FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What does “handcrafted” mean?
We blend all of our spices by hand and make Masala Pop in small 5-gallon batches to ensure that every kernel gets attention.
How do you make Masala Pop?
We air pop our popcorn and coat it with seasoned oils and sauces, and finish by baking each batch in the oven.
Do they even have popcorn in India?
Yes. Indian street vendors, or Popcorn Walahs pop popcorn in big kettles. They may add spices, peanuts and other snack bits, or people bring the popcorn home and spice it up themselves. You can also find spiced popcorn throughout the Bollywood Movie theaters in India.
What is “all natural” about your ingredients?
Masala Pop is preservative free. We use organic and real ingredients and try to source local when possible.
How fresh is your product?
We make Masala Pop popcorn in small batches as orders come in. We are not set up for mass-production or warehouse storage, and we aim to keep it that way. Our popcorn is shipped Priority Mail within 1-2 days of creation. Our goal is to get you the freshest most delicious Indian-spiced popcorn possible. When it arrives it is important to keep it sealed until your are ready to enjoy. All popcorn will go stale as soon as it is exposed to air. If you find it has lost some of its crunch, simply spread it on a baking sheet and warm it in the oven at 250 degrees for 10 minutes.
Do you have any vegan flavors?
Savory Masala with Papadams, Tamarind Sesame with Papadams, and now Chai Masala with Assam Tea are all vegan. We occasionally have seasonal flavors in the shop that may not be vegan. Though please note that they are manufactured in a facility that handles dairy, tree nuts and peanuts.
Is Masala Pop gluten-free?
Popcorn is naturally gluten-free and to our knowledge none of our ingredients contain gluten. However, we have not gone through third-party gluten-free certification of our product (though we hope to in the near future).
What about the negative impacts of Coconut Palm Sugar on orangutans?
We admit that this question stumped us. We promised to do our due diligence, and our research found that palm oil is from the oil palm Elaeis guineensis and palm sugar is from the date palm Phoenix sylvestris or sometimes the sago palm (Arenga pinnata) or coconut palm. Simply put, coconut palm sugar is from a different plant than palm oil. For more information on Orangutans and palm oil plantations, visit the WWF.
What is Coconut Palm Sugar?
The coconut sugar in Masala Pop is an organic, unrefined sweetener made from coconut tree buds. The coconut palm is ideal for sugar production, as the trees are sustainably grown and harvested without causing deforestation. Coconut palm trees produce 50-75% more sugar per acre than sugar cane and use 20% of the resources. Manufacturers of coconut sugar have the perspective that organic coconut sugar has a nutritional content far richer than cane or beet sugar. Naturally occurring nutrients include magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron, B vitamins, and amino acids (including glutamine). We just think it tastes great!