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August 5, 2016

Anson Mills Sweet Flint Popping Corn

by Anne Paddock

When was the last time you experienced perfect light crackle and trace tenderness in a tiny white explosion?

Anson Mills of Columbia, South Carolina grows Appalachian Sweet Flint Popping Corn in the southern United States where an extended growing season allows the corn plants to grow and slowly develop cobs that hold tear-shaped kernels with a deep golden color at harvest.

Anson_Mills_Popping_CornAlthough beautiful to look at, the flavor is the reason to buy this popping corn. Those little kernels pop about 20 times their size into light, fluffy popcorn that tastes of toasted sweet corn.Anson_Mills_Kernel_Popped

To make Anson Mills Appalachian Sweet Flint Popcorn, I use a stainless steel Whirley-Pop (a specialized corn popper that has a patented stirring system to prevent burning by moving every kernel until it pops. Sounds over the top to have one pan for one job but for popcorn, there is no better tool. Available at for about $50).stainless-steel-Whirley-Pop

Simply put 1-2 tablespoons of canola oil in the pan. Heat the oil on medium-high and add 1/2 cup of Anson Mills Appalachian Sweet Flint Popping Corn. Close the lid and begin turning the handle (which moves the kernels as they heat up).

As soon as the corn kernels start popping, turn the heat down to medium and continue turning the handle until the popping slows. Take the pan off the heat when the popping slows to prevent the popcorn from burning. The last few kernels will continue to pop.  Open the lid and pour into serving bowls. Lightly salt (optional). Makes about 6 quarts of popcorn.Anson_Mills_Popcorn

Anson Mills Appalachian Sweet Flint Popping Corn can be purchased from the Anson Mills website: A 12-ounce resealable packet is $5.95 (which is about 2 cups and makes 4 batches) or 10 pounds is $50.

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