Popcorn is a staple of American life, a universal food commonly enjoyed at home while watching television or at the cinema, bar, or party. Gone are the days when the only options for popcorn were plain, butter, caramel, or cheddar cheese. Today, you can get a whole range of gourmet popcorn, made with a variety of new and interesting flavors. If you live in or are traveling to St. Louis, Missouri, here are some of the places in town you can get good gourmet popcorn.
Papa Bear Popcorn
Located just west of St. Louis in Chesterfield, Papa Bear Popcorn offers a great selection of savory and sweet flavors, as well as healthy options such as low salt and light buttery popcorn. Its products are sold in a variety of tins, many of which are themed for specific occasions, such as birthday, Valentine’s Day, and Christmas. The store also offers a range of gift ideas for almost any occasion. If you’re in St. Louis, you don’t have to go to the store as it can deliver directly to your door.
Pop’n Crisp Popcorn
Situated on South Main Street in the historic St. Charles area of St. Louis, Pop’n Crisp uses natural ingredients such as real butter and coconut oil in its popcorn. Its products are made fresh every day in small batches and displayed in specially designed crisping cabinets. Rather than offer a wide range of flavors, this store prefers to concentrate on quality. As such, it only offers a basic range of eight flavors, including caramel, kettle, pizza, and the special of the day.
Poportunities Gourmet Popcorn
Just north of St. Louis in Florissant, Poportunities is a family-run business that offers a wide variety of homemade flavored popcorn, all of which are made fresh daily. There are more than 30 flavors for you to choose from, ranging from the simple, such as caramel and deluxe cheddar, to the more unusual, including green apple, strawberry cheesecake, and buffalo blue cheese. Apart from its store, Poportunities also caters to weddings, parties, and other special events.
POPtions! Gourmet Popcorn Store
Another gourmet popcorn store in St. Louis that you should definitely check out is POPtions, which is located in The Village at Schneithorst’s. It offers more than 25 different types of gourmet popcorn, including gingerbread ice, bacon, chocolate, and cinnamon sugar. To ensure the highest quality, its popcorn is made with kernels from the Midwest. It’s available in single flavor tins, three-way tins with three different varieties combined, bags, and party boxes. POPtions also allows you to customize a popcorn flavor to suit your taste and mood. Besides buying from the store, you can also order its products online.
Gourmet popcorn is also healthier than the store bought or microwavable variety, because it tends to contain less preservatives and artificial ingredients. It also contains less salt and sugar and more fiber, making it a nutritious option for you and your family. So next time, you wish to enjoy some gourmet popcorn in St. Louis, you’ll know where to get the best.
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