(SPOT.ph) Perhaps it’s the way it offers a soft, airy crunch that lets you have large handfuls in one sitting, or its remarkable ability to play host to both sweet and savory flavors. But popcorn is a snack like no other, proving to be versatile enough to suit any occasion. Whether you down it while cramming for your next school paper or while watching To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (twice), popcorn is a solid companion that satisfies (get this: it’s a great source of fiber!). But not all are created equal. Here, we’ve listed down 10 must-try variants the next time you get a hankering for popcorn.
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Here are 10 popcorn variants for your next binge:
Smartfood White Cheddar Popcorn (P92.50)
Can you ever go wrong with cheese and popcorn? Smartfood’s White Cheddar is one to try—it’s got a milky, cheddar-y note that starts mellow but builds up gradually as you stuff yourself with more handfuls. (Which you will, we promise.)
Smartfood White Cheddar is available at SM Supermarket.
Coney Island Classic Sweet & Salty Kettle Corn with Himalayan Pink Salt (P224.40)
For lovers of all things sweet and salty, there’s this special flavor by American brand Coney Island. Just mildly sweet and crunchy, it’s got a touch of Himalayan pink salt for an addictive savory touch without taking over.
Coney Island Classic Sweet & Salty Kettle Corn with Himalayan Pink Salt is available at Landmark Supermarket.
Goldilocks Caramel Popcorn (P30)
Caramel popcorn is a classic—and nobody does it quite like Goldilocks. It’s generous on the caramel, which has a mellow buttery note and offers a hearty crunch. It’s great by itself, and also works well as a topping for ice cream.
Goldilocks has branches at UG/F SM City Fairview, 202 Quirino Highway, Greater Lagro, Quezon City and HBC Building, Evangelista Street, Bangkal, Makati. See a list of Goldilocks branches.
SM Cinema Snackbar Texan BBQ Popcorn (P100)
Popcorn is the universal movie snack, and this BBQ variant from SM Cinema Snackbar offers a good change-up from the usual butter. It’s got a slightly sweet, smoky flavor that’ll have you munching on and on, whatever film you’re watching—whether it's one filled with gripping action, suspense-filled horror, or tear-jerking romance.
SM Cinema Snackbar has branches at SM North EDSA, North Avenue corner EDSA, Quezon City and SM Megamall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City. See a list of SM Cinema Snackbar branches.
Chef Tony’s Mochachino (P150)
Chef Tony’s brings the café experience to snacktime with their Mochachino popcorn, which perfectly blends together chocolate and coffee flavors with crunchy bits of almonds. As with all Chef Tony’s variants, it offers a distinctly crackly crunch and stays that way for days, for as long as you seal the tub correctly.
Chef Tony’s has branches at Cash and Carry Mall, Filmore Street, Makati City and G/F Trinoma Mall, EDSA corner North Avenue, Bagong Pag-Asa, Quezon City. See a list of Chef Tony’s branches.
Chicago Popcorn Shops’ Almond Caramel Crisp (P170)
Ever feel peckish while strolling around the mall? This stall’s Almond Caramel Crisp might just be the snack for you, with almonds, cashews, and popcorn tossed in creamy caramel. It's the kind of popcorn that straddles the line between snack and dessert, and the nuts make for a surprisingly satiating snack.
Chicago Popcorn Shops has branches at 2/F SM North EDSA, North Avenue corner EDSA, Quezon City and 3/F Greenbelt 3 Cinema, Esperanza Street, San Lorenzo, Makati City. See a list of Chicago Popcorn Shops branches.
Oishi Chocolate Popcorn (P16.50)
This local snack brand lets you have your chocolate fix in popcorn form. Each kernel of their Chocolate Popcorn is coated with a dusky cocoa glaze, and just a few pieces will help cure those chocolate hankerings.
Oishi Chocolate Popcorn is available at all leading supermarkets.
Snapmax Honey Cheese (P49)
Honey and cheese might sound like an offbeat combo, but there’s a reason the golden liquid plays an integral role when you’re building a cheese platter—the interplay of sweet, salty, and floral just comes together beautifully. Add nutty popcorn to the mix and you’ve got yourself a treat.
Snapmax Honey Cheese is available at Rustans Supermarket.
Krispy Kreme’s Original Glazed Doughnut Popcorn (P95)
Doughnuts? In popcorn form? Weird as it sounds, this collaboration between Krispy Kreme and Chef Tony’s makes it work. Each kernel is coated with a sweet, butterscotch-y glaze with a toasty depth. It’s a less-sweet, less-cloying way to enjoy the flavor of the Original Glazed doughnut.
Krispy Kreme has branches at Courtyard, Gateway Mall, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City and G/F Main Mall, SM Mall of Asia, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City. See a list of Krispy Kreme branches.
Taters Wasabi (P60)
Coated in a vivid green powder, this Japanese-inspired variant from Taters definitely makes an impact from its appearance alone. It’s got the right amount of wasabi (in some pieces more than others) to revitalize your senses, but thankfully balances it out with enough sweetness.
Taters has branches at 5/F Market! Market! Carlos P. Garcia Avenue, Bonifacio Global City and 3/F Robinsons Magnolia, Cinema Level, Doña M. Hemady Avenue, Valencia, Quezon City. See a list of Taters branches.