Next time you go to the movies or toss a bag in the microwave, take a moment and think about where everyone’s favorite salty snack comes from. Indiana is one of the biggest popcorn-producing states in the country! These 9 popcorn shops serve up gourmet kernels in flavors you won’t believe.
After earning a degree in agriculture from Purdue University, Orville Redenbacher put gourmet popcorn on the map by developing his own hybrid variety and launching his company in Valparaiso. The city celebrates each September with the Valparaiso Popcorn Festival, but visitors can snap selfies next to a life-sized statue of Orville himself — bow tie and all — in the city’s Lincoln Park year-round.
The reigning popcorn queens of Indianapolis, twin sisters Carly Swift and Mandy Selke founded Just Pop In!in 2003 to capitalize on their love of popcorn. Visitors can sample the goods by ordering up popcorn “flights” paired with wine or craft beer at the duo’s sleek new farmhouse-style cafe on the Monon Trail in Broad Ripple.
Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn Companyin Goshen boasts a sweet backstory, named for a real-life Shirley who worked at the Shannon Theatre in Bluffton, Ohio for more than 25 years.