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Seriously Good Popcorn-Review of the Chicago Mix

Updated on October 5, 2014

There are many unusual food items that become trendy here in Japan. Pancakes are one of those things and although it's been a few years since the pancake boom started, lines to indulge is still beyond absurd.

Recently, another American import has arrived on the Japanese culinary scene. Since the opening of Garrett's Popcorn in Harajuku, popcorn is on everyone's mind as well as taste buds. Hour-long lines are the norm to get your hands on them. Honestly, that's something I could never do and no matter how tempting it may seem, I much prefer to use my time in other ways.

So it didn't surprise me when I started seeing bags of gourmet popcorn popping up all over town. In addition to the local brands, imports such as G.H. Cretors Popcorn can now be found in almost any medium to high-end supermarket. Now they don't come cheap and at 500 yen ( approximately $5 US ) per bag, they certainly are gourmet. Being curious as to why everyone was crazy about them, I went ahead and sprluged on a bag of the Cretors Chicago Mix, which is a mix of their cheese and caramel popcorn.

The first thing I noticed was how fresh the popcorn tasted. Seriously fresh popcorn from a bag? That's what I thought, but each kernel of popped corn was crispy and full of corn flavor. The company claims that they use all natural ingredients such as real cheddar cheese and cane sugar caramel ( no corn syrup ) as well as using only GMO-free corn and that's a very good thing indeed.

Interesting Facts

  • Making popcorn since 1885.
  • G.H. Cretors are credited with inventing the modern popcorn machine.
  • Made in USA

The Bottom Line

The sweet and salty mix combined with the crispness of each kernel of corn really feels like a party in your mouth. This popcorn was so good that I actually went through an entire bag in one sitting. I felt so guilty that I skipped dinner that day. Remember what I said about how costly I thought they were? Well, I went back to that store and bought myself three more bags! Honestly, what's in this stuff?

If you love popcorn, you owe it to yourself to try a bag. Others just don't compare to this stuff. And if you end up eating an entire bag yourself, just skip dinner like I did. Believe me, it's totally worth it.

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I remember this used to be one of my favorites when I lived in Hawaii. I guess you could say this is sort of a fusion or pan-Asian popcorn, which definitely has Asian flavors added to the buttery mix. Definitely addicting.

 

Q & A Session Video

Learn more about the background of the company from Claire Cretor, President of GH Cretors Popped Corn.

Are you a popcorn lover? Do you prefer caramel or cheese flavored ones? Please leave a comment for me here. Thanks for dropping by.

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      Laura Hofman 3 years ago from Naperville, IL

      I've seen this product in the stores and never tried it. You've convinced me! Sure sounds tasty...I love popcorn. The sweet and salty mix is intriguing.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      My favorite is with butter, but you could twist my arm, and I would opt for caramel!!

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      Michael Yoshinaka 3 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      I like the Hawaii version with the arare (japanese rice crackers) and furikake mixed in.

      So I will have to try this one when I find some.

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      PaigSr 3 years ago from State of Confussion

      No time for a comment - I have to go make some popcorn. With extra butter.

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      BodyHairRemoval 3 years ago

      I'm always up for some good popcorn! I love caramel the best.

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      TransplantedSoul 3 years ago

      This looks like a great snack. Light enough to be healthy, but good enough to satisfy.

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      Based on your review, I'll have to give this popcorn a try. Oh yes... I do love my popcorn. So interesting to learn about the food fads in Japan. What will be next?

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      I love popcorn. It was sounding so good just last night. Plain with butter is my fav, but caramel would be a taste treat! It's hard to imagine waiting in a long line for popcorn OR pancakes though. That's amazing. Appealing review that is making me hungry for breakfast now.

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      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      No I have never eaten popcorn, but with your review it is very tempting, I will try some if I can find it in New Zealand. My choice would be caramel.