What are Mini Pops?
Mini Pops is Air-Popped sorghum grain. Each individual sorghum grain has a tiny pocket of water in its center. When the grain 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 as well. 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. So keep browsing to learn more about this great snack!
What is Sorghum?
Sorghum is the 5th most harvested cereal grain on the globe. In the USA, over 8 million acres of land (see below) is devoted to sorghum farming which happens to require far less water to grow than corn.
There are several different sub-types of sorghum, but the sorghum used for Mini Pops is specifically grown to be of the highest quality and free of any pesticides or genetic modification. And whereas places like India, Africa and China produce sorghum in large quantities, the Sorghum used for Mini Pops are farmed right here in the USA.
And for more info than you ever wanted to know about sorghum, visit the Wiki Page for Sorghum
How are Mini Pops made?
Our Process is Very Simple:
1. Pop Sorghum Grain with Very Hot Air
2. Season the Mini Pops
3. Package the Mini Pops
That's it! Enjoy!
What exactly IS sorghum grain?
Sorghum , an ancient cereal grain that's a staple crop in India and throughout Africa , has long been considered a safe grain alternative for people with celiac disease and gluten insensitivity. New molecular evidence confirms that sorghum is completely gluten-free , and reports that the grain provides health benefits that make it a worthy addition to any diet . Sorghum's status as an alternative grain for people with gluten intolerance has made it more available as human food in the United States , and Pontieri's team suggests that its high nutritional value and other health benefits recommend it as a replacement for rice or corn among the general population as well. The Whole Grains Council says that sorghum's "neutral,sometimes sweet,flavor and light color" allow it to easily absorb other flavors,and recommends several recipes . In nations with high sorghum consumption, the grain is often eaten as porridge or boiled like rice as a base for other dishes.
Sorghum is the fifth-most produced grain in the world, behind wheat,corn,rice, and barley. Sorghum grain is drought-resistant , grows in the dry climates , and requires less water than wheat and corn . Going Green ? Sorghum farming requires 50% less agricultural water consumption than corn .
Sorghum is a very versatile grain. It is best eaten in its whole grain form to get the most nutrition . "Food-grade" sorghum has high nutritional value , with high levels of unsaturated fats, protein,fiber, and minerals like phosphorus, potassium , calcium, and iron. Sorghum contains a wide variety of beneficial phytochemicals that act as antioxidants in the body, such as tannins , phenolic acids , anthocyanins,phytosterols and policosanols. In fact , the bran layer of sorghum has significantly higher amounts of antioxidants than fruits such as blueberries , strawberries , plum ,and pomegranates .
Recent research suggests that the phytochemicals allow sorghum consumption to reduce the risk of heart disease , type II diabetes , colon and skin cancer more than other grains ,and that other properties can promote cardiovascular health and lower cholesterol .
Another benefit of sorghum is that it's currently a non-genetically modified crop.
Is popping sorghum a new concept?
Actually, people in Africa and India have been snacking on popped sorghum for hundreds of years! In India, popped sorghum is called Jowar Dhani. But it’s completely new to the US Snack Food Industry! We started popping 8 years ago....
Do you pop it in your own facility?
You betcha! We have our own, state of the art manufacturing facility where it’s ALL Mini Pops ALL the time and nothing else!
Our facility is Gluten Free and Nut-Free .
How long has Mini Pops been around as a company?
While Mini Pops actually filed its Articles of Incorporation in September 2009, we spent a lot of time on research and development and did a partial launch of Mini Pops in August 2010. Once the positive feedback was overwhelming, Mini Pops launched its full product line in January 2011!
Can I buy Mini Pops in stores?
Of Course! Take a look at our Store Locator to find a retailer carrying Mini Pops near you.
I see you have dairy flavors and non-dairy flavors. Are they run on the same machinery?
Yes. Whereas we thoroughly wash-down our equipment between production runs, all Mini Pops flavors run on the same machinery.
What does it mean to be certified Gluten-Free?
We test all of our ingredients and final products in-house for gluten which has a sensitivity to 20ppm. We also periodically send our Mini Pops to a 3rd party laboratory for testing .
Will Mini Pops be available in Canada?
Yes! But soon…We’re actively working with distributors and retailers to get Mini Pops throughout our neighbors to the North!
On your ‘Butter’ Mini Pops, one of the ingredients listed is “Natural Flavors”. That’s a bit vague, don’t you think?
You’re absolutely right. Natural Flavors is a proprietary ingredient of our butter flavor supplier. It is however 100% Natural and 100% Allergen-Free as indicated on its MSDS.
Do you offer Mini Pops in Bulk Quantities?
We sure do! Contact us, and we can chat about what you’re looking for.
I have Diverticulitis, and my doctor said I can’t have popcorn. Can I eat Mini Pops?
Well, since no one here at Mini Pops has a medical degree nor does anyone play a doctor on TV (anymore), we unfortunately cannot speak to the suitability of Mini Pops for a particular medical condition. We definitely suggest speaking with your physician about foods which may be okay for your particular condition.
I have Celiac Disease. Can I eat Mini Pops?
Please see the answer to above question
I have a corn allergy. Can I eat Mini Pops?
Please see the answer to above question
I have Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. Can I eat Mini Pops?
Now you’re just messing with us.
Do you have a Drop Shiping Program?
Do you have a website where you sell high quality foods? Do you sell gluten-free, all natural or Organic snacks online?
Then consider selling Mini Pops WITHOUT holding an inventory. We will fill and ship your orders that you receive from listing Mini Pops on your eCommerce website.
Simply CONTACT US to learn more about the Mini Pops Drop Shipping Program.