Appetizers
November 23, 2011
479 of San Francisco takes popcorn to new flavor heights

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On a bad day, popcorn can be too salty, oily, stale and kind of stinky. On a good day, it can be just the right snack to satisfy our craving for crunch and flavor.

Our advice: Grab a handful (or three) of 479 brand artisanal popcorn, made from a small harvest of organic, heirloom corn grown on a family-run farm near Sacramento. Though the folks at 479 wouldn't say which farm, wishing to safeguard their limited source.

479 makes eight creative popcorn flavors, involving combinations of ingredients such as caramel, French sea salt, black truffle, white cheddar cheese, chipotle peppers, almonds, cashews, ginger, sesame seeds, curry, coconut, cinnamon, sugar, paprika, tomato, onion and alderwood smoke.

We tasted two - Ginger Sesame Caramel and Chipotle Caramel Plus Almonds - and came away with a new respect for what popcorn can be.

Among our tasters' comments:
"The ginger taste is subtle."
"We need more almonds."
"How about a bag of caramel almonds? Or chipotle almonds?"
"Love the chipotle afterburn, it lingers."
"Could eat the ginger popcorn all day."
"I've never had better caramel popcorn.'"

At www.479popcorn.com, you'll find all the info you need to choose flavors and order a stash. The popcorn is gift-packaged in five- to 12-unit "sets" of pouches, cannisters and boxes, $19 to $55.

479 is offering exclusive discounts to Sacramento Bee readers. Type in the code word "sacbee" at the site and get 20 percent off, now through Sunday.

For more information: (415) 876-7600.

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