How many calories in popcorn? Don’t ask Orville…

May 18th, 2011 | Leave a comment | Food

So I bought a box of microwave popcorn – it has three envelopes inside.

I wanted to know how many calories, how much fat, how many carbs were in one envelope. So, I looked at the side of the box.

Big mistake.

Serving size: 3 Tbsp (37g) unpopped (makes about 7.5 cups popped)
Servings per Bag: about 2

Amount Per Serving:
3 Tbsp unpopped — Calories: 120
1 cup popped — Calories: 15
…and so on.

First: why the F do we need to know how many calories are in 3 tablespoons of unpopped popcorn? No one is going to eat it before it pops.

Second: If I understand correctly, if there are two servings in a bag, this means there are 15 cups of popped popcorn in a bag when you take it out of the microwave?

Um…..sorry. Don’t think so. Not even close. It wasn’t even ten cups.

So. I ate a bag of popcorn. And apparently I’ll never know how many calories were in that bag – less than 150 (10 cups x 15 calories)? About 225 (About 7.5 cups x 2 servings x 15 calories)? 240? (120 calories per 3 Tbsp x 2 servings)?

Hey, Orville. Maybe you’re going by some bizarre federal guidelines in putting the “Nutrition Facts” on the side of the box.

But would it be too much to ask, for you to just put another line of text on there, telling us how many calories are in a popped bag of popcorn — you know, the way people really eat it?

Thanks so much.

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