Pop Karma on New York Live

We were thrilled to be featured on New York Live’s “Lilliana Loves!” segment this week!  Lilliana is so effervescent, and she had great picks. She was right on about Pop Karma making great gifts!

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Our Kickstarter is Funded and our new Caramelizer is here!

We ran our second Kickstarter campaign to help fund a new Caramelizer to keep our Fulton Center Store popping with goodness, and…

our amazing Kickstarters backed our project beyond goal to 135%!

Our caramelizer has arrived, and she’s a beauty, as you can see below.  She also has a new name, thanks to one of our backers — you can call her Ann-Marie!  The extra funds are going into getting Ann-Marie wired and up for production.

Unboxing our new Caramelizer

Opening the box

Opening the box

Here she is

Tbe Caramelizer is unveiled

Ann-Marie in her permanent spot!

Ann-Marie in her permanent spot!


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Fall Flavors! Pumpkin Spice Caramel, Kyoto Mix and Porcini Cheddar Popcorns

Pop Karma Pumpkin Spice Caramel Popcorn is loaded with spice and pumpkin seeds!

Pop Karma Pumpkin Spice Caramel Popcorn is loaded with spice and pumpkin seeds!

Fall is finally in the air! It’s time to roll out the Pumpkin Spice Caramel, along with Kyoto Mix and Porcini Cheddar for our fall lineup.

There’s a lot of Pumpkin Spice out there in coffee, loaf cakes, and even ice cream! Chef Stephane was very particular in creating our Pumpkin Spice Caramel – it is not too sweet, captures fall, and you will even find some extra crunch with pumpkin seeds.

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We are Opening a New Store Backed with a Kickstarter Campaign!

We are so excited to let you know that we will be opening a second store! We found an awesome new location that provides what our current location does not — a lot of foot traffic in a booming area. Store #2 will be in downtown New York City in the iconic Fulton Center Transit Hub. This soaring glass building is the transportation agency’s Grand Central Station of our time. It is the subway station that serves the World Trade Center and is surrounded by an ever increasing number of businesses, retail and residential buildings. This new store is tiny – 100 square feet – but we think of it as a little jewel box and it will be our flagship store. To continue growing, we need to have a solid retail foundation and that is what this location will provide.

To keep this location popping with goodness, we have started a Kickstarter campaign which will run until 10/15. It is full of great rewards for our backers!

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4th of July Popcorn Tin Labels and Holiday Hours

4th_of_JulyFire up the grill! The Fourth of July is here, which means we are midway through the summer AND the year. The best way to celebrate is to savor the summer with a barbecue and fireworks. If it’s raining? Take it to the movies!

Popcorn is perfect for both! Show off your Karma Tins and Big Karma Tins with our new Independence Day labels. Of course we brought back All-American popcorn (our version of movie popcorn but with real butter) for the occasion, whether you are outside or in the movie theater. Besides being a fun appetizer and snack while the food is grilling, popcorn is also a gluten free alternative to bread – try using it instead of rolls or a loaf.

We are closed on July 4th so come in and get your popcorn before then!

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Pop Karma on the Today Show

Today_2013We made our first appearance on the Today Show! We are so thrilled to announce that we were on Today’s “Stuff We Love” segment on May 28, presented by Savannah Guthrie and Chassie Post where we were described as “the best gourmet popcorn you’ve ever had.” (!)

True story: a couple months after we opened a vendor asked Jean what her dream press would be. Jean was befuddled since she hadn’t really thought about press – all she was thinking about was making delicious popcorn and presenting it beautifully. The vendor stepped in and said, “What about the Today show? Wouldn’t that be great?” Of course Jean agreed it would be amazing, but she didn’t quite see how that would ever happen. Well, it turns out dreams can come true so keep on dreaming!

You can see the clip here. It’s super short – just 13 second but it’s still there!

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Popcorn and Drinks Pairing Party

Pop Karma Popcorn Pairing at Back Label Wine (Photo by Rainer Coloma)

Pop Karma Popcorn Pairing at Back Label Wine (Photo by Rainer Coloma)

We created Pop Karma Popcorn to be enjoyed with beverages, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. We recently had a Popcorn Pairing class where we paired different Pop Karma flavors with different alcohols. Our friends at Back Label Wines were geniuses in matching drinks to different flavors. Since not everyone could attend, we are sharing these brilliant pairings. Playing around with the flavors allowed us to identify several hits and some misses. If you are looking for a party idea, this is a great one – everyone had a blast trying the below combinations and making their own. We all left inspired!

  1. Zen Cheddar with Two Roads – Honeyspot Road – White IPA. The sweetness of the cheddar was brilliant with the sweetness in this IPA. This was a refreshing and delicious combination I could eat all night.
  2. Cajun Popcorn with Tire Bouchon – Burgundy Chardonnay. This white wine held up to the spices in the Cajun Popcorn, and together they sparkled. We initially thought of the All American for this wine, but the surprise of the Cajun pairing won us over.
  3. White Truffle Cheddar with 2013 Nino Costa Nebbiolo. People often pair the White Truffle Cheddar with champagne which is divine, but this pairing is wonderful as well and was a crowd pleaser.
  4. Kyoto Mix with Yamanaka Shuzo – Hitori Musume Nigori Sake. The creamy unfiltered sake combined with Kyoto Mix was a lovely, refreshing pairing that I couldn’t get enough of.
  5. Pure Caramel with Mr. Katz’s Rock & Rye. This sweet rye with the Grateful Dead history was a revelation. Kind of like candy. The vanilla in the Pure Caramel and the vanilla in the Rock & Rye played off each other beautifully. We also initially tried a honey whisky with the Pure Caramel, which was another wonderful combination.
  6. Margarita Popcorn with Mezcal Vago Elote Margarita. Holy smoky mezcal! Mixed with fresh lime juice, this pairing with Margarita popcorn was such a delicously refreshing no-brainer that we ended the class with this.

For a fun evening, get a sampler, invite some people over and play around with yourown pairings!


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