I have a love hate relationship with popcorn. I think ultimately you can say that I don’t really like popcorn itself. You would never find me eating plain popcorn, despite it’s nutritional value and low fat content. The more things you put on popcorn, the more I like it.
Recently I was introduced to Chicago blend popcorn, which is a 50/50 mix of caramel popcorn and cheese popcorn. It sounds strange when you talk about it, but trust me – you have to try it. The mixture of sweet and salty and cheesy it just amazing! It hits all your cravings at once. I can’t even have it in the house because I can’t stop eating it.
My favorite place to get popcorn is the Pittsburgh Popcorn Company, in Pittsburgh, PA. They have an amazing peanut butter and chocolate mix that is so dripping with both peanut butter and chocolate that the whole bag is just large clumps of sticky balls. It is amazing!
January 19th was National Popcorn Day – and I swear I had no idea! It was also my son’s 2nd birthday party and in addition to making myself crazy with a train theme (apparently it is almost impossible to throw a train party without Thomas the Tank Engine being involved – and I hate that guy), I decided to have a popcorn bar………
Popcorn boxes were surprisingly easy to find and to coordinate to the theme or colors of a party. They are inexpensive too! I had these little wooden boxes lying around and I filled them with all sorts of spices to top popcorn. I had nacho cheese and cheddar cheese shakes, cinnamon sugar, several fancy salts including truffle salt, and some garlic and herb powdered salad dressing mix. For the last two I used empty spice jars I washed and then I made handmade labels. I also put out bowls of M&M’s, mini peanut butter cups and peanuts. I had a fancy scooping spoon I had gotten as a wedding gift, but the party store also had really cute small plastic scoops in lots of colors so I got a couple of those too.
It was a huge hit with everyone, especially the kids! I guess my son liked it too because I caught him eating popcorn off the floor several times.
I haven’t found a place I really like yet in NYC for decadent popcorn, so if you know of one, please let me know!