Popcorn is an age-old treat, but this popular snack can be upgraded from an unadulterated kernel to an entirely gourmet level. One of popcorn's considerable perks is that it is a naturally gluten-free food. Celiacs and sensitive individuals alike can enjoy the light crunchy texture of plain popcorn without concern. However, some dressed-up versions of this popped delight add ingredients and flavoring agents that are not gluten-free. This is why companies such as Doc Popcorn choose to manufacture their delicious gourmet popcorn varieties without gluten, and sometimes sans other common allergens.
About Doc Popcorn
Doc Popcorn is less than a decade in the works, but this gourmet popcorn company represents a rapidly expanding enterprise committed to quality without compromise. Its co-founders feature a husband and wife duo, Rob and Renee Israel, who first sought to create delicious flavorful popcorn in the confines of their New York City apartment. Word got out, and soon this simple endeavor became a delight of the snack world. After all, popcorn is an inherently healthy snack, and when garnished by gourmet flavors such as "Sinfully Cinnamon" and "Hoppin' Jalapeno," who can resist?
Doc Popcorn now boasts a myriad of franchise locations, with many more to come!
Doc Popcorn: Interview with Rob and Renee Israel
The Doc Popcorn Promise
LovetoKnow: Doc Popcorn is depicted on the company website as being a "planet respecting" and "healthier snack alternative." Could you give an overarching description of the Doc Popcorn company food philosophy?
Renee Israel: Doc Popcorn's popcorn is a shareable treat, something the entire family can enjoy together at home or when out and about. It's all about fun, flavor and quality ingredients.
- Healthier Snack Alternative: Doc Popcorn offers a healthier snack alternative in high-traffic venues where few such options exist. Doc Popcorn pops its whole-grain, non-GMO kernels in 100% corn oil, making all of our products low in fat and free of trans fats and cholesterol. Our popcorn is a better-for-you product, with a variety of all-natural flavors all with less than 100 calories per serving
- Planet Respecting business model: In developing our business, we continue to be mindful about doing our part to reduce our environmental footprint. We are proud to have (what we believe is) the only compostable popcorn bag in the nation. Our gift items are also made of recyclable or are reusable materials.
From a production standpoint, Doc Popcorn's internal filters and pure corn oil eliminate the grease-laden vapor and toxic fumes generated in conventional kettle-corn cookery. This means a Doc Popcorn operator needs no exhaust vent to the outdoors and does not use propane or natural gas.
LTK: Many, if not all, of the popcorn flavors listed are marked as "gluten-free." Are all Doc Popcorn products safe for individuals with gluten-intolerance?
RI: Yes! All of Doc Popcorn flavors are gluten-free and tree-nut free which is a major concern for many individuals. This message (health) coupled with the delicious/indulgent message is a winner for Doc Popcorn and our customers with dietary restrictions; we truly have a flavor for almost everyone. We pride ourselves on ensuring everybody is able to enjoy our tasty and healthy popcorn
For the Doc Popcorn Customer
RI: It's not just about what we sell, it's why we sell what we sell and how. We are really in the business of creating smiles. Everyone who comes to our store, should expect to walk away smiling. From a product standpoint, Doc Popcorn customers can expect freshly popped, flavored popcorn with no artificial ingredients. The product is vastly different from movie theater popcorn and other popcorn products sold at the retail level which are mostly candy coated popcorn products. Our popcorn is 100% GMO-free, meaning it is free of genetically modified organisms. Our supplier develops and grows their own seeds that are then used by farmers to grow our popcorn.
In addition, whether visiting one of our PopShops™, PopKiosks™ or PopCarts™, our customers can expect quick, friendly service every time. We're conveniently situated in malls and other popular destinations where convenience and affordability along with taste and portability are crucial.
LTK: What are the best-selling Doc Popcorn flavors?
RI: Our signature flavor, sweet butter, as well as cheesy cheddar and better butter are the best selling. But Doc Popcorn fans love all of our nine flavors which also include:
- Klassic Kettle
- Triple White Cheddar
- Caramel Kettle
- Hoppin' Jalapeno
- Sinfully Cinnamon
Doc Popcorn sells two sizes for $4 and $3.50 in most markets, and offers the ability to mix flavors by request. Some of our fans have developed very creative combinations.