Snap, Crackle, Popcorn Chicken: A Profile of Penn Manor’s Crunchy Superstar

The cafeteria’s popcorn chicken is amazing. There are no other words for it.

Well, at least no other word I’ve heard from students. In fact, on days when it’s the main lunch, it makes up almost 75% of the average 1010 meals sold daily.

Polling students on why the chicken is so popular brings in a range of opinions: “People just like it. Maybe it’s the spices?” “There’s no reason, it’s just automatically awesome,” “It’s not about the chicken. It’s about the gravy that comes with the chicken,” “You know, until someone invents bacon that tells me I’m handsome, I will hold up the popcorn chicken as one of mankind’s greatest creations.”

Popcorn chicken is the cafeteria's most popular meal.

Now, strange thing is, Penn Manor’s popcorn chicken is easily available at local grocery stores as Tyson’s Any’tizers popcorn chicken bites. Nothing is changed, no ingredients added, just sent to the kitchens and prepared according to the instructions on the bag.

This information got mixed reviews. Some students loved the idea; others were indifferent, stating that they’d get tired of it if they started to have it at home.

John Erisman, a Penn Manor social studies teacher and a resident popcorn chicken specialist, said that while popcorn chicken is one of the only two cafeteria’s meals he eats, he wouldn’t have it at home, and that he suggests fans visit a Chick-fil-A restaurant.

“I’m telling you, best chicken in the world,” Erisman said.

Guess sometimes there is too much of a good thing.

By Kennedy Phillips

4 thoughts on “Snap, Crackle, Popcorn Chicken: A Profile of Penn Manor’s Crunchy Superstar”

  1. You want to know what’s really outrageous?

    There aren’t any soup spoons in the cafeteria.. NONE!

    How is the student body supposed to consume their soup with measly normal spoons…. they’re too small!

  2. i have to disagree not only is the popcorn chicken hardly taste like chicken but thegravys way to pale to even call gravy its all just disgusting there ui said said it i hate the popcorn chicken

  3. Ben,
    Not only are there no soup spoons, but there’s only one microwave! How can they expect five students to heat up their lunch with only one microwave? Now that’s outrageous.

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