We were thrilled to receive sample bags of Maddy & Maize, small batch gourmet popcorn handmade in St. Paul, Minnesota.
More accurately, we were thrilled when we tasted them. Could they be the best flavored popcorns anywhere?
The line is all-natural, which means no artificial flavors and color, no HFCS, non GMO, peanut-free. And most flavors are vegan.
But none of that would mean much to us if it weren’t so very delicious. We couldn’t stop eating it (justifying to ourselves that popcorn is a whole grain).
The popcorn is sold in four-ounce bags for $ 6.00, and worth every cent. For party favor boxes, custom wraps are available for wedding, corporate gifts and other occasions.
The only challenge is where to start.
As a professional taster, we always recommend the sweet-to-savory transition. By the time you’ve had enough sweetness, you need the savory to balance it out.
And while we don’t want to single out a particular flavor because all are stellar, the Bourbon & Barbecue is the best BBQ popcorn we’ve ever had. It has a touch of heat that makes it memorable.
Similarly, Lemon Raspberry Layer Cake won the sweet flavors for us; but as we often say, it’s like the Miss America pageant. Any one of them could be the winner.
*While the bag ingredients say only “natural flavor,” which is par for the course, we picked up a flavor that we could swear is rum extract. It’s more complex than the typical “birthday cake” flavor: tasty for adults, probably not right for kids.
Maddy & Maize is available at retail largely on its home turf, Minnesota. But it deserves to be everywhere.
Until then, order it online at MaddyAndMaize.com.
Bunnies and eggs, plus Maddy & Maize!
The colorful bags and happy flavors fit right in.