15 Sep

Olive Oyl popcorn finds its way to store shelves

By Kim Mikus ,
Photo George LeClaire,

Angelo and Maria Angelakos, of Lake in the Hills, created and now sell pre-popped popcorn made with olive oil through their business, Olive Oyl Brand Foods Inc. The snack is making its way to grocery stores.

Attorney Angelo Angelakos acted on an idea and a craving he had a couple years ago while watching Monday Night Football.

The Lake in the Hills resident turned his simple idea involving popcorn into a business. The concept developed when Angelakos went to make stove-popped popcorn only to discover he was out of vegetable oil.

He decided to wing it and use the extra virgin olive oil he had in the cabinet. “I loved it. I never went back to using regular oil,” Angelakos said.

His wife and friends shared his love for the popcorn made with olive oil. He decided to go for it and market the idea. “I’m tired of thinking of things and not following through,” he said.

The process has taken more time than Angelakos and his wife, Maria, anticipated.

To help market their concept, the couple worked to obtain Olive Oyl, Popeye’s fiesty, flirtatious girlfriend for their packaging. King Features, the company that owns the rights to the cartoon, approved a licensing agreement.

Olive Oyl Brand Foods Inc. was born.

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One Response to “Olive Oyl popcorn finds its way to store shelves”

  1. Sharon Henderson Says:

    Where can I find this popcorn in Georgia

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