Growing up on the circus, I spent a lot of time in the circus shop, making popcorn. I’m talking hours and hours, every day. It’s hard to imagine now, but when I would get bored watching the performances (what’s a triple summersault when you’ve seen it twice that day already after all?), I would devote an inordinate amount of time to testing and tweaking different ways of making popcorn.
We had a gorgeous big popcorn machine with a huge drum (I snapped the pic above way back in 2008), and I would carefully measure out oil, salt, kernels and subtly tweak the amounts to test out different results. Even now, the smell of fresh popcorn makes me a little homesick, and I can tell when cinemas are serving up slightly stale batches, and annoy Ben by returning mine and imploring bemused-looking staff for a fresh bag.
When hanging out in the circus shop, one of my favourite things to do was to take a little puff of candlyfloss and wrap it around a warm, freshly popped kernel, creating a deliciously moreish sweet and savoury flavour.
So I was pretty excited when I came across a bag of Sweet & Salty Propercorn popcorn last week, and it has quickly become my new favourite treat. The popcorn is popped using rapeseed oil, and then topped with brown cane sugar and sea salt. Seriously, I can’t get enough of it. Some bits come out sweet and caramelised, while others are crunchy and salty. It’s insanely good.
I must admit, I liked Propercorn even more when I looked them up and saw how much thought and care they put into their site, visuals and branding – and I’m loving their colourful Instagram account. There are lots of other flavours too, but every time I go to branch out I can’t resists the lure of the Sweet & Salty. If you want to try it out, I’ve spotted bags in Spar (Jervis), Fresh (Grand Canal Dock) and Insomnia (I was in the Dun Laoghaire one), but I’m pretty sure they’re popping up in more spots around town. Pun totally intended, soz.
P.S. This isn’t a sponsored post, just in case my gushing makes you wonder if it is!