15 Outrageous Popcorn Flavors
December 29, 2015
Popcorn flavors just keep getting crazier, but these may be the wildest ones of all
15 Outrageous Popcorn Flavors
Remember when popcorn was just popped corn? If we wanted popcorn, we had to pop it ourselves (or head over to the movie theater), and there was only one flavor available: butter. But today, with dozens of companies selling pre-popped flavored popcorn, the flavor possibilities are literally endless. These are some of the wildest ones out there.
Black Pig Meat Co: Bacon Caramel Corn
Black Pig is the husband and wife duo of chefs John Stewart and Duskie Estes, who dry-cure their sustainably-raised bacon with brown sugar for up to 21 days and smoke it for 12 hours. You can buy their bacon as-is, or you can order a bag of Rodeo Jax Bacon Caramel Corn, made with caramel and real chunks of Black Pig bacon. Most bacon-flavored popcorns just use smoke flavor, but this is the real deal.
Crave Canyon: Tomato, Tomato, Pomodoro
This new popcorn company sells five popcorn flavors, including cane juice and sea salt, white Cheddar and hatch chile, and wasabi ginger, but its most outside the box flavor is Tomato, Tomato, Pomodoro, with sun-dried tomato; Asiago, Cheddar, blue, and Romano cheeses; and herbs and spices including paprika, chives, garlic, onion, and parsley. It can be found at your local Whole Foods.
Crazybuttrue makes some wild popcorn; it’s evident right there in the name. It has two retail locations in Ohio and also sells its popcorn online. Nearly 50 flavors are available, categorized into Savory, Candied, and Premium varieties. You’ll have to check them all out for yourself, but our vote for the most outrageous flavor is beer, made with “real white Cheddar cheese mixed with a beer seasoning.”
HR Poppin Snacks: Vin de Mais
This family-owned Nebraska popcorn company sells its more than 60 flavors at many shops across the Midwest, but also ships nationwide. Creative favors include blueberry muffin, caramel jerky, and cherry cola, but its most head-turning is perhaps its “Vin de Mais” collection, wine-flavored popcorn in varieties like cabernet, zinfandel, and chardonnay.
Joe & Seph’s: Mince Pie
London-based Joe & Seph’s is run by a small team of pastry chefs who set out in 2010 to “produce the best tasting popcorn in the world.” They definitely have invented some of the most creative popcorn in the world; case in point: mince pie popcorn, which is made with caramel, almonds, cinnamon, coriander, clove, ginger, nutmeg, dried fruit, and 10-year-old Spanish brandy.
Joe & Seph’s: Smooth Caramel, Mirin, Soya, & Sesame
Kettle Corn NYC: Pear
This popcorn company is a regular presence at fairs and festivals in New York, but it also has a roving food truck turning out an ever-changing assortment. One of its latest crazy creations is pear-flavored kettle corn, made with real pear juice. If you’re not in New York, you can buy the crazy creations, which also include flavors like cherry chocolate and spicy Cajun BBQ, online in tins up to 3.5 gallons large.
KuKuRuZa: Eggnog Brandy
KuKuRuZa is the Russian word for corn. This Seattle-based gourmet popcorn shop by the same name now has 18 locations in cities including Tokyo, Cairo, and Riyadh (as well as four in Seattle). Thankfully, it also ships nationwide, because you’re going to want to try its Eggnog Brandy flavor: popcorn coated with caramel flavored with eggnog and nutmeg, drizzled with dark chocolate, and finished with a layer of real brandy.
Pop! Gourmet Popcorn: Kale
Pop!’s creations can be found in stores including Whole Foods, Kroger, Costco, and Walmart. Its popcorn offerings include flavors like Sriracha, jalapeño, and white truffle. But just like pumpkin spice, the kale trend has also made its way into the popcorn market: Its kale popcorn is coated with Rhythm Superfoods’ Zesty Nacho Kale Chips.