"I want to tell you how much we enjoy your popcorn. It’s the best ever! Much better than any on the market. The flavor surpasses all of them. Even the bag is terrific. Nothing sticks to the inside, and the used bag folds up just great. Thank you for all your hard work." -Lois
What sets Gutwein (goot-wine) Gourmet Popping Corn apart from other popcorn? Dirt. That’s right! Dirt! We start the process of creating the world’s best-tasting gourmet popcorn by using corn that has been harvested from the most nutrient rich, fertile soil in the area. This type of soil produces the lightest, fluffiest, most delicious and best popcorn kernels that can be produced.
How do we know this? Our family has a long farming tradition in Indiana agriculture. More than 100 years ago, in 1906, our great-grandfather, Philip Gutwein, Sr., moved to the Francesville area to farm. In addition to farming, Philip also started Gutwein Milling. Both businesses were committed to providing high-quality products and superior customer service.
We started Gutwein Gourmet Popping Corn in 1998 to carry on another family tradition: entrepreneurship. We incorporated the ideals of our great-grandfather, those of producing high-quality, great tasting foods, into the gourmet popcorn business. Our mission at Gutwein Gourmet Popping Corn is to bring you the highest quality gourmet popcorn products coupled with superior customer service.
How do we do this? All of our gourmet popcorn products start with these amazing golden little nuggets and our new, state-of-the-art processing facility that has been in operation since 2014. We offer a variety of gourmet popcorn products, from gourmet popcorn gift baskets to bulk popcorn kernels. We package our gourmet popcorn kernels in microwave popcorn bags, in flavors like light butter, hot & spicy and kettle corn. We also offer 2-pound poly bags of our gourmet popcorn kernels for popping on the stovetop or in an electrical popper.
In addition to our packaged popcorn, we also sell three different varieties of the best popcorn kernels in bulk. Each one is suited to a specific purpose, like candy coating or concessions. Whether you’re looking for a 50-pound bag of gourmet popcorn kernels for making gourmet popcorn gift baskets or a truckload of kernels for concessions, we’ve got your bulk popcorn kernel needs covered!
We believe popcorn is one of the healthiest snacks around. We also believe that Gutwein Gourmet Popping Corn is the best gourmet popping corn available. Once you have tried our products, we know you’ll agree. We hope you enjoy what we all cherish as nature’s greatest healthy snack.
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Who doesn't love popcorn? In movie theaters or at the circus, a big bowl of popcorn is a snack lover's paradise. Buttery and salty or sweet and sticky, gourmet popcorn is a snack food that is good and good for you. Here are a few fun facts about popcorn that you may not know.
Popcorn is actually a seed
According to Early Popcorn History, ancient ears of corn were discovered in a cave in New Mexico in 1948 that were believed to be approximately 4,000 years old. Burial chambers in Northern Chile contained bulk corn kernels estimated to be around 1,000 years old. Even as old as the kernels were, they were still able to pop when heat was applied to them. Early explorer Hernan Cortes invaded Mexico in 1519 and his first encounter with the Aztec Indians introduced him to what was known as “maize” or corn. They used it for cooking as well as decorations. It was dried and ground into flour for cooking or animal feed, or heated until it popped and made into garlands worn on the head.
Types of corn
Not all types of corn can be used for popcorn. There is only one type of corn used specifically for popcorn due to the moisture content of the seed. Sweet corn is grown for eating, as well as field corn and flint corn is the multicolored ears of corn seen most often in Thanksgiving decorations. Popcorn is the only type grown that will pop.
What makes it pop?
Each little kernel or seed, contains moisture that turns into steam when the kernel is heated to an internal temperature of 350 degrees. Bulk popcorn kernels cooked using heated air or hot oil will burst or pop within a few minutes. Microwave popcorn cooks in 2 to 2 1/2 minutes using the same principle.
Recipe for Making Popcorn at Home:
3 Tbsp. cooking oil
1/3 cup bulk popcorn kernels
Heavy skillet with a tight lid
Heat the oil in the skillet until hot. Test the temperature by dropping one drop of cold water into the skillet. If it pops and sizzles, the oil is ready. The oil has to be heated at least to around 350 degrees for the corn to pop. If the oil isn't hot enough the corn kernels won't pop or they will take longer to cook resulting in a tougher end product. Add popcorn and put the lid on the skillet. Shake periodically while popping to keep from burning. When popping slows to 2 or 3 seconds between pops it is done.
People on low carb diets tend to avoid popcorn because of the carbohydrate count, but because it is a whole grain food it is low in calories and high in fiber. It is slower to digest which makes you feel fuller longer. Two tbsp. of bulk popcorn kernels makes a quart of popped corn for about 15 cents per serving making it a budget-friendly snack as well.