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Food & Wine Magazine 100 Tastes to Try in 2007 - Taste #15 Aspen Kettle Corn

akettlecorn001.jpgKettle corn and Food and Wine Magazine. Seems like an odd combination, doesn't it?  That's what I first thought when I noticed that Aspen Kettle Corn was taste #15 in Food and Wine Magazine's 100 Tastes to Try in 2007. What could possibly make something as simple as kettle corn so special that it gets noticed by Food and Wine Magazine? That's what I set out to find as I placed my order last week with Aspen Kettle Corn.

The kettle corn arrived on Friday afternoon via UPS (which is always a pleasure considering my one sided love affair with the UPS man.). It arrived in 2 large vacuum sealed bags tied with a decorative raffia bow, just begging to be ripped into and devoured.  The timing of the Aspen Kettle Corn arriving was perfect, as we were preparing to have a household full of family members for our weekend Family Christmas celebration. I thought I'd use one bag to conduct my "research" and then set the other bag out during our gathering for other family members to enjoy.

My parents, children and I were the lucky ones to get to try out the first bag of popcorn.  As I was opening the bag I was trying to figure out what could be special about Aspen Kettle Corn? It certainly looked like other kettle corn I had tried in the past. With my kids clawing at my feet begging for a taste, I finally poured it all into one big bowl and set it out for all of us to enjoy. After my first bite I said "Mmmmmmm....it seems saltier than other kettle corn to me." Then my dad took a bite and said "No, I actually think that it tastes sweeter than other kettle corn I've tried." I was intrigued by his comment. How could he think it tastes sweeter? It was definitely saltier, not sweeter. Thinking he didn't know what he was talking about, I took another bite. Wouldn't you know it? My next bite did seem more sweet than salty. Very odd indeed, I thought. My mom took her first bite and continued to reach for the bowl, enjoying the popcorn so much she wasn't ready to pause to make a comment. This popcorn was addicting. It made you want to keep eating it to see what burst of flavor was going to explode in your mouth next. From sweet to salty, to a handful with a perfectly combined taste, this was indeed the very best kettle corn I had ever tasted.

I was impressed with the freshness of the popcorn. Even after a few days of traveling in a vacuum sealed bag, the popcorn tasted like it was fresh out of the kettle. We chowed through that first bag like it was nothing, and the only regret we had in the end was that the popcorn was all gone. We'd have to share the next bag with siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. Were they worthy of such greatness? This was pretty good popcorn... but they are a pretty good family, so I guess I can share.

If you crave the kettle corn you get at festivals, amusement parks, county fairs...the kind that you are picking out of your teeth one week later, then don't call Aspen Kettle Corn. If you crave something that is far superior... something that is made with high quality, fresh ingredients and has a taste like no other kettle corn you've had, then get on over to www.aspenkettlecorn.com right now and place an order! Have fresh tasting, delicious kettle corn delivered hot out of the kettle and straight to your door.

One month ago today I dished about My Secret (and one sided) Love Affair with the UPS Man

Over at our family blog, I dished about Mommy Brain

Posted on Sunday, January 7, 2007 at 04:00PM by Registered CommenterKristen in | Comments16 Comments

Reader Comments (16)

I love kettle corn. I always eat for breakfast the next day!
January 7, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterrachel
Wow! It look so yummy. I just ordered some myself. Can't wait to try it. But I'll never eat it all so I guess my co-workers are going to get lucky.
January 7, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterRachel
What a wonderful time you are experiencing with this 100 things!!! Excellent write up.
January 7, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMy Kitchen in Half Cups
I don't have a crush on the fed ex guy...but he does know me by site now. I'm not sure if this is a good thing ;)
January 7, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJeff
You and Kate are awesome!! So cool that you're doing the list. This post makes me wish I'd gotten some kettle korn at the farmers' market this morning.
January 7, 2007 | Unregistered Commentererin
mail order kettle corn? interesting indeed that Food & Wine picked this.
January 8, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterconnie
Mmm...!!!! I love the aroma of fresh Popcorn.Kettle corns are particularly great too.Enjoy.Love the write up too!:)
January 8, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterasha
Ooooh, that one is coming up on the "To Order" list! I posted about two new tastes on my site today! Check it out!
January 8, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKate
Excellent blog! I enjoy your writing.
Happy new year from Greece!
January 8, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterNatassa Economou
Ohhh! Sounds like an excellent snack for the Super Bowl. Hard to share though. Great writing. You could be in sales :) Wonderful that you are going to try out things and we all get to read about it.
January 8, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterElle
How can you not love Kettle Corn?
January 8, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterpeabody
happy new year from amy at sillypants.com!
January 9, 2007 | Unregistered Commentersillypants
so funny you posted about the kettle corn. my friend went to aspen and was telling me about it, then i see food and wine, now your blog. i'm so out of the loop, i really need to get w/ the program! :)
January 9, 2007 | Unregistered Commenteraria
Kettle corn is like eating a popcorn ball, a very good one, that has become unstuck.
January 9, 2007 | Unregistered Commentermimi
Thanks for telling us about the link to that Food and Wine article. There are so many interesting items on that list! I haven't tried Aspen Kettle Corn, but it's on my list of food to order when I feel like getting something in the mail.
January 13, 2007 | Unregistered Commentersmellielle
If you want to see how Kettle Corn is made. Take a look at this funny flash movie here: http://www.wickeddelicious.com
March 15, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterBiks Wigglesworth

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