As part of the year of Food and Drink, June sees the spotlight on development, skills and innovation.
Based in Stirling, Scotland’s first gourmet popcorn company, Poporopo, has 4 set flavours, but also creates customised flavours to order. We recently spoke to Daman Bush from Poporopo and popped a few questions his way…
How did you come up with the different flavour combinations for your popcorn?
For us, popcorn is all about fun and experimentation. Chilli & Lime is adventurous, Sweet Ginger is homely and reminded us of being young kids, when life was all about fun - we wanted to bring back that childhood flavour for people. Peanut Butter was simply a challenge with delicious results, and our Isle of Skye Sea Salt Caramel was about beginning to work with other small Scottish producers who have the same love of good food as we do.
Is there any flavour combination that you haven’t made yet but would like to introduce to the range?
A real favourite flavour of ours is Whisky, so to bring a nice Malt Whisky flavour into our range would be amazing. We also have a coconut caramel with milk chocolate drizzle in development.
As a popcornisseur, what drinks would you recommend to go with each of the flavours in your range?
Chilli & Lime is a real adults popcorn and works perfect with a white wine or Indian Pale Ale. Sweet Ginger is best with a ginger beer for a full-on childhood taste. Peanut Butter works well with a vanilla milkshake, and Isle of Skye Sea Salt Caramel is a perfect all-rounder; ideal with a cloudy lemonade in the summer, or hot chocolate in the winter.
As part of the year of food and drink, this month focusses on the innovation and future of food. If you were asked to create an innovative flavour specifically for Stirling Castle, what would it be?
It would have to be Cranachan. This is a traditional Scottish desert enjoyed for many years, and brings together flavours that we love; such as malt whisky, honey and raspberries. These would work well with our traditional caramel.
Poporopo Amaizing Popcorn comes in 4 different, delicious flavours and is part of our food ranges at our Stirling Castle and Edinburgh Castle gift shops!