What is movie night without plenty of popcorn? A delicious gluten-free snack, popcorn is also highly adaptable – butter and salt are just the beginning. Try some of the fantastic flavors that these Missouri makers have to offer, from caramel-pecan to birthday cake and white Cheddar-jalapeño to chili cheese.
Kirkwood Pop Co.
Founded in November 2018, Kirkwood Pop Co. in Kirkwood, Missouri, offers more than a dozen flavors of gourmet popcorn. Anna Carr runs the business with family friend Richard Daniels, who also owns Amigos Cantina, and she loves generating new types of popcorn such as cookies and cream (a sweet and chocolatey snack with a hint of cookie) based on customer suggestions. Classic flavors include butter, caramel and Cheddar, but if you’re looking for something special, try Pink Vanilla, which Carr compares to Lucky Charms marshmallows, or salt and vinegar, which was inspired by the popular flavor combination. Carr is also involved with local fundraising, working with honorable organizations including TinySuperheroes and Stray Rescue of St. Louis. kirkwoodpopco.com
The talk of the table, GoPo gourmet popcorn combines locally grown, farm-fresh kernels and real, high-quality ingredients. Owned by Brooke and Nicholas Bartlett, the modern-day mom-and-pop shop in Fulton, Missouri, sells six signature flavors, plus rotating featured flavors such as lemon meringue. The Slowburn Kettle is made with chile powder, salt and barbecue sauce from Lutz’s BBQ – which has locations in Columbia and Jefferson City – while the dark chocolate-sea salt is self-explanatory. Appealing to nearby Mizzou students, the Everything Tiger boasts housemade butter, pulverized Cheddar cheese and other spices, and the ½ Caramel with butter, brown sugar and vanilla is, of course, tradition. gopogourmetpopcorn.com
Osage River Popcorn
Making popcorn for more than 15 years, Osage River Popcorn in Osage Beach, Missouri, has mastered its technique. Its gourmet popcorn is made fresh daily with first-rate ingredients, and it comes in a whopping 21 flavors. Order a bag of any flavor – from butterscotch, caramel-cashew and cherry-chocolate cheesecake to bacon-Cheddar, Cajun and garlic-Parmesan – or build your own popcorn tin with up to three flavors at osageriverpopcorn.com.
Ozark Mountain Popcorn
Ozark Mountain Popcorn in Springfield, Missouri, has been popping the perfect snack for fans across the U.S. since 1966. Despite its 50-plus-year existence, however, some say the local business is hidden in plain sight. Luckily, you’re now in the know. The company began with a few staples such as buttered, white Cheddar and cinnamon, but its line of gourmet popcorn has since expanded to include more than 80 marvelous flavors and mixes – think black cherry, green apple, pumpkin spice, peanut butter cup, barbecue-Cheddar, dill pickle and sour cream and chive. Discover all the flavors at ozarkmountainpopcorn.com and order the ones that speak to you by calling 417.866.5555 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.