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August 21, 2012

Maple Bacon Popcorn

Maple Bacon Crunch popcorn: It’s maplebacalicious! Photo by Elvira Kalviste | THE NIBBLE.

WHAT IT IS: Gourmet flavored popcorn in sweet and savory flavors.
WHY IT’S DIFFERENT: It’s made with top-quality popcorn kernels and seasonings.
WHY WE LOVE IT:, popcorn is a whole-grain snack!

Above, Bombay Market Crunch. Below, Maryland Crab Feast Crunch. Photos courtesy CrunchDaddy.



Gourmet Flavored Popcorn From CrunchDaddy

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Some people think of popcorn as a commodity snack. But artisan popcorn—made from superior (“gourmet”) kernels and flavored with the finest seasonings—are as different from supermarket or movie theatre popcorn as an everyday chocolate bar is to the world’s best milk chocolate bars.

We were happy to discover CrunchDaddy Popcorn because popcorn is a whole grain snack. Along with whole wheat pretzels and tortilla chips, it’s a low-guilt munchy for those of us who want more than a one-ounce portion. And we can give it as gifts feeling good about it, too.

CrunchDaddy has a deft hand at seasoning, whether you prefer your corn sweet or savory. There are currently 14 flavors; just don’t ask for it plain. The Sweet Butter Crunch with a hint of sweetness is as plain as it gets.

The flavored gourmet popcorn business began as a passion for “CrunchDaddy” Dan Bazis, who started out simply trying to improve a recipe for kettle corn.

He then envisioned the potential for a gourmet popcorn business, and spent several years exploring flavors, refining recipes, sourcing ingredients and equipment and creating a website—all the while “navigating the tangled web of regulations that govern the operation of a small business like mine.”*

We think he’s done a great job, and you don’t need a gift occasion to enjoy his wares. Buy this scrumptious gourmet flavored popcorn instead of empty-calorie snack foods: for yourself, as party favors, teacher gifts and as stocking stuffers.

*If you decide to start your own artisan food business, first speak with a few people in your area who have done it.

Terrific Gourmet Popcorn Flavors

It’s hard to decide where to begin. We loved everything we tasted, and have ordered the new flavors, indicated with the dagger (†).

Savory Popcorn Flavors

  • Bombay Market Crunch
  • Chesapeake Crunch
  • Maryland Crab Feast Crunch
  • White Cheddar & Horseradish Crunch

Sweet Popcorn Flavors

  • Caramel & Peanut Crunch
  • Chocolate & Peanut Butter Crunch
  • Honey & Cinnamon Crunch
  • Maple & Bacon Crunch
  • Movie Night Crunch (sweet and salty kettle
  • Peanut Butter Crunch
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly Crunch
  • Sesame & Ginger Crunch
  • Simply Cinnamon Crunch
  • Sweet Butter Crunch (slightly sweetened

Whose your daddy? CrunchDaddy, of course.

As you’re munching, check out the history of popcorn.

— Karen Hochman


Get Snacking!

100-Calorie Snack Cookbook   Real Snacks   The Ultimate Healthy Snack List

100-Calorie Snack Cookbook, by Sally Sampson. More than 200 satisfying and wholesome alternatives to those overpriced 100-calorie packages of cookies or chips. More information.


Real Snacks: Make Your Favorite Childhood Treats Without All the Junk, by Lara Ferroni. Make 50 all natural, nutritious versions of faves such as Twinkies, Doritos and Cheez-Its. More information.


The Ultimate Healthy Snack List Including Healthy Snacks For Adults & Healthy Snacks for Kids: Discover Over 130 Healthy Snack Recipe, by C. Elias. More information.


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