Popcorn isn’t just for movie theatres any more. Rachel Matthews believes it is a great treat any time, and hopes customers at her new Rachel Michael Gourmet Popcorn shop will agree.
“My sister and I always made caramel corn during the holidays,” she explains,“ and we had to make two batches because we pretty much consumed the first batch ourselves. We gave it as gifts to friends and families, and people were always asking for the recipe. So, when I lost my job as a pharmaceutical rep, the popcorn business was Plan B. We’re starting out slow, but we are getting rave reviews!”
Matthews set up shop with three ovens in her home kitchen, and works at night after her two young children have gone to bed. She starts with special popcorn popped in a movie theatre machine, applies a caramel coating and bakes the popcorn for an hour. Sometimes she forgoes the caramel and chooses different toppings (cheese, chocolate, peanut butter, mint, to name a few) which blend with the hot baked popcorn and provide the signature flavors. The most popular is Buckeye Corn (think Buckeye candies), which is joined by Confetti, (with a mix of fruit flavors), Buffalo Bleu Cheese, White and Yellow Cheddar, Christmas, and S’Mores. Could a popcorn lover ask for anything more? How about Cinnamon Roll or Caramel Apple Bacon Brittle or Parmesan Basil Tomato flavors? Stay tuned — they are in the planning stages! And all of Matthew’s offerings are available online for personal or corporate gift giving.
The new venture will feature a retail shop and an open kitchen, where customers can watch Matthews prepare the popcorn for sale in bags or tins. She hopes to have a kids’ area, where young popcorn lovers can make their own flavored popcorn balls and celebrate birthdays.
Rachel Michael’s Gourmet Popcorn is located near Gino’s Pizza and Bar 145 on Monroe Street at Nantucket.