Quinn Goes Classic

A year ago we scoffed at the idea of making a butter microwave popcorn. To us, butter popcorn was squarely against everything we stood for. We were asked all the time, but we literally laughed at the idea. We were pretty confident and, as it turned out, really really wrong.

What was our issue with butter microwave popcorn? It’s a classic flavor that we all grew up with, but it doesn’t quite taste like butter. Humm. Well, it’s not butter. Whenever the word ‘flavoring’ pops up in an ingredient label you should be wary, and all microwave popcorn uses ‘butter flavoring’. That ‘flavoring’ used to always mean diacetyl until it was noted that microwave popcorn factory workers were all coming down with chronic lung issues. It turned out that diacetyl causes irreversible and life threatening lung damage. It wasn’t just the factory workers. A customer, Wayne Watson from Denver, was awarded seven million dollars when his daily popcorn fix netted him the lung condition now called popcorn lung. You really can’t make this stuff up.

We have every kind of dried cheese imaginable at our warehouse. It’s been an obsession of Kristy’s, and we’ve even made goat cheese powder from scratch. That one didn’t turn out.  A little while back we found a jar of dried butter among the cheeses. It smelled really great, so we popped up a bag and gave it a try. Holy S#*t. This is what butter popcorn is supposed to taste like.

In that instant we were converts. We had to make a butter popcorn. A few months later it was ready to go. Now we are the only microwave popcorn to use real butter and no ‘butter flavoring’. I wish we had done this earlier. The flavor that we once arrogantly laughed off has become the office favorite. We’ve needed to be stubborn to get this far, but sometimes it can also hold us back.


  1. Jon Jew wrote:

    That sounds so good that I am going to order this right away, even though I have my own little popcorn company and I love my own popcorn. That’s because I am truly a popcorn addict, I eat it every day for the past 3 years, probably missing about 2 weeks total of not eating popcorn. I have a favor to ask; where do you get your cheese powders, can you share the recipe, can I purchase this from you? Thanks so much, you are so helpful, especially taking care of my addiction!

  2. Gail wrote:

    How about making a Ghee version of your popcorn as an alternative to butter. It tastes good on other things and in terms of storage, it lasts forever. It would probably also be a unique product the competition doesn’t have.

  3. Beth wrote:


    I try to stay away from GMOs, so I was so glad to find your company. And on Amazon, your popcorn has great reviews. I have not tried your popcorn yet, but just ordered some. Thank you for being NON-GMO and also, using REAL butter. That is unheard of, in microwave popcorn.

  4. Darlene wrote:

    I just tried the kAle and sea salt it was very good. I am going to try other flavors.

  5. Evie wrote:

    I tried a full sized sample and was absolutely gobsmacked at how delicious Quinn butter popcorn turned out. My family loves microwave popcorn and I’ve been warning them about all the horrible additives that are in the (most probably GMO) popcorn. But they weren’t excited about the organic microwave popcorn available, until Quinn. Spot on!