’t yet know from first hand experience that they worked for us. But these are the products that I felt were safe enough to try. The ones with the “**” stars in front of them are the ones I ended up ordering.
—-Salt and Flavorings—-
** Kernel Season’s Mini Jars Seasoning Variety Pack
• Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil(Pack of 2)
• Flavacol Seasoning Popcorn Salt — This kept coming up in my research as GF. I just didn’t order it because I used to LOVE Kernel Season’s shake-on flavorings and was so psyched to see it was safe I didn’t even consider an alternative salt/flavor… But it seems like Flavonol’s gluten free and that Gold Medal is gluten aware. Check out their brochure – search the PDF for “gluten” and you’ll see that they say right there that Flavacol is gluten free.
• Kernel Season’s Sweet Seasoning Variety Pack
In my research into how to make popcorn taste like it came a movie theatre, it seems that using Coconut Oil is the secret. I already have several different coconut oils, so I didn’t need to research or buy that. But a nice gluten-free coconut oil is a great choice for us Celiacs – high temp friendly and makes the popcorn taste buttery without dairy. Nice! I’ll be trying my Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
on our initial run. (Here’s why I chose to use Nutiva instead of Specrtum (which I never use for any product, as you can see here)
• Kernel Season’s Movie Theatre Butter for Popping & Topping Popcorn
• Kernel Season’s Popping Oil
I even went so far as to order a Paragon Stainless Steel Popcorn Scoop! Yes, I go totally crazy for parties and themes!
Anyway. I hope this helps you have a Poppin’ Good Time! A gluten-free popcorn good time, that is!
What kinds of gluten free popcorn, salts, oils and seasonings do you use?