Madly Pop'n

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Jolly and Madeline Brown opened this Oak Park popcorn shop in 1984 after extensive training with Frank Pope, whose parents operated the Antoinette Pope School of Fancy Cookery in Chicago. Pope sold them his secret recipes for flavors like watermelon and cinnamon. The Browns recently retired, leaving the shop in the capable hands of their daughter and nephew, but they still pop in to keep an eye on things. Madly Pop'n offers 26 air-popped gourmet flavors (many are the original Pope recipes), including lemon meringue, Chicago-style pizza and bubble gum, in addition to classics like cheddar and caramel. Customized hand-painted canisters are available for weddings and other special events, and with advance notice they'll screen your company logo or photos on the canister. They will even custom-blend popcorn to match your event color scheme or school colors, and offer holiday-themed mixtures. Other gift options include a "movie night" box that has both popcorn and movie rental gift certificates. Shipping is available nationwide (except Alaska and Hawaii).