Popcorn is a testament to America's love of exploding snacks, continuing to be slightly more popular than cherry-bombs jubilee and meatloaf land mines. Trigger the flavor detonator and demolish tired taste buds with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of gourmet popcorn at Vic's Corn Popper 's three Omaha locations.
Vic's Corn Popper blows up bags of preservative-free Nebraska-grown corn into 15 flavors of airy puffs. Dip a paw into white-cheddar cheese, butter-sweet toffee nut, or caramel-apple-flavored kernels packed into colorful canisters ($15.99+) whose surfaces model holiday themes, sports-team logos, and photos of lost tractors. Alternately, airmail loved ones gift boxes ($14.95) and care packages ($33.95) of maize morsels or pick up a 2- or 4-pound bin buster ($8.99-$12.99) packed with enough puffs to last the entirety of a Red Dwarf marathon.
Founded by a husband-and-wife team of kernel kindlers, Vic's Corn Popper has been brewing bombastic batches from Platte River Valley corn for 31 years. By maintaining its original, simple recipe, Vic's ensures that each batch acquires a "cooked in kernel" flavor and a sober sense of its place in history.
Andover Popcorn Company
Owners Vaughn and Kristi Huslig cast an aromatic net out the door of Andover Popcorn Company, drawing shoppers in with the scents of freshly popped corn and tasty desserts. Once inside, guests can browse 16 flavors of gourmet popcorn and pick their favorites to stuff into colorful, seasonal tins or buckets adorned with the logo of a favorite regional college team. Popcorn flavors range from white cheddar and salty-sweet kettle corn to fiery cinnamon and the peanut-butter-and-chocolate puppy chow, which is not a recommended replacement for actual puppy chow.