Julie is the author of a number of guidebooks, including 'Melbourne's Best Bush Bay and City Walks' & 'Melbourne for Dogs' (with RSPCA). Read more of her adventures at her walks blog: walksmelbourne.com
Published October 16th 2012
Popcorn on the move in the streets of Adelaide
Adelaide is taking it to the streets and challenging Melbourne's claim to quirky moveable food stalls with Jonny's mobile kettle popcorn 'pop-up' shop.
The stall is staffed by some uber-friendly popcorn poppers, who are happy to provide taster cups of all the astonishing flavours which are freshly-popped in their enormous popcorn-'kettle' (looked like a wok to me, but what do I know!).
In terms of flavours, think all-time favourites: sweet and salty (YUMMMM), butter and sweet and crunchy (but never sickly) caramel. But what about chilli, cheese or chocolate chip flavoured popcorn - go wild! The kernels are sizzled super-hot using soy-bean oil (the high temperatures ensure each popcorn absorbs very little oil) and apparently rate as a healthy snack because it lowers your cholesterol. As if I needed an excuse.
The pop-up shop is a moving feast - literally. Apparently, owners Jonny and Ian were competing in ballroom dancing competitions in the US and sampled the 'wickedly delicious' delights of kettle popcorn while there but couldn't find it on their return to Australia, so they set out to provide it and for many years have had their stall popping away madly to much acclaim at the Royal Show. Now, they're on the move: you can currently find the stall on Hindley Street on Tuesdays and Fridays, Weymouth Street on Wednesdays, Hindmarsh Square on Thursdays and the Rundall Mall on Sundays. Yum!
Some of the range of Jonny's Popcorn Delights can be found in Foodland stores (at least the ones nr me, anyway). Sweet n' Salty is our fave, but we have tried the Chilli from their van (this is a savoury chilli, rather than a sweet chilli) and the chocolate chip which is actually really yum. I'm not a fan of chocolate chip, but the chocolate is a good quality, obviously, and it's kind of flaked into the popcorn. Anyway, it's a surprising delight. Stick with the Sweet n' Salty one though, personally, as this particular flavour is now hard to get. There's 'Cobbs' from Victoria, which I think, is also organic and also Foodland stock it, as well as 'Boost Bars'. Coles used to have one, but don't find it anymore. Jonny's is good when it's on special at Foodland stores, but although it's actually dearer from their van, they tell me it's FRESHER too. Oh and by the way: Jonny"s the lady of the partnership!!!! Good stuff. Great snack for anytime. Guilt free too. We have at least one bag in our house most of the time, but especially if we're planning a trip to the movies. it's better than what they sell at the kiosk!