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Every Friday Roots in Alpharetta features an article on food and dining in a series called Foodie Friday.


Popcorn? Gourmet popcorn? It may be America's favorite snack food, but it usually isn't mine. When the entire movie theater is binging on buckets, a handful of popcorn will satisfy me most of the time. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate buttery/salty combinations. There's just something about the texture of popcorn that keeps me from consuming it in significant quantity.

So I was a bit hesitant to try Alpharetta's new popcorn joint. Yet with over 100 varieties available at Heavenly Gourmet Popcorn, I figured there must be something that would appeal to me.

And if my multiplication was correct, I counted about 120 varieties at Heavenly. A seemingly endless wall contains shelves of plastic storage bins. They appear a bit odd at first. These bins look like something you might buy at Target to store knickknacks in your basement. The rest of the store has an upscale feel but the bins do not.

Nevertheless, the bins and shelves divide 120 flavors into three categories; cheese, candied and gourmet. You'll want to take advantage of the free samples as it is difficult to decide on a flavor. On my first trip I went straight to the gourmet choices. Most flavors here contain chocolate, caramel or other rich combinations.

I settled on their "heavenly crunch" flavor which is a best seller. They start with caramel popcorn, then cover with milk chocolate followed by a white chocolate drizzle. It's way over-the-top and sinfully delicious. About half way into the very smallest size (called "snack size") I cried uncle. This is a spoiled dinner waiting to happen.

Dill pickle popcorn enjoyed in my cubicle

On my second visit I went for the lighter cheese varieties. A sample of their cajun flavor didn't appeal to me. With some reluctance I bought a bag of dill pickle popcorn. Again, this is a best seller but I had doubts. The first few kernels left strong dill flavors on the back of my tongue. But before long I was addicted! I snacked on it for the rest of the afternoon in my cubicle, wishing I had purchased a bigger size.

The folks at Heavenly make all 120 varieties in-house. A good portion of their business is sure to be corporate and mail order clients. They also might not be a bad choice for a party or event. On one visit I overheard someone asking about popcorn for a wedding reception.

Small quantities are certainly available but tend to be on the expensive side. Their snack size bag (about the size of a soft ball) will set you back five bucks for a gourmet variety. It's an expensive snack no doubt. I'd probably only order this again if I were having a serious craving. The dill pickle popcorn is something I could see buying on a regular basis, and certainly in a larger size.

So pick up a bag of Heavenly's popcorn and bring it back to the office. Even if they don't enjoy it, you're co-workers will still thank you. At least you won't burn a bag in the break room microwave.

Heavenly Gourmet Popcorn is located at 875 N Main Street, Suite 305, right next to Taco Mac.

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