Best Gourmet Popcorn in Singapore

1. Garrett Popcorn
Price Range: $8 (small, non-nut flavours), $9 (small, nut flavours)
Address: Resorts World Sentosa, CityLink Mall, Tampines Mall, Parkway Parade, Great World City, Wisma Atria, Liat Towers, Somerset 313, Centrepoint, Maritime Experiential Museum and Aquarium.
Opening hours: Hours vary by different locations in Singapore. Most of the outlets open from 10am /11am to 10pm.

When it first opened in 2011 at Resorts World Sentosa, Garrett Popcorn gave Singaporeans a taste of what gourmet popcorn should taste like. Although the prices are quite steep for popcorn (after all, they are just popped kernels you know), the taste and quality of the popcorn is ace. Also, Garrett Popcorn is exceedingly generous with their samples. Instead of just picking out a miserly one or two kernels to sample, the counter staff at the Liat Towers outlet filled an entire small container full of Caramel Crisp Macadamia popcorn for us. Thumbs up for great service (to offset the hefty price of their popcorn).

If you’re feeling adventurous, skip the common non-nut flavours (Cheese Corn, Caramel Crisp) and try their nut flavours- generous servings of nuts (pecans, cashew, macadamia and almond) enveloped in fresh caramel-flavoured popcorn. A crunchy and delicious snack, perfect for munching while you’re catching up on the latest episode of Iron Chef.

2. The Cornery – the popcorn gallery
Price Range: Candied flavours ($3.50-$9.80), Savoury flavours ($2.30-$6.40), Original ($1.80-$5.00)
Address: ION Orchard #B4-46, 2 Orchard Turn Singapore 238801
Telephone: (65) 6884 6458 (ION)
Opening hours: Open Daily 10.30am – 10pm

If you’re ever peckish for a snack, try lurking around The Cornery at ION Orchard Basement 4. They have a kind lady who hands out samples of their popcorn. If you’re especially buay paiseh (and cheapskate), you can also ask for samples (of any flavour!) at the counter. This Singapore-based gourmet popcorn shop has a huge range of fun flavours, including Tandoori Chicken and Tom Yum – which could go really wrong or be really awesome, depending on whether you like spicy Asian dishes.

The popcorn is sealed in airtight packaging, and Grab-sized containers (the smaller size) can be kept for up to 2 weeks unopened, while the Regular zip-sealed bags will keep your popcorn fresh for up to a month. So, if you’re planning to stock up on snacks supplies for the office, The Cornery would be a good place to start.

Flavours include Green Tea, Caramel, Peanut, Bubble Gum, Curry, Honey Mustard, White Cheese. Try their best-sellers Butterscotch and Cheddar Cheese – definitely worth the calories.

3. Cathay’s Gourmet Popcorn
Price Range: Caramel (small: $6 large: $11), Caramel Honey Almonds (small: $6.50, large: $12), Sour Cheese & Chives (small: $5.50, large: $10), Cheddar Cheese (small: $5.50, large: $10)
Address: The Cathay, 2 Handy Road, #B1-28/29 (Only available at the basement of The Cathay)
Telephone: 6736 7271

It’s about time cinemas in Singapore started offering gourmet popcorn for movie-goers and we can thank our lucky stars that The Cathay has done just that with its new Gourmet Popcorn counter. Only available in the basement of The Cathay, the aptly-named Gourmet Popcorn counter serves up only 3 flavours – Caramel (with and without honey almonds), Sour Cheese & Chives, and Cheddar Cheese. We love the Old Hollywood-style popcorn boxes, which have a closed flap on top and a thoughtful mini-sling  to carry the box with ease (say no more to popcorn spilling over the top of the box). Although the popcorn is pre-packed, it’s still fresh with the satisfying sound of crackling caramel as your teeth crunch into the popcorn. The popcorn is evenly-flavoured with caramel, without being too sticky – a sure-win way to impress your movie date.

4. Marks & Spencers’ Caramel Mini Popcorn Cakes
Price Range: $6.90 per bag of 5 packs
Address: Marks & Spencers’ outlets island-wide, including Wheelock Place, Paragon, and Raffles City.

Who says popcorn has to come in a cloud-shaped ball of goodness? This new take on popcorn by Marks & Spencers’ is a whimsical treat to eat – the popcorn pieces are flattened and resemble giant cornflakes (but much tastier). Mildly sweet and supposedly low in calories, the popcorn flakes make for a healthier snack option. Better still, each bag comes with 5 separate packs of popcorn, so you can control your portions and avoid any snack attacks.

5. Chef Tony’s Gourmet Popcorn
Price Range: $7-8 (small), $12-13 (large)
Address & Opening hours:
1. 132A Telok Ayer Street S068599 (Mon-Sat, 11am-8pm)
2. Marina Square #02-256A (Mon-Sun 11am-9pm)
3. Orchard Central Push-Cart on 1st floor (Mon-Sun 11am-9pm)
4. Jurong Point JP1 Level 3 (near the Food Court). 12th March to 30th April 2012.

New kid on the block Chef Tony’s boasts an array of irresistible flavours such as Creamy Parmesan (their bestseller), White Country Cheddar, and Mochachino, a coffee-chocolate concoction sure to please any caffeine lover. Be sure to try their Creamy Parmesan – each kernel is coated with a layer of salty, powdery cheese and has a surprising hint of sweetness when you bite into a piece. If you’re the health-conscious sort, go for the Sugar Free Original Caramel to save on those calories. The popcorn comes in a tub (a bit difficult to open, but the rewards are great) to keep those kernels fresh and crunchy throughout the day.

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