Where in the world can you get black truffle and white cheddar popcorn? 479 Popcorn, a San Francisco-based gourmet popcorn maker hand crafts fresh batches to order with same-day shipping taking you galaxies beyond microwave bags and cineplex tubs coated with artificial butter. Not only are 479 Popcorn’s organic heirloom kernels popped by hand in heavy copper kettles but flavored with exotic seasonings from local family farms who support sustainable organic farming. The butter comes from Straus Family Creamery in Marin, nuts from San Joaquin Valley Farms in Fresno, and the popcorn itself from a small family farm that has committed to organic practices since 1945.
Here are some more underlying reasons why 479 organic popcorn tastes better:
- For the past 30 years, conventional GMO (genetically modified organism) popcorn kernels have been bred to pop large filling containers rather than offering a distinct corny taste. Why? Conventional popcorn is purposefully genetically modified to neutralize unique flavors accommodating artificial butter additives containing diacetyl.
- GMO popcorn is known to be one of the top ten foods most contaminated with pesticides and chemicals like chlordane, dieldrin and toxaphene.
- Each ingredient 479 uses is exacting with a unique story of its own like the paprika in their Pimentòn de La Vera grown on Señor Angel’s Farm. Run by the same family for over 5 generations near a monastery garden by the Tietar River in the La Vera region of Spain, crops are farmed by hand from seeding to harvest. Once dried, the tiny paprika pods are smoked over oak wood and milled with heavy stone wheels.
It was impossible to pick my top 3 favorites, so here is what my dartboard came up with:
Chipotle Caramel & Almonds
Chipotle, a Jalapeño chili ripened on the vine until it turns deep red, then smoked for several days is blended with dark rich caramel
and roasted organic almonds. The resulting smoky spiciness along with a touch of organic Ancho chili for extra zest exudes a sweet finish with lingering heat on the palate.
Fleur de Sel Caramel
Fleur de Sel (French Sea Salt) is hand harvested from salt evaporation ponds on the coast of Brittany France. Unlike factory-manufactured salts, these natural crystals are delicate and flaky with hints of ocean. Tossed into fluffy corn drenched in smooth buttery caramel makes the perfect snaking companion with champagne.
Madras Curry Coconut & Cashews
A piquant colorful and fragrant spice mixture, Madras curry originated in the South of India but 479 Popcorn whips up their own organic Madras blend each week by hand. They add chilies and paprika to the mix with Tumeric for bolder flavor mixing it with toasted organic coconut and whole spiced cashews. A perfect hors d’oeuvre or in-front-of-the-fireplace snack.
photos courtesy of 479 Popcorn