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Kandied Kernels popping on Old Liverpool Road

— When I was a kid in the 1950s and ’60s, we used to buy caramel-covered popcorn at the Karmelkorn Shoppe in downtown Syracuse. In 1986, Dairy Queen bought the franchise which had been founded in 1929 in Casper, Wyoming, by Bill O’Sullivan.

A Karmelkorn Shoppe later opened at the Carousel Center mall. Now that the mall has morphed into Destiny USA, Karmelkorn has been joined by the Kandied Kernel.

The Kandied Kernel opened down city at 325 S. Clinton St., in the Joseph L Cross Building, on March 12, 2012, and then opened its kiosk on Destiny’s second level.

In early November the Kandied Kernel expanded again, opening a shop at 663 Old Liverpool Road at the location which previously housed Pascarella’s Last Stop Bakery and, for many years before that, the Sandwich Chief.

Sweet alternatives

With its incredible variety of tastes and colors, The Kandied Kernel easily out-pops Karmelkorn.

Their corn is popped fresh daily in pure coconut oil. Their caramel corn is made with real maple syrup, brown sugar, butter and vanilla, just like you'd make it at home ... if you had the time or inclination to do so.

The “candied” selections offer plenty of sweet alternatives. Some of the varieties are grape, hot cinnamon, creamsicle, lemon, blue raspberry, blueberry, watermelon, sour apple, cherry, banana, chocolate, orange and Kuse Kolors, to name a few.

They also serve “savories,” popcorns with salty flavors including cheddar, dill pickle, sour cream and chive, parmesan/garlic, ranch, barbecue, bacon and cheddar, pizza and butter-flavored movie theater popcorn. For those on low-sodium diets, Kandied Kernel also offers no-salt popcorn.

The shop’s business cards contain a warning: “Our product may be habit-forming.”

For details about bags or bushels of Kandied Kernel products, call 439-9404 or visit KandiedKernel.com

Krankin’ at Lakeview

Speaking of Old Liverpool Road, there’s a new diner where Reggie’s used to be at Lakeview Lanes, at 715 Old L’pool Road. It’s called Krankers Diner.

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