Gourmet Popcorn

Popcorn has been a favorite snack of Americans for centuries. Whether we eat it plain, roll it into caramel-coated balls, or use it to decorate our Christmas trees, popcorn is a household staple. And when it comes to flavorful spins on traditional popcorn, Las Vegas has a lot of places to satisfy the old taste buds.

I’ve always been one to make popcorn on the stove versus throwing a prepackaged bag in the microwave. There’s just something about stove-popped corn that makes me happy. Just throw some vegetable oil in a pan, pop those kernels up, and flavor how ever you want. I’m partial to butter, parmesan and cracked pepper. My daughter prefers butter, cinnamon and sugar on hers. Being able to individualize the flavor is the best part of making popcorn at home.

But maybe you’re somewhere between wanting more flavor than microwave popcorn, and not wanting to put in the work of making your own on the stove. That’s okay. In the last several years, popcorn shops have been…excuse the pun…popping up all over the place. So it’s not hard to find the tasty treat to go.

So where do you find great popcorn in Las Vegas?

Well, before we get to that, here’s an interesting fact. Did you know that Ella Kellogg used to eat popcorn for breakfast? Yep. The sister-in-law of the founder of Kellogg’s cereal ate popcorn covered in milk as her first meal of the day, according to popcorn.org. I thought that was weird at first. But Kellogg’s makes Corn Pops, which I love. So there you go.

Most movie nights at home will have me still making popcorn on the stove. But when I am out and about, I will stop and get a bag of flavored popcorn as a special treat for the family. And here are the places I’ve found around the Las Vegas Valley that have the best popcorn to go. –  Wendy Rush, 96.3 KKLZ

  • Popcorn Girl - 3 Locations

    Popcorn Girl has three locations in the Vegas valley. One on West Charleston, one on North Decatur Blvd and one in Henderson (though that one only does delivery now). This is where I go for a unique dessert popcorn. They have flavors like Cinnabun, Banana Pudding and Lemon Meringue Pie!

  • Popped - Eastern & Richmar

    Satisfy your sweet tooth with Lemon Tart gourmet popcorn. The buttery caramel is topped with real lemon flavor, drizzled with white chocolate and poppy seeds. A sunny afternoon or mid-day pick-me-up, this will leave you feeling refreshed. | Popped | Philippe Bianco · ONE NIGHT

    Satisfy your sweet tooth with Lemon Tart gourmet popcorn. The buttery caramel is topped with real lemon flavor, drizzled with white chocolate and poppy seeds. A sunny afternoon or mid-day pick-me-up,...

    Popped is located on Eastern Avenue and Richmar. Just south of Serene and north of Silverado Ranch Blvd. They’re family owned and I love that they do gift baskets. Perfect for a popcorn-lover’s birthday. And so many flavors. From the Boujee ones, like Bling Bling Cookies & Cream and the Pink’adelic. To the more basic ones, like Classic Cheddar or Salt & Vinegar.

  • Las Vegas Kettle Corn & Special Events - Water Street

    If you’re wandering around Water Street in Henderson, check out Las Vegas Kettle Corn & Special Events. They have lots of popcorn flavors to choose from. Including Savory Barbeque and Sour Cream and Chives. And don’t forget to pick up a bag of kettle corn. It’s what they’re famous for.

  • Pop Drinks - Maryland Parkway & Pebble

    Pop Drinks is my go-to for a couple reasons. First of all, you can get a huge bag of buttered popcorn for $10. Secondly, there’s a drive-thru so you don’t even have to get out of the car. And you can order ahead of time to make it super quick. They don’t all the popcorn flavors they other popcorn shops. But you can splurge on their amazing cookies and specialty sodas.  They’re on Maryland Parkway south of Windmill.

  • Goody's Original Popcorn - Cheyenne & MLK

    Goody’s is big on giving back to the community. So you can get some gourmet popcorn and know you’re helping them fundraise for a local organization. And they have interesting flavors, like Sour Nerds or Jalapeno, or Puppy Chow.

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