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Giddy Gourmet

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See how two little girls popped the inspiration for this new gourmet popcorn business that’ll make you giddy for more.

Steve Zugelter, founder of Giddy Gourmet
Steve Zugelter, founder of Giddy Gourmet, with his two daughters

Cincy Chic: What is Giddy Gourmet?
Steve Zugelter, Owner of Giddy Gourmet: Giddy Gourmet specializes in handcrafted gourmet popcorn in bold and exciting flavors. We put a new spin on everyone’s favorite pastime snack by creating new flavors that aren’t necessarily thought of as being associated with popcorn. In addition to popcorn, we have plans to introduce new items as well.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind the business?
Zugelter: My daughters are really the inspiration behind it. They, like most children, love cheddar cheese popcorn but there wasn’t a local store near our home that offered it, so I decided to make it myself. I then found myself mixing flavors and I started offering it to friends and neighbors. It wasn’t long before people started placing orders. That, along with the great feedback we were getting for it, I decided to run with it and open it to a larger audience. Now I make the popcorn in my home and make local deliveries.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind the business?
Zugelter: It’s really a family business. My wife has always been my greatest supporter and she’s been behind this from day one. My daughters, ages 5 and 7, help make the popcorn and come up with some incredible flavors.

Cincy Chic: What types of flavors do you offer?
Zugelter: We offer a variety of sweet and savory flavors. Cookies n Cream is a very popular flavor as is our Drunken Maple Caramel with Bacon. It’s a pure maple syrup-based caramel, mixed with bourbon and the popcorn is then topped with smoked bacon pieces. Peanut Butter Crunch, Salted Caramel and Tuxedo Caramel are also huge hits. On the savory side, Cincinnati Chili and Zesty Pizza are very popular and our Garlic Herb is made with fresh garlic and other spices.

Cincy Chic: What about price points?
Zugelter: The popcorn is available in 5-cup bags and is $7 for the sweet flavors or $5 for the savory flavors. We also offer smaller sample bags for $3. We can also provide larger amounts for weddings and other events that can either be bagged or brought to the event in bulk for the guests to scoop it themselves.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for Giddy Gourmet?
Zugelter: We’re very excited to be a part of the Anderson Township Farmer’s Market this year! I would also like to make it available at locally-owned shops around the area. A long-term goal is to open a storefront and offer other handcrafted gourmet treats.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more?
Zugelter: We’re working closely with a design to finalize our website where you can place orders for pickup, delivery or to have them shipped. In the meantime, we have a Facebook page. They can also call 513-214-1975 or email pop@giddygourmet.com.

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