Clockwise from top left: Sensational Sweets Popcorn, Dale & Thomas Popcorn, Hampton Popcorn Company mixed dark and white chocolate popcorn, peanut butter white chocolate popcorn and kettle corn. Photo by Melody Lan | THE NIBBLE.
| KAREN HOCHMAN and MELODY LAN ate much chocolate-covered popcorn in the the interest of researching this article.
Updated December 2008
Chocolate Popcorn Has A Sweet & Salty Crunch
CAPSULE REPORT: We tasted a lot of chocolate-covered popcorn and chose three brands that span the spectrum from “popcorn with a touch of chocolate” (Sensational Sweets) to “chocolate with a touch of popcorn” (Hampton Popcorn Company). Two of the companies make several different flavors of chocolate popcorn (Dale & Thomas and Hampton Popcorn Company), and all three are kosher-certified. More than delicious snacking, these popcorns are delightful gifts, party favors and a lot of fun for connoisseurs of fine food. The key here is quality: the chocolate makes all the difference and with our recommended popcorns, it’s as good as you’d expect in a top specialty food product. This is Page 1 of a four-page article. Click on the black links below to visit other pages.
If you like popcorn and you like chocolate, combine the two, common wisdom would argue, and you’ve got something really special. We put the theory to the test and spent months tasting chocolate-covered popcorns. The ones we recommend here are really special, and the’re far from kid stuff. They could take their place with an espresso at the end of a fine dinner. Or they could come to picnics, parties, movies, the zoo... anywhere anyone wants a delicious, sweet snack. We’ll emphasize the word delicious, because the first thing most people say after their first mouthful is: This is really delicious!
Dale & Thomas Popcorn
Medium-Coating • Sweet • Kosher
Dale & Thomas Popcorn is named for its owner, popcorn-lover and former Detroit Pistons point guard and Hall-of-Famer Isiah Thomas, and for the mayor of the Indiana town Popcorn River, Dale Humphrey (who has no financial ties with the popcorn company, although his state, Indiana, is the country’s largest producer of popcorn, and his town is in the heart of the industry). The company serves a variety of flavors of popcorn including seven delicious varieties coated in chocolate:
- Chocolate & Peanut Butter DrizzleCorn: Kettle corn with a creamy peanut butter topping drizzled with milk chocolate
- Chocolate Chunk N’ Caramel: Coated in caramel and studded with chunks of milk chocolate
- Dark Fudge Chunk N' Caramel: Coated in caramel and studded with chunks of dark chocolate
- Dark Fudge With Praline Almonds: Kettle corn dusted with praline almonds and drizzled with dark chocolate fudge
- Peanut Butter & White Chocolate DrizzleCorn: A creamy peanut butter topping drizzled with white chocolate (photo at right)
- Toffee Crunch DrizzleCorn: Crunchy chunks of chocolate-covered toffee jumbled with the popcorn, then drizzled with more chocolate
- Twice As Nice Chocolate DrizzleCorn: Milk chocolate with a white chocolate drizzle
The chocolate and peanut butter-chocolate coatings are sweeter than the other two manufacturers, and sure to please the sweet-toothed. The chocolate coating is in the mid-range—not as heavy as Hampton Popcorn (see next section), but very satisfying.
Dedicated to pleasing popcorn aficionados, each season Dale & Thomas releases new flavors, remaining on the crest of flavor trends with Almond Biscotti, Blue Ribbon Chili & Sour Cream, Frosted Gingerbread, Umbria (rosemary, sage and marjoram) and Veneto (smoked Provolla cheese, toasted onions, parsley and sea salt).
DALE & THOMAS
Chocolate & Peanut Butter DrizzleCorn, Chocolate Chunk N’ Caramel, Dark Fudge Chunk N' Caramel, Dark Fudge With Praline Almonds, Peanut Butter & White Chocolate DrizzleCorn, Toffee Crunch DrizzleCorn, Twice As Nice Chocolate DrizzleCorn
Certified kosher by Orthodox Union
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$39.95 - $49.95
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12 Foot-Long Bags In Small Pail
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Other sizes available.
Purchase online at DaleandThomas.com
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