The Best Mom-and-Pop Popcorn Shops in America

Updated: Apr. 08, 2024

How do you spot the top popcorn shops across the USA? You ask our Taste of Home Community Cooks, of course! They know what's poppin'.

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Uncle Bob’s Popcorn

Tucson, Arizona

Community Cook Sheri Jerzyk recommends Uncle Bob’s Popcorn in sunny Tucson. The shop has been poppin’ corn since ’63. You’ll have to sample the Fiesta Mix, an “oldie but goodie” that blends Cheese, Jalapeno and Butter & Salt flavors.

See Uncle Bob’s in action!

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Waltham Popcorn

Waltham, Massachusetts

“At Waltham Popcorn, my favorite is the spicy ‘Pepper Pop,’ but my dear husband’s and sister-in-law’s favorite is the ‘Wicked Good,’ a combo of caramel and cheddar.” —Community Cook Ann Sheehy

Stop by Waltham Popcorn for a treat.

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Karen’s Artisan Popcorn

Burlington, Vermont

We discovered Karen’s Artisan Popcorn at a local farmer’s market in Vermont. You’ll love all the unique seasonings, including Karen’s summery Lemon Popcorn.

Check out Karen’s Etsy shop.

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Johnson’s Popcorn

Ocean City, New Jersey

Johnson’s Popcorn has been an Ocean City staple since 1940, and Community Cook Dawn Lowenstein fondly recalls seeing (and smelling!) the popcorn while strolling along the boardwalk. You can’t miss ’em—they have three stands in Ocean City.

Learn more about Johnson’s Popcorn.

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Poptique Gourmet Popcorn

Fort Wayne, Indiana

“Poptique is a local fave. It was the dream of a lovely young lady named Lindsey Hively who lost her battle to cancer a few years back. I love the shop because of the friendly staff and hometown feel. Great shop, amazing family.” —Community Cook Kizmet Byrd

Pop in at Poptique.

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Kernel Kullman

Cullman, Alabama

“I love the name! They have gourmet popcorn of every flavor, but they also have the basics. My favorite is the Caramel Corn—oh, yum!” —Community Cook Deborah Morrow Pennington

Check out the shop’s 70+ flavors!

Then make your own caramel corn (if you’re not in Cullman, Alabama, of course!).

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The Kettle Boys

York Beach, Maine

The shop began with one variety as a weekend hobby, but the Kettle Boys now has more than 40 flavors including Bacon Caramel and Loaded Baked Potato. Pop by the company’s York Beach shop for a snack!

Find the “best popcorn on the planet.”

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Fisher’s Popcorn

Ocean City, Maryland

“Every summer vacation began with a trip to the beach, and before we had unpacked my siblings and I were begging to hit the boardwalk for our Fisher’s Popcorn fix. My sister sends all of the siblings a tub of Fisher’s Popcorn every year. If there is a popcorn shop Hall of Fame, Fisher’s should be #1.” —Community Cook Lynne German

Get your Fisher’s fix.

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Mom & Popcorn

McKinney, Texas

Community Cooks love Mom & Popcorn’s super retro look, and swoon over more than 50 mouthwatering flavors like Caramel Espresso and Chili Con Carne. To complete your treat, the shop in McKinney also has nostalgic candy and old-fashioned soda.

Shop Mom & Popcorn now.

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Page’s Popcorn

Oswego, Illinois

“Page’s Popcorn—sooo good! They were even featured on Food Network one year. They make their flavors—no pre-made mixes.” —Community Cook Brigette Schroeder

Learn more about the POPCone.

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Popcorn Fetti

Salem, Oregon

Popcorn Fetti pops fresh corn daily to create more than 50 unusual flavors—including Dill Pickle and Mac n’ Cheese. This family-run shop also has popcorn pails for sending “corny” gifts.

See what’s poppin’ in Salem.

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Jackson Hole Pop

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Keep your eyes open for The Kernel—that’s the Jackson Hole Pop truck selling small-batch popcorn around town! The fun flavors like “I’m Your Huckleberry” and “Outlaw Cheddar” can be purchased on their website, too.

Learn more about Jackson Hole Pop.

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Kernels Gourmet Popcorn

Nashville, Tennessee

Community Cook Andrea Bolden loves Kernels, “home of the Nashville Hot Popcorn.” This shop was started by three sisters who grew up in Nashville and, naturally, love popcorn.

Find the famous Nashville Hot Popcorn.

We love Nashville hot chicken, too!

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Something’s Popping

Medina, Ohio

“I like Something’s Popping in Medina. They have a huge variety of flavors, and in the summers, they set up a booth across the street in the town farmers market on the square.” —Community Cook Becky Carver

Pop on over to Something’s Popping!

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Kettle Corn NYC

New York City, New York

Kettle Corn NYC began when a chef started poppin’ corn at festivals, and has grown into a food truck that roams all over the Big Apple. Flavors like Original Kettle and Frutti Madness are also popped and shipped to hungry customers.

Read the Kettle Corn NYC story.