‘Pop’ cul­ture

Yuma-based ket­tle corn com­pany to ap­pear on the Cook­ing Chan­nel


A Pop Above, a Yuma-based ket­tle corn maker that has scored TV ap­pear­ances and grand prizes for its caramel, birth­day cake and other del­i­ca­cies, will show up in an­other TV show tonight.

Hunter Manzo, who owns and op­er­ates the busi­ness with wife Kelly Manzo, said they will be seen in the “Car­ni­val Kings” episode air­ing at 8 p.m. on the Cook­ing Chan­nel. They are also the stars of a short web-only video on the net­work’s web­site.

The seg­ments were filmed at the Pima County Fair in Tuc­son in April, he said. The show stars chef

Richie Fa­rina, who searches for “cut­ting-edge culi­nary com­pe­ti­tion” at fairs around the coun­try, the web­site says.

A Pop Above was high­lighted in “Car­ni­val Eats,” a dif­fer­ent Cook­ing Chan­nel se­ries, in March 2017, and won the Ari­zona State Fair’s “Best of the West” ket­tle corn com­pe­ti­tion the fol­low­ing Novem­ber.

The Man­zos met while at­tend­ing culi­nary school in Chicago and launched their pop­corn and spice busi­nesses af­ter grad­u­at­ing and mov­ing to Yuma in 2009. Their pop­corn wagon is based at Yuma Palms shop­ping cen­ter dur­ing the win­ter and they sell spices and pop­corn at the Ari­zona Mar­ket­place.

The Cook­ing Chan­nel is avail­able in Yuma on DirecTV on chan­nel 232, Dish Net­work on chan­nel 113, and on Spec­trum on chan­nel 163. For more in­for­ma­tion, find A Pop Above - Pop­corn Com­pany on Face­book or @ AP op Above on Twit­ter.

KELLY (LEFT) AND HUNTER MANZO’S BUSI­NESS A POP ABOVE shows off their prize-win­ning cre­ation that got them fea­tured in a past episode of the Cook­ing Chan­nel’s “Car­ni­val Eats.” Now the Yuma pair will be pro­filed tonight in an­other Cook­ing Chan­nel show, “Car­ni­val Kings.”

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