Preferred Popcorn Wins Screentrade Magazine's Taste Challenge

Vendors arrived from Louisiana, Minnesota,


Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio and Michigan – some were


accompanied by family members, some by friends


and some had both in tow. At the Screentrade Popcorn


Challenge our preference is to employ “working”


vendors, and so they popped, served and greeted


the public, before also being turned into taste-testers


of the very products they sell and distribute.


In total, there were 25 different popcorns to taste


within the following categories:


• UNADORNED


• POPPED IN DIFFERENT OILS


• WITH BUTTER TOPPINGS


• WITH DRY TOPPINGS


• WITH CARAMEL COATINGS


That’s a lot of corn, whether for popping or eating.


Each category was located at a fixed station with


the exception of the final one – the caramel corn being


a mobile station, which instead sought-out the


taste-testers.


Although by no means a scientific experiment,


there was as much consistency in the preparation


of the popcorn for each event as possible, and our


taste-testers seemed to readily know their favorite


flavors upon tasting them.


We thank and truly appreciate all participants, including


a very special thanks to Bob Goodrich, of


Goodrich Quality Theaters, Inc., for his presence, as


well as that of his staff from the Grand Haven 9 for all


their hard work. We also thank Flanagan’s Irish Pub,


for hosting the event, its wonderful products and energy


and enthusiasm in making this among the best


International Popcorn Challenges ever; and finally to


Martin Olesen of PCI for supplying popcorn bags.


POPCORN


1st place Preferred Popcorn


2nd place Liven Mushroom


3rd place NATAIS Mushroom/Pop ‘n’ Roll


4th place O rville Redenbacher


POPCORN OILS


1st place Lou Ana – Canola


2d place Poppin’ Olive


3d place Odell’s Classic


4th place Lou Ana – Coconut


BUTTER TOPPINGS


1st place Lou Ana - More Gold Plus


2nd place Odell’s Butterfat


3rd place Odell’s Super-Kist II


DRY TOPPINGS


1st place CornAgain – Chilli Lime


2nd place Tied 2nd Kernel Season’s White Cheddar/


CornAgain’s Sweet ‘n’ Salty


3rd place MacCorn’s Sweet Popcorn


4th place Tied 4th Kernel Season’s Kettle Korn


Parmesan & Garlic


CARAMEL CORN


1st place Valley Popcorn Caramel Corn


2nd place Moore Theatre’s Caramel Corn


3rd place MacCorn’s Toffee Corn