13. 06. 12. - 17:12
Popcorner in Kuwait
Two sisters who have managed to make inroads into the rather dull and uninteresting popcorn market in Austria are now cashing in on their success by opening a second store – in Kuwait.
And from there the pair are also planning to deliver their unique range of flavours from Coco through to Strawberry as far afield as the United Arab Emirates.
Emina and Sanela Mandzuka said the idea to open a popcorn store came from wanting to have a healthier snack and were enthusiastic about the second store due to open in autumn.
In the new store which will be run by friends of the pair exactly the same standards, flavours and marketing will be used.
Emina said: "Sanela was pregnant at the time, and she wanted to eat as healthily as possible," Emina said, adding: "As I used to work in Frankfurt, I brought my sister a stash from there. But it really bothered me, two kilograms of puffed corn takes up a lot of space."
After several months of delivering popcorn from Germany, Emina told her sister she should make it herself. Hearing that Sanela went into her mother's kitchen and started experimenting. She burned kilograms of corn and kept the neighbours worried for months because of the stench that came out of the apartment. Until she perfected the art.
"People were knocking on my mother's door asking what smelled so good and if they could have a taste," Emina laughs.
In total Sanela needed 6 months to puff the corn she desired. "The temperature is the most important variant. It is a very delicate procedure, if it is too hot you burn it, if it is not hot enough the topping does not stick to the corn," Emina says.
In Austria in contrast 99 percent of the popcorn on offer is of the salted or butter coated variety.
Brightly coloured and great tasting – it now comes in numerous flavours and is 99 percent bio organic. And from autumn the pair are also planning to offer salty versions in addition to this week range. The new flavours will include Mozzarella, Tomato and Ginger.
Emina, 35, said: "We use bio sweetcorn, bio coconut oil and bio sugar and only natural essences. Even with the pieces of fruit that we use there is a special method to try it and make sure that all the natural ingredients and minerals remained."
Customers that visit the Popcorner store can choose between two basic flavours – chocolate or fruit – and then a numerous selection of toppings like Bourbon Vanilla, Green Apple, Caramel, Lemon, Chocolate, Strawberry, Coco, Cherry.
That can range from real fruit pieces through to nuts or coconut flakes.
One of the most popular is Dark Berry - popcorn that has dark chocolate and Rasberry is added. Another is snowwhite – which is popcorn with white chocolate and strawberry and fine flakes of coconut.
And it's not just the popcorn that coloured – the shop is multicoloured as well.
And unlike other things to nibble popcorn is relatively low in calories but also has a lot of good elements including iron and vitamins B1 and B2.
The popcorn is offered in three different sizes: Small (at 2.50 Euros) , large (at 3.50 Euros) and Extra large (at 4.50 Euros). For people with diabetes there are sugar-free variations. As of from this summer they will also offer savoury flavours. At their website you can combine flavours to your own likings and order online.
All "We are sold out almost every day. We would like to have a flagship-store in different cities, or even countries."
For more info: www.popcorner.at