Tragedy turned to triumph with popcorn at the center of it all. In 2003, Ben’s life was forever changed when he, 7 years old, and his brother Joshua, 16, were involved in an automobile crash. Both of the boys had life-threatening head injuries. Ben survived, his brother did not. By the time Ben was a teenager, school had become increasingly difficult for him. His mother, Barb decided to create a new opportunity for her son in the form of a small business.
Barb Robertson started the business with the motivation to create a future for her son, not wealth. Her son Ben is known as “Frankenmuth’s popcorn guy.” He’s the guy that stirs the kettle, he is the “Kernel” in Kernel Benny’s Popcorn! You can find Ben at local events around Frankenmuth stirring that pot, making his famous fresh kettle corn. Barb Robertson said the business has helped Ben Robertson in countless ways, teaching him practical skills, such as customer service, time, and money management. Perhaps most importantly, “It gives him self-worth.” “It gives him a purpose, a real purpose,” she said. Ben Robertson has a message for his supporters. “I appreciate all my customers”.
Starting from simple beginnings in the basement as part of a high school curriculum and expanding to the ever-popular kettle corn concession and now to the nostalgic store front, it is our mission and drive is to connect individuals in our community and circle of awareness to one another a really great snack.
It is our hope to continue fine tuning this business to become a platform for people with differing abilities to have an opportunity to apply their skills in a friendly and understanding work environment. We would like to create a place where they feel safe and are encouraged to spread their beautiful wings.
Since we popped our first batch of delicious kettle corn to packaging our first batch of premium hand-crafted flavors, we haven’t wavered in our single-minded mission to bring quality ingredients back to popcorn. For us business is more than just popcorn.
At Kernel Benny’s “We Pop With A Purpose.”
We work with only the best naturally sourced ingredients from around the world and no artificial flavorings or sweeteners to create products that do justice to the world’s finest popcorn coronals.
We pride ourselves in creating a delicious and quality popcorn that will leave you wishing for more. Our popcorn starts with a premium Non-GMO seed and is hand crafted in small batches using the purest form of ingredients to achieve our ever-expanding flavor profile.