Green Queen Loves: SOTE Gourmet Artisanal Popcorn

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December 2016 Update: SOTE has now closed down operations permanently. 

SOTE‘s founders Chelsea and Kate have the kind of faces that makes you think of fairytales. Turns out they met working at Hong Kong Disneyland. Their job? Being Disney princesses! Whilst living across the hall from each other (and making little girls swoon) , they discovered their mutual popcorn obsession. They also realized that Hong Kong had no good popcorn options. What’s on the market is sorely lacking in exciting flavour combinations and is packed with preservatives and “dirty” ingredients. With SOTE, Kate and Chelsea have changed all that. Welcome to Hong Kong’s first locally made gourmet popcorn brand!


5 Reasons Why SOTE is Awesome

  1. They only use non-GMO corn kernels
  2. Their boxes of goodness are 100% gluten-free.
  3. All the popcorns are popped with organic virgin coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil.
  4. The popcorn is only ever made in small batches by hand.
  5. Absolutely no chemical additives, preservatives, colorings, heavy coatings or synthetic sweeteners are added- only honey, peanut butter and cane sugar depending on the flavor.


Salivate Over Their Uber Creative Flavours

The teams are busy creating new ones all the time but here are some of their classic flavours:



Classic kernels with a salute of sea salt


Spicy chili with a bang of lime


Cheesy Cheddar with a sneeze of Black pepper


Garden tomato with a shake of basil


Sweet Honey with a shimmy of cinnamon


Creamy caramel with a twirl of salt


Lovely lemon with a twist of honey


Coffee with a hit of vanilla


Sweet curry with a wave of coconut



SOTE is available to make popcorn a part of your life in any way possible. Looking for giveaways for a corporate event? Need baby shower favours? Want to add sass to your bestie’s birthday? Need to fill our the little one’s party goodie bags? SOTE has got you covered. They also do bespoke flavours, brand collaborations and bulk orders! Wow these ladies sure are busy, seems there is nothing they don’t do – to quote the founders themselves “the popcorn options are endless”. And we haven’t even mentioned Green Queen’s favourite service yet: SOTE can create personalized popcorn bars for you! How funky is that?


Did you know?

SOTE stands for ‘Salt Of The Earth’ because Chelsea and Kate believe that food taste better when enhanced with the life affirming power of sea salt. We are pretty excited to announce that SOTE will make their Made in HK Local Artisans Pop Up debut on Saturday May 3 so see everyone there. We have been lucky enough to get a taste preview of their popcorn and it is absolutely dee-licious! We couldn’t get enough and finished 6 boxes in 2 days! Woops!


SOTE will soon be opening up its own retail shop at G/F, 21 Robinson Road, Midlevels, For orders and enquiries, visit their Facebook page and email them at




  • Sonalie Figueiras

    2021 Women of Power, 2019 GEN T Honoree, V Label Global Hero, 2 x TEDx Speaker: Serial social entrepreneur & trends forecaster Sonalie Figueiras is a sustainability expert, food futurist and eco-powerhouse who has been inspiring global audiences for over a decade with practical steps on how to fight climate change. Known as the Green Queen of Asia, she is the founder and Editor in Chief of the award-winning Green Queen - the region’s first impact media platform that educates millions of readers on the connection between health, sustainability and the environment and showcases future solutions. She is also the co-founder and CEO of organic sourcing platform Ekowarehouse and climate tech SaaS Source Green, which helps consumer brands quit plastic packaging thanks to proprietary plastic reduction software. In addition, Sonalie is a global keynote speaker and an advisor to multiple mission-driven startups and NGOs, and a venture partner to several VC funds.

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