A Business Nurtured by Family

Garrett Popcorn Shops was founded by Gladys Otto, a female entrepreneur, whose secret family popcorn recipes – CaramelCrisp®, CheeseCorn, Buttery and Plain – were sold for five cents a bag along with fudge and nuts. Just like today, everything was handcrafted – made fresh, hand scooped and precisely weighed.

The great taste, quality ingredients and welcoming experience quickly made Garrett Popcorn Shops a fan-adored, Chicago staple with fans lining up to wait 2-3 hours for fresh Garrett Popcorn.

Utmost Attention to Quality since 1949

At Garrett Popcorn Shops®, we believe in handcrafting only the finest gourmet Popcorn. A Chicago Tradition Since 1949, every small batch of Garrett® is handmade throughout each day with our old-fashioned copper kettles. Each recipe, made with the finest ingredients, is combined with our signature blend of kernels; these secret family recipes have been passed down through three generations.

  • 1949

    We Started in a Kitchen

  • 1952

    We Became a Shop

  • 1967

    We Became a Legacy

  • 1978

    We Started in a Kitchen

  • 1996

    We Started in a Kitchen

  • 2010

    Garrett Acquires Frango

1949
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We Started in a Kitchen

The time & attention put into selecting each ingredient, into handcrafting each batch that would take hours to fully prepare. The familiar aroma of the secret recipe cooking in copper.

1952
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We Became a Shop

A business nurtured by family. A brand built by fans. A tradition shared by friends.

1967
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We Became a Legacy

A business nurtured by family. A brand built by fans. A tradition shared by friends.

1978
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We Started in a Kitchen

The time & attention put into selecting each ingredient, into handcrafting each batch that would take hours to fully prepare. The familiar aroma of the secret recipe cooking in copper.

1996
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We Started in a Kitchen

The time & attention put into selecting each ingredient, into handcrafting each batch that would take hours to fully prepare. The familiar aroma of the secret recipe cooking in copper.

2010
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Garrett Acquires Frango

An iconic brand loved by many, and a beloved tradition rooted in Chicago and Seattle.

At Garrett Popcorn®

We’re Driven by Our Values

Excellence

We have defined ourselves by utmost attention to quality since 1949. When we do something, we do it with precision and care. We hold ourselves to the highest level of integrity and the responsibility it entails.

Belonging

We belong to each other and to our fans. We care deeply about the communities around us and work to better them by becoming an integral part.

Curiosity

We are forever curious and are explorers of the world around us. There is wonderment and innovation in discovery, and we’re not afraid to get our hands dirty to find it.

Celebration

We know how to have fun and create moments of delight. We love to celebrate all the moments that matter, whether they be big or small.

Gratitude

We are humbled by and grateful for those we have in our lives. We would not be where we are today if not for the amazing people that helped get us there.