If you are making popcorn in a popcorn machine, you will need to use oil. Not all oils are created the same. Some have different tastes and health benefits.
In this article, we are going to go over the most popular and best oils to use for your home theater popcorn machine. This popcorn oil can also be used in any popper that requires oil.
If you are making large quantities of popcorn this 1 gallon of Paragon coconut popcorn popping oil will work just fine. This is a best seller and has quite a few positive reviews.
This is the same type of oil movie theaters use and will give your popcorn that authentic movie theater taste. The good news is that even though movie theater popcorn has been labeled as one of the unhealthiest popcorns in the past, new studies suggest that coconut oil isn’t bad for us, after all.
I’ll let you be the judge of the health benefits of this, but as far as taste this is a winner. This is just pure coconut oil colored with beta carotene. The 1 gallon is large and doesn’t need to be refrigerated.
Snappy also makes a 1-gallon coconut oil colored with beta carotene. This oil also creates that buttery movie theater taste and color. This contains saturated fat, but no trans-fats which we know are bad.
If you’re in the mood for movie theater popcorn go with the coconut oil and Flavacol seasoning, you will be surprised how authentic the taste is.
The popcorn people at Wabash Valley Farms also make a coconut popcorn oil. This one contains refined coconut oil, artificial butter flavor, and beta carotene.
You can get a pack of 3 16-ounce jars if the large gallon jars seem like too much. This doesn’t need to be refrigerated and the shelf life should be about 2 years.
Taste testers agree that this is also a great tasting popcorn oil and it burns clean and won’t blacken your pot or kettle.
Snappy popcorn also makes a gallon jug of butter flavored canola oil. The ingredients in this one are canola oil, artificial butter flavor, and beta carotene.
This canola oil seems to burn clean and make tasty popcorn. I would probably stick with the coconut based oils, but some folks prefer canola. This is the 1-gallon size, so be prepared to make some popcorn.
The folks at Paragon also make a nice gallon sized jug of canola popcorn popping oil. The ingredients in this one are partially hydrogenated canola oil, beta carotene, and butter flavor.
I would probably stick with the coconut oil, but this is a canola oil option. Most taste testers thought this tasted similar to movie theater popcorn especially when they added the Flavacol.
For popcorn oil, canola and coconut seem to be the two main oils. You’ll have to decide which ones you think are healthy.