Shop offers frozen popcorn

Oct. 10, 2011 at 1:42 PM

HENDERSON, Nev., Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Three friends in the Las Vegas Valley have opened a popcorn business with a unique twist -- freezing the snack in liquid nitrogen.

Oliver Morowati said he first added liquid nitrogen to popcorn he made at a barbecue last year and it impressed Zelma Watsubo and Jean Francois Chavanel, his co-workers at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant at Paris Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Sun reported Monday.

They opened Popped Gourmet Popcorn at a shopping center in Henderson's Silverado Ranch development in July.

"There are so many fine dining uses for liquid nitrogen," Chavanel said. "The idea was to find a product to use with the nitrogen so everybody can enjoy it."

He said they have been rotating popcorn flavors through the shop and the liquid nitrogen treatments, which last about 10 minutes before melting, are optional.

"The fun part is most people have never experienced something like this. It's new," Watsubo said. "We wanted it to be a fun snack you can get … with the economic situation the way it is right now, not everyone wants to go out to dinner. But people still want to do something fun with family and friends."

The owners said they are hoping to eventually open a retail store on the Las Vegas Strip.

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