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Simple Pleasures at Wright’s Popcorn and Nut Co.

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Some weeks back, I mentioned Wright’s Pink Popcorn in a post I wrote about the Stow Lake Boathouse.

Wright’s Pink Popcorn is one of those items one finds on dusty corner grocery shelves and at sports concessionaires that is a certain class of ancient snack on par with the likes of spice drops, circus peanuts and liquorice allsorts.  Incandescently dyed and oddly beckoning in their vibrancy they call to you with their unnatural ways, confusing the senses.

In the case of Wright’s the shelf life seems to be a problem. Like Cracker Jack, I can’t recall a time that I had a piece and it wasn’t stale.  Popcorn isn’t meant to be kept for a long time, its just sort of the nature of the beast.

Well, thank-fully, like sourdough and cults, Wright’s is manufactured right here in the city.  Having been pressed out since their neighbour was Seals Stadium, the little bars are sold on site right on Potrero Hill.  Freshly made, the treat might actually taste like something besides packing material.  Different flavours too, if the hue is just too much to bear.

So if you just have that itch to scratch, or you’ve decided to hawk peanuts in Dolores, pop over to Wright’s and pay them a call.

Wright’s Popcorn and Nut Company
150 Potrero Avenue btw 15th & Alameda Sts.
[Potrero Hill]

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Stephen Torres - Threadbare-Fact Finder (Editor, San Francisco)

Stephen Torres - Threadbare-Fact Finder (Editor, San Francisco)

Stephen's early years were spent in a boxcar overlooking downtown Los Angeles. From there he moved around the state with his family before settling under the warm blanket of smog that covers suburban Southern California. Moving around led to his inability to stay in one place for very long, but San Francisco has been reeling him back in with its siren song since 1999.
By trade he pours booze, but likes to think he can write and does so occasionally for the SF Bay Guardian, Bold Italic and 7x7. He also likes to enjoy time spent in old eateries, bars and businesses that, by most standards, would have been condemned a long time ago.


  1. March 22, 2010 at 11:15 am

    This brings back memories. I used to eat this as a kid whenever I went to Stow Lake. I always had it stale (I thought it was supposed to be that way) and I like it like that.

  2. Stephen Torres - Threadbare-Fact Finder (Editor, San Francisco)
    March 22, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Ha! I know! I honestly can’t imagine it any other way.

  3. April 6, 2010 at 1:57 am

    Still one of the best popcorn treats and brings back a lot of good memories.

  4. May 12, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    What is hard to find is the caramel corn.

  5. December 4, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    My grandma would buy me this on Fridays as a treat at the end of the school week 🙂 I love this stuff. Good memories and its tasty.