The ping of popping kernels and aroma of simmering caramel drift out of Knights Gourmet Popcorn throughout the day, heralding the arrival of the shop’s latest batches of fluffy popcorn. This commitment to freshly popped kernels has earned Knights Gourmet Popcorn the spotlight on Fox 6 Now, and a devoted following since the shop’s inception in 1952. Popcorn pros coat popcorn kernels in sweet and savory toppings such as cheddar cheese, buttery toffee, and Cajun seasonings. Though the shop specializes in indulgent flavors, health-conscious patrons can veer toward cholesterol-free treats that garnered a nod from the author of The Thin Commandments as the healthiest alternative to sprinting through a corn maze.
The family at Grebe’s Bakery have honed their fresh breads, pastries, and cakes since 1937, developing dainties sought after by more than 300 stores throughout the Midwest. Visitors scan the display case for a single cake donut ($0.75) to sate a sugar hankering or a baker’s dozen of cinnamon rolls ($3.99) to lure Sunday morning cartoons out of the television. In the oven, small loaves of white bread ($1.79) and hard rolls ($2.29 for a package of six) develop fluffy interiors that greedily sop up gravy, as chocolate chips melt inside a butter-pecan danish ($4.29). Nimble hands decorate custom cakes ($19.99–$61.99) with designs and messages that distill the essence of an occasion or screen photos onto the icing that accurately depict the aftermath for private investigators.
Glass cases and racks of fresh bread dominate National Bakery & Deli’s three locations, which bake all of their goods fresh daily. Founded in 1925, the bakery continually recreates classic recipes for a menu that includes glazed doughnuts, frosted cookies, and cherry-filled coffee cake, as well as hard rolls and french bread. Deli fare includes baked ham, seasonal polish sausage, and several varieties of potato salad. In addition to their staples and custom cake orders, the bakery creates seasonal specialties that range from spring’s grasshopper pie and irish soda bread to winter’s gingerbread men and icy snowman souls. Every Mardi Gras, the bakery churns out piles of prune- and raspberry-filled paczki in a celebrated rush that has drawn great press—though patrons can make every Tuesday fat by perusing their year-round paczki selection.