During my recent trip in Rome, I passed by a cute gourmet popcorn store in Via di Ripetta. The smell of freshly cooked popcorn enticed me to look around the store. Fol originated in Turin, Italy’s capital of slow-food and strong flavors. It is also a city of chocolate artists and cheese makers as well as world famous coffee roasters. The brand got its influence from the great Piedmontese food tradition and by the expertise of its artisans.
Fol is simply the “American popcorn tradition met Italian vast and renowned cuisine.” It is modern but married with established flavors and traditional tastes.
Fol popcorn follows intensive step by step procedure developed in Italy and USA. It uses special equipment to get the best popcorn and the best coatings for its consumers. Apart from the techniques, they also provide the best ingredients (all natural and non GMO) available to create its own signature recipes and obtain its famous coatings.The goal is to guarantee product consistency, freshness and natural popcorn crunchiness.
There are two main types of product available in Fol: gourmet popcorn and just popped popcorn.
Gourmet popcorn is handcrafted in the Fol laboratories in Turin, Italy and Mexico City , Mexico. A special team blends carefully the authentic proprietary recipes to obtain tasty slurries which are used later to coat the air popped popcorn.
Just popped popcorn on the other hand can be made in front of you using specially designed small air poppers machine allowing to pop the corn without any oil. The popped corn is then applied with cold flavored oils to ensure a flavorful experience.
Here are some of the flavors I tried during my visit:
Bianca Follia – This is caramel popcorn covered with white chocolate and little pretzels for a sweet savory taste.
Eporediese – Eporediese is born from Ivrea’s carnival tradition and from Turin’s chocolate. It is coated with dark chocolate and special dried orange for that zesty taste.
Margherita – Tomatoes and oregano meet light cheese to cover tasty air popped corns creating a unique flavor. It’s like eating a pizza!
Crema Di Formaggio – A sophisticated cheese mix coats air popped selected corn seeds for that creamy taste.
L’Inglese – “The Englishman” is basically bacon.The unique taste of the bacon meets popcorn for an inimitable taste.
Amatriciana – A “classic” Italian. Bacon and tomato, a taste of tradition. Always a favorite for me!
Pistachio – Popcorn that releases all the goodness at the heart of Italian pistachios. Perfecto!
After8 – Air popped corns held by the best mint syrup are then carefully covered with dark chocolate chips. Unmissable taste!
Fondente Passione – Refined Italian dark chocolate hand poured to the fresh popcorn. An absolute classic!
Overall, it was a fun visit. The store was very clean and well ventilated. It was also well lighted and adequately spaced. I like the concept of the store itself. Very modern yet chic. It will always be one of my favorite stores in Rome. I’ll definitely go back!
Fol is located at Via di Ripetta, 28, 00186 Roma, Italy. They are open everyday from 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM. You may contact them at +390687561349.
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The verdict: It’s a HIT!
The Tennis Foodie’s favorite: After8, Amatriciana and Eporediese popcorn.