Just Poppin Organic Popping Sorghum Grain- Review


Just Poppin’s Organic Popping Sorghum Grain is a product I was very excited to test. I could not believe that there could be a corn alternative—that is so available for my gluten-free friends and visitors to enjoy.

When we popped it, it looked like miniature popcorn. It was actually rather cute, and not at all less tasty for this. In fact, it was bursting with flavor, and much more so than popcorn. It became a conversation piece.

Just Poppin Organic Popping Sorghum Grain is slightly sweeter than popcorn with a true popcorn taste. It is low in calories and fat-free, gluten-free, and best of all, free of hulls that get stuck in your teeth like popcorn! Although sorghum is smaller than corn, it has more protein.

You can do so much with this tasty treat. You can simply pop it for a movie or make a whole dessert out of it. How about homemade Moose Munch, folks? Yes, this is what we made. It was fabulous and everyone loved it.

Another one of my testers made popcorn treats for her son’s birthday. She popped the sorghum, added honey, bits of nuts, and mini chocolate chips. She put all of it in a glass dish. After about 10-15 minutes, she cut 2”x 2” squares and put them out for all the kids to have fresh.

You can use Just Poppin’s Organic Popping Sorghum Grain to make Indian, Spanish, Italian and  French dishes. It all depends on what spices you use with it. You can be as creative as you want. For our Indian take, we added a little curry and cumin. Simple! For my evening sweet tooth I added a variety of cinnamon, nuts and currants. Delicious!

The first time I popped the sorghum grain, I was in shock. The little popcorn look-alikes were amazing to see. My husband loves popcorn but doesn’t do well with corn, so he is thrilled about this product. Until you try making some of Just Poppin’s Organic Popping Sorghum Grain, you truly don’t know what you’re missing.

Families are constantly in need of healthy snacks for children’s lunches. At the end of the school day, you’ll often find those healthy snacks still sitting there staring back at you uneaten. Place a small bag of popped sorghum in your children’s lunch box and watch it disappear.

Now, for those of you wondering about using the Popping Sorghum Grain in a hot air popper, here is what Buck, the owner, had to share:

“ Tina- I found a class of hot air poppers that actually work with the sorghum. This is HUGE news, Tina. We’ve had so many people asking about it but every hot air popper we tried blew the grain everywhere – it was like rolling around on the beach. You’d find those little buggers in places you didn’t know you had! It turns out that I kept buying poppers that had the same basic design which did not work with the sorghum.

However, I stumbled across a style of hot air popper that works great with my Popping Sorghums.  It blows the grains around in a circle, as opposed to the poppers I had been using which have a piece of mesh at the bottom center, and the air blows straight up through it. This circular motion keeps the grains in the popper until they can pop – it works like a dream.

So if anyone would like to try the sorghum grain in a hot air popper (and that’s the only way some folks will pop) then take a look inside the popper to see if you have the right style. They may have to look at a few before they find one that’s right. FYI, the 2 bestselling hot air poppers – the one by Orville and the Presto Pop Lite – are the WRONG style for our Poppin Sorghum product.

If anyone does try hot air popping, be sure they let the popper run a full 1-2 mins BEFORE adding the grains. If they add the grains to a cold popper and turn it on, it will dry out the grain before it pops and they’ll have a much lower yield. Also, no one is to worry about a little smoke at the beginning – just the nature of the beast.”

I can say that whenever I popped popcorn in a hot air popper, I felt it always lacked taste. I was eating airy cardboard at best. Well, Just Poppin sorghum keeps its sweet flavor when popped per the instructions above. Yummy!

Popped in a little oil or in a hot air popper per Buck’s instructions above, this is a great treat, snack, gift, and a unique find for us here in the gluten-free arena. You can try it yourself by ordering it at http://shop.justpoppin.com.

This amazing company has gone one step further to ensure they are processed in a gluten free environment ( not gluten on the premises).  Thanks Buck!

Tina Turbin



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16 thoughts on “Just Poppin Organic Popping Sorghum Grain- Review

  1. This stuff is sooo delicious I actually prefer it over popcorn now and the kids (well they’re teens now). I had no idea that hot air poppers work as well so I’m going to check that out and thanks for the very specific directions on how to use it. Thanks!

  2. We went to a R.O.C.K. recently and they served this with a movie and the kids loved it soooo much that I was totally sold and bought some on our own. It has since become a regular weekend snack that we enjoy with a movie at home as a family. I never really thought to add anything to it except sea salt and some Cajun seasoning I have (I forget the name, but it’s a gluten free once of course–Cajun Choice I think). I will try adding different things from now on and see if I can come up with any neat recipes and will share!

  3. Hey Tina you do great work on your blog. Always appreciate the reviews and recipes. I have to say popped sorghum isn’t something I heard of until I read this and I’m anxious to give it a try! I love popcorn so I figure I’ll really like this stuff.

  4. It must have been almost a couple decades ago that I tried popped sorghum while I was staying at a friend’s house and I always remembered it for years afterward as being even better than popcorn but I never bothered to look into making some of my own. I think it’s about time I get some though. It was gooooood!

  5. Homemade moose munch rocks! I haven’t had it in ages…hmmm methinks I’ll make a bowl myself this Friday night and enjoy it with an old favorite movie:)

  6. Just Poppin in to say how nice it was to read the great review you wrote about our Gluten Free Organic Popping Sorghum. We’re excited to be part of your Gluten Free family 🙂 I enjoyed reading about the variety of experiences of your different testers. Thank you so much. If any of your readers have any questions about Popping Sorghum, I’ll be happy to answer them.
    Cheers! Buck

  7. Oooooh yummy! I’m so going to make this and buy a popper too! I used to have a great old-fashioned hot air popper, but since we moved I haven’t been able to find it:( but I didn’t have a reason to use it anyway because I’m not a super big fan of popcorn. I wonder though…can I anyone tell me if this gets stuck in your teeth liked popcorn?

  8. I use this all the time instead of popcorn and the kids really like it as an afterschool snack and sometimes I pack it in their lunches to and make a sort of trail mix with it, mixing it with different toasted nuts, and sometimes even some gluten free chocolate chips on special occasions. Two thumbs up.

  9. Thanks so much for including this advice on hot air poppers. I was looking at the Orville one and almost got it, but I held off on it, but now that I’ve reviewed this information, I’ll make sure to pick up another one. Does anyone have any recommendations?

  10. Thanks for the info on popping these guys. I wasn’t sure which air popper to use. I have a bag in my pantry which I bought after I tried these at my sister’s house, but I haven’t gotten around to making them yet because I wasn’t sure what to do.

  11. I came to the site to give a review of the hull less popcorn that I’ve received. LOVE IT! Just read the part above about popped sorghum. Sounds good. I’ve been using a Orville Redenbacher microwave popper with the “power cup”. Would this method work with the sorghum? I’d like to try the stuff, as it sounds great, but I’m so used to this type of popper, don’t know if I could go back to popping in a pan. I also don’t think I’d buy an air popper.

  12. I’ve tried to pop sorghum, but it doesn’t always seem to yield me much. I’ve started purchasing already-popped sorghum from a company called Mini Pops. I’ve got a corn allergy, and popped sorghum is such an unbelievable substitute. Mini Pops has an unbelievable caramel coated flavor – like Cracker Jacks – but with sorghum! myminipops.com is their site!

  13. Sorry for having been absent with some outstanding questions here. Answers to questions from Chelsea, Jeanne, Amber, Kathryn, and a comment for Abby.

    1. Popped sorghum does not get stuck in your teeth like popcorn.

    2. Wouldn’t recommend the Orville hot air popper for popping sorghum. The design will blow all the grain out before popping it. The popper at this link works because the hot air swirls around the bottom of the popping chamber like a vortex and will pop the grains before blowing them all over the place: http://shop.justpoppin.com/Hot-Air-Popper-for-Popping-Sorghum_p_162.html

    3. The Presto/Orville microwave popper with the power cups should work OK. Try using just 1oz of grain; you may be able to work up to 2oz. The more you try to pop, the less will actually pop. If you have a turn table microwave, offset the popper a bit so it’s not set in the very middle.

    4. If the sorghum you’re trying to pop is not yielding very much, then you are trying to pop regular sorghum and not POPPING sorghum (which is probably no fault of your own – a lot of websites and stores sell any old sorghum as “popping sorghum”). The Popping Sorghum from JustPoppin.com has been specially cultivated to have exceptional popping characteristics and allows home cooks to get good results.

    Feel free to post additional questions. I’ll check back more often!

  14. So
    I would really like to know which air popper machine can handle Sorghum.
    The links that were provided does not work anymore.

    1. Hi Suzanne,

      This post was posted a while ago so it is likely the company went out of business. If I ever come across another machine that works, I will be sure to let you know.

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