Topped, Iconoclastic Kettle Corn

Lizzy Caston
Popped Art

Popped Art

Location: SW Washington and 9th
Hours: Weekdays, lunch-afternoon. Sat – afternoons

The Story: Popcorn mobile vending is so ubiquitous that we tend to forget about it.  It’s everywhere without fuss or much fanfare. For many of us, popcorn was one of our first mobile food experiences  at a kid at a  busy city park, county fair, or at a sporting event sold right on the bleachers.  So, let’s give popcorn a high-five in the food cart world. No matter how crazy street food can get with the fois gras and truffle tacos, and 8-layer burgers, and soups made from organic baby vegetables grown only within two miles, there’s popcorn. It’s straightforward, simple, and easy to transport and eat on the go, popcorn is affordable, and really, it’s a great snack most folks can eat and do enjoy.

Of course there’s good old fashioned popcorn usually popped in big hot cylinders, often served from cute carts that look like this, or maybe this. Then there’s Kettle Korn, the KING OF POPCORNS with its bigger than average kernels and extra crispy, extra sweet, extra just some-some bling. You know, I never really understood what Kettle Corn is though until writing this. Is it made in a Kettle?  Well, not always. According to the authoritative Wikipedia  (I love that someone cares enough to write a whole Wikipedia on Kettle Corn, by the way):

Kettle corn is a sweet-and-salty variety of popcorn that is typically mixed or seasoned with a light colored refined sugar, salt, and oil. It was traditionally made in cast iron kettles, but in modern times other types of pans are used.

So that settles that. Whew. I’m a smarter, better person for knowing that information.

Topped, Iconoclastic Kettle Corn’s bright red cart on the busy SW Washington and 9th pod understands that popcorn is classic, it’s fun, and it’s Portland where the food stakes are high, so you can’t just have BORING OL’ CORN FLAVOR. You have to BRING YOUR POPCORN GAME in the Rose City. Popped Art steps up to the plate and offers things such as cracked black pepper and balsamic vinegar, sweet jalapeno line, and yes please BACON WITH MAPLE SYRUP. Because you know BACON. B.A.C.O.N. #Bacon. Bacon makes diners go a little cray-cray. These are real bacon bits too, fresh and hot and high quality.  There’s really not much more else to say other than this is a small mom-and-pop popcorn shop, locally owned, and they are really nice. Plus all their corn is GMO free. Go eat some. Popcorn is good for you. As my college nutrition professor explained  due to the high fiber content, “Popcorn acts like a scrub-brush on your intestines!” Sure, bacon and maple syrup, and butter might cancel out all those health qualities. But,  good food + a decadent food = a neutral food, right?. That’s justification enough when a treat is this good.

Bacon Corn

Bacon Corn

Although it really has nothing to do with nothing, I’m also attaching the following video of how they make popcorn in rural China.  Why? Because it’s cool to watch, that’s why.


Sample Menu:

  • Popcorn small – medium – large – $3 to $8
  • Flavors  classic kettle corn, sweet jalapeno lime, caramel, chocolate drizzle, cracked black pepper and balsamic vinegar,  bacon with maple syrup ($1.50 extra).

Phone: 503 320-4385

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