October is National Popcorn Popping Month and I wanted to share my favorite popcorn with everyone. I’ve been eating popcorn just about every day now for the past four years and I’ve currently tasted over 500 different kinds and reviewed over 80 different companies who make gourmet popcorn or sell popcorn kernels for popping. These may not be your favorites, but I would recommend these to anyone who likes popcorn and wants to try different flavors.
Tiny But Mighty and Black Jewel — both of these types of kernels are small, have a higher nutrition value, and they taste great. I like to mix these together when I make stove-top popcorn. Orville may make popcorn that pops bigger, but it’s not better.
I love love love caramel popcorn. It’s my absolute favorite kind of popcorn and when the ingredients are right the taste is spectacular. I have so many favorites, but I’m only going to mention my top five (in no particular order):
Fisher’s — I grew up in Maryland and on my first trip to Ocean City I was introduced to this popcorn. The smell of fresh-made caramel popcorn on the boardwalk was amazing. I blame Fisher’s for my caramel popcorn addiction.
Fleur de Sel Caramel from 479° — certified organic ingredients and Fleur de Sel salt make this a must try for all caramel popcorn lovers.
Hawaiian Salted Caramel from KuKuRuZa — beware, this caramel popcorn is highly addictive.
Kernel Fabyan’s — this tastes like Werther’s Original.
CaramelCrisp from Garrett’s — an institution in Chicago.
Some Like it Hot, or Spicy:
Devoted to the companies who make spicy popcorn flavors (some are way too hot):
Sweet Ghost Pepper Caramel — All Spice Cafe (careful — this one’s really hot!!).
Mumbai Masala — Cobra Corn (amazing Indian-spiced popcorn).
Sriracha Popcorn — J&D’s.
Fire Starter — Adirondack Popcorn.
There’s no wrong time to eat popcorn — these flavors are great for breakfast.
Honey & Cinnamon Crunch — CrunchDaddy Popcorn.
Cinnamon Sugar Kettlecorn — Popcorn, Indiana.
Saigon Sunrise — Popsalot.
Toffee Cinnamon Apple — Joe and Seph’s.
Cinnamon Roll — Koated Kernels.
Unusual Flavor Combinations:
Devoted to the companies that push the envelope when creating new and exciting gourmet popcorn flavors. These are a must try for anyone who enjoys a combination of flavors. Again, these are listed in no particular order, but these are my favorites from the past four years of tasting popcorn.
Mince Pie — Joe and Seph’s — smooth caramel and brandy infused fruit with a nutty almond finish.
Anonymous Addiction — Metropolis Popcorn — beware this flavor combination is highly addictive.
Peanut Butter & Jelly Crunch — CrunchDaddy Popcorn — after you taste this you’ll never eat another PB&J sandwich again.