Lansing City Market
visitors with a hankering for snack foods now have a new source in Eric’s Specialty Foods
. The new market business sells baked goods, gluten free items and gift baskets, but their specialty is their special brand of popcorn.
“It’s not patented yet, but we’re going to patent it,” says David Schaberg, father of Eric’s Specialty Foods founder Eric Schaberg. “We’ve been doing fundraisers with our flavored popcorn. It’s a specialty you won’t find elsewhere.”
Schaberg explains that the secret to their popcorn is that rather than being flavored with salt that comes off on your fingers, their flavors are glazed onto the popcorn.
“Because we cook with a glaze, the cheese never comes off,” he says.
The Schabergs have been operating Eric’s Specialty Foods for nearly two years, and are looking forward to their new, 150-square foot home in the Lansing City Market. It all started, Schaberg says, because of their family’s fondness for popcorn.
“It’s been for the love of the corn more than anything,” he says. “We couldn’t find what we wanted locally, and we thought we had a good idea of how to make it. As it’s developed, we were right on that.”
Eric’s Specialty Foods places a special focus on Michigan-made products and uses all of the in-state ingredients possible in their foods. The new location celebrated its grand opening at the market last week.