KERNEL KULLMAN Celebrates National Popcorn Day 2018

by | Jan 19, 2018 | Business, City News, Cullman City

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KERNEL KULLMAN Celebrates National Popcorn Day 2018

Today is National Popcorn Day (January 19th).

We turned to Neal and Holly McLeod proprietors of Kernel Kullman for guidance, explanation, and expert assistance on this memorable national popcorn holiday.

During our visit to their store (Cullman’s only Gourmet Popcorn & More business),
we ran into one of the establishment’s customers, Clara Kent of Cullman Savings Bank.

Kent was in the store purchasing large volumes of popcorn in various flavors.

Cullman Savings Bank will be passing out free samples of Kernel Kullman popcorn in a variety of flavors in their own celebration of National Popcorn Day. This is also a way for the bank to promote this local business.

Bank customers who visit their branches will receive a bag of free popcorn today.

Kernel Kullman customers can also partake in hourly special deals all-day Friday as well:

In addition to a smart, thorough answers to the question of what National Popcorn Day is all about, Neal and Holly give us a grand tour of their store.

As you will see, it is far more than just a ‘popcorn store’:

Kernel Kullman was a long-time dream for Neal and Molly. They saw their first popcorn shop during their honeymoon in 1990. Fascinated and drawn to such establishments, they visited popcorn stores at every opportunity during their national travels.

After a fateful trip to South Carolina in 2012, the McLeod’s started seriously thinking about how great it would be to own their own popcorn store.

Holly’s hometown of Cullman seemed to be a perfect match for their vision of bringing a contemporary twist to the old-time general store. That concept was fully realized in 2015 when Kernel Kullman opened in Cullman’s historic Warehouse District.

As you walk in the front door, you will experience music from the era of Swing and see rows of nostalgic candy, vintage glass bottled soft drinks, homemade fudge, railroad memorabilia, and of course the mainstay of their operation: over 70 delicious flavors of gourmet popcorn.

You will be transported to a time when life was simpler.

A time when children played outside and knew it was time to come home when the street lights came on. It is their goal to bring back your memories of childhood while building new memories for generations to come.

Neal and Holly invite you to drop by, sit and stay a while … and enjoy the full experience of Kernal Kullman.

You can visit them at 113 1st Ave NE, call in your order at 256-841-6299, or visit their online store at

About National Popcorn Day 

Popcorn is a treat that spans the centuries. It is served sweet or savory, caramelized, buttered or plain, molded into a candied ball or tossed with nuts and chocolate. Kernel Kullman has 70 different flavors rotating on the menu with ‘birthday cake’ flavor being the runaway top seller.

According to National Day Calendar, the word “corn” in Old English meant “grain” or more specifically the most prominent grain grown in a region. As maize was the most common grain in early America, the word “corn” was aptly applied.

As early as the 16th century, popcorn was used in headdresses worn during Aztec ceremonies honoring Tlaloc, their god of maize and fertility. Early Spanish explorers were fascinated by the corn that burst into what looked like a white flower.

Popcorn started becoming popular in the United States in the middle 1800s. It wasn’t until Charles Cretors, a candy-store owner, developed a machine for popping corn with steam that the tasty treat became more abundantly poppable. By 1900 he had horse-drawn popcorn wagons going through the streets of Chicago.

Popcorn has another romance that may have had a slow start but eventually took off. Today, who can image going to the movies without getting a box of buttered popcorn. While popcorn itself was an economical choice for snack food, the expense of installing a machine and venting the building correctly didn’t seem worth the effort. If it weren’t for Glen W. Dickson, we would be purchasing our popcorn from a vendor on the street before taking in the show. Dickson put in the effort and expense of placing machines inside his theaters. After realizing how quickly he recouped his costs, other theater owners followed suit.

The next significant advancement for popcorn was the invention of the microwave. Magnetrons, a technology produced by Raytheon Manufacturing Corporation for the military during World War II, were later used to develop microwave ovens. Percy Spencer was the man who made it happen. Popcorn was one of his original experiments during the microwave’s development.

Today, Americans consume 13 billion quarts of popcorn a year, more than any other country in the world. A majority of the popcorn produced in the world is grown in the United States. Nebraska leads the corn belt in popcorn production.

KERNEL KULLMAN Celebrates National Popcorn Day 2018

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KERNEL KULLMAN Celebrates National Popcorn Day 2018

Timothy Collins

Timothy brings an insightful holistic perspective as well as a mountain man tenacity to his various roles at Cullman Today. You can reach him at

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