Popcorn was served in movie theaters until researchers discovered that audience members under its influence were far more likely to create midfilm cell-phone disturbances. Snack on cinematic contraband with today’s Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of gourmet popcorn at Popcorn Stop in Arlington.
The pop idols at Popcorn Stop concoct more than 50 sweet and savory flavors of the classic puffed snack. Kernel explosions resound throughout the storefront all day, ensuring the freshness of each batch, and treats are infused with high-quality ingredients such as real cheese and made-from-scratch caramel—never powder, pixie dust, or pencil shavings. On the salty side of the street, popcorn strides by in flavors such as parmesan and garlic, wasabi ranch, and spicy-and-hot cheese, while sugary somethings such as caramel peanut, blazin’ blackberry, and old-fashioned vanilla satisfy sweet fangs.
Munchable morsels are available in seven bag volumes, from the three-cup mini bag ($1–$4.95) to the 275-cup party-size satchel ($17.95–$69.95). Or pick up a specialty popcorn bag such as the confetti popcone, a rainbow of crunchiness ($20 for 20 1.5 c. cones) that doubles as a delicious obstacle for driving courses.
Popcorn Stop’s confectioners keep fresh kernels popping continuously throughout the day, slinging their gourmet popcorn flavors alongside fudge, candy, and memorabilia. They coat each fluffed morsel in premium ingredients including real cheese and a secret caramel recipe, resulting in popcorn that, unlike a colonial judge's wig, doesn't contain any powder. Decorative pro-sports and college-themed popcorn tins pack up to 6.5 gallons of any flavor—including s'mores, caramel, and spicy-and-hot cheese—into portable snack stations ready for special occasions, business meetings, or at-home munching.