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Organic/ High-End/ Speciality Microwave Popcorn in Toronto

Hi all --

We're doing a secret santa thing at work and I drew a person who LOVES popcorn.

i was thinking of putting together a gift basket of special microwave popcorns... something outside the standard Orville R stuff.

Any thoughts of good brands to try or stores that may carry some higher end varieties?

Is Pusateri's worth checking out? Anywhere else?

Thanks

WON

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  1. There was this cool popcorn making kit at williams and sonoma....i think the kit gives you everything you need to make your own kettle corn on the stove..
    Organic popcorn = dominion, loblaws, tasty but by no means "high end"....
    Maybe you can order some online....

    1. Not to be a meany but if your friend's really into the virtues of organics and cancer-free food I'd suggest they try microwaving as few things as possible.

      Organic kernels and an air popper or some really nice olive oil to pot-pop on the stove with would be better than something you have to nuke. Actually, popping over light heat in a deep stew pot using sea salt and olive oil is DELICIOUS.

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      1. re: 50firstdatesguy

        While I agree that air or oven popped popcorn is delicious, I'm skeptical of your claim linking cancer and microwaves. I would love it if you could provide some evidence of the cancer causing abilities of microwave ovens. Peer-reviewed evidence please.

        1. re: xtal

          Not long ago we were unaware that exposing cooking oils to high temperatures created carcinogens and we also used to put lead in paint.

          To clarify, no one has yet to submit peer-reviewed articles posing a direct link, I'm sure that's not in General Electric's best interest, but the link between flavour chemicals in popcorn and lung problems as well as the leeching of carcinogens from plastics into food is at least quite well documented.

          I ONLY mentioned this because of the irony of someone wanting to nuke their organic food.

        2. re: 50firstdatesguy

          I never eat microwave popcorn... i'm a stove top popper. But my giftee swears by the stuff and pops it everyday at work!

        3. Various popping corns have kernels come in different colours and sizes with distinct tastes. I can see that making for a nice presentation in a gift basket.

          That being said, I've searched with little success in finding different varieties of popping corn around Toronto.

          Please report back if you find anything.

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          1. re: xtal

            Thanks for checking! I'm going to set out this weekend an see what turns up.

          2. As kids I remember buying popcorn still on the cob, we would put it in a paper bag and pop it in the microwave. Just did a search and came up with jonespopcorn.com, a company from leamington, ont! They do gift baskets, but if you don't have time for that you could contact them and see who in Toronto carries their stuff.

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            1. re: cheesymama

              It's not microwaveable, and I've never tried it. But Summerhill Market sells kettle corn, it comes in a large red bag and since I've not been interested I don't even know the brand. But I've not seen it anywhere else AND if Summerhill Market is carrying it it's gotta be the best you can buy.

              1. re: millygirl

                It may be the best already popped but who would buy popcorn several days old?

            2. Any popping corn can be adapted to use in the microwave. I use regular popping corn in a paper bag and pop it in the microwave. I learned this method from the illustrious Alton Brown, and I'm including a link to the method here:

              http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recip...

              I've done it dozens of times (usually without any oil or seasoning). It works, and it hasn't blown up my microwave or given me strange diseases. :)

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              1. re: xtal

                Actually the corn I was talking about above is already popped and ready to snarf down!