Del's Popcorn Express

Del’s Popcorn Express

100 Debby Drive, Mount Zion

(217) 864-9888

Years in Business: 13 years

Family members involved: Mike and Trudy Jacobs. Our four children have all worked at Del's at some point while they were growing up.

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Products/services offered: Variety of popcorn, nuts, fudge, candies, chocolates, truffles and seasonal items such as caramel apples and peanut brittle. Whether it’s buttered, caramel, cheese, kettle, vanilla or chocolate-coated, our popcorn is the best around. Our fudge is made the old-fashioned way, stirred in a copper kettle and hand-whipped on a marble slab. Thousands of caramel apples are hand-dipped during September and October, and now the focus is on hand-stretching peanut brittle. Other goodies of great taste include nuts, candies, chocolates, sugar-free chocolates and truffles. Del’s Popcorn Express is eager to help with your list of Christmas gifts for clients, employees, family and friends with an assortment of tins, boxes, bags, trays and baskets filled with mouth-watering treats. Customer service is a top priority. We offer daily UPS shipping and free parking at the door.

Your survival tip to others starting or maintaining a family (small) business: Surround yourself with reliable and dedicated people. Be willing to put in long hours.

What makes your family business unique? We are in competition with ourselves, because there aren't other businesses offering the variety of products we make.

Business history/future: Mike and Trudy were given the opportunity to open their own Del’s in 2002 by Mike’s sister, Lou Ann, who owned the downtown Decatur Del’s Popcorn for 30 years. They recently expanded and remodeled their Mount Zion shop to handle the growing business. They have two poppers, five copper kettles for cooking and extra room to display their delicious products.

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