Saturday, February 9, 2008

I've been duped

With just one single purchase, I've been completely had. Let me explain.

A couple weeks ago, a coworker of mine told me about some famous popcorn made in the fair city of Chicago. It's so good, people wait in long lines to get it, it's been on Oprah's Favorite Things list twice, and is lovingly revered by Halle Berry. More importantly, I asked my good friend Brookey about it (she's from Chicago), and she says it's great.

Well, I looked at prices online and they were a little out of control. But with such great endorsements, I was still intrigued. Add to this that the brand name of this popcorn is Garrett and you can have it shipped to you in an orange tin, and I was sold. I talked to the coworker who told me about the popcorn, we ordered some, and had it sent to work. I'm not going to tell you how much it cost, but here's a picture of the tin.


I have to admit, that's a freakin' awesome tin. And really, I have to keep telling myself that, because it's the best part.

I don't mean to discredit Oprah, Halle, or even Brookey, but this popcorn is just ok. Have a look see.

It's basically a step up from the ten dollar tins you can get at Christmastime. I guess that must be why they like it, but I thought it was only ok. I think the real reason I was not as impressed is because I paid so friggin' much for it. And in defense of Oprah, Halle, and Brookey, my popcorn was not really fresh, having been shipped from Chicago seven days after it was made. I'd still be willing to give the popcorn a shot if I ever visit, but local prices better be a little more reasonable.

Luckily, my coworker and I shared the cost, and I got to keep the tin. So I don't feel quite as screwed as I could have been, but it's still a little embarrassing. So, anyone have any ideas of what I can do with this sweet orange tin that bares my name?

9 comments:

Tiffany said...

I would imagine that it’d make a great storage container…you could use for all the cups from your Vegas trips….or how about a piggy bank, or maybe you still have some Lincoln Logs laying around? What about a remote holder? Or a magazine holder for the bathroom?

Tiffanie said...

I love the tin! (Sorry about the popcorn though) WHatever you decide to do with it, it should be on display someplace. I like the idea of using to hold your remotes or spare change...

ps - LOVE your lost party stuff!

Katey said...

At least the tin is awesome cause it's orange and has your name on it. I am pretty sure I would never find a pink Katey tin ever! I think remote holder is a good option for its use. You need to proudly display it in your front room whatever you do with it. It will always be a great conversation topic!

caron said...

I like it! I think you should just put it on display at your house.

musicgirljen said...

Fabulous tin! Like the others said, definitely somewhere in the front room.

I've never been much for those Christmas popcorn tins.

Jentry said...

I think you should make it into a time capsule and everything inside should be Garrett themed. Then bury it somewhere and leave a letter with someone with a map and tell them that you have placed a curse on the time capsule and if they open before a certain date they will have a certain death!

Parisian at Heart said...

I'm from Chicago and I feel duty bound to defend the popcorn. It is really fabulous if you get it hot and fresh – and mix the caramel and the cheese. And I do agree, after a day it just doesn’t taste as great as everyone claims it is. But I am glad you enjoyed the tin. PS Love your lost stuff.

Emity said...

Hey! I need a container for Lincoln logs, give it to me! :)

garrett said...

Tiffany - I've got all my change in the cubs from the Vegas trips.

Tiffanie - I think the storage for remotes is weird...

Katey, Caron, and Jen - I might just put it on the entertainment center, right in the middle. Right on display.

Jentry - HI!! Thanks for the post! How have you been? I'm adding you to my side bar. The time capsule thing sounds fun, but I really want to display the thing.

Parisian - Like I said, I think I need to try it fresh! Thanks for the post. I might lurk at your blog for a while...

Emity - While the Lincoln logs is one of my favorite ideas, I want to display it at my place. Sorry sis.

What if I just use it as a popcorn bowl? You know, for movie nights, etc.? And in the mean time, when it's not in use, it will sit on my entertainment center.