Growing up, Karen learned her love of baking from her mom, and the fun science behind cooking, from her dad, a food scientist. Along with her excitement for the movies, at home with family, or out at the theater, this drove Karen to perfect her own popcorn recipe. Her flagship flavor, Herbaceous Blend was born! A delectable blend of herbs, spices, and sea salt, all topped onto organic popcorn, carefully kettle-cooked, “Karen-style”. Friends and family said, “You must sell this!” Karen had already found her passion for teaching young children, however. Then she met Reg!
When Karen met her love, Reg, who also loved the movies and delicious food, along with Karen, they knew they would be together forever. They decided to take their love story to Vermont when they were awed by the state's warm people, beautiful mountains, and angelic Lake Champlain. While out hiking, snowshoeing, meeting new people, and enjoying each day, Karen was continually inspired by their now true-home. Reg's business and stand-up comedian background, along with Karen's unique recipes and popcorn creation-drive meant it was time to share the joy and amazing taste of Karen's Artisan Popcorn with the world!
Karen has been having a blast creating her popcorn, and experimenting with new popcorn flavors. They have been having fun meeting people while selling at farmers markets, and sharing their popcorn through stores and events in the Burlington, Vermont area.
So what makes my popcorn so special?
Up here, in the Green Mountains of Vermont, I developed my own special recipes for both sweet and savory kettle-cooked popcorn. My yummy, small batch, kettle-cooking formula infuses a light buttery taste and wonderful popped crunch. With innovative recipes and my secret technique, you get indulgent flavors that are unbelievably delicious!
100% Local Popcorn
The most amazing ingredient I use are the popcorn kernels themselves. I have a partnership with local farmers which allows me to gather different types of popcorn kernels. I've created my own exceptional gourmet mix using five types, each adding their own sumptuous flavor and texture: nutty red, crisp white, crunchy blue, fluffy yellow and buttery black, yum! I feel so fortunate to be able to get all of my popcorn right here in Vermont and Quebec. Big thanks to the local farmers who grow these heavenly varieties: Steve and Loraine at Tullochgorum Farm, Allen at Pop Hero Popcorn and Geo at Hurricane Flats Farm!
I seek out further top-quality organic ingredients, like organic Vermont maple sugar from Bascom Family Farms. That means my popcorn never has any pesticides or preservatives. A happy outcome from this choice is that every flavor also happens to be naturally whole-grain, non-GMO, vegan and gluten-free. Who-hoo! Incredibly scrumptious AND good for you! You won't believe I don't use butter either, as the way I cook it brings out a naturally buttery crunch.
How it's Packaged
Each bag of artisan popcorn is thoughtfully hand packaged by me in a heat-sealed, FDA-approved zip-top bag to keep your popcorn fresh for up to 40 days! After you open it, squeeze out the air, seal it back up and it will maintain it's yumminess. The back label lists all the organic ingredients used and a "best by" date. Each bags measure 7" x 4" x 10” and holds about 10 cups of delicious popcorn.
Kernels stay yummy for 2-3 years unopened! Once opened, store in a sealed container. Never store popcorn in the freezer or refrigerator. Popcorn needs a location that is not to dry or too wet, to maintain it's moisture content.
Each bag of Artisan Popcorn Topping is thoughtfully packaged in a heat-sealed, zip-top stand-up pouch. The back label lists all the organic ingredients used and a one year best by date. Bags measure 4" x 1" x 6” and weighs 1.5 oz- 3.5 oz, depending on the flavor.
Made in a facility that also handles dairy, eggs, seafood, peanuts, wheat and tree nuts.