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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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MG42 July 16, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Nothing against the company making this stuff, who is simply filling a demand and I'm sure using high quality ingredients, but c'mon this is gross. No wonder so many of you people are overweight.
Andrew Metcalf (Editor) July 16, 2012 at 11:18 PM
I'm going to have to write about some healthy snacks soon, thanks Ohai.
Dan Bazis July 16, 2012 at 11:49 PM
I hope that Ohai realizes that someone in Columbia is working hard to make a living by producing these products and hopes to provide more jobs for local folks in the future. These kinds of comments serve no purpose other than his warped need for self-gratification.
MG42 July 17, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Hey, I'm not blaming the dealer; I'm blaming the junkie.
Dan Bazis July 17, 2012 at 12:07 PM
No, Ohai, you are making disparaging comments about my products and rudely associating them with a tragic disease. On two recent occasions I have been fortunate to have my work featured in this publication and each time you found it necessary to take cheap shots at them with your comments. Calling them "gross" (having never tried them, and despite reviews to the contrary) and making snide remarks about obesity may be amusing to you, but they are cowardly attacks on my livelihood which I have worked tirelessly to build. Unless you are willing to publish your real name and allow us to scrutinize your life's work as you have mine, I would ask that you retract your comments and refrain from denegrating my business in the future.
Chris T. Gaines July 17, 2012 at 12:51 PM
"Tragic disease"? Did Ohai somehow correlate these products to cancer and I missed it?
Dan Bazis July 17, 2012 at 02:01 PM
In reply to two features on my products (in this publication) Ohai has associated them with obesity, not cancer. He would do well to concern himself more with his own narcissism than to make cowardly and baseless attacks against my business. No reasonable person (including me) would ever suggest that a confectionery product such as caramel popcorn should be over-consumed or substituted for a sound, healthful and balanced diet. The mere existence of obesity, poor eating habits and poor exercise habits in our society do not validate or support Ohai's reckless associations in any way. I have worked hard to build and operate an honest and legitimate business. I'm very proud of CrunchDaddy Popcorn and will continue to make honesty, integrity and quality the core values that drive my business. Ohai's comments are cowardly and irresponsible. He should retract them and apologize for his actions.
Brook Hubbard July 17, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Dan, ignore Ohai. We all know what anonymity on the Internet does to the common man. That being said, I know the article says you do not offer your products in stores yet. Do you host your products at any local fairs, festivals, community events, etc.? I'd be interesting in trying some of these products out, I'm just not sure about mail-ordering something I've never had.
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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