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Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 10 models in popcorn to see which ones perform best.
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    Overall score is based on flavor and texture attributes measured by trained tasters. Products are presented in decreasing order of quality within a category.
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    The Nutrition Ratings is based on values for energy density (calories per gram of food), total fat, saturated fat, trans fat, sodium, sugars, iron, calcium and dietary fiber per serving. Nutrient values are based on federal dietary guidelines. In determining the overall score, extra weighting may be given to nutrients which are influential, either positive or negative, to the food category.


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Plenty of Americans reach for popcorn when it's time to watch the Oscars, the Crawleys, or the latest zombie attack. When we asked readers their favorite snack during special shows, popcorn led the list. (To our readers' credit, "Nothing; I don't snack" came in second.) Our experts conducted blind taste tests of 13 bagged, ready-to-eat popcorns: seven in white-cheddar flavor and six in kettle (sweet and salty) flavor. They also tasted three butter-flavored popcorns: two microwaved and one already popped but in a heatable bag. If you're looking for information about Popcorn, Consumer Reports is your best resource. Consumer Reports' Popcorn Buying Guide will give you honest buying advice that you can trust. We also provide unbiased Popcorn ratings and popcorn reviews to help you choose the best Popcorn for you.

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