National Popcorn Day is Friday, January 19 in Illinois and Wisconsin

National Popcorn Day doesn't happen again until next January but there doesn't have to be a special day to visit some of the mouth-watering spots near Rockford to pick some up.

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There aren't many snacks in the world that can claim that they've been around for thousands of years, but popcorn can.

Indigenous peoples, like the Aztecs, recognized its unique popping qualities, using it in ceremonies and as decoration, according to Wikipedia.

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Popcorn's rise as a popular U.S. snack came along with the rise of movie theaters in the 19th century, where it became an integral part of the cinematic experience.

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In recent years, there's been a shift towards gourmet popcorn, departing from traditional flavors. Many gourmet popcorn shops have popped up around the Stateline, offering a diverse range of high-quality ingredients and innovative flavor profiles.

We asked you which spot in Illinois or Wisconsin has the best gourmet popcorn, and here are the places you mentioned the most.

Best Places for Gourmet Popcorn Near Rockford

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