Campbell’s Sweets Factory
At Campbell’s Sweets Factory, co-owner Jeff Campbell uses mushroom popcorn kernels, which deliver firm, round pieces. “Everybody wants popcorn that crunches,” says Campbell. “So it’s a really good, crunchy product.” This city favorite has a wide array of flavors to choose from whether it’s something savory like the beer cheddar flavor ($9), the spicy nacho jalapeno ($9) or a Cleveland classic like the dichotomy bag ($9) with a cheddar-caramel mix. Flagship Store: 2084 W. 25th St., Cleveland, 216-965-0451, shop.campbellssweets.com
Chagrin Falls Popcorn Shop
Through its storied, 73-year history, it is impossible to think of this picturesque Cleveland suburb and not see the red white and blue-clad building that looks like it was plucked straight from Main Street USA. General manager Patti Raymond believes a commitment to quality helps the shop get stronger with age. “We use the finest ingredients,” she says. With flavors aptly named for the town and the city at large such as the Italian herb and sea salt Cleveland Art Pop ($5.70+) or the double cheese and caramel Hometown Orange and Brown ($5.20+), this shop has proved to be a Cleveland mainstay. 53 N. Main St., Chagrin Falls, 440-247-6577, chagrinfallspopcorn.com
(Courtesy Cleveland Caramel Corn Company)
The Cleveland Caramel Corn Co.
The Guardians of Traffic become the guardians of caramel corn at this Middleburg Heights-based location that proclaims, “options for the gourmet snacker in all of us.” Their Ohio-grown, non-GMO popcorn comes in a multitude of varieties like the vegan option caramel apple corn ($8) or chocolate gold caramel corn ($8). Or go for their best-selling Dill Pickle ($6) or cherry vanilla caramel corn ($6). 7541 Pearl Road, Middleburg Heights, 440-234-2676, theclecarmelcornco.com
(Courtesy The Crooked Kettle Popcorn Co.)
The Crooked Kettle Popcorn Co.
New to the lineup of picturesque stores in scenic Peninsula is the family-owned Crooked Kettle Popcorn Co. They boast nearly a dozen flavors ranging from the traditional caramel corn ($5.50) or butter, cheddar and caramel Peninsula mix ($5.50) to the out-of-the-box Buffalo breath ($5.50) or OSU Mix ($5.50) for the football fan in all of us. 95 Main St., Peninsula, 440-821-8115, crookedkettlepopcorn.com
Grand Pacific Popcorn Co.
Boasting 40 flavors of gourmet corn to choose from, The Grand Pacific Popcorn Co. invites you to step “back into childhood and serves small-batch, house-made popcorn in the Grand Pacific Junction Historic Shopping District. “We wanted to match the historic nature of the area,” says co-owner Liz Marshall. Popcorn flavors span multiple tastes and colors from the sapphire-shaded blueberry popcorn ($10) or the rainbow confetti ($10) to the savory-sweet honey mustard popcorn, this shop does it all. 8051 Columbia Road, Olmsted Falls, 440-235-2886, grandpacificpopcorn.com
(Courtesy Metropolis Popcorn)
Found in both Hudson and Cuyahoga Falls, this shop offers treats for everyone with its flavor lineup that also includes gluten-free, nut-free and dairy-free options. Favorites include those you wouldn’t often see in other shops such as iced cinnamon roll ($9.50), Samoa cookie ($9.50) or the loaded baked potato ($6.50). Not sure what to pick? Sign up for the Popcorn of the Month Club for the chance to try different flavors all year long. Various Locations, 330-928-6446, metropolisohio.com
Nom Nom Popcorn Co.
Christi and Marc Albert have turned Nom Nom from an online shop into a brick-and-mortar spot. “We usually have anywhere from about 50 to 60 flavors,” says Christi. The Reese’s Peanut Butter (three for $10) is topped with melted peanut butter and milk chocolate, then sprinkled with peanut butter chips. 1965 E. Maple St., Suite D, North Canton, 330-880-6670, nomnompopcorn.com
North Coast Corn Creations
This Willoughby storefront not only provides gourmet, delicious popcorn, but they are also supporting children with special needs by partnering with local schools. With the savory parmesan and garlic flavor to the sweet, fruity, embracing autism mix, there is a flavor for everyone who wants to support. Bags are sold in multiples of 3 and start at $12.50. 38765 Lakeshore Blvd., Willoughby, 440-571-4005, northcoastcorn.com
The Original Popcorn House
With 20 choices to choose from at this Crocker Park storefront. The family-owned spot is committed to bringing the best and they do so with their unique flavors such as flamin' hot cheddar ($11.10), garden vegetable ($11.10) and cookies & cream ($11.10). 24 Main St., Westlake, 440-617-6097, originalpopcornhouse.com
Take a ride down I-71 and visit this popcorn and candy shop located in the heart of Medina's historic city square. Many of their flavors celebrate the city and the region like the Browns Mix ($3+) that has cheddar, white cheddar and caramel flavors, or the Medina Mash ($3+) featuring white cheddar and caramel. 47 Public Square, Medina, 330-722-3088, somethingspopping.com