Rating: ©©©©-1/4 chips (lip-smacking)
Before moving to Chicagoland, many of us here at Chip Review were unaware of Chicago’s magical namesake popcorn combination. What’s that you say? You have not heard of this either? Well, apparently when cheddar cheese popcorn and sweet caramel popcorn are mixed, and served together in the same vessel, they become the dynamic popcorn duo known simply as ‘Chicago Mix’. We are not exactly privy to the origin, or the validity, of this popcorn combination, but what we do know is that there are a few local popcorn ‘houses’ that call this combination as such, and do it very, very well (Garrett’s and Wells Street – we’re talking about you).
What Mix Match (also a local Illinois company) has tried to do for us is threefold: replicate the great quality cheddar cheese and caramel-corn combination of these local popcorn ‘houses’, provide it to us in shiny, handy-dandy packaging, and make it readily available to the masses. Mix Match’s popcorn kernels are large, fluffy, and definitely have some textural body to them. The bright cheddar kernels are well coated with an even layer of tangy, salty cheese. The golden caramel kernels are sweet and crunchy, but they are definitely not as rich and buttery as the great caramel-corns found at the popcorn ‘houses’.
Overall, this is some very good Chicago Mix popcorn, and we would be more than happy to find a bag of this at a convenience store, but it doesn’t quite match up against the hot, fresh stuff from the popcorn ‘houses’.
As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think. Agree or disagree, let us know.
Chip Ratings Scale:
© – return to sender
©© – tolerable
©©© – notable
©©©© – lip-smacking
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