Chicago Popcorn Shops – It’s Not Just Popcorn

I saw this shop from where I was sitting while ejoying my frozen yogurt from The White Hat.  I asked Mario if he could tell what the shop is selling and we had our guesses… Wines?  Sport  goods (there was a screen showing basketball videos)?  Coffee?  Since we really didn’t have anywhere else to go, we went to the shop and saw their sign… and found out they were selling popcorns!  We weren’t really in the mood for more food/snacks after Roti Mum and The White Hat, but since we walked all the way to the shop, we decided to go inside and take a look.

You can say it's located at the corner of the south parking and entertainment mall part of MOA.  They're playing basketball clips on the screen (upper left corner of the picture).
You can say it's located at the corner of the south parking and entertainment mall part of MOA. They're playing basketball clips on the screen (upper left corner of the picture).

 

Doesn't look at all like a Popcorn shop...  But as soon as you get inside, BOOM!, sweet "Karamel" aroma will welcome you.  Mmmm....
Doesn't look at all like a Popcorn shop... But as soon as you get inside, BOOM!, sweet "Karamel" aroma will welcome you. Mmmm....

About their Popcorn Flavors

Their Popcorn flavors are Plain, Buttered, “Karamel Krisp”, Cheese and Chicago Mix.  I already know how the others tasted, being a movie goer – popcorn is almost a staple food, so I asked what a Chicago Mix is.  One of the CPS (Chicago Popcorn Shop) crew gave us free taste of the Chicago Mix – which actually was just cheese and caramel popcorn together.  I knew from a lifetime of sinful eating, salty + sweet = happiness (that’s one of my equations for happiness – ^_^).  Knowing that, I knew I’d like the caramel and cheese combination, but the moment I tasted the evenly coated caramel and cheese, I knew we had made a wonderful discovery!

About their Popcorn Rates

They sell in sizes S (Single), D (Double) and Tin (as in Tin cans) from 20php – 280php depending on the flavor.  If you buy the TIN, you can bring it with you on your next visit and they can refill it for 200php (introductory price).  They’re not bound by weight, as long as they can fit more popped goodness in the tin, they’ll do that (without crushing the popped corn of course).  For the Chicago mix, you can decide whether you like more caramel or more cheese… Mario loves sweets, I love salty food, we got half of each in a tin.

If you want to give the popcorn in tin as a gift, it’s good to know that it has a shelflife of 7 days (outside the fridge unopenned) and if you had opened it and not finished everything (that’ll never happen to me), you can re-store it but make sure you put plastic on top before you put the lid on (make it air tight) then put it inside the fridge for.. umm.. I forgot how long… ^_^;  You can ask the friendly CPS crew when you visit the shop.

Prices on the board are introductory price.  You can see the tins on display as well as the huge mixing machines they use for coating the popped corn with flavor.
Prices on the board are introductory prices. You can see the tins on display as well as the huge mixing machines they use for coating the popped corn with flavor.

 

You can see the Single and Double samples at the bottom of the picture.  And yes, it looks like we aren't the first ones to discover the place.. ^_^;
You can see the Single and Double samples at the bottom of the picture. And yes, it looks like we aren't the first ones to discover the place.. ^_^;

About how they are Popped! and Prepped!

They air-pop their popcorns.  This is something new to me so I had to research.  Apparently, Air-popped popcorns are much healthier than the microave versions.  According to Wiki, “Air-popped popcorn is naturally high in fiber, low in calories and fat, contains no sodium, and is sugar free.” That’s good!  I feel a little better now knowing I can buy another tinful with less guilt.  ^_^

The caramel coating was done in the kitchen and whenever a batch is done, they’d pour them to a long container outside to cool.  They said this will make/keep the caramel popped corns crunchy (and they really are crunchy!).

WOW!  Caramel!!!  This is where they were letting the new batches cool.  They transfer them to the containers below after cooling.
WOW! Caramel!!! This is where they were letting the new batches cool. They transfer them to the containers below after cooling.

 

This is after they transferred the batch into the container.
This was shot after they transferred the batch into the container.

The cheese had to go through a different process.  The plain popped corns were put inside a big tumbling thingie (something that looks and functions like a cement mixer).  As the popped corns were tumbling inside the big machine, the CPS crew poured melted cheese.  Yes, melted cheese!  I didn’t know you can use melted cheese as popcorn flavoring.  I think that also helped in making sure each popped corn gets an even coating.  It was cool watching the pale yellow plain popped corns turning orange before my very eyes!  And as soon as it looks like everything is orange, the CPS crew tastes a couple from the batch and if it doesn’t pass the standards, they add more cheese!  One thing to note about the cheese they use, it doesn’t stain your fingers with orange cheesy color.  Just one good lick and evidence is gone!

Tumble... Tumble...  Tumble...
Tumble... Tumble... Tumble...

 

Now the melted cheese is poured in...
Now the melted cheese is poured in...

Overall

We had a fun time in the shop learning about popcorn and stuff!  The CPS crew were friendly, knowledgeable and they really believed in their product which is very important in selling.

The star of the show is in the middle (the yummy popcorn).
The star of the show is in the middle (the yummy popcorn).

We definitely love the crunchy caramel and evenly coated cheese and we’ll be back for a refill soon!!!

Mario was there...
Mario was there...

 

... and I was there with my boots!!!
... and I was there with my boots!!!

9 thoughts on “Chicago Popcorn Shops – It’s Not Just Popcorn

  1. OMG! OMG! i did’nt know may ganito sa pinas! *LOL! Thanks You so much sissy for this feature, Im super duper addict sa popcorn eh and i love cheesee!!!!

    how much Tin can sissy? P280? excited na ako! and di pa kami nakaka-watch ng movie sa MOA eh, pwede kaya sya ipasok dun? hehe…

    really a must try talaga!

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    1. Hi KC! Thanks for visiting!

      Yes, pwedeng i-pasok sa MOA movie house! Kaka-panood lang namin ng Watchmen pero Mario forgot to bring the tin… Argggg… Sayang ang 200php na refill, hindi namin nagawa… Maybe next time!

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  2. hi!

    guess what?! kami ung models (ahem) nyo dun sa first two pics! nagulat and natawa kme nung narealize namin na kme pala un! :D
    ung naka-red shirt and black sleeveless..

    thanks for the webspace! sayang sana nakaharap kami while devouring those popcorns!hehe

    patrick and erika

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    1. wow!!! Isn’t that so cool! It’s amazing how you stumbled upon my page and even found out you’re in a couple of the photos!

      Thanks for being my models! ^_^ The picture looks extra important now that we know the names behind the faces…er… in this case, backs. ^_^

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