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