Cape Cod Popcorn

There’s a home movie of me swirling around my family that unfortunately only exists on a VHS tape or I’d happily share it with you. Don’t worry there isn’t any night vision or scantily clad D list celebrities in it. It’s simply several very amusing takes of me around 7 or 8 years of age sporting a purple polo shirt and acting hyper as hell (undoubtedly totally jacked up on Jax and Grape Soda) while seriously hamming it up for the camera.

At one point I jump into the shot holding a bag of Cape Cod popcorn, greedily munch a handful, and yell, “Cape Cod Popcorn! It’s deeeelicious! Ha ha! I just made a commercial for Cape Cod Popcorn!”

In the grand tradition of embarrassing your child with ridiculous childhood exploits this movie was shown to CK shortly after we began dating and ever since he likes to remind me just how “deeeelicious” everything is.

Unfortunately my love of Cape Cod popcorn was cut short. For years I couldn’t find it in any stores in Maine. Even today when I happen to venture down the chip aisle I  find myself scanning the shelves for this nostalgic favorite but always come away empty handed.

Recently though this all changed when I stopped by a random Roche Bros in Acton and was astonished to see my personal Holy Grail of snack food nestled next to the more commonly available Cape Cod Potato Chip varieties. I did a double take to make sure that I wasn’t seeing things, quickly grabbed a bag, and practically skipped back to show CK what I’d found. Huzzah! Cape Cod Popcorn was mine at last! Of course once I got home and opened the bag I realized that it tasted essentially exactly like the very easy to find Smart Food Popcorn but in my mind Cape Cod Popcorn will always be better. So I ask those of you native to New England, do you remember Cape Cod Popcorn and am I right about it totally disappearing after the 80’s? Or perhaps it just stopped being stocked in my area of Maine?

PS: Interestingly enough, if you go to the Cape Cod company website, they are branding their popcorn products as “new.” Hmm…I guess everything old becomes new again at some point?

Cape Cod Popcorn

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1 Meg July 6, 2009 at 7:37 pm

Thought you’d find it interesting that I am a 24 yr-old who is currently living in Acton, working in Boston, shopping at the Roche Brothers you mentioned, and reading your blog!


2 Jeff D July 6, 2009 at 9:21 pm

I love snack food, so I never keep it in the house. I try to make myself work a bit if I want to eat something.


3 Amanda July 7, 2009 at 10:21 am

I have been reading your blog for a while now and one of the things that originally interested me, other than your love for food, is the fact that you are from Maine! I consider Maine my second home since my family and I have spent every summer up there since I was born. I’ll finally be up there again this Friday for a week and I can’t wait to get my fill of Italians Sandwiches…you are right…there is NOTHING like them!


4 Erin July 8, 2009 at 10:04 am

Amanda – Funny you should mention Italians. My mom actually came to visit last week and she brought Italians with her so I could have a little taste of home. Yum Yum! I hope you have a wonderful vacation!


5 Theresa July 7, 2009 at 12:06 pm

So Cape Code popcorn is really just white cheddar popcorn? Or is there something else about it? I love white cheddar popcorn, but I try not to buy it because I will eat the whole bag in one sitting 🙂


6 Bob July 7, 2009 at 12:31 pm

I live just north of Boston and I can’t say I’ve seen it before. But I’m not really a popcorn guy, so I might just not have noticed.

Love the cat pic. 🙂


7 Katelyn July 7, 2009 at 12:48 pm

I’m just glad to hear you mention Jax! My DH grew up in Florida and it’s been great fun introducing him to all the New England specific products, like NE style hot dog buns and Jax! I have great memories of eating them as a child, along with my mom’s special dry Cheerios-green grape parfaits (instructions: grab a glass from the cabinet. drop in 5 or 6 green grapes. top with a thin layer of dry Cheerios. Repeat until the glass is full, ending with Cheerios.). Don’t knock it ’til you try it! I’m glad you found the popcorn – it’s so much fun to relive those things from our childhood!


8 Tabby Kelliher July 7, 2009 at 2:40 pm

Hi Erin,

Now I would like to see that video of you as a kid! I do not remember Cape Cod popcorn just the chips and I grew up in the same area as my cousin Meaghan. But I am glad you found it. The one popcorn I never see they used to have when I was a kid was pink popcorn, it had some kind of carmelization on it and was sweet. I love Watson and his snack I bet he thinks it is deeeeelicious!


9 Sues July 7, 2009 at 4:48 pm

Wow, I haven’t thought of this in forever, but I remember loving it!! For some reason, I’m not a fan of the potato chips, but I loveee the popcorn. I’m going to have to find it!! Thanks for reminding me 🙂


10 Erin July 8, 2009 at 10:06 am

Sues – I’m so glad you remember it too! I was starting to wonder if I had imagined an entire genre of snacks 😉


11 Mel July 7, 2009 at 9:13 pm

I grew up for a while in CT (til I was 13, minus three years from first to third grade) and I never heard of Cape Cod chips or popcorn until I was in high school, here in the DC area


12 Kelly July 8, 2009 at 10:19 am

Hmmmm….I seem to remember eating it as a kid in the 90’s in the midwest. It’s interesting because I remember having no idea where Cape Cod was or what it meant, I only knew the popcorn was good.


13 Monica H July 10, 2009 at 6:32 pm

I love thie potato chips but never knew they made popcorn! But I guess I wouldn’t have seen it since it’s “new” 🙂


14 Jody McPeak November 29, 2009 at 11:52 pm

Is Cape Cod Cheddar Popcorn available anywhere in December, 2009? I can’t get any of their links to work and I am on a bear hunt to find some to send to my daughter in Australia. It was always available in Michigan, but I have been gone from there for years.


15 Erin November 30, 2009 at 7:51 am


I suspect that the website must just be down today. They absolutely still sell their chips and popcorn.

Here is their contact info if you’d like to try to call them:

100 Breeds Hill Rd
Hyannis, MA 02601
(508) 775-3206



16 Amy December 25, 2012 at 3:13 am

Hello, I was actually looking for a site that might sell the beloved Cape Cod WC Popcorn and found your blog. I had to comment. I first became an addict to it in the early 90’s. Living clear across the country in So. Cal, it was easy to find most of my teen years. Then we moved from the San Bernardino area to the Palm Springs area and it vanished. I have even asked about my local store ordering it, to no avail. But one day I found a few bags at a store I didn’t usually shop at. I bought all they had. As soon as I got home I dove into taste bud nirvana! While yes as you said it tastes similar to Smartfoods brand, it is oh so much better! I devoured it! Sadly the store stopped carrying it. I always scan new stores, just in case and have tried every brand I can get my hands on. But nothing compares to the glory of Cape Cod’s White Cheddar. I just wanted to share you are not alone, and the same feelings are felt even across the country.



17 Scott April 2, 2013 at 2:08 pm

I loved that popcorn – I started eating it in 1998 and it went off the shelf in 2010. I used to order it by the case from the company, but they stopped making it. There’s nothing else like it. Sad.


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