Monday, 23 September 2013

Review: Garrett Popcorn Shops - The Original Handcrafted Gourmet Popcorn



I have a very simple way to gauge how much I'm enjoying a movie - and it's the rapidity with which my popcorn is consumed. (Anything with Daniel Craig in requires a very large bag of popcorn indeed). Since I had children though, my movie going days have been severely curtailed, so when the lovely people at Garrett Popcorn suggested we try their original handcrafted gourmet popcorn, for once I was happy to sit through re-run 2000 of Toy Story.

Garrett Popcorn hails from the US but will shortly be available in the UK.  Garrett Popcorn Shops opened in Chicago in 1949 and today they still handcraft their popcorn in old-fashioned copper kettles. They 'hot air pop' their signature blend of kernels and mix them into secret family recipes. Each batch of popcorn is handmade daily for maximum freshness and served up in Garrett Popcorn Tins with one of several fabulous retro designs.

Garrett Popcorn comes in a range of signature and speciality flavours.  We were sent some of their Chicago Mix to try.  Designed to satisfy the tastebuds of those who want sweet and salty flavours together, The Chicago Mix is a combination of "rich CheeseCorn and sweet CaramelCrisp".


The flavoursome conundrum that is "The Chicago Mix"

The CheeseCorn kernels gave a really satisfying 'hit' of Cheddar cheese, whilst the CaramelCrisp tasted like the topping of a Creme Brulee, sweet and buttery.  I would never have previously put the two flavours together but the combination just works.

So, before I 'accidentally' chomped through the whole lot, it was over to the family taste testers.



Ieuan, contemplating the wrestling manoeuvre required to get the tin off his sister.

I had expected that they'd prefer the sweeter CaramelCrisp but both tucked in to the CheeseCorn with equal gusto. The Husband secreted a large bowlful and promptly vanished. Whilst my popcorn stash dwindled, I had a chance to peruse the other flavours available, Signature flavours, Plain, Buttery, CaramelCrisp and Cheesecorn are complemented by speciality flavours, Almond CaramelCrisp, Cashew CaramelCrisp and Macademia CaramelCrisp.

Thankfully, Garrett Popcorn will be coming to London soon, but in the meantime, more information is available at www.garrettpopcorn.com.  Now, all I need is a home cinema system.

Disclosure:  I was sent a sample of "The Chicago Mix" for the purposes of this review.  No payment was received and the views herein are my own.

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