NEW BUFFALO — Ginger’s Popcorn offers a veritable rainbow of flavors at 307 West Buffalo St. (in the Lookout Landing shopping center near Song Asian Cuisine and across Smith Street from Oink’s) in New Buffalo.
“Our popcorn is all organic and hot-air popped so there are no oils, no fats, no grease,” said Stephanie Johnson, who owns the shop with her husband, Arvis.
Ginger’s has a total of 58 flavors — 20 are currently offered in New Buffalo.
“We’re going to grow and add more flavors as we move on,” Stephanie said.
Flavors listed on a recent afternoon ranged from Rainbow and Kettle Korn to Loaded Baked Potato and Dill Pickle.
Customers were ordering combos on April 20 — Stephanie said the Chicago Mix of Cheesy Cheese and Caramel is always popular.
“A lot of people do cheese, caramel and butter,” she added.
The “City Signature” flavor is New Buffalo Wings (for those who like it hot there also is Texas Chili)
Sweeter options include Red Velvet Cake, Peanut Butter Chocolate and Butter Pecan.
The shop also is stocked with flavored pecans, cotton candy, pickles, candies, Farmers Popcorn Cobs that get popping in the microwave, a “Junk Drawer” snack mix, soft drinks and more (as of April 20, Razmatazz Punch and Sunny Sweet Tea were coming soon).
The New Buffalo location opened on April 13 (Stephanie said another will open in May in Plano, Texas).
A resident of Portage, Ind., Stephanie Johnson said she grew up coming to New Buffalo to visit her uncle (Ed Miller Lyons) who was a member of the local police department, and has been coming here with her family ever since.
“We’ve always loved the New Buffalo area.”
She said the owners of neighboring businesses Song and Oink’s “have been just tremendous mentors for us here.”
The original Ginger’s Popcorn was started 20 years ago by her family, and is still located in Hot Springs, Ark. Orders can be shipped (from Hot Springs) through www.gingerspopcorn.com (the company also is affiliated with GrubHub).
The New Buffalo Ginger’s Popcorn is currently open seven days a week from noon to 8 p.m. (hours are expected to expand for the summer season).
The phone number is (269) 586-3723.