A Family Man’s Penchant for Popcorn
It’s always nice to see a local business committed to family. Mark from Pop Daddy Popcorn makes sure that him and his wife are setting a good example for the two daughters. I got in touch with Mark after realizing that his popcorn was made with the incredible red kernels from Burr Oaks, which is a past Mitten Crate feature! The popcorn is an all natural variety that is then popped in 100% olive oil instead of the bad for you oils and hydrogenated garbage conventional ready to eat popcorn is cooked in. Sit back and open up one of the many flavors of Pop Daddy Popcorn that can be found at a store near you, or ordered online.
Tell us a little about yourself and the company you own/run
I have been in the Food and Beverage Industry since the age of 13. I have had an addiction to popcorn as long as I can remember. My family and I were eating microwave popcorn almost every evening. I read several articles about the dangers of microwave popcorn, so I started popping our own popcorn at home. I started experimenting with different oils and kernels. When my niece gave me some locally grown Red Kernels to pop, I popped them in Olive Oil and added some Sea Salt. BINGO! It was delicious.
My friends and neighbors started asking me to make it for birthday parties, graduation parties, etc. So, we went and bought a bigger popper. My wife moved me from the basement to the garage because the house always smelled like popcorn. After giving away popcorn for almost 2 years, my wife and kids suggested we sell it. Under the Michigan Cottage Food Law, we created some labels and began selling the popcorn on the weekend at different events around town. Even though I was working full time, my wife Erin wanted to continue to do this to show our children what it’s like to start your own and run your own business. So, we incorporated in January of 2012 and continued to sell our popcorn at some events around town.
In May of 2013, I left the Food and Beverage Industry to try Media Sales. It was not a great decision. When that move did not work out, we weighed our options for 45 days and decided, with my food and beverage experience we should try to grow the popcorn business. This was November of 2013. So, in the past 6 months, we have established a licensed manufacturing location and we have experienced tremendous support from family, friends, retailers and the community we live in. We are grateful for the opportunity and strive to provide unique popcorn items that people will remember when they eat it!
What is your location and when did you start/how long has the company been in business
Our Popcorn is grown in Ann Arbor, Michigan and we pop all of our popcorn in Highland, MI.
The company started under the Michigan Cottage Food Law in 2008, we officially incorporated in January of 2012, and we have been doing this full time since November of 2013.
What makes your products special/unique
We pop a Red Popcorn Kernel that is grown locally. This red popcorn pops bright white and has little hull (the stuff that gets stuck in your teeth). We use only the highest quality ingredients including 100% Pure Olive Oil, Sea Salt, Pink Himalayan Salt, Black Malabar Pepper from India, and the number one selling Hot Sauce in the world.
Even though we are fully licensed by the Michigan Department of Agriculture in a commercial facility, we still manufacture in small batches to provide consistent quality and taste.
What’s the favorite part about your job
I enjoy taking my daughter to the farm to pick up the popcorn. The farm’s Border Collie meets us as we approach the out buildings. My daughter plays with the dog as I load up the truck with the popcorn order (see picture below). If the Farm owner is around, I will usually hang around and chat with him. I have learned so much about corn, farming, and packaging from talking to him.
Where can we buy more of your products
Our products can be found at all Hiller’s Markets, Papa Joe’s, Hollywood Markets in Rochester and Madison Heights, Whole Foods in Midtown Detroit, Colasanti’s Market and 30 other locations. Check out our store list on our website at www.popdaddypopcorn.com .
You can also order on our website. We offer free shipping in Michigan with orders of $25 or more.
Whats the best way to enjoy/eat/prepare/utilize your product
We have 4 varieties:
Daddy-O – Our Original Red Popcorn popped in Olive Oil and sprinkled with Sea Salt
Hot Daddy – Our Original Red Popcorn popped in Hot Sauce infused Olive Oil and sprinkled with Sea Salt
Pepper Daddy – – Our Original Red Popcorn popped in Olive Oil and sprinkled with Pink Himalayan Salt and Premium Malabar Black Pepper
Sugar Daddy – Our Premium yellow popcorn popped in Olive Oil and our secret Kettle Corn Mix and sprinkled with Sea Salt
Just Open and enjoy the unique flavors right out of the bag. Tell your friends to get their own bag!
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