Gourmet popcorn: A snack trend takes off

Whether you crave insanely fattening movie popcorn or the uber-healthy homemade air-popped version, it's a pretty uninspired snack. Honestly, when's the last time you thought, "Popcorn, now that's different/new/interesting?" 

But several gourmet options filtering into the popcorn market could shake up your snack world.. 

We don't want to shock you with all of the innovative flavors out there, so we'll easy you into it with Mankato-based

Angie's Kettle Corn

A classic with a sweet twist.
A classic with a sweet twist.
Mama's Cool Things

These light, airy batches are where salt and sugar come to play nicely. The company's artisan popcorn is made in small batches in real kettles for a touch of authenticity that you can't match with microwavable bags. Even Martha Stewart has taken notice and featured the founding couple, Dan and Angie Bastian, on her show last month. Order online at or pick some up today from Cub or any of the other numerous local shops that carry the brand. 

OK, so maybe you've already had Angie's, and you're ready to branch out. The Oprah-endorsed 
Mama Oprah gave this one the thumbs up.
Mama Oprah gave this one the thumbs up.
Interior Design Room

Le Courdon Bleu-trained founder Jean Arnold experimented with her popcorn by adding exotic seasonings and fiddling with the popping temperature. When she discovered that 
Do you ever get that feeling someone's watching you?
Do you ever get that feeling someone's watching you?
Popcorn Face

Whether it's a ghoulish vampire, a fluffy poodle, or a pig, chances are you're nibbling on a gallery-worthy popcorn face.

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