Before popcorn gained popularity, unpopped kernels were only useful for pellet-gun ammo, crow dentures, and bartering for snake oil. Relish rags-to-riches gastronomy with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of gourmet popcorn at Popcorn-N-That, with locations in Wexford and Ambridge.
Popcorn-N-That’s explosive technicians stoke hungry stomachs with more than 20 varieties of made-from-scratch puffs. Hard-bodied kernels are air popped into snowy swans, which are then stowed in bags designed to ambush sweet cravings with sticky kisses. Confectionery caramel corn—constructed to the specs of a half-century-old family recipe—shines both solo ($9.49 / lb.) and as the backbone of numerous decadent variations. Wear your heart between your molars with black-and-gold candied Burgh bits ($11.50 / lb.), or sic sweet teeth on a kerfuffle of carmelized puffs, almonds, and coconut tangled together in chocolate ribbons ($12.49 / lb.). Monthly limited-edition flavors celebrate seasonal changes, such as August’s camp-fiery s’mores bites and September’s back-to-school blend of caramel-apple corn, drizzled with white chocolate and graphing calculators.