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Oct 25, 2011 04:27 PM

Best caramel popcorn or similar?

I can't think of any places (Berkeley or Oakland preferred, SF may be possible) to get amazing, preferably handmade/artisan caramel popcorn. Can anyone think of any locally? I'm looking for special/unique flavors, well made and fresh.

Alternatively, I would love any other ideas for exceptionally sticky/chewy/crunchy foods.

(This is for a post-braces celebration, so the stickier and crunchier and the more likely to get in your teeth the better!)

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    1. re: wolfe

      Dang it, I was just at Draegers. Will have to look for these next time, cuz wow.

      1. re: wolfe

        The name for the popcorn comes for the maker's discovery:
        I came upon the discovery that 479 degrees Fahrenheit is the optimal temperature for popping corn.
        Fortunately not a lower temp since 451 was already in use.
        FAHRENHEIT 451: The temperature at which book paper catches fire and burns.

        1. re: wolfe

          These look great, and are definitely my back up plan, if I can't find anything freshly made. Sometimes there are small bags at Peet's, which could be fun so you can try multiple flavors...

          Price is no object (well, in the range popcorn comes in!), in this situation.

        2. Congrats on your upcoming freedom. Don't forget to wear your retainer. Your teeth WILL move back to where they were if you don't wear your retainer. I'm still wearing mine, 15 years later. Blech.

          One of the things I was most excited about when I got my braces off were pecan caramel turtles. So sticky and gooey. A salted caramel dipped in dark chocolate would also be great as a celebtratory treat.

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          1. re: artemis

            More in my regular price range and based on artemis reminiscence it's almost the season for Trader Joe's fleur de sel caramels where you can pig out on almost a pound for about 7 bucks.

          2. CC Made pistachio version is great.

            At the Ferry Bldg., CaneRosso does a GranTurco version with bacon. Miette also has caramel corn.

            There are a lot caramels to choose from, including at Miette, at the Capay store across the way (this place carries the CC Made caramel corn) and really nice ones at Cowgirl Creamery.

            Cowgirl Creamery
            1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111

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            1. re: foodeye

              Going to try the CC Made version of their spiced almond popcorn this weekend when my GF flies out here. I saw some at the Vallerga's in Napa a week or so ago and was intrigued enough to pick one up.

              Funny thing is this is sort of because earlier on I had sent her a sampler pack of the 479 Popcorn. She really really liked them all (she wrote me reports on all the flavors), though they're not really the sticky/chewy variety of popcorn a la Liled's or the CC Made versions.

                1. re: foodeye

                  I second CC Made. It's so good I now stay away from it. It seems to be fairly widely distributed.


                2. Great timing The good news.

                  Liled's Candy Kitchen makes their own old fashioned, straight foward caramel corn. They had just made it when I walked into the shop today and the shop was filled with the intoxicating aroma of the caramel corn.

                  When I was a kid my hometown had a Karamel Korn shop and I loved walking into that shop with its sweet smell.

                  Not sticky, but they make the best cheese popcorn in the area as well.

                  Until Halloween they will be making caramel apples. I had a sample and it was great ... nice juicy apple, classic caramel. Again, nothing fancy, just simple goodness.

                  Not sticky, but the chocolate covered sunflower seeds are pretty terrific. They are candy coated and look like tiny M & M's.

                  The bad news ... it's in Vallejo ... but if you are willing to cross a bridge to SF, it is just a bridge in a different direction.

                  Liled's Candy Kitchen
                  1318 Tennessee St, Vallejo, CA 94590

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                  1. re: rworange

                    "A Bridge too Far"
                    Cornelius Ryan

                    1. re: rworange

                      Thanks! I actually go to Vallejo regularly. Candy apples are the craziest post braces treat conceivable! -

                      1. re: milklady

                        Remember Mr. Sibbs where to can mix popcorn? I went to Portland a while back and they still have a popcorn store where they serve warm and fresh caramel and cheddar popcorn. Any place in SF like this? I believe there is a place in the Great Mall, but was hoping for a place within a bus trip.