When Popcorn Marries Soul Food (podcast + giveaway)

Jan 13th, 2017 | By | Category: Featured Articles
Chicken and Waffles

Imagine this as a popcorn flavor. You don’t have to. Soul Popped Gourmet Popcorn makes chicken and waffles flavored popcorn.



Before there were movies–there was popcorn.

This rambunctious kernel’s been around for thousands of years. Archeologists found what’s thought to be the oldest popcorn ever discovered in a New Mexico cave; they determined it was approximately 5,600 years old. Another set of archeologists discovered ancient kernels in tombs in Peru that were so well preserved–they still popped!

The first time we see popcorn living out its purpose as a snack food in America was in the 1820s, when it was sold throughout the eastern United States under the names Pearl or Nonpareil. It’s popularity spread throughout the south, and in less than 20 years, it had earned a place in American’s hearts and bellies.

So it makes sense that a snack food which “blew up” in the south would combine so well with flavors found in American Soul Food.

That’s what De J Lozada does at her business, Soul Popped Gourmet Popcorn.

Soul Popped marries popcorn—arguably one of America’s favorite snack foods—with the flavors and authenticity of American Soul Food, which De J calls the original comfort food.

De J used to make flavored popcorn for her children when they were young–they are all mostly college aged now–as a healthy snack alternative. She says as a mother she was concerned about the additives, preservatives, and flavor enhancers pervasive in snack foods. She said the “science is still out” on the effects these compounds have on our overall health.

This mother of three wanted better for her kids. And she wants better for your kids and family, too.

Family recipes offer a starting place for many of the thirteen flavors of this healthy and portable snack that comes from the Soul Popped commercial kitchen in Round Rock, Texas. Flavors include: fried chicken, chicken and waffles, pecan pie, banana pudding, and macaroni and cheese, to name a few.

Soul Popped is made in small batches to ensure freshness, using only non-GMO kernels, organic refined coconut oil, and and a bevy of healthy herbs and spices (locally sourced whenever possible), which makes for a unique and delicious snack food that her “Soul Poppers” (folks who buy her popcorn) are eating up.

De J Lozada told me Soul Popped Gourmet Popcorn prides itself on being “the popcorn of the people!”

“That means that we have a strong commitment to giving back to the community whenever possible. As part of that commitment, we are teaming up with select businesses and organizations to create and license unique flavors to be used to generate proceeds that support our favorite charities.

She says if your organization is interested in partnering with Soul Popped to create a flavor to support your cause, send an email with “Popcorn with a Cause” in the subject line to contact@soulpopped.com. Just tell them about your organization and why you think they should work with you to create a specialty flavor to promote your cause.

Until then, you can find Soul Popped Gourmet Popcorn at Texas Farmers Market in Cedar Park on Saturdays and at Mueller Lake Park on Sundays. Texas Farmers Market sponsors Field & Feast.

You can also order her popcorn online from her website at soulpopped.com. We’re giving away two bags of these tasty kernels.


  1. In the comments below, tell us a flavor combination you think would taste great on popcorn
  2. Must be 18 years old to enter
  3. One entry per household and IP address
  4. Only residents of the Austin metro area eligible to win
  5. Include your name and a valid email address, as that’s how producer will contact you.
  6. You cannot have won anything from Field & Feast in the past three months
  7. Winners responsible for picking up their prize at either Texas  Farmers Market location: Lakeline Mall  in Cedar Park, or at Mueller Lake Park.
  8. Entries must be received by 6 p.m. CT Friday, January 20, 2017.
  9. Winners will be chosen at random from valid entries and notified by producer.

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  1. How about Meyer lemon and rosemary but sweet?? Mmmm…

  2. Great article- made my mouth water
    I think a good flavor combo for popcorn would be a way to emulate a samosa with mango chutney. To have that fantastic savory, spicy veggies explosion with the sweet cool heat of the chutney!

  3. The popcorn with dill that was featured on the program sounded intriguing and I am tempted to think of savory flavors. I am wondering what a Hungarian flavor profile might be like, i.e. paprika and sour cream?

  4. Buffalo sauce and feta.