Add Some POP to Your Thanksgiving With This DIY Turkey Leg Craft for Kids

It’s not Thanksgiving without a savory gobbler showcased at the table! While the adults are having their own fun, set up a crafting table for the kids to “carve” their own turkey with this creative DIY Turkey Leg craft idea! Wait until you see the poppin’ surprise that awaits once the turkey legs are torn open.


Alternatively, children can make these while the Thanksgiving meal prep is going on for use as place cards at the table. Fill them up with your favorite popcorn flavor and wait for the fun to pop! Get the entire how-to at Celebrations.com.

Colorful Crafts for Kids: DIY Popcorn Tree for Fall

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From the delicious flavors of fall to the vibrant colors of the season, there are so many reasons to celebrate! This year, add some poppin’ fun to the season with some kid-friendly crafts the whole family can enjoy.

Using just paper, marker, and glue, we turned a handful of popcorn into fun and festive trees that help your child learn about the changing colors of the season as well as develop certain motor and creative skills.

For this craft, we used the 3 popular favors – butter, cheese, caramel – that come in most of our popcorn tins, as well as a handful of our flavor-packed cinnamon popcorn.

crafts-for-kids-diy-fall-popcorn-tree-suppliesSupplies for Fall Popcorn Tree Craft

Popcorn in fall colors (our 3-flavor tins come with brown, yellow, and orange)
1 sheet light-colored construction paper
Brown marker
Glue

Directions for Fall Popcorn Tree Craft

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First, take your brown marker and draw a tree with multiple branches.

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Once your tree has been drawn, use the glue to attach several pieces of popcorn to the tree.

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Let dry, and now your poppin’ masterpiece is ready to show off!

Fall in Love with These Fall Popcorn Flavors

What is your favorite part about fall? Is it the unmatched beauty of the autumn leaves that change from green to vibrant shades of yellows and oranges? Or perhaps it’s the cool and calm breeze, perfect for strolling through the park.

For us, it’s the blend of unique flavors and fragrances that fill the air with autumn fever. We’ve taken some of our favorite fall flavors and blended them into savory, must-try popcorn flavors for fall that are sure to tickle the senses – here are some of our favorites!

Introducing…our NEW Fall Popcorn Flavors

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Irresistibly sweet caramel corn mixed with pecans and blended with a hint of pumpkin spice yields a flavor combination that’ll make your taste buds tingle! Packed with the flavors of fall, this is one variety you’ll have to experience for yourself to believe.


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In March 2014, the lucky winner of our “What’s Your Flavor” contest had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to turn her winning flavor into a real, flavor-packed popcorn blend. Now, you too can experience the unique blend of flavors and herbs in her winning finished product. Introducing: Sage Brown Butter Crunch popcorn!

Classic Favorites Fall Popcorn Flavors

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There’s nothing quite as classically delicious as a mouth-watering slice of apple pie. Now, your favorite dessert can be enjoyed in snack form with our Caramel Apple popcorn! Crisp apple pieces blended with sweet caramel corn yields a popcorn combination none will be able to resist.

 

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S’mores Corn

More, more, we want more s’mores! If this anthem sounds familiar, you’ll love our fall favorite S’mores popcorn; our irresistible secret-recipe Caramel popcorn, covered in decadent chocolate and tossed with marshmallow cream and real graham crackers…all that flavor without the campfire!

How to Make a Witch Hat With Halloween Popcorn

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You don’t have to toil and trouble over your Halloween décor! With a few easy-to-find art supplies and some Halloween-themed snacks, you can brew up a wickedly cute witch hat that will spellbind your party guests (no potions necessary).

Popcorn Witch HatWhat You’ll Need

One pencil
One Styrofoam cone
Two 15-ounce canisters of Zombie Kettle Corn
One hot glue gun
One Halloween-themed wreath (handmade or store-bought)

Directions

  1. Using the pencil, draw the outline of any pattern of your choice on the surface of the Styrofoam cone. Here, we used a simple linear pattern to create bands across the base and the top of the cone.
  2. Separate the Zombie Kettle Corn by its four colors (orange, purple, green and black).
  3. With the hot glue gun, follow the pattern you drew and glue the popcorn onto the cone, piece by piece. (Watch out: Don’t burn yourself!)
  4. As you work your way up and around the cone, glue the kernels close together—like a mosaic—so the white cone doesn’t show through. Use small broken pieces of popcorn to fill any gaps between kernels.
  5. Top off the cone with the pointiest popcorn kernel you can find. When the popcorn is completely dry, spray it with glitter.
  6. To make the brim of the hat, lay the wreath face-up on a flat surface and place the cone in the center of the wreath.

Abracadabra, your witch hat is complete! Add a little extra charm by wrapping it with ribbon and embellishing it with feathers, spiders or owls. Show off your creation by resting it on your fireplace mantel, atop your kitchen counter or next to a cauldron-shaped punch bowl.

Now that our Halloween popcorn series is officially over, it’s time to put our readers to a vote! Which creepy craft was your favorite: the popcorn centerpiece, the popcorn pumpkin or the popcorn witch hat?

How to Decorate a Pumpkin With Halloween Popcorn

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Two things usually come to mind when we think of October 31: Decorating pumpkins and eating Halloween treats! Why not combine the two and dress up a pumpkin with Halloween popcorn? If you’re on the hunt for some ghoulish Halloween party ideas, this craft is a hair-raising alternative to the ho-hum Jack-o-lantern.

Popcorn PumpkinWhat You’ll Need

One small or medium-sized pumpkin
One washable black marker
Two 15-ounce canisters of Zombie Kettle Corn
One hot glue gun

Directions

  1. Using the washable marker, draw the outline of a monster face (or any pattern of your choice) onto the surface of the pumpkin.
  1. Separate the Zombie Kettle Corn by its four colors (orange, purple, green and black).
  1. Following the pattern you drew, use the hot glue gun to glue the popcorn onto the surface of the pumpkin. (Be careful not to burn your fingers!) It’s easiest to start at the top of the pumpkin and work your way down.
  1. Make sure the kernels are glued close together in a mosaic-like pattern so the orange color of the pumpkin doesn’t show through. Use small broken pieces of popcorn to fill in any gaps between kernels.

Welcome your Halloween guests by propping up your little monster on a windowsill, a staircase or your doorstep.

Now it’s your turn to tell us: What kinds of unusual materials have you used to decorate a pumpkin?

How to Make a Halloween Centerpiece With Popcorn

Halloween CenterpieceLooking for some simple Halloween party ideas that will send shivers down your guests’ spines? Here’s a tip: Halloween treats aren’t just for eating; you can decorate with them too! Spook-ify your dinner table with this centerpiece made from Halloween popcorn and autumn leaves. It’s a fun, super-easy craft, plus you can reuse it for your Thanksgiving spread!

Halloween CenterpieceWhat You’ll Need

One 15-ounce canister of Zombie Kettle Corn
One tall, clear vase
One branch of faux fall leaves
Halloween ribbon

Directions

  1. Separate the Zombie Kettle Corn by its four colors (orange, purple, green and black).
  2. Start layering the popcorn in the vase, one color at a time, in any order you like.
  3. After you’ve finished the second layer, place the leaves into the vase.
  4. Hold the branch straight up in the vase and continue with the third and fourth layers of popcorn, placing the popcorn around the branch. Pack the popcorn tightly all the way to the top of the vase so that it holds the branch up.
  5. Tie a cute Halloween ribbon of your choice around the top of the vase.

You’re done! Display your popcorn arrangement at the center of the dinner table, or place it on a coffee table to accent your Halloween décor.

How do you like to decorate with healthy Halloween snacks? Tell us your ideas!

Thanksgiving Traditions

The Holiday season is in full swing for us at The Popcorn Factory, and certainly with you too! We’re planning so many great things for Thanksgiving and our Winter Holidays that we can’t wait to share them with all of you.

Of course, all of our attention and focus right now is on one of our favorite Holidays: Thanksgiving. Being the popcorn and Holiday savvy poppers we are, we know that Thanksgiving and popcorn go hand in hand!

Popcorn was around for the very first Thanksgiving Day dinner in Plymouth, Massachusetts (and was a sure-fire hit if we do say!) Bags of popped corn were brought to the first Thanksgiving feast as a gift from the chief’s brother. Native Americans made popcorn by holding an oiled ear of corn on a stick over fire and then eating the popped corn off of the ear! Colonists later incorporated popcorn into their daily meals and began using popcorn with milk or cream, and sugar, making it the first known breakfast cereal! (I bet our secret recipe caramel popcorn or kettle corn would be perfect to try this way!) This is just another example of popcorn leading the way in tasty snacks and meals.

Popcorn is the ultimate Thanksgiving tradition, so why not make it apart of yours? Light, fluffy, and made with delicious and innovating flavors, our popcorn complements any occasion or meal. You can enjoy our real buttery popcorn as a before-dinner snack while you’re watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Chomp down on our natural cheese popcorn without ruining your appetite, as you watch and root for the Packers or Lions, Dolphins or Cowboys, and the 49ers or Ravens! (Not to brag, but we hear our popcorn tastes even greater than a win when coming from one of our many NFL popcorn tins that we offer).

Just finished a huge Thanksgiving dinner but you still want dessert? Our secret recipe caramel popcorn makes the perfect post-Thanksgiving dinner dessert. This buttery and sweet combination is a super satisfying treat and goes perfectly with any turkey, potato, or green dish (plus, who are we to shake up a several century’s long tradition of popcorn at Thanksgiving!) Simple and tasty to eat, without putting a strain on an already full stomach!

We’ve been popping since 1979 with fresh, fun, and delicious popcorn flavors, so let us be your popcorn experts this Thanksgiving holiday and get a great snack that you can be thankful for!

Celebrate National Popcorn Month with Us!

We must be very POPular if we get our own month! October is National Popcorn Month and we couldn’t be happier. Why October you ask? For over 30 years (Hey! That’s how long we’ve been around!), October has taken the title of National Popcorn Month because of the fall harvest in the Midwest every year. It was given the official title in 1999, under then Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman! And now every year, we get an extra reason to celebrate the snack we love most: Popcorn!

We’re not the only ones crazy for kernels though! Popcorn was actually discovered first by Native Americans in North America and was used as everyday food or as a supplement to other meals. Evidence was found of popcorn being made in 3600 B.C. in New Mexico, making it one of the oldest forms of cooking corn! Who knew it wasn’t just for snacking during movies or baseball? (Well, clearly historians and us of course). An early Spanish account of a ceremony honoring the Aztec gods who watched over fishermen reads: “They scattered before him parched corn, called momochitl, a kind of corn which bursts when parched and discloses its contents and makes itself look like a very white flower; they said these were hailstones given to the god of water.” (source).

We may be biased, but I think everyone can agree that popcorn is the perfect snack to enjoy year long, with so many variations to choose from! Our all natural butter popcorn is a staple for any movie night; mix it up and add our real cheese popcorn for a popcorn purist’s dream mix! No one can resist our secret recipe caramel popcorn, sweet and buttery and always fresh. We’re also constantly coming up with new and unique flavors to try! Our peanut brittle popcorn is actually a staff family recipe. Our jalapeno popcorn can rope in anyone who tries it. For any Fall fans out there, our caramel apple popcorn is a must have!

Is your mouth watering yet? Head on over to our site ThePopcornFactory.com and look at all the scrumptious selections we have to offer! Don’t forget to try our scary good Halloween collection while it lasts; a wide assortment of savory and sweet popcorn as well as other delicious treats! A Halloween Treat just for you: Save $10 on your order of $50 or more on regular priced items using the promo code “SCARY” before 10/24/2011. You’ll be celebrating the holiday deliciously in no time!

Happy Hauntings and Poppings!

Back To School Cool

College Extreme Survival Kit Snack Assortment & 3-Way Popcorn Tins $44.99 - $59.99

Another school year is here! It’s time for buying books, going to classes, late-night study sessions, and the occasional paper or test. Or perhaps this is yours or your loved ones first year going away for college and making a fresh start. No matter which case, it is always a fun, exciting (and maybe a little scary) time for everyone.

During this crazy and busy school time, we know that it’s the comforts of home that everyone looks forward to most. Whether you’re sending a care package, homecoming gift, study snack, or even their favorite snacks, it will definitely be appreciated (and maybe you’ll even get a phone call home!). We like to think that we’ve perfected our own kind of college survival kits and college study kits; the perfect gifts to let your little think-tank know that you miss and support them…and that you don’t want them to starve when they’ve run out of late night snacks and the campus store is closed! A delicious popcorn treat can really help keep focus for an all-night study session, and is the perfect between meal snack to keep them full and happy.

These tins are also perfect for fast approaching Homecoming weekends! Show your school pride if you’re an Illini, Badger, or any of your other favorite mascots. These college team tins are great to bring to any tailgating parties, mid-game cravings, or a delicious gift to any alumnus.

We don’t like to brag (too much) but we bet if they shared one of our delicious sample popcorn tins with our secret recipe caramel, or our real cheese cheddar popcorn, they will be making friends in no time. Several of our snack tins include our favorite flavors of popcorn like butter, white cheddar, or secret recipe caramel. They also include a variety of tasty bites like cookies, chips, candy and many more sweets to keep your scholars satisfied. We can even personalize the messages on the tins with a picture or note (this would be the perfect time for any silly family photos from home). When they’re done with the goodies inside, the tins are perfect for storage and decorated with your University’s logo and colors or fun, bright designs so that they can easily fit in with the dorm décor.

So what do you all think? Let us know in the comments what would be in your ultimate college survival tin? Don’t forget to check us out on Facebook as well!