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CrunchDaddy Releases Four New Flavors, Gets HowChow Nod

'It's hilariously imaginative.' - local food blog HowChow.

 

Patch caught up with local gourmet popcorn producer CrunchDaddy about a month ago to learn about his maple bacon popcorn.

On Friday, the CrunchDaddy himself, Dan Bazis, of Columbia, released four new flavors to add to his increasingly large stable of unique gourmet popcorns.

The new flavors are Maryland Crab Feast Crunch (Old Bay and vinegar), Peanut Butter and Jelly Crunch (peanut butter coating with diced grape jelly beans), Bombay Market Crunch (Indian spices) and Simply Cinnamon Crunch.

Would you eat peanut butter and jelly-flavored popcorn? Tell us in comments.

Local food blog HowChow recommended the Peanut Butter and Jelly Crunch ("It's hilariously imaginative because I swear that a handful tastes like Wonder Bread, peanut butter and grape jelly") and the MD Crab Feast Crunch ("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.")

Currently the popcorn is only available through the CrunchDaddy website. Patch asked Bazis on Twitter if he had struck any deals to sell his popcorn at any local stores.

Bazis responded, "Not yet, but that's coming in the next few weeks!"

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Dan Bazis July 17, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Hey Brook... CrunchDaddy Popcorn will make appearances from time to time at fairs and special events, but none are scheduled at the moment. Also, when we do begin retail distribution around Columbia, it will only be for 2-3 flavors at the most, as it would be impossible to produce and distribute all 14 flavors. However, you may be happy to learn that we deliver orders for free (no shipping or delivery charges) in Howard County and to a few areas just outside the county, like Catonsville and over towards Ft. Meade. If your billing address is in Howard County the only shipping option available to you when you order should say "Free Shipping", which means "delivery". If you are charged for shipping for some reason, it will be refunded to you. Deliveries aren't "same day", but typically happen within 2-3 days of ordering, as everything is made fresh to order... nothing sits in a warehouse. Let me know if you have any further questions! I look forward to introducing you to CrunchDaddy Popcorn!
MG42 July 18, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Ha, thanks for sharing your thoughts on anonymity, "Brook".
Brook Hubbard July 23, 2012 at 10:25 PM
After having had a chance to try out a few flavors, we are definitely fans of CrunchDaddy Popcorn. Not only is their customer service good and their delivery prompt, but the product is tasty and well made. Compared to other gourmet popcorn, CrunchDaddy is softer and less saturated in flavorings. Even the flavors that have been coated in harder substances (like the Maple & Bacon crunch) are not overpowering compared to some companies. I think this adds a nice natural flavor to the experience, making it more enjoyable.
Brook Hubbard July 23, 2012 at 10:25 PM
White Cheddar & Horseradish - An interesting mix, it starts out like standard White Cheddar popcorn. However, the Horseradish adds a barely noticeable zing to the flavor. I would warn that this one is an acquired taste and may not be for everyone. My wife did not particularly like the aftertaste from the horseradish, but I enjoyed it. Maple & Bacon - This was really good and not what we expected. You don't really taste bacon, but you do get a smoky flavor along with the sweet from the maple. To our family it tasted a lot like a toasted marshmallow, which my wife and daughter found their favorite. Chocolate & Peanut Butter - My favorite of all three flavors, this one was also a bit of a surprise. The chocolate was not dark and had a semi-sweet flavor that I found very tasty. In addition, the chocolate was not a hard coat but was a bit powdery, making this more like popcorn and less like a candy.
Brook Hubbard July 23, 2012 at 10:27 PM
I recommend everyone try this company out, especially if you live in Columbia. Certain flavors may not be a match, but I'm pretty sure you'll find something you enjoy. I also like the fact that, unlike the bulk popcorn companies that send out overly-processed product, CrunchDaddy is fresh made and very natural tasting and feeling. Can't wait to try more!

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