I am SO EXCITED about this review and giveaway that I can hardly stand it!!
To all my corn-free friends out there (especially the itty-bitty’s), it’s time to throw a popcorn Mini Pop party!
What the heck is a “Mini Pop” you ask? Well, Mini Pops are an itty bitty corn-free version of popcorn made from sorghum! Sorghum flour is commonly used in gluten-free baking, but sorghum can also be used to make sorghum molasses and you can even pop the seed, just like popcorn!
From the Mini Pops website:
Mini Pops is air popped sorghum grain. Each individual sorghum grain has a tiny pocket of water in its center. When the sorghum is exposed to high heat, that water inside heats up and expands causing the grain to Explode! And voilà – Mini Pops are born. This just so happens to be how popcorn is made too.
Mini Pops can be flavored just like popcorn, and you’ll see that it has great nutritional benefits in addition to being gluten free and corn free. It lacks those thin popcorn hulls that typically get caught in the teeth and gums, and it’s a delicious, crunchy snack that can be enjoyed anywhere.
They make it sound so…easy. You might even be wondering, what’s the big deal, why not just buy some sorghum seed and pop your own? Yes, you certainly could (good luck with that)!
Have you ever tried to pop sorghum yourself? If you haven’t, let me spare you the gazillions of tiny little seeds that angrily jump out of the pan as quickly as you dump them in (attacking you with hideously hot oil in the process), and just show you a video featuring Andrew Zimern, host of the television show Bizarre Foods on the Travel Channel, sharing his experience with popped sorghum (NOT the Mini Pops brand specifically).
All of the Mini Pops flavors are popped using hot air (not oil), so there is less fat. Mini Pops are also certified organic, which means the sorghum they use is pesticide-free and has not been genetically modified!
Ari Taube, President and Founder of Mini Pops recently sent me a complimentary assortment of Mini Pops to sample and review for you. My husband and kids absolutely loved them, especially their “itty-bittiness.” I can personally vouch for the fact that the hulls don’t get stuck in your teeth the way popcorn hulls do!
Mini Pops literally just opened their doors for business, and they just received their GFCO certification 3 days ago (they passed with flying colors, yea!). I asked Ari about Mini Pops suitability for other allergies and here is what he had to say:
All Mini Pops flavors are peanut-free, soy-free and corn-free in addition to being gluten-free (the gluten-free is by design – the others by chance). The Baby White Cheddar and Itsy Bitsy Chili Cheese flavors both contain dairy because of the dehydrated cheddar that I use.
Currently, the available flavors are:
Flavors still in Development:
Teeny Tiny Kettle Pops
Itty Bitty Butter
Would you like to try some Mini Pops for yourself? Well, here’s your chance!
Ari has generously offered to give THREE of my readers a complimentary sample pack of Mini Pops, each containing one of each available flavor, woo-hoo!
To enter for a chance to win one of three complimentary sample packs of Mini Pops popped sorghum, simply leave a comment below suggesting a future “itty bitty” name and flavor of Mini Pops!
Lots of Bonus Entry Opportunities (these are completely optional, but if you do decide to do one, two or even all of them, please be sure to leave a separate comment for EACH completed task that you do, this is how I keep track of all the entries):
- Sign up for the Mini Pops Newsletter (click on the link and look on the left sidebar for the newsletter sign-up form).
- “Like” Mini Pops on Facebook.
- “Follow” Mini Pops on Twitter.
- “Like” Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom on Facebook.
- “Follow” adventuresgfmom on Twitter.
- Share the link to this giveaway on your Facebook Page.
- Mention this giveaway in a blog post (be sure to include a link back to this page).
- Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter (be sure to include the link to this post, @Mini_Pops and @adventuresgfmom in your tweet).
Using the Random Number Generator, I will pick the 3 winners on Tuesday, September 14th, 2010.
Until then, hopefully I will see you on Facebook!
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