Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Our favorite new food trend: Popcorn

So I'm surfing the web trying to think of something to talk about and I stumbled upon the Sterling-Rice Groups top 10 food trends of 2013. At number 10 on their list is popcorn, since I love popcorn it should come as no surprise that this is my favorite new trend of the year.

Where to begin I love salt so popcorn is a natural complement. Well, actually my wife and I both love salt. She’ll even salt her food before tasting it which seems perfectly normal when you love salt. Anyway, one of the best places to eat popcorn is at the movie theater. Locally, we’ve found the best is at the Apple Tree Cinema in Londonderry, New Hampshire.

They use Orville Redenbacher Gourmet Popcorn freshly popped. No added butter and plenty of salt, delicous.

On the other end of the spectrum, although we like the theater, the popcorn is not the greatest at the AMC Loews in Methuen, Massachusetts. Tasting more like card board, you might want to buy some candy for your movie treat.

Second only to salt, how about cheese all over your popcorn? Well, Smart Food is my choice:

Slathered in cheese I have been known to eat a whole bag in one sitting. Unfortunately, my stomach doesn't appreciate this. Whether you're watching a movie at home or your favorite sporting event, there is nothing better.

We also tried something a little, different, Quinn Popcorn that we picked up a Wilson's Farm in Lexington, Massachusetts.

We bought this because of the unique flavor combination not realizing at the time that making it was a process. First, you microwave the popcorn, add the oil and then the maple and salt mixture and shake. This was okay but I guess the salty with the sweet just wasn't our cup of tea. Not sure on this one, give it a try yourself and let us know what you think.

Don't forget about the venerable EW Hobbs and their popcorn bars at Salem Willows in Salem, Massachusetts. My wife has visited many times and tells me that it is a treat not to be missed. You will have to wait until spring for their yummy rectangular shaped popcorn treats. Her favorites are the orange and wintergreen both salty, sweet and yummy.

And although I'm usually not a fan of sugary stuff on popcorn, we did try Michele's Totally Awesome Gourmet Popcorn:

Their chocolate caramel was very tasty even for someone like me who doesn't love sweet popcorn. And if you're in the Epsom, New Hampshire area you can also visit their factory store. Check out their website as they have a number of different flavors.

And finally a salute to jm Curly in Boston. They serve an incredible tasting basket of popcorn at the beginning of your meal. They seem to have been on the cutting edge of the new popcorn trend.