[product review] chicago mix style popcorn / g.h. cretors

For the most part, I prefer to make my own popcorn. There’s just something about freshly popped, buttered and salted popcorn that gets me a bit excited. The salty buttery treat is one of my all-time favorites so I’m always happy to try popcorn related products. I was recently sent samples of G.H. Cretors bagged popcorn in caramel flavor, cheese flavor and Chicago Mix.



What is “Chicago Mix” you might be asking? It’s a mixture of both caramel and cheddar popcorn, all in one bag. Some internet researching told me this was a result of some popcorn-y people in Chicago seeing customers buy caramel and cheddar and trying to mix them, and they just did it for them. Is that entirely true? I’m not sure, but it sounds pretty good. What I do know is that Charles Cretor is the inventor of the first popcorn machine that popped corn in oil. And what I also know is that this stuff is pretty tasty.


The caramel corn/cheddar corn has kind of sweet-salty thing going on, and for some reason… it works. If you tried to just offer this to me, I’d quirk an eyebrow at you and think you were nuts but I’d think, “It’s popcorn, it can’t possibly hurt me” and then I’d pat you on the back.

In all honesty, I prefer the caramel corn of the two flavors and would be happy to only eat caramel corn. G.H. Cretors also sells “Just the Caramel Corn” and “Just the Cheese Corn” if the two mixed flavors is beyond your comprehension.

The caramel corn was nice and crunchy with just the right amount of flavor and sweetness. Enough to coat the popcorn, but light enough that the caramel doesn’t have that overcooked-borderline-burnt taste.

The cheddar tasted ever-so-slightly stale, which is one of the reasons why I prefer to just make my own popcorn. The flavor is still spot on though, and if you’re not nitpicky like me I’m sure you’d enjoy this flavor as well.


Here’s the back of the bag showing the nutrition information and the ingredients, if you are interested. I was personally pretty excited to see that I could pronounce all of the ingredients, which is a plus in my book.

If you’re interested in trying out this popcorn for yourself, it is sold locally in San Diego at Sprout’s, Keils, Fraizer Farms, and Costco. You can also purchase bags online from G.H. Cretors website or on Amazon.

Disclaimer: I received complimentary samples of popcorn from Crier Communications on behalf of G.H. Cretors. I was not paid for this review and all opinions stated here are my own.

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