So it was when I spotted this popcorn snack by Metcalfe’s while I was doing an online Ocado shop. There were two varieties available: Sea Salt or Sweet ‘n’ Salt. Having a sweet tooth, I opted for the Sweet ‘n’ Salt with 115 calories per bag.
Metcalfe’s Skinny ‘Topcorn’ is called ‘The Original popcorn brand’, though I must admit I hadn’t heard of them. The pack is quite a large 25g and contains a good portion of popcorn. It does look like you get a lot for your 115 calories.
Looking at the ingredients, it’s thankfully not too long. The Sweet ‘n’ Salty contains popped corn, sugar, vegetable oil and salt.
|My absolute favourite - Sweet Cinnamon Spice|
|Inside the bag|
But are they really any ‘skinnier’ than other regular shop bought popcorn?
I took a look at the calorie details of some other branded sweet and salty popcorn packs by comparing like for like quantities per 100g.
Here are the results:
Tesco’s Sweet & Salted Popcorn (25g bag):
515 calories per 100g / 129 calories per bag
Tyrrells Crisps Sweet & Salty Popcorn (80g bag):
505 calories per 100g / 404 calories per bag
Butterkist’s Sweet & Salted Popcorn (150g bag):
500 calories per 100g / 750 calories per bag
491 per 100g / 687 calories per bag
Metcalfe's Skinny Topcorn Sweet n Salt (25g bag)
460 calories per 100g / 115 calories per bag.
Heston’s from Waitrose Salted Caramel Popcorn (125g bag):
433 calories per 100g / 541 calories per bag
Propercorn Popcorn Sweet & Salty (30g bag):
428 calories per 100g / 128 calories per bag.
Levels of fat and sugar are quite similar for all, but Propercorn’s fat content is the lowest. The main problem when it comes to actually eating them, is that all pack sizes aren’t the same. So even if you opt for a lower calorie popcorn and it comes in a bigger bag, it’s unlikely many of us would bother with measuring out an exact portion size.
As for the question – is Topcorn any skinnier than other comparable flavour popcorn snacks, I would have to say no. It is, however, packed in a suitable portion size which can really help to reduce overeating.
|The contents of the whole pack|
Other flavours available in the Metcalfe’s Topcorn range include: Chocolate Crackle, Heat n Sweet, Wasabi Glaze and Sweet Cinammon Spice. They’re sold in a range of outlets including Tesco, Sainsbury, WH Smith Waitrose, Greggs and Café Nero.
Some varieties are also available in a sharing bag, 75g or 80g.
Nutrition Information per bag: 115 calories, 1.6g protein, 17.8g carbs, 4.9g sugar, 4.8g fat, 0.8g saturates, 2.9g fibre, 0.34g salt.
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