Craving: Popcorn

Popcorn is having its cupcake moment, with Seattle vendors offering just about any flavor, color or

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Popcorn is having its cupcake moment, with Seattle vendors offering just about any flavor, color or type imaginable. Put aside the Orville Redenbacher and treat yourself to the wildly miscellaneous goodness of these local gourmet versions.

Pop Stars

Popcorn Pavilion
Step into the family-run store and embrace the aroma of 16 flavors popped on site. The health conscious can satisfy cravings with green tea and sea salt, while local loyalists will enjoy the cappuccino-tinged Seattle style. Those in search of portable pleasures can grab a popcorn ball for the lunchbox. Prices vary. Bellevue Square 425.451.8084

Whether you’re seeking sweet, savory or simply fantastic, Kukuruza satisfies with its impressive list of 75 rotating flavors, including Mexican Hot chocolate, Irish cream or bruschetta. Hand-sorted kernels keep the popcorn consistently light and fluffy, and Kukuruza guarantees you’ll find the perfect flavor—if the jalapeño cheddar isn’t spicy enough, a staffer will happily season it to your liking. Prices vary. Downtown 215 Pike St. 206.623.8000

Magic Kettle Corn
Untold thousands have enjoyed a handful—OK, a bagful—of Magic Kettle Corn over the years outside Safeco Field, Qwest Field and Husky Stadium. Also sold online, Magic Kettle Corn has two mainstay flavors: the top-selling kettle corn (made with sugar, salt and corn oil) or the classic caramel corn (made with sugar, butter and a hint of vanilla). New flavors in the works include maple sesame almond and ginger sesame. Prices, venues vary.

Our Favorite Restaurant Version: Oliver's Twist
Famous for its cocktails and inventive small plates, Oliver’s Twist has only one popcorn item on the menu, but no one is complaining. The garlic truffled popcorn has an earthy flavor imparted by garlic, truffle oil, garlic butter, Italian parsley and truffle salt—perfect when paired with a Sazerac. $3.50–$4.50. Phinney Ridge 6822 Greenwood Ave. N 206.706.6673

Originally published in May 2010