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Buffalo Cheddar Popcorn in Ann Arbor?

  • tokyo Jan 26, 2012 02:15 PM
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Has anyone seen Popcorn, Indiana's Buffalo Cheddar Kettlecorn in the grocery stores in Ann Arbor? My local store (northern Michigan) carried this flavor long enough for me to acquire an addiction and then it disappeared. I can pay a.premium online for it, but I'll be in Ann Arbor soon visiting family and would be so happy to snag a bag...or two, while I'm in town.
Oh, and in case you're thinking I should try contacting the company, I did. Their reply was "Our flavors are carried in stores all over the country!" I also tried begging my local store to bring it back, but they were not sympathetic to my quest. That spicy sharp goodness haunts me! Help?

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  1. Well, their website lists chains that carry their products, and a couple of the chains have searchable store inventory online, so for example (without leaving the couch)...

    Walgreens - not that flavor
    CVS - no info
    Bed Bath & Beyond - no info
    Meijer - no info
    Walmart - shows your flavor is carried in Saline among other stores. Not sure how you feel about the evil empire

    In general grocery stores that either let you do your shopping online or let you create shopping lists will have their inventory online, though you have to register; so for instance you can check Busch's or Whole Foods inventory this way.
    ps, just checked Busch's - not that flavor (and I'm not signed up at Whole Foods, sorry)

    Hope this helps

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    1. re: gooddog

      Thanks goodog. I tried Walgreens too (not that flavor), and Walmart's website does a search by zip code - when I had no success in all of Northern Michigan as well as the entire east side of metro Detroit, I gave up! I also tried Bed Bath & Beyond (not that flavor). I'm surprised how hard this has been for me to track down! Meijer is a possibility though, I haven't checked there yet, there is one about 40 miles from here, too. Thanks so much for the research!

      1. re: tokyo

        Babo, a new market downtown Ann Arbor at corner of Washington & Division, has a request board where you can request products. The counter guy assured me they do their best to get them.

    2. Try Hillers - if they don't carry it they will get it for you. Now I want to try it!!!

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      1. re: momskitchen

        Hehe - Pretty much if you like buffalo wing sauce and cheese popcorn, it's genius. I feel better somehow getting that tangy heat of wing sauce from popcorn rather than a fried buffalo wing. Probably kidding myself.

      2. We had some from Plum Mkt (Maple & Dexter) not too long ago.

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        1. re: Michigan Mishuganer

          Thanks!

          1. re: Michigan Mishuganer

            This whole thread had me salivating! This stuff sounds fantastic.

            I went to the Plum Market in Bloomfield (Maple & Lahser) tonight specifically to look for it. They didn't have it, but they had other Popcorn, Indiana flavors. They did, however, say that they tend to put different flavors out every few weeks, because they don't have enough space to display all flavors all the time. So in a few weeks, they said, they might have it again. Not sure if this space issue/rotation is specific to this Plum location, or is true of all Plum locations.

            Will be interested to hear if the other two Plums in the area carry the stuff.

            1. re: jjspw

              Man, it's almost like they *want* to send you on a wild goose chase! My local store told me something similar- they get a rotation of flavors and never know what they're going to get. I haven't seen the Buffalo Cheddar there in over a year (I started looking around Super Bowl last year.) Thanks for relaying the info jjspw. TBC... :)

          2. I just checked at the Plum on Maple and Dexter....no Buffalo Cheddar there. However they did have an empty slot so possibly that flavor was sold out and the brand was on sale. Didn't have time to find someone for help, sorry.

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            1. re: grouper

              Thanks for checking, grouper.

            2. Found them!! I was at the Walmart in Ypsilanti and they were there....about six bags of them. Not sure when you're heading there but maybe they will still be around. Funny that's only the second time I've even been in a Walmart, in my life....I'm one of those people who avoid going there. Anyway, I was wandering around while my cousin bought groceries to take back to his kids in Jakarta and thought I would take a chance and look for you. I do hope they still have some when you get here.

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              1. re: grouper

                No. Way. My faith in WalMart is restored! Rather, I don't have the kind of integrity that would keep me from patronizing WalMart for personal gain. Thanks grouper!
                I'm betting those six bags will be gone by the time I make it down (next week), but at least I know that flavor actually still exists. And WalMart really does sell it. Maybe they will even restock?...anyway, it's as close as we've come so far, right? :)

                1. re: tokyo

                  You're welcome tokyo! They were on the bottom shelf, so you just might be in luck.

                  1. re: grouper

                    Went to WalMart in Ypsilanti last night. Gone. Boo.

                    1. re: tokyo

                      Sorry to hear that!

                  2. re: tokyo

                    I was going to comment that I saw these as well (just last week), but I couldn't remember where.
                    It was either the Walgreen's on Dixie in Clarkston, or the WalMart on M59 in White Lake.
                    Based on the other Walmart sighting, it was probably Walmart.

                2. I'm on a little road trip, so I decided to stop at a Wal-Mart along the way in Kentucky. They had 3 bags of the buffalo cheddar flavor. I just bought one bag, and my, is it delicious! Definitely worth hunting for! tokyo, I really hope you can find some in Michigan.

                  It does seem that Wal-Mart is a pretty reliable source for the stuff. They're also only $2.50/bag at Wal-Mart, whereas Plum had the other varieties on SALE for $3.00!

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                  1. re: jjspw

                    Thanks jjspw. I'm glad you like it too, good road trip food. :) So, I guess I will have to give WalMart a shot EVEN THOUGH their website obviously has no clue which stores do or don't carry the stuff. My search turns up "No stores within 50 miles of Ann Arbor carry this product.". Grrr...
                    I still would like a more reliable local source, but It looks like such a thing may not exist. Thank you all for helping! Once I track it down, I will report back. :)

                    1. re: tokyo

                      Thanks to you, I wasted about an hour trying to find the stuff in Ann Arbor - none at Meijer gas station, Hillers or Walgreens. There's no Walmart close to me or I'd even attempt to go there for it. Anyone check a Meijer's store proper yet? Or Busch's?

                      1. re: momskitchen

                        Sorry mk!! Man, I really hope you like the stuff once you find it! Originally, I was thinking it would be a good Super Bowl snack to have out - maybe you'll find it it in time for that (if you're watching). :)

                      2. re: tokyo

                        I'm not quite sure how you're searching the Walmart website. When I search for this, it comes up with 13 stores in a 50-mile radius of AA, 6 of which say "in stock" or "limited stock". The closest one to Ann Arbor is Saline which has "limited stock". Of course, it also says this is not carried in the Ypsilanti store, and didn't someone find it there, so who knows how accurate their inventory info is. You might try picking a "home store" on the website if you didn't have one and try the search again??

                        1. re: gooddog

                          Oh, brother. So, this whole time I have been searching WalMart's listing for the "9 oz." bag. I started my search from scratch on WalMart's site, and there is an updated size, "8.3 oz." , which was not coming up in my google search, and *that* one is showing availability all over the place, just as you said gooddog. Still, like you say, grouper saw them in Ypsilanti. Thanks for questioning my research ... (she says sheepishly).

                          1. re: tokyo

                            I think maybe now I should have taken a picture as they seem so elusive. Not a big chip or popcorn eater but they were in the big bag size. Also, remember they were on the bottom of the rack when looking for them. I'm not familiar with that part of town and make a habit of avoiding Walmart but I just looked it up and it's on Ellsworth Rd in Ypsilanti.
                            Tokyo I really hope they're still around by the time you get there.

                            1. re: grouper

                              I checked another WalMart up north today. Found it!...and it was outdated...and they would not sell it to me. Blast! This is sort of becoming amusing. I checked Meijer too. Not that flavor. Will be in AA tomorrow. Let's see... How much time will I be willing to waste driving around for a measly bag of popcorn?

                              1. re: tokyo

                                I found some bottles of popcorn seasoning at a Super Target, in both white cheddar and buffalo flavors. I'm going to try DIYing.

                                1. re: jjspw

                                  Let me know how it compares! I thought of trying to make it myself, I didn't know buffalo flavored popcorn seasoning existed! I imagine you could mix some buffalo sauce with butter and do it that way as well.

                    2. Against my better judgment, I went to the Walmart in Dearborn at lunch today in search of the Buffalo Cheddar corn. They didn't have it, and I was once again reminded why I don't shop at Walmart.

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                      1. re: momskitchen

                        I hear you mk - My local WalMart is actually not terrible (it is one of only two supermarkets in town and they seem to keep it up quite well, good customer service, etc.) but when I stepped in that WalMart in Ypsilanti, it was depressing! A different world.

                      2. I have never heard of this amazing combination of flavors in popcorn but simple reading the title has me drooling to try it. Thank you for sharing.

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                        1. re: SandraLewis

                          I'm curious now too. Their Aged Cheddar flavor is great. IMO, their Smoked Cheddar is hideous. Hoping Buffalo is great too.

                          1. re: HillsofBeverly

                            Tried Kroger on Michigan Ave in Dearborn...they didn't have it, so I bought other Buffalo wing flavored snacks. The Ruffles Molten Wing chips were kind of dull, but I did like the Snyder's Buffalo Wing flavored pretzels.

                            My kingdom for Buffalo Cheddar popcorn!

                        2. Found some yesterday at the Walmart at 23 Mile & M53 in Shelby Twp. I still think your best bet is going to be a Walmart somewhere; unfortunately, due to their semi-useless website inventory checker, you'll have to rely on personal visits and reports of sightings.

                          1. Thanks to everyone for trying, you guys have been great. I sent a link to this thread to the company's customer service department. It is certainly an object lesson in that, once you have a customer, it is hard to keep them if they do not know where to find your product. It's a shame to lose business for that reason.

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                            1. re: tokyo

                              Found it! Walmart at 14 Mile and Van Dyke in Warrent/Sterling Hgts.

                              1. re: momskitchen

                                Ha! I'd love to know if you like it after all that!
                                So, I'm currently in Gulf Shores, Alabama visiting my in-laws. We stopped at a nearby WalMart and I got the last bag in the store. We made quick work of that- my father-in-law asked ponderously "What is this? It's almost, it's Ike it's...addictive." haha! Last night, we stopped at another WalMart and got the last bag there, too.
                                I'm hoping to get to the WalMart in Saline when we get back to Michigan. I don't think we've ruled that one out yet?

                                1. re: tokyo

                                  It's my favorite flavor of Popcorn, Indiana (made inexplicablyt in New Jersey)! But I still prefer homemade popcorn (Amazin Pop Popcorn popped in safflower oil on my stovetop)