Popping With Flavor: Arches Staff Taste-Tests Pop’s Kettle Corn

by Kayla Urban

Birthday cake.  Carmel apple.  Not your traditional popcorn flavors, but Pop’s Kettle Corn in Muskego, WI aims to push the flavor boundaries.  

Pop’s offers a wide variety of kettle corn flavors. Over 25 flavors are available at any given time.   Owner Mark Knudsen, has prided himself on being able to expand his flavors with creative techniques and feedback from his customers. Knudsen has made it a point to listen to customers on flavor ideas and ponder on how to make them come to life. Pop’s has an ever changing and expanding menu depending on the seasons and Knudsen is constantly testing out how to infuse new taste into the kettle corn.     

Knudsen just opened his second location in Waukesha, WI but Pop’s Kettle Corn also makes it’s presence known in more than just Waukesha county.  Pop’s Kettle Corn tent can be found at local events all around the Milwaukee and Waukesha area.  Knudsen also has partnered with several wine bars to show his kettle corn can be paired with wine.

Check out their events page to see if they’ll be serving up fresh kettle corn near you.

Arches staff taste test results

Descriptions of the flavors tested:
Cinnamon – The adult version of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal.
Milwaukee Mix – A combination of original caramel and rich cheddar.
Birthday Cake – A sweet treat with the taste of funfetti cake.
Caramel Apple – A mix of caramel with bright green apple flavor.
Buffalo Ranch – Traditional Buffalo Ranch taste with a kick of Franks Red Hot sauce for the extra heat.

14 staff members rated each kettle corn flavor on a scale from 1 to 5, 1 being bad and 5 being the best.  Cinnamon came out as the best flavor and buffalo ranch rated the worst.  The classic taste of cinnamon won over the Arches staff, with Milwaukee Mix coming in second with its cheese caramel trade off. Arches staff rated the buffalo ranch flavor the least, with many saying the heat and after taste was too much for them. 

Visit Pop’s Kettle Corn at these locations

S75W17461 Janesville Rd.
Muskego, WI 53150

260 W. Broadway
Waukesha, WI 53186

Store hours for both locations
Monday – Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.


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