Gold Medal’s Top Three Popcorn Makers

Kettle Corn is a mixture of popcorn to which both sugar and salt are added, giving it a sweet and salty flavour. Kettle Corn is that perfect lightly pleasing and savory combo of salt and sugar with the wonderful munch of popcorn. Kettle Corn is a perfect fair or festival food, hand stirred popcorn with sugar, salt. Craft shows and farmers markets are the places one ordinarily gets kettle corn.

Waukegan: Kroll’s Fall Harvest Farm, which is open daily through Nov. 3, offers a day at the farm with farm animals, corn maze ($7 adults, $5 ages 4-12), farm tour hay rides ($3 per person), petting zoo and pumpkins. There is a picnic ground so feel free to bring a lunch. Kroll’s Farm is at 13236 W. Town Line Rd. in Waukegan.

An easy, mess-free alternative is to use a microwave to heat up a popcorn bag. Popcorn bags are specially designed to absorb microwaves and concentrate them on the kernels helping them pop evenly. Wait three to four minutes for a tasty snack.

Who’s hungry for fresh strawberry shortcake? The 10th annual Farmers’ Market & Family Festival at Northridge Fashion Center kicks off Wednesday April 8th at 5 p.m.

The Whirley Pop Popcorn Popper comes with a recipe book of over 50 different popcorn recipes. Plus, many more are available at the manufacturer’s web site. We often make “Kettle Corn” in ours. It is really simple and tastes great. As a matter of fact, we bought our Whirley Pop over 10 years ago just to make Kettle Corn Concession. But we soon discovered that even the flavor of regular popcorn is much better in the Whirley Pop than microwave popcorn.

Be neat and clean up after yourself. Make your own bed, wash the tub after your use, wash your own dishes unless your host insists and even then, make the effort.

Saratoga Spa State Park is a great place to spend a hot summer day. See the geysers, swim in the swimming pool, share a picnic or take a nature walk. There is also a great golf course if you are a golfer. There are lots of picnic tables and built-in charcoal grills, but if you have some time, look for a secluded table further from the parking areas for a nice private meal. A nice stream runs through the area, you can see an actual geyser that shoots water into the air – you don’t have to go to Yellowstone to see such things! There is also a nice playground for the kids, and public bathrooms are available. There is a small fee per car to enter, as with all New York State parks.

You can find POParazzi Popcorn online at their website, become a fan on their Facebook page or you can do what I did and visit them in person at 8236 Kirby Drive #150. For those not in the area, POParazzi Popcorn is well worth the drive. I think I might have to start a new culinary series of articles where I go through all the popcorn flavors and pair them with particular beers or wines. Takers anyone?

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