What Is Pipcorn? Fast Facts About The Shark Tank Popcorn, Including Its Nutritional Value

December 26, 2019 22:01

Have you ever heard about Pipcorn? This healthy snack has gained popularity, but what do we know about it? What is Pipcorn? Who created it? And the most important question: is it healthy?

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Success story of The Shark Tank Pipcorn

Meet Jeff and Jen Martin! The siblings launched Pipsnacks in 2012 when they came up with a great idea: the entrepreneurs decided to produce an unusual kind of popcorn that Jen had discovered in her job at a Chicago health-food store. The company's debut product was Pipcorn. The founders claim that it doesn't get stuck in your teeth because of small kernels. Pipcorn comes in a variety of all-natural flavors.

Here is another interesting fact about Pipcorn: Oprah picked it as her favorite thing! It happened just a month after the company was founded.

Let's find out more about Pipcorn and its nutritional value.

What is Pipcorn?

Simply put, Pipcorn is a "mini" version of popcorn. Each Pipcorn kernel is nearly half the size of the regular popcorn kernel, and it’s the main difference. According to Business Insider, Pipcorn was taken by Shark Tank's Barbara Corcoran to get a $200,000 investment deal back in 2015. This unique popcorn comes in various flavors such as ghee, cheddar, kettle sea salt, and truffle.

Pipcorn identifies itself as “mini popcorn” and you can read in the ingredients list that it’s essentially 'non-GMO popcorn.'

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Another bonus: Pipcorn claims that the hulls on their corn kernels are “more delicate” than regular popcorn kernels. When they’re popped, the shells break into tiny pieces so you shouldn't worry about your teeth. You won't see any hard pieces stuck in your teeth, according to the company's website.

If we try to compare Pipcorn with regular popcorn, here’s what we will get.

A two-and-a-half cup serving of salted popcorn:

Calories: 138Fat: 8 g (1.3 g sat fat)

A two-and-a-half cup serving of the sea salt version of Pipcorn:

Calories: 120Fat: 6 g (0.5 g sat fat)

Pipcorn and traditional popcorn are similar when we are talking about calories.

According to Pipcorn's website, some people say the kernels of Pipcorn are "easier to digest" than regular popcorn. But this doesn’t appear to be proven by science.

Popcorn basically is high in fiber, which can be digested easily by most of us. At the same time, it is essential to drink enough water, when you eat foods rich in fiber.

Pipcorn promotes itself as gluten-free and made using whole grains, and that is true. However, all corn is gluten-free and whole-grain, so there is no difference between Pipcorn and traditional popcorn.

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Is Pipcorn worth your attention?

Definitely yes! Although Pipcorn is just popcorn, it can add variety to your diet. It is a great idea if you want to put a fun spin on your healthy eating.

However, it is better to remember that Pipcorn isn’t different than popcorn when we compare its nutritional value. Choose foods wisely to keep your body healthy.