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. Celebrate corn’s commercial success with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of gourmet popcorn at Popcornopoly in Hermitage.
Chefs wake up early each morning to cook up buoyant batches of popcorn in handmade kettles at Popcornopoly’s factory location. Glass canisters topped with festive black ribbons teem with freshly popped kernels in a variety of classic and seasonal flavors. Scoopers stuff three sizes of brown and cellophane bags ($3.99–$12.99) with signature varieties such as buttered, classic cheddar, and white cheddar. Homestyle and cinnamon kettle-corn flavors mediate arguments between sweet and salty taste buds, and salted caramel popcorn transforms into a specialty seasonal treat with the addition of decadent pecans or zesty spices. A harvest mix heralds the holidays with dried cranberries, pecans, and sparkly cinnamon-sugar kernels ready to crown the tops of Christmas trees.