G. H. Cretors Chicago Mix
A mash-up of traditional gift-tin popcorns: caramel and aged Cheddar. Staffers kept stealing handfuls of this irresistible, salty-sweet duo.
To buy: $4 for a 7.5-ounce bag, supermarkets and jet.com.
Angie’s Boomchickapop Sea Salt Popcorn
Others were bland or burnt, but this one tasted fresh-popped, even days after the bag was opened. The airy kernels have just the right amount of salt.
To buy: $3.50 for a 4.8-ounce bag, supermarkets and jet.com.
Orville Redenbacher’s Gourmet Butter Microwave Popcorn
Want a movie theater-ish indulgence? This is your pick: fluffy, golden kernels with just the right amount of butter flavor.
To buy: $2.50 for three 3.3-ounce bags, supermarkets and jet.com.
Quinn Parmesan & Rosemary
As close to stove-popped as you’ll get in a microwave bag: just organic kernels, plus sunflower oil, Parmesan, and rosemary to sprinkle on top.
To buy: $5 for two 3.5-ounce bags, supermarkets and amazon.com.
Best Kettle Corn
Popcorn, Indiana Kettlecorn
The classic state-fair treat is halfway between plain popcorn and caramel corn. While some competitors had gluey shells, this winner—glazed with caramelized sugar—was nice and crunchy.
To buy: $3.80 for a 7-ounce bag, supermarkets and jet.com.
Cape Cod White Cheddar Popcorn
This champ packs sharp cheese flavor that doesn’t taste artificial. And it doesn’t coat your fingers—crucial, because you’ll be reaching in again and again.
To buy: $3.50 for a 5-ounce bag, supermarkets and walmart.com.
Tiny But Mighty Popcorn
Want to PYO (pop your own)? These kernels have extra-thin hulls that won’t get stuck in your teeth.
To buy: $8 for a 20-ounce bag, amazon.com.