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Lisa Chasanov

The premium flavor shelf at CBPB, home of caramel corn.

Caramel corn

June 16, 2023

Ah caramel popcorn, a classic. Who doesn’t love a little sweet with an iconic, stereotypically salty snack? Complete with that perfect little crunch from the caramel coating, it’s a crowd favorite for a variety of occasions.

CBPB offers a fun twist on the usual caramel corn by adding pecans coated in the delicious flavor to the mix. It’s a popular option at CBPB, with only two bags left on the shelf when I visited.

To my delight, CBPB does not skimp on their caramel coating. The abundance of caramel — while not too thick — provides a major crunch factor and a delicious flavor that keeps you reaching for one more handful.

There’s a perfect portion of pecans in the bag: not too few that you aren’t ever finding any, but not so many that you’re wondering where the popcorn is. The nuts add a special something to round out the snacking experience.

The caramel pecan popcorn is a smash hit, and maybe even a go-to flavor for future visits to the CBPB Popcorn Shop.

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