Garrett Popcorn reminds me of Christmas… large colorful popcorn tins filled with original, caramel, and cheesy goodness that we ate for hours, leaving our hands with a nice greasy film. Mmm Mmm.
Garrett Popcorn has been a Chicago staple since 1949, with its original location at 10 W. Madison Street. They even have a flavor of popcorn called “the Chicago Mix” which is a mix of their CaramelCrisp and CheeseCorn flavors. The mix was made after an overwhelming amount of customers suggested they give this sweet and salty combination a try. It is a good thing Garrett listened because now its one of their most popular orders and was on Oprah’s “Favorite Things” list in 2002 and 2005. President Barack Obama has also said he’s a fan.
Garrett is a family-based company dedicated to the quality of their product and ingredients. The kernals are fresh hot-air popped right in front of you at the store, and fat and oil are never used. They only offer four popcorn flavors: Plain, Buttery, CaramelCrisp (which you can choose to be blended with cashews, macadamias or pecans) and CheeseCorn. People go crazy for this Chicago treat, and its not uncommon to find a long line out front. But don’t worry, it’s just one of those places where the line is worth the wait! You can also order the popcorn online and have it delivered to anywhere in the country as a gift or a selfish indulgence.
At the 2009 Taste of Chicago Garrett debuted their frozen Popcornsicle, created by Richard Blais of Top Chef fame. It’s made with the “mix” corn and liquid nitrogen flash frozen on a stick. Sounds pretty crazy, but I’ve only heard rave reviews, so I have put it on my must-have list for this year.
Garrett currently has shops in nine Chicago locations as well as one in New York City. The location at Navy Pier displays some Garrett history with some of its original popping equipment and a timeline of their over 60 year history.
For locations, more info or to place an order, check out the Garrett Popcorn website here.