Follow the lines and sweet aroma of klassic kettle in Town East Mall, and you’ll find the recently opened Doc Popcorn in Mesquite. This new shop is the sixth location in Texas for Doc Popcorn, the world’s first all-natural popcorn.
“Remember when you were a kid and the first thing you smelled in a theater was the popcorn? That’s what this is,” Mesquite’s Doc Popcorn owner Bobby Tibbs said. “It’s a sense of nostalgia, an aroma that goes through the whole mall. If we pop it, people will come and get a bag.”
Doc Popcorn has a prescription for nine flavors: sweet butter, klassic kettle, cheesy cheddar, better butter, triple white cheddar, salt-n-pepper, caramel kettle, hoppin’ jalapeno, and sinfully cinnamon. A small bag costs $3.50, but you can get a large bag for 50 cents more. Tins and party bags are also available, starting at $15.
“We use all natural flavors, no artificial coloring, real butter, real carmel,” Tibbs said. “And you can mix flavors. We had some people in from Chicago who showed us how to make Chicago-style by mixing cinnamon and carmel.”
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So the popcorn may taste like the movie theater snack, but it’s a healthier option. A cup of salt-n-pepper popcorn is only 45 calories, while the sinfully cinnamon is 110.
“Each person has a different taste,” Tibbs said. “My personal favorite is cheesy cheddar and hoppin’ jalapeno.”
Before opening up Doc Popcorn in late June, Tibbs worked in postal services. He was ready for the simpler joys that popcorn brings to customers. “With the postal business, I had so many things to juggle,” he said. “I just wanted to simplify. How hard is it to make popcorn?”
Snag this salty (or sweet, or sinful) snack by visiting Doc Popcorn during Town East Mall hours.