Chicago’s Garrett Popcorn was featured on Oprah’s Favorite Things in 2002 and 2005. The company has always enjoyed steady popularity since its 1949 founding, and lines often stretch around the block at its West Madison Street location. Their “Chicago Mix” flavor combines caramel and cheese and after it appeared on Oprah, Garrett’s status as a local business was over.
On the afternoon of the 2002 broadcast, the company received 100,000 hits on their website, and after one month they saw a 100% increase in their sales. They extended their daily production from eight hours a day to 24 hours a day, and they’ve never gone back. In 2010, Garrett showed its gratitude by creating a limited edition tin for the show, stuffed to the brim with the cheese and caramel concoction that had made them famous.