Gluten Free Popcorn and Seasonings

Our little community is having a Magic Show for the kids in the park this weekend. Fun! So when they asked for volunteers, I quickly offered to be in charge of refreshments. This way I can make the treats mainstream, kid friendly and gluten free so our son can enjoy treats along with all the other kids.

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! 😛

Our New Popcorn Machine! :)

I was hesitant at first, but then thought “Hey, I just finished a big freelance job and had a little extra money… And I’ve always wanted one… It’d be so neat for parties and movie nights (which we often have!!).”

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.

—-Kernels—-
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Jolly Time Select Popcorn Kernels Premium Yellow Non-GMO Popping Corn
Kernel Season’s Popcorn
Jolly Time White Popcorn Kernels
Jolly Time Select Pop Corn

—-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

—-Oils—-
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?

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