There’s a new popped favorite in our house.
GH Cretors Popped Corn. Oh, yes.
In 1885, Claire Cretors’ great grandfather invented a machine that forever changed snacking: The commercial popcorn machine. 126 years later, his great granddaughter is writing the next chapter for the Cretors family. This time, with the popcorn itself.
Made with all-natural ingredients completely free of GMO’s, artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives, G.H. Cretors’ new signature Chicago Mix combines caramel corn and cheese corn in the same bag, offering addictive, simultaneous hits of sweet, salty, crunchy and cheesy.
The caramel corn is made the old fashioned way: by hand, in copper kettles. Cane sugar, brown rice syrup (a non-GMO alternative to corn syrup with a lower glycemic impact) and real butter is heated over a flame and then stirred slowly by hand to develop its rich complex flavor and crunch.
“Copper is more than an even heat conductor, it’s key to developing our caramel’s deep toffee flavor,” says Claire Cretors, who along with her mother Patricia are taking bagged popcorn to new gourmet heights. “While large, stainless steel kettles are the norm in our industry, we’re sticking to copper because – it simply makes for a better product.”
Equal care is exercised with making the cheese corn. Real cheddar cheese is melted in the copper kettles and then gently mixed with locally-grown, air-popped popcorn. The result is a perfect combination of two-cheese to one-caramel in every bag.
G.H. Cretors’ is also introducing authentic Kettle Corn, Caramel Nut Crunch with fresh roasted cashews and almonds, as well as “Just the Cheese Corn” and “Just the Carmel Corn.” Each product is made using special, “mushroom” variety popping corn (named for its shape when popped). This is what makes for G.H. Cretors’ wonderfully large, fluffy kernels. All of the G.H. Cretors’ popcorn offerings are also naturally gluten free and certified Kosher. The new products are just now becoming available at natural food stores and select mainstream markets across the country.