Gourmet Popcorn Vs. Regular Popcorn: What's The Difference?

Everyone loves popcorn, but did you know there’s a difference between gourmet popcorn and regular popcorn? Yes, like almost everything in life, popcorn can also make your life difficult. If you’re wondering what the difference is between these two types of popcorn, you’ve come to the right place lah. As we like to consider ourselves popcorn experts here at Uncle DiDi, we’ve listed the differences in how they are made, the level of care put into each type, and the taste and quality of each.

1. Popcorn grades

The two main popcorn grades are mushroom and butterfly, and each has distinct characteristics that affect their taste, texture, and appearance. Mushroom popcorn, as the name suggests, has a round, mushroom-shaped kernel that is denser and more compact than butterfly popcorn. Mushroom popcorn kernels are ideal for caramel coatings and other sweet flavours because they have a more even coating than butterfly popcorn.

Butterfly popcorn, on the other hand, has a more traditional, winged shape and is lighter and fluffier than mushroom popcorn. Butterfly popcorn kernels are ideal for buttery or savoury flavours because they have a larger surface area that can hold more flavouring.

2. Expansion rate

Another important difference between gourmet and regular popcorn is their expansion rate. Expansion rate refers to the amount of volume increase that popcorn experiences when heated, and it can affect the final texture and flavour of the popped kernels. Gourmet popcorn typically has a lower expansion rate than regular popcorn because it is made with higher-quality kernels and is less likely to break or shatter during popping. This results in larger, fluffier kernels with a more even texture and better flavour retention.

3. Quality of ingredients

Gourmet popcorn is often made with higher-quality ingredients than regular popcorn. This includes premium, non-GMO corn that is specifically grown for its superior taste and texture, as well as real butter, high-quality oils, and other premium ingredients that contribute to its unique flavour profile. In contrast, regular popcorn may be made with cheaper, mass-produced kernels and lower-quality oils that can result in a less flavourful and less healthy snack.

4. Flavour variety

Gourmet popcorn also offers a wider range of flavours than regular popcorn. While regular popcorn may be limited to a few varieties, such as butter, salt, and cheese, gourmet popcorn can come in a variety of sweet and savoury flavours, including caramel, chocolate, and even unique flavours like Milo Dinosaur and Sour Cream as offered here in Uncle DiDi.

5. Packaging and presentation

Gourmet popcorn is often packaged and presented in a more visually appealing way than regular popcorn. Many gourmet popcorn brands like Uncle DiDi (shameless plug!) offer decorative tins, bags, and boxes that make for an attractive and giftable snack. Some brands also offer custom packaging and personalisation options. Yes, we do customised packaging as well (paiseh… shameless plug once more).

6. Price

There’s no denying lah. Gourmet popcorn is typically more expensive than regular popcorn due to the higher quality ingredients and specialised preparation methods used. However, the unique flavours and presentation make it a popular choice for special occasions and gift-giving.


When comparing gourmet vs regular popcorn, it’s clear that gourmet wins out in terms of taste, quality, freshness, texture, and degree of care put into making it. So whether you’re looking for something special for movie night or something delicious for your next snack break, opting for gourmet salted popcorn or any kind of gourmet popcorn will surely hit the spot!

Come to Uncle DiDi and try our wide range of popcorn flavours today! From classic favourites like Caramel and Sweet Corn to local treats like Milo Dinosaur and Sour Cream, our gourmet popcorn in Singapore is of the best quality and care, guaranteed to make your taste buds dance.