For eons, a certain (ahem) popcorn company has cornered our fair city’s kernel market.
So it’s no small feat to introduce Berco’s Popcorn, Chicago’s newest — and tastiest — small-batch popcorn producer.
Founder Matt Bercovitz takes his confection collection seriously: He air pops everything using original recipes he created with chefs and candy experts; he sources kernels from Iowa, Wisconsin, and Indiana (read: no genetic engineering here).
Flavors include rich, crunchy caramel, whose depth comes from Nielsen-Massey vanilla and organic molasses; white cheddar; pricey but worth-it white truffle; butter; original; and Billion Dollar, an outrageous caramel concoction that includes the most expensive salt in the world, high-butterfat butter, and edible gold.
A conscientious company, Berco’s donates 5 percent of every sale to a food bank.
As if you need incentive.
Available online at bercospopcorn.com, basic popcorn, $7-$150; Billion Dollar popcorn, $100-$1,000.
Photo: Courtesy of Berco’s Popcorn