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Oct 19, 2020 - 10:31:20 PM
7011 posts since 2/14/2006

What's your favorite flavor and brand of popcorn?

I gotta say Kitchen Cooked Cheese Popcorn for me, although I love a good buttered popcorn too..

Oct 19, 2020 - 10:48:28 PM
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Brian T

Canada

17255 posts since 6/5/2008

Popcorn is strictly DIY food to me.
I don't like mushroom shape so I'll pay more for straight snowflake shape if I can get it.
Fresh is best, the 2020 crop ought to be on the shelves now or soon. Pops the best.

Popped in corn oil ( why not?). I collect salts from all over the world.
I'll say my preference is a finely ground up smoked salt, like with apple wood.
Super fine grind espresso coffee is a nice taste, too.

Oct 20, 2020 - 1:17:48 AM

289 posts since 10/4/2018

Butter and salt, powdery herbs and spices, or caramel and nuts. Made by myself from kernels. I've been using peanut oil, but I'd like to try coconut oil.

Edited by - Good Buddy on 10/20/2020 01:18:58

Oct 20, 2020 - 2:25:32 AM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)

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Orville Redenbachers—decent and cheap at Costco. I have an old aluminum pot my mother gave me (from the 40s or 50s); I drilled two holes in the lid to let thesteam out. I use canola oil because it can take the heat. I salt sparingly. Garlic salt on occasion. Popcorn for me is more a staple than a treat. Goes great with sharp cheddar and a nice Cabernet.

Oct 20, 2020 - 3:00:38 AM

3020 posts since 4/29/2012

Somebody gave me a hot air popcorn maker a few years ago. So I make my own. Tossed in melted butter and celery salt is my favourite.

Oct 20, 2020 - 3:27:57 AM

3706 posts since 12/6/2009

When I was young I don’t think a week went buy when I didn’t have a box of Cracker Jacks…..now that I’m thinking about them I am drooling all over the key board……do they still make Cracker Jacks?....if so point me to them

Oct 20, 2020 - 4:12:34 AM

slammer

USA

2952 posts since 12/30/2008

They sure do make Cracker Jacks and I can get it at Walmart here. Every once in a while a box or two will end up in my cart. To me it doesn't taste the same as when I was a kid. It doesn't have that waxed cardboard box taste . Still good , but just not the same. Cracker Jacks sure were a treat when we were kids eh !!!
Slammer!!!

Oct 20, 2020 - 4:28:23 AM

slammer

USA

2952 posts since 12/30/2008

Best flavored popcorn hands down is found in Chicago or New York and you can smell it a block away from the store.
Garretts Popcorn !!! The Chicago mix is my favorite. Buttery cheesy corn mixed with their caramel corn. Greasy cheesy buttery caramely sweet salty magical goodness I tell ya . Can be ordered online and although a little pricey, makes a great gift to send and IMO worth every penny.
P.S. DO NOT.....and I repeat DO NOT try to eat it in your car while driving unless you want your clothes, hands , steering wheel , dash and face to be a sticky, cheesy greasy mess!!! Just sayin!!!
Slammer!!!

Oct 20, 2020 - 4:40:42 AM

Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

25127 posts since 8/3/2003

I usually get one of the less expensive brands: Pop Weaver with butter. I like it. Fix it in the microwave and it pops almost all the kernels, is lightly salted and buttered, so it's not overly greasy or too salty. I have all sorts of stuff to shake on it: cheese, jalapeno salt and stuff like that, but like it just as it comes out of the bag.

Oct 20, 2020 - 6:38:50 AM
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DC5

USA

14624 posts since 6/30/2015

I try to limit myself to no more that 1 cup of popcorn a day, but that is before I pop it.

I no longer like butter on popcorn, don't know why, but I stopped many years ago. I like powdered cheddar, but the best I've had in the last few years was some gourmet cinnamon popcorn that my wife got me for Christmas one year. She doesn't remember where she bought it, and I haven't been able to find anything that comes close since.

I also like fresh Kettle Corn when I go to a local agriculture fare.

Oct 20, 2020 - 3:52:37 PM

bubbalouie

Canada

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The whirly pop popcorn maker is hands down the best way we've made popcorn.

I talked FIGMO into buying one years ago.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXDFAKDeDIw

Bragg nutritional yeast is good on popcorn. We're not vegans but we did get the idea from hippies!

https://www.bragg.com/products/nutritional-yeast

Oct 20, 2020 - 4:35:23 PM
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bubbalouie

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Remember TV Time popcorn? 

TV Time

 

Dad would give us some change & we would run to the corner store for a package.

I used to take Jiffy pop camping years ago . It's ready when it starts to smoke!

Redneck smoke alarm!

Edited by - bubbalouie on 10/20/2020 16:41:25

Oct 20, 2020 - 4:37 PM
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Brian T

Canada

17255 posts since 6/5/2008

Big pot, big glug of corn oil. Add 5 kernels.
When they start to bubble, add a handful and slowly give a shake.
I need to use a pot with a glass lid so I can watch.
A kitchen strainer or a mesh fencing mask doesn't work.

Orville Redenbacher ( the world's foremost authority on popcorn genetics) sells
a pure snowflake. Cracker Jack is pure mushroom. You can see the difference in the pictures.

Oct 21, 2020 - 8:38:12 AM

Paul R

Canada

13345 posts since 1/28/2010

A bag of President's Choice caramel popcorn from Loblaw's. Please stop me from eating the whole bag at one sitting. (President's Choice makes good ripple cut barbecue chips, too.)

Oct 21, 2020 - 8:57:13 AM
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DC5

USA

14624 posts since 6/30/2015

When I was a kid, very young, my best friend was the girl who lived down the street. Her mother would make us popcorn and periodically lift the lid off the pot so it would pop out of the pot and we would chase it around the floor and eat it. Of course in the 1950s everyone's floor was clean enough to eat off of, and so was the ground in the back yard. wink

I haven't thought about that in over 60 years, fond memory.   That girl friend died in here late teens in a head on collision, her VW against a tractor trailer.  Illegal substances were involved.  

Sad and happy memory all in the same topic.

Oct 21, 2020 - 9:35:56 AM

10379 posts since 2/22/2007

About once a year my wife and I have a movie date, which always includes popcorn, and that is usually my only popcorn of the year. But not this year, of course. I do wonder if movie theaters are now a relic of the past? If so that would be a major loss to the popcorn industry, I would think.

Oct 21, 2020 - 10:37:32 AM
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Brian T

Canada

17255 posts since 6/5/2008

It's a big hit to movie theater income. They buy popcorn by weight.
Then, they turn around and sell it to you by volume.
The bigger it pops, the less actual popcorn they sell you.

The money is in the "snowflake" shape of the popped corn kernels.
One of the drivers for popcorn genetics research.

Oct 21, 2020 - 2:54:14 PM
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Banjo Lefty

Canada

2042 posts since 6/19/2014

I've always wondered if Orville Redenbacher is related to Col. Sanders. Pop a white goatee on him and he's a dead ringer . . .

Oct 21, 2020 - 4:07:26 PM

bubbalouie

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When I was a kid my buddies dad would make Hockey Night in Canada popcorn.

He'd pop it in an aluminum pot as mentioned above. When it was popped he'd dump the popcorn in a big paper bag & pour in the butter, add salt  & shake it up in the bag.

He'd roll the top of the bag down a couple times & plunk it in the middle of the coffee table. Game On!

Oct 21, 2020 - 4:15:20 PM
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Helix

USA

13095 posts since 8/30/2006

I couldn’t wait.  Oregano with Cherry smoked salt with butter (.  o }====::::::}


 

Edited by - Helix on 10/21/2020 16:20:48

Oct 22, 2020 - 9:33:20 AM
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Brian T

Canada

17255 posts since 6/5/2008

I can still recall a long series of TV adverts from Orville Redenbacher, bow tie and all, about his "popping corn." He waxed lyrical about the water content of tip and base kernels, etc.
Then he died.
Lo and behold! His son took over the PR stuff and he's the spittin' image of his dad.
There are a couple of big corn genetics text books, research reviews really, which devote
an entire chapter to the contributions that family has made.

Late November/early December, I will throw away whatever popcorn I have in the kitchen and buy fresh crop. The cheap "Jolly Time" brand has the best corn taste here. Fresh hasn't really dried out so it pops far better even though it's a mix of snowflake and mushroom shapes.

If you want to see where the water/steam comes from for the 'pop',
carefully break a few kernels with a hammer. That little white patch holds the water.

Oct 22, 2020 - 10:02:47 AM
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Owen

Canada

6932 posts since 6/5/2011

quote:
Originally posted by Brian T

I can still recall a long series of TV adverts from Orville Redenbacher, bow tie and all, about his "popping corn." He waxed lyrical about the water content of tip and base kernels, etc.
Then he died.  Lo and behold! His son took over the PR stuff and he's the spittin' image of his dad.  <snip>

But, did he wax lyrical as good as this guy?   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFs03fGZXY4    

I don't see it online, but one of my favorites was the one where "#1 son left the mattress-makin' machine on"  [...and as a consequence we're "overstocked".....and...ah. you know the rest] accompanied by a shot of #1 son with head/legs/arms sticking out of a mattress.

I think they're still in business, albeit without Nick Sr. [https://www.kernhill.ca/en/cp-about-us] and if you just "come on down," they very likely could fix you up with whatever device best pops the best popcorn.

Edit: Fwiw, popcorn isn't a big seller in our household. My KISS approach has me grabbing something ready to eat... peanuts, cookies, chips, carrot/celery from the fridge if I'm in a pinch.... IF I was inclined to waste time  "preparing" something, more often than not it would be a peanut butter and honey sandwich.   wink

Edited by - Owen on 10/22/2020 10:17:05

Oct 22, 2020 - 10:37:30 AM
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Brian T

Canada

17255 posts since 6/5/2008

All I can find in my kitchen are ingredients. I've run out of apples.

Oct 22, 2020 - 12:49:27 PM
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DC5

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14624 posts since 6/30/2015

quote:
Originally posted by Brian T


If you want to see where the water/steam comes from for the 'pop',
carefully break a few kernels with a hammer. That little white patch holds the water.


As a conservation of mass demonstration/experiment I used to measure the mass of a bag of microwave popcorn, pop it in the microwave and then measure the mass again, asking for a prediction would the mass increase, decrease or remain the same.  A few that did not pay attention said it would increase, because the volume increases.  Those who paid attention  said it would remain the same and almost no one predicted it would lose mass.  The second measurement showed it lost a lot of mass so then they had to explain where the mass went, and how it got out of the bag.  Most could see the steam rising from the just heated bag and figured it out, then we calculated the amount of water that left the system. 

Oct 22, 2020 - 7:24:15 PM

bubbalouie

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I remember when my roommate got a newfangled hot air popper like this.

He'd put it on top of the fridge & put a big bowl on the counter for the Waterfall of popcorn effect! 

We were livin' the dream boys!

Oct 23, 2020 - 8:51:44 AM
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Tim13

USA

3157 posts since 4/1/2008

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Originally posted by bubbalouie

The whirly pop popcorn maker is hands down the best way we've made popcorn.


I have a glass cooktop that I don't like to slide a pot back and forth on....scratches.  So a buddy of mine is a popcorn-aholic, and has a whirly pop.  I was about to finally break down and buy one, until I had a brainstorm.  We have an electric wok that we use often.  I decided to make a batch of popcorn in the wok.  i figured that the small heated area on the bottom of the wok, the precise temperature control, combined with the sloped sides keeping the popped corn off the heated bottom, might lead to good popcorn.  Well, the electric wok makes the finest, non-burned, non-scorched, very few unpopped kernels popcorn I've ever made at home.  I'll never buy a whirly pop, nor will I ever use a regular pot on the stove again!  The wok is amazing at making perfect popcorn...I kid you not.   If anyone has an electric wok at home, give it a whirl....(pun intended.)

Lastly, the best tasting popcorn to my tastebuds is the cheapest popcorn at the store.  It's just popcorn.  It's not engineered to be big and fluffy at the expense of taste.  The cheap plastic bag you usually find on the bottom shelf is just good 'ol midwest popcorn, that actually tastes like corn!

Cheap popcorn and a wok....who would have guessed?  LOL

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