Mark Aselstine
 
February 22, 2012 | Mark Aselstine

479 Degrees Popcorn

Over the past two months we’ve been working to expand our gift basket offerings here at Uncorked Ventures. Given the success of our Gourmet Gift Basket during the holiday season, we wanted to develop a similar offering for our customers.

Of course we had the same two priorities when it came to developing this new gourmet gift basket. First the products included had to be of a high enough quality that either Matt or I would buy them for ourselves and our families normally and secondly, if at all possible the company had to be local to the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

With 479 Degrees Popcorn we found the best of both.

A local, San Francisco based popcorn maker 479 Degrees focuses on crafting popcorn which is both organic and made by hand. Having been featured recently in Food and Wine Magazine, it seems that other people outside of San Francisco are starting to catch on as well.

You might wonder, why popcorn? As with most things in small business there is a personal connection. I grew up with my parents owning a Dairy Queen which came in their “Treat Center” concept meaning it contained an Orange Julius as well as a Karmel Korn store. I was definitely guilty of loving the taste of warm, fresh carmel corn which was made only a few feet away.

It took a while to find a popcorn maker that made me remember that feeling, until we got a chance to try 479 Degrees.
 

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