Brooklyn Popcorn and a Food Gal Giveaway

The "New York Mix'' from Brooklyn Popcorn.

The “New York Mix” from Brooklyn Popcorn.

I have a weakness for cheese popcorn. Always have.

And I’m not about to turn down caramel corn. Not ever.

But eating both those ying-yang flavors together in one mouthful?

Surprisingly, it works. Brooklyn Popcorn knows our palates better than we do, especially when it comes to how well the combo of sweet and salty works in harmony.

Brooklyn Popcorn’s food truck roams the streets of New York, enticing folks with the aroma of fresh popped popcorn in flavors that range from plain to coconut caramel to dill pickle to ketchup. Now, it also operates an online store.

When the company approached me to try a sample, I couldn’t resist its “New York Popcorn Mix” of white cheddar cheese and caramel popcorn.

The popcorn itself is delightfully crunchy and like all good popcorn, fairly addictive. The caramel corn in particular is quite crisp with a deep bronzed sugar taste. The cheese popcorn is much more subtle. You get a slight saltiness and just a little sharpness. I actually wish it was more pronounced.

The popcorn is available in different-sized containers, including the one I received, a 1-gallon tin for $28.95.

Sweet and salty -- in one bite.

Sweet and salty — in one bite.

CONTEST: One lucky Food Gal reader will win a $20 gift card to Brooklyn Popcorn. Entries, limited to those in the continental United States, will be accepted through midnight PST Feb. 15. Winner will be announced on Feb. 17.

How to win?

In keeping with the spirit of Valentine’s Day, which is right around the corner, tell me about something that made your heart go pop. Best answer wins.

Here’s my own answer:

“It was many years ago, when my extended family and I went to dinner at a Chinese buffet restaurant. It was a typical San Francisco evening — foggy, blustery and chilly to the bone. When we finished eating, we made our farewells to aunties and uncles, and started walking back to our cars. My tiny Mom, dressed in a wool blazer that didn’t offer nearly enough warmth, shivered. The next thing I knew, my husband took off his big wool coat and draped it protectively around my Mom, who at first protested, but then gave in to its enveloping comfort. It may have been a small gesture, but it did make my heart go pop.”

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  • This looks great!

    Indian New Year is a big deal for my family and me. This year, I couldn’t be home to celebrate and I was in Austin. I was feeling really sad and nostalgic about not being home, and all my friends put together a new year’s party for me, complete with Indian food, music, and chai. While not romantic, it definitely made my heart go pop as I realized how great my friends are!

  • I actually didn’t grow up eating popcorn. But that dill and ketchup flavor sounds crazy that I’d want to try it just to see. … BTW, no pop story for me because I’m anti-Valentines Day. LOL.

  • Meeting Val for the very first time…April 6, 1974…my heart couldn’t stop popping. The following Sunday (Easter) he called to ask me out for that evening: Pizza and American Graffiti. I was totally smitten. Best introduction that my sister ever made.Hard to believe that it is almost 40 years. Val considered Valentine’s Day to be his own personal holiday. Happy Valentine’s Day.

  • My husband in his black suit and a white shirt. Classic but oh so sexy. Makes my heart pop!

  • Exactly two years ago today, I adopted two kittens. One was an instant lap cat, while the other was sweet, but terrified of everything. She didn’t come out of the carrier I’d brought her home in for almost three days, and when she finally emerged, she mostly just hid around the house. Slowly, she became more comfortable with her surroundings, and would sit on my lap if her sister was also there, but as soon as I made a slight movement, she’d be gone. Then, one night about six months ago, I woke up because I couldn’t breathe, and there she was, sharing my pillow, fast asleep. Pop. My heart melted, just like butter on popcorn!

  • No “pop” story but Sprouts carries a chicago mix of cheese and caramel corn from G.H. Cretors. I hesitate to tell you of this because it is addictive!!!

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