• Electrostatic;
  • coating;
  • salt;
  • popcorn;
  • particle size

ABSTRACT: Sodium chloride of different shapes (hollow pyramid, crushed flake, cube, and porous cube) and sizes (50-200 mesh) were applied by nonelectrostatic and electrostatic powder coating to popcorn coated with 1.2 to 3.3% soybean oil. Electrostatic coating was more efficient than nonelectrostatic in all cases. The smaller the particles, the higher the coating efficiency for both electrostatic and nonelectrostatic coating. Crushed flake and hollow pyramid were more efficient than cube and porous cube shapes. Coating efficiency improved as the oil content increased for nonelectrostatic but not electrostatic coating. Use of electrostatic coating can reduce waste and provide a more efficient coating method by decreasing seasoning or oil needed to reach the target level.