Jan 012012
 

Garrett Popcorn Shops

2011 was a popping year for Garrett Popcorn Shops®! In between hand-crafted batches of CheeseCorn and CaramelCrisp® and with the generosity of our customers, we ran charitable programs to support The HistoryMakers, A Silver Lining Foundation, Chicago Public Schools, The Boys & Girls Clubs, and Save the Children’s Japan Earthquake Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund.

In 2011, we were at Taste of Chicago, Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, Winter Wonderfest and around town at the Chicago Latino Film Festival. Garrett also partnered with hometown band, Wilco, to support support Jane Addams Hull House Association and to promote Wilco’s new album The Whole Love with a commemorative tin.

We expanded our Shops in 2011, including a move on November 21 from 2 West Jackson Shop to a more spacious location at 27 West Jackson. And on December 22, we opened our first stand-alone Shop at 737 East 87th Street. 87th Street was the tenth Shop to open in Chicago and the first to include a public arts project: Global Intellect by artist Rahmaan Statik. We grew internationally, too, with new Garrett Shops opening in Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong.

Garrett Popcorn Shops® would like to thank our fans and customers from around the world for a wonderful 2011. We wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2012!

Jul 032011
 
Taste of Chicago

Taste of Chicago

It’s the last day for Taste of Chicago. Gates open at 11 a.m., but the fun comes to a close at 6 p.m. instead of 8:30 p.m. so plan accordingly. We hope to see you for more music, cooking demonstrations, and a bag or two of Chicago Mix. Or a Popcornsicle? Or some CaramelCream ice cream? Look over our menu before you head to Booth 22.

If you can’t make it, you can catch up on all the Taste of Chicago action on our Facebook page or visit us at one of our nine Chicago locations. Our Navy Pier store will be especially fun tomorrow with fireworks set for 9 p.m. on July 4.

Have a great day everyone!

Jul 022011
 
Taste of Chicago, Day 6

No need to blow on your Popcornsicle!

Garrett Popcorn’s Taste of Chicago menu is filled with cool choices, but two of those are COLD — the Popcornsicle and the CaramelCream ice cream!

Our Popcornsicle is a CaramelCrisp® popcorn ball placed on a stick and then flash-frozen in liquid nitrogen. While the Popcornsicle appears to smoke, that’s only humidity from the air reacting to the cold popcorn. It’s safe to eat as soon as we hand it to you, and after eight days we haven’t heard one person complain of brain freeze.

I’ve seen people blow on the popcorn to warm it up, but it’s more fun to take a bite and then blow out immediately so you appear to breath fire. We’ve had people call that effect “Dragon Breath”, “Popcorn Smoke”, and my personal favorite, “Foggy Mouth”.

Caramel Cream Vanilla Popcorn Ice Cream

A twist with popcorn

You can eat ice cream too fast, but with a flavor like CaramelCream, why not take the time and savor it? That’s the best way to prevent mishaps. However, I know there’s a lot to try at the Taste of Chicago so you may be tempted to eat your ice cream quickly. If you get that sudden, spike of pain to the head known as brain freeze, the best thing to do is place your tongue against your soft palate to warm it up. I also found a few other online tips to cure a cold brain.

There are only two more days left of Taste of Chicago. Check out our Facebook page to see what’s happened so far, or visit us at Booth 22 across from the Petrillo Music Shell on Jackson to try our all-temperature menu!