The Best Mom-and-Pop Popcorn Shops in America
How do you spot the top popcorn shops across the USA? You ask our Taste of Home Field Editors, of course! They know what’s poppin’.
Uncle Bob’s Popcorn
Field Editor 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.
“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.” —Field Editor Ann Sheehy
Karen’s Artisan Popcorn
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.
Ocean City, New Jersey
Johnson’s Popcorn has been an Ocean City staple since 1940, and Field Editor 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.
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.” —Field Editor Kizmet Byrd
“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!” —Field Editor Deborah Morrow Pennington
Then make your own caramel corn (if you’re not in Cullman, Alabama, of course!).
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!
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.” —Field Editor Lynne German
Mom & Popcorn
Field Editors 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.
“Page’s Popcorn—sooo good! They were even featured on Food Network one year. They make their flavors—no pre-made mixes.” —Field Editor Brigette Schroeder
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.
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.
Kernels Gourmet Popcorn
Field Editor 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.
“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.” —Field Editor Becky Carver
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.