You might recall our visit to Emma’s Gourmet Popcorn back in 2022. At the time I was told they’d be moving to a new location. And Emma’s has in fact gone big, opening up in a new building closer to the heart of the community. This is the original video, from the previous, smaller location, if you missed it:
Comparing that to what you’ll see in this post, you can see how much the business has expanded (at least on the retail side). So let’s take a look inside and check out some classic, and more exotic, popcorn flavors – and see what else they have to offer.
Before we dive into the popcorn, I should mention Emma’s is taking advantage of the extra space, and now offers ready foods and a cafe area. We intentionally came in the morning to try the breakfast crepes. Egg, cheese, and your choice of bacon or sausage. Looking at this photo I just realized they call it the “Crepe Shack”.
Great name to bring the fancy crepe back down to earth a bit. This is no Michelin-rated French bistro – ’tis but a humble Crepe Shack. There were some other jokes going around our circles (pronunciation-based) but I’ll spare you those. Suffice to say, the crepes were quite tasty and worth a stop in on their own merit.
A large selection of popcorn flavors takes up one wall. But this is just a fraction of it.
Last time, I learned that Emma’s had around 60 flavors of popcorn. I wouldn’t be surprised if that tally has expanded. For example, I don’t think I’d seen this Asiago Rosemary before. It was a hit.
Sampling area. You can try a number of flavors. You can’t see it in this photo, but one flavor that caught my eye: Cheesy Crab.
And a prominent barrel full of Amish Peanut Butter Schmeir. This flavor is styled after Amish church peanut butter.
So chances are, if there’s a flavor you’re after, Emma’s may very well have it. There were also seasonal flavors, like Gingerbread.
But if you’re not much for the exotic flavors, you can still get classic salted (well, Sea Salted), Buttered, and cheese varieties. There are also popcorn snack mixes, like this football-themed one.
They even have the Ultimate Popcorn Snack. What makes it ultimate? I’m not exactly sure, but it looks pretty loaded.
Lots of pretzels as well as mixed nuts. We got some excellent Cinnamon Pecans.
A closer look at some sample prices. The cheapest I saw was the Sea Salt, at just $1.50 for a small bag.
The place also sells a variety of home furnishings. This sign made me chuckle.
Emma’s sells their popcorn retail in-store and online, and also wholesale to other outlets. The day we stopped in, we visited the back of the house, where the popcorn gets made, and shipped out. That was an experience itself, but I didn’t get any photos from back there. One order was waiting to go out to a wholesale customer in Iowa. A lot of it is sent within the Lancaster County area. You’ll see Emma’s stuff for sale around the community.
Visit Emma’s Gourmet Popcorn
Emma’s is a great example of a generational Amish business that has succeeded at a high level, and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. And Emma’s new store is a lot of fun to visit.
It’s in a large new barn-style building, right on Highway 340 (the main road that passes through Intercourse and Bird-in-Hand, aka Old Philadelphia Pike). Next door you have the Lapp Valley Farm Creamery & Cafe.
Here’s the address:
Emma’s Gourmet Popcorn
4038 Old Philadelphia Pike
Gordonville, PA 17557
Emma’s is closed on Sunday like any Amish business, otherwise open from 8 AM to 5 PM, except Fridays, where they stay open until 6 PM. Of course, confirm these hours before you travel out of your way, as things may have changed since publication.