Although corn is now a pop icon, it built its fan base through standing gigs in breakfast cereals and furtive poems published under the pseudonym C. Cob. Munch on a husky celebrity with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of popcorn at Carolina Popcorn Shoppe.
Fluffy kernels of popcorn burst forth from their oppressive husks to unite with sweet-and-savory flavorings blended by Carolina Popcorn Shoppe. The resident corn crafters engulf air-popped morsels in generous amounts of delicious coatings before shoveling the finished snacks into bags, tins, or oversized snow globes. One-pound bags of caramel cheddar crunch ($12.80) join hearty cheese with sugary crispness, and half-pound bags of Confetti Corn ($4.56) mix flavors such as strawberry, grape, orange, and raspberry into a chromatic cocktail. One-gallon tins accommodate spicy jalapeño-cheddar corn ($15) or neatly separate a triad of cheddar, butter, and caramel corn ($17), and customers choose from a variety of eye-catching containers that can double as pots for growing new corn trees. Carolina Popcorn Shoppe ships its puffy creations at an additional cost.
Carolina Popcorn Shoppe
For more than 10 years, the staff members at Carolina Popcorn Shoppe have followed a simple regimen that consistently yields rich, gourmet popcorn. They hand blend small batches of air-popped popcorn from GMO-free kernels with only real, high-quality ingredients: creamery butter, brown sugar, fresh-roasted nuts, and rich real cheeses. They then hand seal the final products—which come in flavors such as old-fashioned caramel, triple cheddar, kettle corn, and caramel pecan coconut—in airtight bags or decorative tins so that their popcorn retains its crunch whether eaten immediately or shipped.