Our shipping rates are as follows:
- Cart total $0.01 – $9.99: $8.00 for shipping
- Cart total $10.00 – $19.99: $7.00 for shipping
- Cart total $20.00 – $39.99: $5.00 for shipping
- Carts $40 and above: FREE SHIPPING
Our shipping rates are as follows:
Small orders are simply not optimal by mail. All carrier rates have increased significantly over the past couple of years, and for a while we were taking a sizable hit to our small family company by not raising shipping costs when USPS, FedEx and UPS raised their rates, in hopes of keeping our customers happy. We send our Unpopped Kernels (our heaviest product by weight) via USPS Flat Rate box in order to save on cost – still, a formerly $5 flat rate shipping option that is now between $7-$8…a significant increase, that can really add up, especially with a small business. It’s just not economical to ship single orders these days, which is why we try to encourage customers to buy in multiples.
No. We absolutely do not make any money on freight expense, we are simply trying to cover the cost that is charged to us by the freight or postal company. The way it works is larger orders save for everyone. One bag of Unpopped Kernels costs $7-$8 for us to ship to a customer no matter what, whereas 16 bags can ship for around $18 (almost down to $1 per bag). Just an example how incredibly significant the per unit savings become as you ship more items. We wish we could keep our shipping costs lower to keep more customers happy, but sadly it’s not the reality of the postal / shipping world or of being a small, family-run company. If the shipping price per bag still seems too much, a larger company like Amazon can offer a better rate, and you can still find our products there online. Grocery stores are also a great option if you have one near you that carries our popcorn. You can use our Where To Buy page to find a store near you.
If you know you love Tiny But Mighty Popcorn, ordering in multiples is a great way to save and we sure do appreciate it. Our Unpopped Kernels and Microwave lines have an expiration date of 1 year from production, and our Popped Varieties have an 8 month shelf life from production date.
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Yes, our popcorn is Non-GMO Project Verified and there is no risk for GMO contamination due to our unique variety of popcorn that won’t cross-pollinate with other varieties.
Yes! There are no artificial ingredients, flavors or preservatives in any of our products.
The term “heirloom” refers to a seed that is at least 50 years old, that has not been changed in any way from its original state, and has never been hybridized. Learn more about why heirloom matters.
Our Tiny But Mighty Popcorn seed dates back to the early 1800’s, and was passed down through several generations of a family in Iowa. This means that it was never hybridized to become something that nature didn’t intend.
Yes! Our popcorn is actually about half the size of regular/conventional popcorn varieties. It grows on ears that are only 3″ to 4″ in length when fully grown. Smaller ears produce smaller, more dense kernels, which produce a naturally flavorful popcorn – hence the name, Tiny But Mighty Popcorn!
Our popcorn is available at retailers across the USA, on our website and on Amazon. If you don’t see Tiny But Mighty in your local grocer, do us (and yourself!) a favor and make a request to the Grocery Manager for the store to carry Tiny But Mighty Popcorn! You can also submit a request directly on our Where to Buy page.
Because Tiny But Mighty Popcorn is a smaller variety of popcorn, it’s virtually hulless, which means those annoying shells won’t get stuck in your teeth.
Safety First: Keep your teeth happy and please do not eat unpopped kernels. Our popcorn is also not recommended for infants or toddlers due to choking risk.
It sure does! Our tiny heirloom looks very different from other popcorn / corn varieties, and that starts as soon as it sprouts from the soil. This special heirloom actually grows in a bush with several stalks, instead of on a single stalk like conventional varieties, and the plant itself usually grows to only about 3-5 feet tall. Multiple stalks produce multiple, tiny ears of corn. In fact, Farmer Gene’s record stands at 36 ears on one plant! Our corn – when unpopped and then also when popped – is about half the size of conventional varieties – which means more density and flavor, disintegrating hulls and happier tummies and teeth. When it comes to popcorn – smaller is better!
Check out our full popping instructions and other popping tips.
A heavy-bottom pot is best for popping on the stovetop. For example, a cast iron pot or a thick-walled aluminum or stainless steel pot. Other lighter-bottom pots can work as well, but heavier pots do a much better job of retaining heat and eliminating hot spots. Surprisingly enough, when you put all the oil and kernels into the pot the temperature drops; consistent heat is the key to getting the best popcorn explosion, and heavy-bottom pots aid in getting those results.
Experimenting with oils is one of the best ways to create a wide variety of delicious, natural flavors of popcorn. As mentioned in the stovetop popping directions section above, we prefer the following healthy and heat tolerant oils: Coconut, Avocado, Sunflower, Olive Oil, Safflower, Canola. As most of us know, there are “good” fats and there are “bad” fats. Different oils offer different health benefits. Some of our customers are completely off fats and they elect to use air poppers (see our comments on air popping above), but most popcorn lovers are perfectly happy with a little healthy fat along with their popcorn. The best oils for popping are “Expeller pressed” oils – this process is the most natural way of extracting oil and it eliminates the use of things like hexane in the oil making process. Any oil varieties with a “high smoke point” can be used for popping popcorn and we encourage you to ask your doctor or nutritionist if there are varieties they recommend.
Preheat the oil to medium/high heat is best. This is one of the most important tips and we can’t stress it enough. Heating the oil in advance along with a few test kernels is the best way to make sure your oil is at the proper temperature when you add the remainder of your kernels. This all goes back to HEAT – when you add your kernels, you want the oil temperature to remain high so that the kernels can quickly get to their job of popping. If you add all the kernels right at the beginning, your whole batch will be fighting to get up to popping temperature and will often lead to batches that aren’t perfect. This is also why we recommend medium/high heat – anything lower will not provide enough heat and lead to kernels that slowly roast, rather than explode.
Resist the urge to shake obsessively! Constantly picking up the pot to shake it means you’re removing it from the heat source, when the heat is needed for it to pop. Shaking the pot like crazy is only fighting against their goal of getting the heat. What does have the potential to burn is the popped popcorn – but unlike a microwave (where everything inside is getting heated intensely and relentlessly) the stovetop batch of popped popcorn is only taking heat from the metal, and very few pieces of popped popcorn are actually touching the bottom of the pot (the rest of them pop up into the center and have almost no risk of burning). When you get to the point during the popping process where the kernels are popping vigorously, you know you’re on track for a perfect batch (you preheated the proper amount of oil, didn’t add too many kernels, and resisted the urge to shake the pot). What’s happening at this point is the popped popcorn starts to fill the pot and all the commotion inside the pot will trap some of the unpopped kernels up and away from the bottom of the pot (and the heat they need). So rather than shaking continuously to prevent burning, you actually want to briefly shake the pot toward the end (see How To Pop instructions) and help those unpopped kernels return to the bottom of the pot so they may also pop.
The amount listed in our How To Pop directions should yield enough popcorn for 1-2 people to enjoy. Typically, ½ cup of Unpopped Kernels popped will yield 8 cups of popped popcorn. Depending on the size of the pot you’re using on the stovetop, our general rule of thumb is that the oil should nearly coat the entire bottom of the pot, but the oil should never be more than 1mm deep. If you use too much oil, this can easily lead to poor popping results. The problem with too much oil is that the kernels end up swimming in the oil and roasting slowly instead of exploding into fully popped kernels. Also, do not pour in too many kernels with the oil. Another rule of thumb is that there should never be more than a single layer of kernels in the pot. If you add too many and they are piling up on top of one another, you may have many unpopped kernels – or what we call “Old Maids” – at the end.
We get questions about popping our popcorn kernels out of the retail bag (Unpopped Kernels) in the microwave; it can be done, but we don’t really recommend it. The two biggest problems are the amount of leftover unpopped kernels and burnt popcorn – really badly burnt popcorn. A microwave produces relentless heat to everything inside and this means there is no place to hide for the already popped popcorn. The one method that we (and several of our longtime fans) have had some success with: just a plain brown paper bag like you used for lunch as a kid. You can put a few tablespoons of kernels into the bag by themselves or with a little oil beforehand – then fold the end over making sure to leave room for the popped corn to expand. You’ll want to use the highest heat setting on your microwave and pop just like normal. The aspect of microwave popcorn that’s very frustrating (and different from the stovetop process) is that there is a very fine line between burnt and not burnt – once you cross the magical burning threshold, a lot of the kernels will burn quickly and badly.
Ghee is clarified butter, which is essentially butter that’s rendered so it can be cooked at higher temperatures. We love to pop in Ghee (grass fed and organic ghees are our favorites), or it’s wonderful when melted down and used as a flavorful topping on our popcorn.
Yes, all of our products are certified Kosher.
Our 1.25 lb bag of Unpopped Kernels may contain trace amounts of peanuts or tree nuts.
Our Butter and Light Butter Microwave Popcorn contain milk are produced on equipment that uses soy. Our Spicy Southwest Microwave Popcorn is produced on equipment that uses milk and soy. Our Popped Butter and White Cheddar Popcorn contain milk, and all of our Popped Popcorn items are produced on equipment that uses coconut oil.
Yes, all of our products in our line are certified gluten free.
You’ll be happy to know that many people who’ve had to generally stay away from eating popcorn, due to digestive issues and conditions such as Diverticulitis, Crohn’s, IBS, Colitis or Celiac Disease, are actually able to eat Tiny But Mighty Popcorn with no issues. Tiny But Mighty is easy to digest, so it often works for folks with digestive issues. However, it’s always important to check with your own Doctor before consuming our popcorn if you have any questions.
Yes, all of our products are certified whole grain and they are a great source of fiber!
Tiny But Mighty Popcorn is not certified organic, but every aspect of the growing and production is done organically (including organic fertilizers).
Farmer Gene has been using organic farming practices when growing the popcorn (and for decades before that outside of popcorn farming), and what we have is as close as it can be to organic without technically qualifying. Some of what we’re doing with the growing methods and soil building is actually beyond organic standards, but this unique heirloom can’t produce well enough without some help. The challenge that this specific breed presents is much lower yields than standard hybrid varieties – sometimes as low as 25% of what those varieties can produce. When Farmer Gene first started working with our variety alongside Richard Kelty the original farmer/owner, the plant genetics were so unruly that the average yield was only about 400-600 lbs/acre. These days Farmer Gene has gotten the yields up to around 2,600 lbs/acre, but that’s still on the low end compared to conventional, hybrid popcorn varieties, which typically fall in the range of 6,000 to 10,000 lbs/acre. As you can see, our popcorn truly is a rare and precious breed.
No, we do not use pesticides in any aspect of growing or producing Tiny But Mighty Popcorn. Farmer Gene performs seed selections every year and over time has made sure the seeds that are used carry the best traits for natural insect resistance. However, our variety is particularly susceptible to being destroyed by weeds or grasses during the first stage of each growing season, Therefore, we do use an herbicide (a special organic fertilizer blend that includes trace minerals and other positive elements for plants and soils) that is “non-residual” or “non-systemic” – meaning that it never actually enters the popcorn plant. It only targets the grasses and broadleaf weeds on contact. There is only one application early in the season. Once the corn gets past this early growth it becomes tall enough to form a leaf canopy that is sufficient to fight off weed and grass growth. There are no herbicides used in the second part of the season when the ears/kernels are actually developing.
Tiny But Mighty Popcorn is an Open Pollinated (OP), dent-sterile variety of popcorn and it cannot be cross-pollinated by other varieties, which means our seed is guaranteed to stay GMO-free. Tiny But Mighty is also a super-premium variety, and is actually its very own unique species. In fact, there was previously no name for this species on record until we decided to name it Tiny But Mighty Popcorn®. Farmer Gene even had it tested at Purdue University along with other experts in the agriculture and seed breeding community and their response was unanimous; no one has seen anything quite like it and there are no records of other corn varieties remotely similar to the Tiny But Mighty Popcorn genotype.
An Open Pollinated seed is one that has a large genetic base, has not been hybridized and can regenerate seed from itself each year. Hybridized seeds have a male and a female parent; all of the offspring from hybridized parents are genetically identical, but when the offspring is planted, they may not produce seeds.
Our popcorn is a lemon-yellow variety.
When looking at calorie counts in our popcorn vs. other varieties, it’s important to remember that our popcorn is approximately half the size of the larger, conventional varieties. There is almost twice the amount of our popcorn in 1 cup than other varieties when measured out.
There are two parts to a seed – the Aleurone (inner layer) and the Pericarp – or hull (outer layer). Larger hybrid varieties (conventional popcorns today) have larger hulls, which are the big sharp shells that often get stuck in teeth and are difficult for folks to digest. Due to our one-of-a-kind variety’s smaller size, our corn has a very thin, smaller hull. When it cooks, the hulls virtually disintegrate so it’s less likely that the popcorn will get stuck in your teeth.
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