EDINBURGH, Ind. — Some people may be unsure about trying
foods that have been uniquely flavored, but for Carol Buck, owner of Not Just
Popcorn in Edinburgh, dill pickle, banana split and Mountain Dew make excellent
Business first began to pop in 1989, Buck noted, when she
opened up shop in an outlet mall, debuting four flavors of popcorn that
customers could buy — caramel, cheese, buttery and vanilla butternut.
Today, the popcorn store has relocated to downtown
Edinburgh, fills and ships orders all over the country and has added a few
hundred flavors to the menu.
Buck said there are more than 375 flavors, 75 percent of
which she came up with herself over the years. However, she added, quite a few
flavors have come from everyday customers that suggest food products that they
would like to sample in popcorn form.
To keep people wanting more, Buck said she always likes to
continue adding new flavors, and three that Not Just Popcorn will be launching
this year include biscuits and gravy, guacamole and macaroni and cheese.
Another unique feature about the popcorn products offered in
her store, she noted, is that they are made with two different types of
The snowflake variety, which is used to make savory flavors,
is the same type of popcorn that movie theatres use.
The second type is a specialty hybrid, which is known as the
Unlike the snowflake variety, when the liquid candy melt is
poured on the hybrid popcorn, it doesn’t become mushy, and it also retains its
flavor and color, while keeping its original shape.
One of the biggest differences between the two varieties
that Buck’s husband, Bill, is in charge of popping fresh daily, she said, is
that people tend to find that the mushroom variety is a “meatier” type of
popcorn, when compared to the snowflake variety.
In between batches of popcorn, Carol Buck stay busy giving
tours of the shop to elementary students.
Mary Weddle, who makes candy coatings and caramel corn at
Not Just Popcorn, also participates in giving the tours.
“Children love coming in and meeting Miss Carol,” she
Weddle added that most of the children are fascinated with
what goes on at the shop, especially when she shows them how they pop, make and
coat the different flavors.
“If just five children out of a tour remember this place,
then I’ve done my job,” she said.
Hoosiers will be able to meet Buck and try some samples of
her products in the FFA Pavilion during the Year of Popcorn at the Indiana State
Fair, which is scheduled Aug. 2-18 in Indianapolis.
More information about the business can be found at