What does expansion rate mean?

Expansion rate measures the number of popped popcorn servings produced from a specific amount of unpopped popcorn. For example, the standard expansion machine pops 250 grams of kernels and measures the volumetric result. A typical rate would be 42-44. This means 1 cup of popcorn kernels in the popper will yield 42 cups of popped corn.

What is Mushroom?

The primary difference between mushroom popcorn and butterfly popcorn is the shape of the popped kernel. A mushroom kernel is round in shape like a baseball. Mushroom is best suited for adding coatings such as caramel, cheese, or even chocolate. The reason is that this kernel has more surface area for the flavorings to attach. Kernel sizes are often large which results in a large flake size (the popped kernel). Therefore by pure physics, mushroom popcorn expands lower than butterfly popcorn. The round balls fit tightly together and therefore create less volume in the bag. However, this is an advantage for processors because it adds weight or density to the retail product. Popcorn is the LEAST expensive element in a flavored retail product. So, mushroom is better for flavored products.

Which popcorn is best?

There is not a standard answer because it depends on end use of the product. All of our varieties serve a specific end use. Platinum bulk popcorn is best for concessions because of high # of servings per unit.  It is an excellent choice for theaters, ball parks, or even high school concessions stand. Gold popcorn is best for its large flake size, taste, and eye appeal. Gold kernels are larger in size than platinum kernels. Silver popcorn is the best value in a price sensitive market. Mushroom is best for processing and the addition of flavored coatings.

Do you pop mushroom popcorn  the same as you pop butterfly popcorn?

Mushroom requires a higher temperature in order to achieve the best results. Mushroom popcorn pops best when using hot air of dry flow-through machines. Mushroom can be popped in hot oil, but a lower percentage of ball-shaped kernels will result.

What is the best way to store my popcorn?

Popcorn pops best when it maintains a percentage of moisture near 13.5% to 14%.   Popcorn kernels are a little bit like a sponge.  If the humidity around it is 60% or higher, the popcorn will take in moisture, possibly causing it to mold.  If the humidity is 50% or less, the popcorn will dry out, hindering its ability to pop.  Therefore, a sealed container is best for maintaining a more constant moisture content.