Want to make famous Garrett’s Popcorn at home? This simple guide to blending the perfect caramel popcorn recipe and cheese popcorn will make you feel like you’re strolling down Michigan Avenue in the windy city!
When you think of Chicago, what food comes to mind?
Chicago Dogs? Chicago Deep Dish Pizza? What about Chicago Popcorn?
I spent a few days in Chicago this summer and the one food that seemed to be on everyone’s mind (and lips) was Garrett’s Popcorn.
Chicago’s famous gourmet popcorn shop makes several varieties of decadent popcorn, from cheese popcorn to macadamia nut corn. Yet the biggest seller, by far, is the acclaimed Chicago-style popcorn, mixing salty cheesy popcorn with a classic caramel popcorn recipe.
I was sold.
In fact, I bought a bag to bring back to Lt. Dan, and only a small portion of it made it home.
You can order Garrett’s Popcorn online as gifts, or for yourself.
But you know me… I wanted to try to make a copycat version at home.
This copycat Garrett’s popcorn recipe is the perfect snack to make for this season’s holiday parties.
Just think how your friends will respond on Halloween if you hand them a bag of salty-sweet Chicago Popcorn, instead of stale mini chocolate bars.
Or what about edible gifts for Christmas?
I’d be thrilled to receive a tin of homemade garretts popcorn around the holidays.
Today’s recipe is actually two easy popcorn recipes that you will mix at the end. My classic caramel popcorn recipe, made in the microwave for convenience, and a simple cheddar cheese popcorn recipe.
I posted this microwave caramel popcorn recipe last year. Here we’re mixing it with homemade cheese corn.
The only special ingredient you’ll need for the Chicago popcorn is cheddar cheese powder. There’s really no other way to make cheese-coated popcorn that’s still crisp. You can find cheese powder in specialty grocery stores, online, or you could open up a bunch of mac and cheese packets. *wink*
Honestly, you will not believe how quick and easy making caramel corn can be. Especially if you’ve made the old fashioned labor-intensive variety in the past.
Once the two popcorn recipes are mixed together you have that salty-sweet flavor everyone loves.
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