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Organic/ High-End/ Speciality Microwave Popcorn in Toronto

wontonfm Dec 12, 2007 07:31 AM

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?




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  1. pancake RE: wontonfm Dec 12, 2007 08:08 AM

    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. 50firstdatesguy RE: wontonfm Dec 12, 2007 09:00 AM

      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
        xtal RE: 50firstdatesguy Dec 12, 2007 06:18 PM

        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.

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          50firstdatesguy RE: xtal Dec 12, 2007 07:01 PM

          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
          wontonfm RE: 50firstdatesguy Dec 12, 2007 06:46 PM

          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. xtal RE: wontonfm Dec 12, 2007 06:28 PM

          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
            wontonfm RE: xtal Dec 12, 2007 06:45 PM

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

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            cheesymama RE: wontonfm Dec 13, 2007 05:57 PM

            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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              millygirl RE: cheesymama Dec 14, 2007 05:06 AM

              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
                jayt90 RE: millygirl Dec 15, 2007 03:23 PM

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

            2. xtal RE: wontonfm Dec 14, 2007 09:25 AM

              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:


              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
                millygirl RE: xtal Dec 14, 2007 10:30 AM

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

              2. Googs RE: wontonfm Dec 14, 2007 11:40 AM

                Eden Organic has exactly one organic popcorn in their product line. Here's a link to stores that carry Eden. You'll have to do your own research to figure out who has their popcorn.

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                  bluedog RE: wontonfm Dec 14, 2007 12:12 PM

                  I'm going to play unknowing devil's advocate here...is higher end popcorn really worth it? We generally just make whatever the cheapest microwave stuff is available and spray it with balsamic vinegar and toss with seasalt (and sometimes pepper)....I have a hard time beleiving a "better quality" corn would taste any better (though of course method of prep can be key, I agree). I'd be happy for someone to tell me different...I'm just asking :-)

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                    pashacat1 RE: wontonfm Dec 22, 2007 04:32 PM

                    I don't know about anything in Canada but Sunrise Seeds sells excellent red, blue, yellow and white varieties of popcorn. The red and blue are ancient varieties and quite tasty. The paper bag in the micro method should work for them. Buy from localharvest.org or sunriseseeds.com.

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