New in the Market: G.H.Cretors Popped Corn and Hi I’m Skinny Sticks

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on October 1, 2012 · 1 comment

We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think.

These are two snacks worth trying.

Charles Cretor invented the popcorn machine in 1885 and took his invention to the Chicago Columbian Exposition in 1893. From then to now the Cretor family has been making popcorn. Currently, five flavors are available. All varieties have no artificial flavors, colors, preservatives. They are nonGMO, kosher certified (KOF-K) and popcorn is naturally gluten free.

We taste tested all five flavors and they were excellent, yet different. The popcorn was consistently crispy and the flavors were natural and not overpowering and the combinations were both intriguing and mouthwatering. It was hard to stop eating this popcorn.

Brands that produce different flavors often use the same base to offer options so the nutrition profile remains similar flavor to flavor. Not so with G.H.Cretors. Each flavor stands on its own and the serving size and nutrition profile reflects the individuality.

Kettle Corn has a delicious fresh popped taste. A 2 cup portion has 130 calories, 7 grams of fat (no cholesterol, no trans fat, and only 0.5 grams of saturated fat), 2 grams of fiber and 210 milligrams of sodium.

Just The Carmel Corn has a subtle caramel taste and is not overly sweet. A ¾ cup portion has 120 calories, 4.5 grams of fat (no trans fat and 2 grams of saturated fat), 10 milligrams of cholesterol, 1 gram of fiber and 140 milligrams of sodium.

Just The Cheese Corn has a rich cheesy taste. A 2 cup portion has 170 calories, 13 grams of fat (no trans fat and 2.5 grams of saturated fat), 5 milligrams of cholesterol, 2 grams of fiber and 340 milligrams of sodium.

When one of our tasters ate Carmel Nut Crunch, he said, “Wow, that is excellent.” and begged to keep the whole bag. A ½ cup portion has 130 calories, 6 grams of fat (no trans fat and 2 grams of saturated fat), 10 milligrams of cholesterol, 1 gram of fiber and 130 milligrams of sodium.

Chicago Mix is an interesting, excellent taste combo. You enjoy cheesy popcorn with an occasional sweet taste thrown in. It offers a true taste surprise. A 1 ¼ cup portion has 140 calories, 8 grams of fat (no trans fat and 2 grams of saturated fat), 10 milligrams of cholesterol, 1 gram of fiber and 220 milligrams of sodium.

Hi I’m Skinny Sticks is a nice snack for those who want a treat but are watching calories or fat. The portion size for each flavor is generous, 34 sticks (1 ounce). We counted out the amount and it averaged a soup bowl full of sticks. Each flavor is based in a multi-grain, is GMO free, and has far less fat than regular potato chips. The calorie range per serving is 120 to 130.

Veggie Tortilla Sticks are based in whole ground corn, corn bran, tortilla flour, and tomato, spinach and beet powder. A serving has 210 milligrams of sodium.

Sweet Potato Sticks are based in whole ground corn, rice flour, and sweet potato. A serving has 90 milligrams of sodium. This was our favorite.

Multi-Grain Sticks are based in whole ground corn, rice flour, whole oat flour, and barley flour. They come in 4 flavors.

  • Cheddar has 270 milligrams of sodium in a serving.
  • Tangy BBQ has 240 milligrams of sodium in a serving.
  • Sweet Onion has 360 milligrams of sodium in a serving.
  • Sea Salt has 220 milligrams of sodium in a serving.

All flavors are kosher certified (KOF-K).

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