This is for a series of posts for a 2014 Chicago trip including Alinea, Giordano's, Bottlefork, Bub City, Portillo's Hot Dogs, Doubletree Hilton: Magnificent Mile, and Garrett Popcorn Shops.
Since 1949, Garrett Popcorn Shops have been providing quality popcorn in Chicago and beyond. I first tried it by Penn Station in NYC and became a frequent visitor while attending school in Chi-town. So during the GF and my recent trip to Chicago, we had to grab some before our flight back to Philly.
The popcorn is hot-air popped daily and the most popular mix is the Chicago Mix - a mixture of decadent salty cheese and sweet, crunchy caramel.
It's an irresistible mix that can is truly best experienced when eaten by the handful.
Large Chicago Mix [$7.85]
Sweet and salty is a great mix of flavors that is clearly highlighted here. The caramel was like eating crisp candy that became pillowy upon masticatoin. But the real star for the GF and myself? The CheeseCorn. The popcorn was coated in sharp cheddar and provided bursts of intensity. I'm not surprised they put a 2:1 ratio of CheeseCorn to CaramelCrisp - in fact, there was still too much of the sweet caramel popcorn for my liking. Cheddar over sweets any day of the week for me!
So if you're in Chicago and certainly before you leave, make sure to get your fix in. And if you're looking for a great gift, there are a variety of decorative tins that can be filled with the decadent flavors of Garrett popcorn.