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. Taste kernels of fame with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of popcorn at Pop O Licious Popcorn in Des Plaines.
Pop O Licious pops kernels to premium puffiness and then coats the crunchy white clouds in some 50 different seasonings, flavorings, and toppings. The spicy cheddar cheese of the 3 Mile Island corn ($4.99–$18.69) triggers a mouth meltdown, which the Original style ($3.49–$8.99) bastes in butter to calming effect. Seasonings such as barbecue, nacho cheese, and ketchup ($4.49–$15.69) tickle tongues with classic ballpark flavors. Line your gums with vanilla-, strawberry-, and chocolate-flavored corn ($4.99–$18.69 each) for a neapolitan smile, perfect for crowning with cherry corn ($4.99–$18.69). Distinctive gourmet toppings, such as the caramel-pecan delight ($6.69–$29.69), set themselves apart from humdrum snacks, as do city-specific blends including the Chicago mix ($4.74–$17.19), made from cheese corn, caramel corn, and shreds of Richard Daley's tie.
Pop O Licious Popcorn
Day in and day out, Metra’s northwest train pulls into the Des Plaines stop, just opposite of Pop O Licious Popcorn. A brick building on the corner, the shop brandishes a bright blue and yellow sign with promises of fresh-made, gourmet popcorn. The family of popcorn pioneers creates more than 60 varieties of classic and flavored kernels each and every day, from staples such as butter, kettle corn, and caramel corn to innovative flavors including creamy dill, hot cinnamon, and even fruity tutty. For casual snacking, the shop owners can scoop the fresh-popped kernels into bags that come in four sizes, while gift-givers and musicians in need of a new drum can order their snack in a decorative tub. Beyond popcorn, Pop O Licious purveys Maurice Lenell cookies and handmade milk chocolates.
1460 Miner St.
Des Plaines, Illinois 60016Get Directions