The Travel Book – Garrett Popcorn, Chicago, Illinois

If you visit Chicago soon then there is one thing that you need to be aware of and when I say that, I mean it is something you need to be aware of so you can make sure you go and visit the store and buy it. It is one of the delicacies of the city and it is one that you will not forget in a hurry – Garrett Popcorn.

Yes, you did read that it is a popcorn, but trust me this is not your average popcorn, this is a ball in a completely different court altogether. Garrett Popcorn first was established in 1949 and the first store was opened at 10 West Madison Street. The popcorn to this day is handcrafted in old fashioned copper kettles and the handcrafted dedication that goes along with it really brings this popcorn into a league of its own.


Photo Credit: Garrett Popcorn website

The Garrett brand is a family run business and you can choose a variety of flavours for the popcorn to be bought in. Some of their most famous and well known flavours include Garrett Mix (which is a mix of their ‘world famous’ cheddar popcorn mixed with caramel popcorn), Almond Caramel Crisp and Pecan Caramel Crisp.

You do not have to buy the products that are available either, you can actually create your own tin – this is where you choose the size in which you want the product, choose your own design and even choose what flavours you want to be in it.

I am not the biggest fan of popcorn – I will eat it now and again at the cinema but that is about it. I also am not the biggest fan of American Popcorn – I lived in New York for 3 months in 2010 and went to the cinema a few times and was always disappointed when I had to have butter popcorn in the cinema – it was way to salty and really nothing I enjoyed.

I went into Garrett to try it as it was recommended place to visit when we went to Chicago and I bought a bag of caramel based popcorn and I am sure it was the one with Pecans. To this day (I had this in 2011) it is the best popcorn I have ever had. IT has a taste of its own – it was like something I have never had before and more importantly it put my faith back in the world of Popcorn in America.

If you go to Chicago soon, then try Garrett, you really will not be disappointed.

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