It’s one of our favourite snack foods, but popcorn has come a long way from the butter-flavoured bag at the movie theatre. Shriner’s Creek Kettle Popcorn in Thorold is taking a bite out of the gourmet popcorn trend. It all happens in a giant kettle. In go the corn kernels, and they start popping in minutes. The result: popcorn with a wood-burned flavour you get popping corn around a campfire.
Pauline says her interest in this business came about the day she ate a mouthful of hot fragrant popcorn at Heritage Day in Niagara. It was a sunny cool autumn day and the kid in her reveled in the delicious treat. It was shortly after that in 2002 that she and her husband, Harold, found themselves the owners of a tent, a few tables and a small popcorn kettle! Harold said, “We were so excited that our enthusiasm spread like wildfire. Our family and friends soon became involved including Pauline’s eighty-one year old mom Cecile”. The neighbors’ say “Meme” is the fastest bagger in town! Our sweet and salty popcorn quickly drew a loyal customer base and within three years Shriner’s Creek Kettle Popcorn needed to expand. We purchased a concession trailer, added a larger kettle and watched our business explode.
Niagara’s favorite, Shriner’s Creek Kettle Popcorn, pops everywhere now: festivals, craft shows and events during the summer months; 5 local Niagara farmers markets including the St. Catharine’s Farmers’ Market year-round on Thursdays and Saturdays. Upper Canada Cheese Company in Jordon Station has recently requested our products to add to their Niagara producer’s product offerings. Shriner’s Creek Kettle Popcorn product is continually evolving. We added a fantastic Cheddar Cheese Popcorn simply by pouring melted cheddar onto our fresh popped corn while it was hot. The newest flavour to be introduced to our product mix is “Pink Vanilla” Kettle Popcorn (why is a “pink elephant” popping into my mind?) For people who are looking for a more traditional flavour we offer a Theatre style Buttery Popcorn.
Wholesale pricing is available to any retailer interested in adding our popcorn to their product mix. Our fresh products are peanut free and are available for school “fund-raising” Popcorn Days (similar to the Pizza Day concept), and as party favors for birthdays and so on.