Popcorn

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Popcorn

Postby Treeb » 04 Jan 2014, 20:20

I'm curious if you all give popcorn to your toddlers? If yes, at what age did you start and do break it up at all?

Dh looooves popcorn so we have it frequently but usually at night after L is in bed. Last night we decided to make some air popped corn in the evening when he was still up, so of course L had to try some! I think I've heard that they're not supposed to have it until older (he's only 15 months) and I can see how it would be chokey so I wasn't sure about it. I ended up breaking each piece into a ton of tiny little bits but he ate a lot of it and absolutely loved it! What do you do?
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Re: Popcorn

Postby shye » 04 Jan 2014, 20:32

I give oil popped plain popcorn to my kids. Birdy has probably been having it since 1 1/2?
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Re: Popcorn

Postby SharkiesMum » 04 Jan 2014, 21:22

Air popped popcorn is one of DS favourite foods. He's had it since 16 months or so, and has always seemed fine with it.
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Re: Popcorn

Postby mamapup » 04 Jan 2014, 21:33

What is air popped.popcorn?
The puppy has tried.popcorn once or twice but was.pretty indifferent.
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Re: Popcorn

Postby Den » 04 Jan 2014, 21:42

Air popped pop corn been eaten here since about 18mths -I did worry but it has been fine so far and she sees it as a huge treat and is always sat down with it.

Mp - air popped is popped in a machine using just hot air with no oil or anything else added, (there may be other ways to air pop but this is what we do)
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Re: Popcorn

Postby mamapup » 04 Jan 2014, 21:43

Ah, a machine,.thanks.
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Re: Popcorn

Postby SharkiesMum » 04 Jan 2014, 22:08

MP I call it air popped as I used to have a machine years ago...but actually just do it in a pan but use no oil or butter, just the corn in a pan with a lid on and shake it intermittently until its popped. So more pan-popped than air!
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Re: Popcorn

Postby catkin » 04 Jan 2014, 22:20

My two love it. Not sure when we first gave it, maybe 18m? More cos it's not something we think to do often than any conviction we shouldn't give it younger.
I'm not really sure how it's chokey, doesn't it melt in the mouth?
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Re: Popcorn

Postby shye » 04 Jan 2014, 23:06

SharkiesMum wrote:MP I call it air popped as I used to have a machine years ago...but actually just do it in a pan but use no oil or butter, just the corn in a pan with a lid on and shake it intermittently until its popped. So more pan-popped than air!

Do you not destroy your pans?
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Re: Popcorn

Postby StJuniper » 05 Jan 2014, 00:20

You can also do it in the microwave in a paper bag..
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Re: Popcorn

Postby SharkiesMum » 05 Jan 2014, 16:34

Shye I use an old pan...and it only takes 2-3 mins so doesn't seem to do too much damage!
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Re: Popcorn

Postby Kitcameron » 05 Jan 2014, 16:52

G doesn't have it regularly but Im sure she's been having it since <12 months. I just do it in a bit of oil in a pan and just take some out for her for the following day if I make some for me for with a film in the evening.
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Re: Popcorn

Postby Kate888 » 06 Jan 2014, 17:17

I'm coming to this thread a few days late, but I thought the issue with popcorn was the risk of there being any unpopped kernels in there and them being a choking hazard. So I guess just be careful there aren't any.
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Re: Popcorn

Postby StJuniper » 06 Jan 2014, 17:30

DH's grandma got P a popcorn bowl for Christmas with a layer of little holes in the bottom so all the unpopped kernels fall through into a little receptacle and he can't eat them. Although I'm not sure how a popcorn kernel could block a throat as big as a grape?
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Re: Popcorn

Postby Kate888 » 06 Jan 2014, 17:43

That sounds like a good idea. I read a story about a small child choking on an unpopped kernal at a nursery once. I was a bit of a choking fretter when we first started weaning (he's nearly 2 now) and spent far two much time googling potential choking hazards! I'm sure it's really not that likely especially as they get older and I know the whole thing about how anyone can choke on anything.
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