So What’s the Deal?

Those of you who have been with us on our journey as Kettle CornUtopia for awhile know that we use only the finest gourmet mushroom popcorn kernels. Butterfly popcorn is just not something that we have ever used. Now that we’ve opened our store front, we’ve changed our tune a little bit. I’ll explain more a little later, but first! Read a little excerpt of a blog I wrote back in January 2017 on our Kettle CornUtopia blog page. This will give you a little knowledge on the difference between mushroom & butterfly, and why one may be favored over the other in certain applications.

January 2017:

“So often we are asked what kind of corn we use, “because it’s not the kind they serve at the movies or in the microwave bags”. They are right! The type of corn you find in theaters or microwave bags is butterfly popcorn, we use a gourmet mushroom popcorn. What’s the difference?

 

Butterfly popcorn, other aliases are snowflake or firework, is very light, tender, and less sturdy than it’s cousin. This type of popcorn is has lots of nooks and crannies which is fantastic for holding butter (mmmmm…butter) and dry seasonings, like ranch or bbq. Because of the delicate “wings”, you’ll see this popped in fairly gentle conditions like a microwave or the bucket popper at the theater.

 

 

 

Mushroom popcorn is shaped similar to a baseball and doesn’t have the delicate “wings” like the butterfly does. It has significantly more surface space which makes it ideal for accepting various types of candy coating like caramel or kettle corn. That coating essentially seals the corn making it stay fresh and crispy much longer. The sturdy nature of this corn is able to stand up to the beating we give it in the kettle and the sifting table. The result is large, beautiful, evenly coated popcorn that gives you a satisfying crunch when you bite down on it.”

 

So what gives?

We use the gourmet mushroom kernels exclusively for candied popcorn. The big, beautiful kernels provide a lot of surface space that distributes the candied glaze nicely. It makes for an impressive presentation and gives you a really satisfying crunch.

We do what we call a “hybrid” of popcorn with all of our seasoned flavors. This is essentially a combination of mushroom and butterfly kernels. You get the satisfying crunch and bulk from the mushroom popcorn, and all the flavor from the butterfly popcorn which is hiding the seasoning in it’s nooks and crannies.

So there you have it. The method to our madness.

Until next time,

Popcorn Amy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Popcorn for Everyone!

Popcorn and Boxes and Gifts, Oh My!

 

By show of hands, how many of you forgot that it was a beloved coworker’s birthday or that it was teacher appreciation day? You can’t see me, but I’m raising my hand really high. Sure you could run to your local super store and grab a cutesy stuffed animal or a box of chocolate. Or…

You could come in a get a yummy and personalized gift with us! With over 20 delicious flavors and variety of gift options to choose from, you can’t go wrong!

 

 

Gift Boxes

 

 

 

Gift Cups

 

 

 

 

How about some local & raw honey from Ware Farm or award winning salsa from Chef Flaco? We have it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Come on in, sample some delicious popcorn, and choose the perfect gift! We won’t tell if you get yourself a bag while you’re at it.

Until next time,

Popcorn Amy

 

 

Momma Always Said…

Momma always said,

“Anything worth doing is worth doing well!”. Sage advice to anyone looking to opening their own – insert anything here. From finding the right contractors and materials, to purveyors and decor to make your space look “spiffy”. It all takes time and patience. Lots of patience.

In a previous blog I talked about how you all have known us as Kettle CornUtopia since we started popping in 2012. In the Spring of 2016 it became apparent that it was time for us to grow (again) and start thinking long term. We had kicked around the idea of opening a shop for awhile up to that point, but didn’t see an exclusive kettle corn store as a viable option. Well, how about a gourmet popcorn shop with many flavors? Yes!

We knew early on that we wanted to be different and we didn’t want to rely on commercial premixes for our flavors. So we went to work blending spices and experimenting with candied popcorn. Some came easy and some were very difficult. But like safe crackers, we knew that if we kept at it, eventually we’d get the right combination(s). It took an entire year to come up with our portfolio of flavors and we are proud of what we offer!

In late 2016 we started looking for a space to open our shop and in early 2017 we honed in on the Harker Heights area. We were “hoping” to find a space that already had a commercial kitchen, but no such luck. Instead we stumbled across a space that used to be a hair salon. It had all the “bones” we needed, like finished floors, plumbing, great location, etc.

So then the REAL work started. There were contractors to hire and permits to apply for and MUCH shopping to do.

I’d like to tell you how hard everything was, but I’d be fibbing. I truly believe that timing is everything. When it’s right, it’s right, and things just seamlessly fall into place. For the most part, this was the case for us. Luck? Maybe a little. But preparation was the key. We had been planning for a year at this point.

 

This post isn’t about patting ourselves on the back for a job well done. It’s to share our journey in hopes that we will inspire the entrepreneur in you. Find what you love. Do what you love.

Welcome to our journey. We’re glad you’re here!

Until next time,

Popcorn Amy