Top Pick Of The Week

February 9, 2010

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Ginger Sesame Caramel popcorn rocks. That it’s organic is a nice bonus. Photography by Hannah Kaminsky | THE NIBBLE.

WHAT IT IS: Gourmet popcorn in sweet and savory flavors, available as pop-your-own or ready-to-eat.
WHY IT’S DIFFERENT: It’s organic with pristine ingredients. The elegant packaging make it a delicious, whole-grain gift.
WHY WE LOVE IT: The sophisticated flavors are much more addictive than plain butter popcorn, Cheddar popcorn or whatever your current flavor is.
WHERE TO BUY IT: The Nibble Gourmet Market.

Organic Gourmet Popcorn:
Poppin’ & Hoppin’

In 2011 this brand transitioned from organic to conventional popcorn. But it is still as delicious!


CAPSULE REPORT: Whether you want to pop it yourself or buy it ready-to-eat, 479° Popcorn is a treat every popcorn lover should try. Whether you like sweet or savory popcorn, there’s a gourmet flavor for you.

The popcorn is hand-crafted in small batches in heavy copper kettles. While still warm, the popped corn is tossed with with organic caramel and sweet seasonings to create Chipotle Caramel + Almonds, Fleur de Sel Caramel, Ginger Sesame Caramel and Vietnamese Cinnamon Sugar.

Or, try the savory flavors, which are just as exciting: Alderwood Smoked Sea Salt, Black Truffle + White Cheddar, Madras Curry Coconut + Cashews, and Pimentòn de La Vera (smoked paprika with tomato and onion).

With complex and heady flavors, 479° Popcorn is a better-for-you indulgence (popcorn is a whole-grain food, and the savory flavors add nothing unsavory to your diet). They’re nicely gift-boxed for you, for your Valentine and for all the gift occasions that pop up during the year.

Read the full review below to explore the delicious sweet and savory popcorn flavors. See how we used them to garnish food and as a dessert course. And learn where the name, 479° Popcorn, comes from.

THE NIBBLE does not sell the foods we review
or receive fees from manufacturers for recommending them.

Our recommendations are based purely on our opinion, after tasting thousands of products each year, that they represent the best in their respective categories.

More Top Pick Sweet & Savory Snacks

Jalapeno Corn Chips Sheffa Snacks Flavored Pumpkin Seeds
Food Should Taste Good Corn Chips. These chips rock in a rainbow of flavors, from plain to Jalapeño (above) to the barely sweet Chocolate tortilla chips, which can be enjoyed with sweet dips, hot chocolate, even ice cream. Kosher. Read the review. Sheffa Snacks. Deliciously different snack mixes of minimally processed nuts, grains, legumes and fruits— savory or sweet flavors. Conveniently portioned in 1.5-ounce packets, these snacks are tasty, healthy and chic. Kosher. Read the review. Superseedz Pumpkin Seeds. Wonderful savory or sweet flavors and NO SHELLS: The hulls have been removed so you bite into pure, healthy, pumpkin seed pleasure. Makes all other pumpkin seed snacks old news. Read the review.

Organic Gourmet Popcorn: Poppin’ & Hoppin’


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479° Popcorn Overview

There are so many people who go into the artisan food business because they love food. The question is, does the marketplace really need another line of jams, cookies, brownies or barbeque sauce?

But in our opinion, Jean Arnold, founder of 479° popcorn, has hit the nail on the head with her delicious, gourmet, organic and giftable popcorn line.

Jean comes from an organic popcorn heritage. Her mother popped organic-only popcorn kernels on the stovetop for snacking. Training at Le Cordon Bleu in London, over the years, Jean experimented with exotic popcorn seasonings. The result is a line where every flavor deserves to be tried, and most deserve to be treasured.

About the name: 479° Fahrenheit is the optimal temperature for popping corn.

—Karen Hochman


Classy gift boxes set the mood for the excellent products inside.

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