Chicago is a city with style. From jazz to architecture to world-class cuisine, the third-largest city in the U.S. is an exemplar of chic civilization. It only seems fitting that a city with such panache would extend its urbanity to popcorn.
Chicago Style Popcorn Mix is as out-of-the-box as jazz improvisation and as iconic as deep-dish pizza. The 7-ounce bag contains an unlikely duet of flavors. Half of the fluffy, white, kettle corn is drizzled with caramel made from brown and cane sugars, and brown rice syrup. The other half is dusted with aged cheddar—made from dehydrated cheddar cheese, cream, and salt. Dig one hand in (no peeking) and pull out a fifty-fifty fistful of salty and sweet. There’s nothing more satisfying that a snack that titillates two contrasting taste-centers of the tongue. It’s so good, you might not even care that is gluten free and kosher... but it is.
The origins of this unique nosh are nebulous. Perhaps the wearied mid-century customers waiting in long lines at Claude and Gladys Garrett’s famous Chicago popcorn shop were the first to try mixing cheese and caramel corn. Or maybe Charles Cretor—1885 inventor of the popcorn machine—is also the mastermind behind the Chicago Mix, a popular version of which his family still sells today. Or could it have been just the wind of this city, willing together an unlikely popcorn pair as snacking lovers walked the wintry streets?
The historical facts may be fuzzy, but there’s more than just a kernel of truth at your fingertips (and on them), drizzled and dusted in fabulous, sugary-savory flavor. Bring a little Chi-town style to your snacking with Trader Joe’s Chicago Style Popcorn Mix. Each sharing-sized bag is $2.99—the lowest price you’ll find on popcorn with this much pizzazz.
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