Monday, July 16, 2012

New CrunchDaddy Flavors Go Sweet & Savory

Peanut Butter & Jelly Crunch popcorn from CrunchDaddy
Photo by Allie of Live Laugh Eat
The mind behind CrunchDaddy Popcorn has headed off in different directions -- and it's worth follow him for some special snacks.

The Columbia company started selling in January with a line of popcorns ranging from interesting basics like a butter crunch and caramels to exotic flavors like maple-bacon and sesame-ginger.  I raved about them in April, and I'm amused again because CrunchDaddy added four flavors last weekend.

Maryland Crab Feast Crunch
Photo by Allie of Live Laugh Eat
These are special popcorns.  As I've said before, they're thoughtful and fun like restaurant desserts.  They're unique flavors cooked up in small batches and heading off in opposite directions:
  • First, sweet.  The imaginative hit is the new "Peanut Butter and Jelly Crunch."  The popcorn comes coated in a peanut butter crunch and studded with diced grape jelly beans.  It's kid-friendly sweet.  It's hilariously imaginative because I swear that a handful tastes like Wonder bread, peanut butter and grape jelly.  A bag brought to the beach would disappear among friends.
  • Second, savory.  Get a beer and break open the new "Maryland Crab Feast Crunch."  Old Bay and vinegar give the popcorn a spicy punch.  Again, the flavor is so right that it's like you're eating hard shells.  It's local, and it's perfect sitting outside with a beer.  I could imagine this sold at a liquor store or as a gourmet nosh at a craft beer bar.  A bag would be fun if you had people over for drinks or poker.
Check out the CrunchDaddy Web site.  You can see these, along with the two other new flavors -- one made with cinnamon and one made with an Indian spice mix.  The Indian one is a riot.  That's not just dumped with curry powder.  CrunchDaddy uses an imported Indian spice mix, and the popcorn comes spicy -- but a steady heat, not something like a nutty hot pepper.  After a few handfuls, it leaves the aftertaste of a good meal at House of India.

The photos here are CrunchDaddy's.  I tried to snap a few shots of my bags while we talked in Mad City Coffee, but CrunchDaddy has real shots done by Allie, the blogger from Live Laugh Eat.


CrunchDaddy said...

Hats off to local popcorn blogger Popcornface of for suggesting the use of grape jelly beans in Peanut Butter & Jelly Crunch! My first two attempts at making an authentic grape candy popcorn were flops and the idea of producing the flavor was nearly scrapped until Popcornface shared his vision. It worked out very well!

Anonymous said...

CrunchDaddy, are there any local stores selling your products?

CrunchDaddy said...

There are currently no retail stores selling CrunchDaddy Popcorn as it has not yet been made available to stores... but that will change soon! The best way to keep in touch regarding retail availability is through our Facebook page at - Meanwhile, we deliver our products for free in Howard County, no shipping or delivery charges whatsoever! Delivery isn't "same-day", but within 2-3 days of ordering, as everything is made fresh to order.