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.
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.”