- < $10
Cornery is a Singapore-based gourmet popcorn manufacturer and retailer. Its mission is to revolutionise the conventional perception of popcorn in Asia, bringing it to a totally new realm of eating experience.
Cornery brings all sorts of new taste sensations for your gourmet popcorn using only the highest quality ingredients, guaranteeing a popcorn experience that one will savour, enjoy and remember.
While I was standing there lost and not sure what to choose, the salesperson offered me sample. She started by giving me the more conventional caramel flavour (I looked traditional so she was playing safe). It tasted nice and slowly, she let me tried the butterscotch and then move on to the more exotic flavours. As the flavours moved further and further from convention, I started to not like the tastes more. In the end, I just bought a pack of caramel popcorn, I tried too many samples already so it would not be nice if I left without any purchase.
Their Savoury range, like the kimchi, nacho cheese and buttered are my favourites. Not too intense in the flavours and just right for a snack. Anyhow, before you decide to get a pack, the nice ladies over the counter will be pleased to let you sample the different flavours.
Next was the caramel. It was quite good but how can anyone go wrong with caramel, really. After a few of it, I couldn't take it anymore because it was just too sweet. Definitely not for the health conscious. It felt as though I would be down with diabetes that moment itself. In the end I just gave it to a friend who likes sweet stuff.
Standing at the counter (during non peak period of course) and requesting to taste the various flavours before purchasing is akin to taking a step into Willy Wonka's factory, you simply do not know what to expect from some of the more exotic sounding popcorns! However, aside from the variety of flavours and similar to boring old popcorn, it is common to get sick of the popcorn before even finishing half of the container.
Of course, if you compare the quality of the popcorn to the likes of Garrett popcorn, then it fails in comparison. There is a reason why Garrett's popcorns are Oprah's favorite popcorn after all (I know it's a marketing gimmick, but I won't be surprised that it's true. Go ahead and try it). But taking into account that it is cheaper than Garrett's and offers much more in the weird flavors department, I would give this Cornery a shot any day.
Anyway, at Cornery, you can ask for samples, and boy let me tell you, they are really generous with their samples! In fact, they are so generous that once you have tried a couple of flavours, you'd feel bad if you didn't buy anything! They sell popcorn in different bag sizes, and even the large bag costs below $10. For the large one, you get to choose up to 3 flavours, so I'd recommend it if you want to eat more than one flavour. It's big though, you have been warned.
The popcorn at Cornery is really good. Just their caramel flavour (sounds boring, huh) itself is so delicious! The big amount of flavours will leave you curious to try as many flavours as you can and be spoilt for choice!
I honestly find Cornery to be the best popcorn store in Singapore, even better than Garett, in fact. I just love their innovative flavours, and I will always come by to try out their new flavours whenever I drop by, and if I happen to have a craving for popcorn, Cornery will be the first place I think of.