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All About Boiled Peanuts

19 August, 2015

Historic landmarks, plantations, sweet tea, the Bible belt and hot summers are just a few staples of the South. However, one thing stands above the rest: boiled peanuts. They have become so popular that they are South Carolina’s state snack.

Although you can find boiled peanuts year round, some say New Crop season is the season of peak deliciousness. This season generally occurs from around May to mid October. New crop or green peanuts have been pulled from the ground at the end of its growing season and boiled without having been dried before boiling, which is the reason for their fresh and incomparable taste.

There is no denying boiled peanuts are a southern staple, along with fried green tomatoes, fried chicken and barbecue, but boiled peanuts have been around longer than any of our other southern food friends. Many tend to think boiled peanuts arrived during the Civil War due to lack of nutritious foods. However, Southerners were eating boiled peanuts long before the Civil War. According to Serious Eats, peanuts were cultivated primarily by African Americans in their own garden patches for their own families' use up until the American Revolution.

When it comes to making and eating boiled peanuts, you could very easily boil your own, but you could also just stop into Cromer’s (we just so happen to be famous for our peanuts).

Come in and see us at 3030 North Main Street, Columbia SC 29201

5 Reasons to Have Cromer's At Your Wedding!

13 August, 2015

Weddings are a celebration of many things like a new chapter in the couple's lives and two families coming together. They are also, however, a display of food and decorations at the reception. Let us help you make your day one no one will soon forget! 

We have everything from wedding cake sno-kones to customizable popcorn and/or cotton to match your wedding colors.  We can set up a popcorn/cotton candy/sno-kone bar with your choice of flavor and colors. If you choose a popcorn bar, think outside the box with the add-ins. Marshmallows, chocolate syrup, nuts - the possibilities are endless to having a successful popcorn bar at your wedding. Your guests will love this gourmet treat. 

Here are the top five reasons to have Cromer's at your wedding: 

1. It's a unique spin on traditional reception food - surprise your guests with fun snacks they can enjoy.

2. Planning a winter wedding? Have wedding cake flavored sno-kones! The sno-kones will contribute to your wintery theme and will compliment your day perfectly. 

3. The display bar will be a focal point for your guests. Give your guests something to talk about with the popcorn, cotton candy or sno-kone display. 

4. Provides easy snacks for your guests to munch on to keep them dancing all night. 

5. It's fun for all ages. Kids will enjoy the popcorn with colors and flavors. Add-ins such as chocolate, nuts or candies will draw adults to this savory gourmet treat. 

 

What's Poppin'?

04 August, 2015

We at Cromer's like to provide our customers with the freshest and best products available. We always have fresh and delicious popcorn ready online or in-store. From salted to unsalted, small bag to bushel, low fat and flavored - we have the popcorn for you! 

According to The Popcorn Board, popcorn is whole grain, naturally low in fat and calories, and gluten free, meaning it is a good fit for today’s health conscious consumer. Aside from the healthy qualities of the snack, it's taste and versatility is what makes it so popular. Americans consume some 16 billion quarts of popcorn each year. That’s roughly 51 quarts per man, woman and child. 

Never feel guilty about indulging in Cromer's popcorn! Popped daily and always savory, come in and see us or shop online today for your delicious popcorn! 

Cromer's is celebrating its 80th anniversary

31 July, 2015

Cool Off With Cromer's!

24 July, 2015

We hit record temperatures in the famously hot Columbia, SC yesterday, and we don't want the heat to get you down! Come see us for sweet, delicious and refreshing treats!

Smoothies

Our smoothies are available in four refreshing flavors and will satisfy every tastebud! Choose from wild berry, strawberry banana, mango or peach with or without whipped cream on top! Don't miss out on this sweet treat!

Sno-Kones

No summer is complete without a sno-kone! We have blue raspberry, cherry and grape (or mix all three) available at all times. However, we also have multiple other fun flavors if you would like to rent a sno-kone machine and throw yourself a big summer bash! 

Flavored Iced Teas

Available in raspberry or peach, enjoy this refreshing and iced cold drink to cool you off! 

Iced/Blended Coffees 

All of our hot coffees are available iced or blended. We also have fun summer drinks for a mini getaway during your famously hot days. 

  • Caribbean Getaway: iced latte with coconut and caramel
  • Mint Kicker: latte with creme de menthe
  • Turtle Mocha: hazelnut, caramel and chocolate

Bottled Sodas

Nothing beats a classic! Bottled Coca Cola, Diet Coke, Cheerwine, IBC Root Beer and NEHI (orange, grape, peach) are available all day every day! 

 
We have multiple sweet treats and refreshing drinks available to you to help cool off on these hot summer days! Don't let the heat get you down, come see us for a cool down treat!  

Lookout For Our New Gifting Program!

30 June, 2015

Have you ever wondered about the perfect gift for a spouse, family member, friend, neighbor or co-worker?

Well look no further! 

Cromer’s is launching our gifting program this July!

Be on the lookout for the new 11 gift basket options ranging from classic favorites to deluxe tins perfect for holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, thank yous or just thinking about yous! 

Filled with all of our famous and delicious treats, you are bound to satisfy the tastebuds of those in your life.

 

Cromer's 80th Anniversary Celebration!

17 June, 2015

Cromer’s P-Nuts has long been a local favorite in the Midlands. This year is a very special year because we are celebrating 80 years of business! We are so excited and so thankful for such a wonderful community who has supported us the past 80 years.

We are having a big celebration on August 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. full of treats and fun for all ages! We will have food, bounce houses, games, vintage car show, balloons, music and so much more! 

To add to the celebration, weekly customers will have the opportunity to be our 80th customer of the day and receive a free bushel of our fresh popcorn! 

“I am proud to continue the legacy of my Grandfather, Julian Cromer, and to celebrate 80 years as a family owned business in the Midlands of SC. Thanks to all of our loyal customers, some who have been with us since we were on the Assembly Street Farmers’ Market, we have adapted to the times while continuing to offer our quality products and excellent customer service,” says Cromer’s President and Owner, Carolette Cromer Turner on hitting the 80 year mark.  “We look forward to the future and new generations of customers who will come to love “The Guaranteed Worst in Town.””

 

Not Just P-Nuts!

09 June, 2015

Here at Cromer’s, we’re more than just peanut experts. We have also mastered the art of popping the tastiest and freshest popcorn with 25 flavor options, offering customizable cotton candy colors and flavors, a café filled with gourmet sandwiches and a coffee shop perfect to start your day or just a yummy treat.

However, we are more than just snacks, sandwiches and coffee. We also offer machine rentals, event catering and advertising specialties.

Cromer’s popcorn is popped daily so it is always fresh, just as the bright yellow bags say. If the popcorn is kept sealed, it can stay fresh for 6-8 weeks! Our popcorn is popped in coconut oil rather than the traditional canola oil. This gives your popcorn a healthier edge so you don’t feel guilty about indulging in your tasty snack!

Peanuts are boiled, packaged and sold daily. Along with our boiled peanuts, we offer many different styles of peanuts. Roasted, salted, no salt, new crop…you can find a delicious treat no matter what! If you’re in the mood for another crunchy snack, we also offer pistachios, cashews, peanut brittle and chocolate covered almonds.

Our café offers breakfast bagels and croissants, gourmet sandwiches and delicious coffee. The menu also offers daily specials from hot dogs to BLTs to shrimp and grits! We pride ourselves on never using frozen products. Meats, bread (the croissants are purchased from Crepes and Croissants) and coffee beans are all locally purchased. Our coffee is micro roasted right here in Columbia. Our barista has mastered the art of coffee and will always provide you with the most delicious drink. Try it once and you’re hooked. It is full of flavor and made with love. And in case you still aren’t convinced, Cromer’s offers free Wi-Fi, free parking and a comfy couch to relax on.

Are you planning a party or celebration? We have the supplies for you! Balloons (sold in packs or we can blow them up for you), streamers, tablecloths, napkins, plates and so much more!

To kick your party up a notch, you can rent sno-kone machines, poppers and cotton candy machines. The steps are simple and easy to follow and your guests are sure to be impressed.

If you want to leave the popping and sno-kones to us or want funnel cakes or boiled peanuts, we would be glad to come to you and cater your event. We are unlike your traditional catering company, but with years of fair and carnival experience, we know how to make your event a tasty success!

Cromer’s is known for many things, but something a lot of people don’t know is that we offer extensive Advertising Specialties. With over 800,000 customizable products ranging from toilet paper to t-shirts to koozies, let Cromer’s help you grow your business.

Want to see it for yourself? Watch this video and then stop by our store located at 1700 Huger Street, Columbia, SC. 

 

Concessions that Pop!

04 June, 2015

We have always been committed to serving all your concession needs. Our products are pre-packaged and ready to go as soon as they are delivered. 

Our concession products make your job hassle-free:

  • No mess and cleanup 
  • No long term storage 
  • We deliver to you 
  • No food safety risk

Watch the video below to learn more about our concession products and customization options! 

Cromer's Cafe- serving the Guaranteed Worst coffee in Columbia, SC

26 May, 2015

Cromer's proudly serves Turtle Creek Coffee in our cafe. Turtle Creek Coffee is a local coffee roasting company founded by Mick Carnett.
Carnett began roasting coffee after moving back to South Carolina from the west coast. Missing the coffee he enjoyed on the other side of the country, he began to make his own. Carnett began to roast for his personal consumption, and soon his friends and family wanted coffee too. This began Carnett's business in coffee roasting. 
Watch the video below to find out about Cromer's Cafe and all of the delicious drinks we have to offer.