written by Jennifer Johnson
January 19 is National Popcorn Day! Whether you like your popcorn air-popped, kettle-cooked, caramelized, topped with cheese, or seasoned flaming hot–there are plenty of places to enjoy mouth-watering flavors of popcorn today–and all year round in Lake County.
6170 W. Grand Ave, Gurnee (located at Grange Hall, Gurnee Mills) | (847) 855-2600
3783 W. Tollway Oasis Service Rd., Lake Forest (located at the Lake Forest Oasis) | (847) 250-7677
Doc popcorn prides itself in using 100% corn oil, non-GMO corn and proprietary natural flavor blends to make one of America’s favorite snacks. Try the triple white cheddar, sinfully cinnamon, or caramel kettle flavored popcorn to get out of a plain-popped rut.
Highland Pop Gourmet Popcorn
1822 2nd St., Highland Park
There are so many yummy flavors of popcorn to choose from here. Some of the more unusual popcorn flavors include Honey Caramel Apple, Grape, and Espresso Chocolate. The popcorn here is nut- and gluten-free, and Highland Pop Gourmet Popcorn even offers a popcorn of the month subscription service.
The Long Grove Popcorn Shoppe
318 Old McHenry Rd. | (847) 821-9101
The Long Grove Popcorn Shoppe offers over 43 different flavors of popcorn. Whet your appetite for flavored popcorn with Bacon and Cheese, Dill Pickle, or try Strawberry and Caramel for something new. The shop also carries an extensive selection of corn for popping and popcorn seasonings.
The Popcorn Factory
13970 W. Laurel Dr, Lake Forest | (847) 362-0028
Since 1979, The Popcorn Factory has been producing fantastic popcorn flavors like Dark Chocolate Cherry Cordial, Buffalo Ranch and Birthday Celebration
Garrett Popcorn Shops
Woodfield Mall, Ground Floor, 5 Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg | (847) 330-1537
If you are truly craving popcorn from a Chicago institution, it might be worth the trip to visit Garrett Popcorn Shops’ newest location at Woodfield Mall. Taste their Spicy CheeseCorn (available for a limited time only), the traditional Garrett Mix (Caramel Crisp and CheeseCorn mix), or one of their specialty popcorn and nut mixtures like
Homemade Gourmet Popcorn
If you are feeling adventurous, and want to try something new and homemade, Little Lake County’s own Heather from A Girl and Her Kitchen has several gourmet popcorn recipes that she shares on her blog. Try your hand at making:
- Easy Party Popcorn
- Rosemary and Garlic Scented Parmesan Popcorn
- Buttery Caramel Corn with Dark Chocolate Drizzle.
Each of these recipes is sure to delight the popcorn lover in your life.
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