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Gourmet Foods 101
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Popcorn

Snackalicious Popcorn Flavors & Potato Chips

Sitting down in front of your favorite gourmet cooking show, you have to have a gourmet snack, right? To call snack foods "gourmet" might be insulting to some people. However, as with other foods, connoisseurs have spent generations perfecting and diversifying popcorn and chips.

Gourmet Popcorn

Ever since Western man learned of popcorn from aboriginal Americans, people have been trying different tastes and methods of preparation.

Popcorn can be cooked on the rangetop or in the microwave. When cooking with the rangetop, make sure to not burn the oil. Microwave popcorn is easy and clean. The best way to store popcorn is in an airtight container.

One reason popcorn is so popular is the versatility of flavor. It can be salted, spiced or sugared. Recipes now include Cajun styles, French onion and chocolate as well as traditional gourmet recipes using caramel.

Gourmet popcorn makes a great addition to any gift basket.

Popcorn trivia: Popcorn was the first puffed breakfast cereal, enjoyed by American colonists.

Gourmet Chips

Gourmet potato chips are called "gourmet" for a variety of reasons. It might be because of the method of preparation: baked or kettle-fried. "Gourmet" can also mean seasoned with herbs and spices instead of artificial flavors. Gourmet chip lovers prefer sea-salt over regular salt. Gourmet chips are often made with low fat non-hydrogenated oils.

Gourmet chips can also be made with fine cheeses and cooked with the best quality Idaho or Maine potatoes. Some companies even use organically grown potatoes. Chip connoisseurs know there's no better way to find unique gourmet potato chips than clicking around the web.

History lesson: Potato chips were invented by a testy New York named Chef George Crum. He was trying to spite a difficult customer who complained about the thickness of his French fries.