My Crazy Pop

April 2, 2014By Heidi EllisonFood Shops, Shopping

Popcorn’s Lettres de niblesses


The craze for all things American in Paris is spreading. After improving on hot dogs and even hamburgers, the French have now done the same for – believe it or not – popcorn. An inferior version has been around in French cinemas for a long time, and it has lately become popular as a snack served with the dinner drinks, but now it is moving up in the world. At the chic Mini Palais restaurant in the Grand Palais yesterday, we were given a small bowl of tasty sugar-encrusted popcorn instead of a chocolate with our coffee. But the ultimate in popcorn can be found at a new shop called My Crazy Pop (15 rue Trousseau, 75011 Paris; tel.: 01 48 07 89 08). Owner Hélène Petit teamed up Nathalie Nguyen, a former contestant on the TV cooking competition “Masterchef,” to develop original flavorings for high-quality kernels that are air-popped rather than cooked with oil. The results, both sweet and savory, are surprisingly excellent, with such unusual flavors as curry; wasabi (my favorite); ginger, sesame and poppyseed; and Parmesan. Nguyen says it took her a year and a half to develop the latter. Petit told me her goal was to lend a French touch to popcorn to give it its “lettres de noblesses,” but perhaps she might better have said “lettres de niblesses.” Mission accompli.


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