Unique Gift Ideas for Father’s Day: Part 1

Welcome Back,

It’s time to dive into summer! We can’t wait for the constant warm weather, sunshine and another holiday to celebrate our other very important parent: Dad. If finding the perfect gift for dad seems like it’s always the hardest thing to do, keep check back with us! We have great gift ideas that Dad will both love and be impressed with… let’s jump in!

zig zag popcorn samplerUnique Father’s Day Gift Idea #1: Father’s Day Summer Movie Kit

If there is one thing we love about summer, it would definitely be the great summer blockbusters hitting the screen every weekend. We may be biased, but nothing goes better together than a great movie and some delicious popcorn. For this Father’s Day, put together a fun and delicious kit with all of Dad’s favorite movie snacks, his favorite Popcorn Factory popcorn, and a movie he’s sure to love!

Order our Zig-Zag Sampler that includes creamy vanilla caramels, sour hard candies, chocolate chip cookies, dry roast peanuts, assorted Jelly Belly® beans, and a delicious popcorn trio of robust Cheese, White Cheddar and Almond Pecan corn with whole almonds and pecans tossed in a buttery glaze. Pair this with a movie theater gift card from your local theater with a promise to go see a movie with Dear ol’ Dad.

Or you could try our Movie Night Scoop Boxes, which come in a set of two, with all-natural Butter popcorn, red licorice twists, malted milk balls, gummy bears and Kiddy Mix candies. Pair this with a movie theater gift card or a new DVD/Blue-Ray movie that he is sure to love! Our Popcorn Bowl & Snacks gift will definitely ensure a great movie night at home and includes all-natural Butter, robust Cheese and secret-recipe Caramel corn, red licorice, Jelly Belly® beans, chocolate chip cookies and creamy, foil-wrapped chocolates. Fathers day movie popcorn gifts

Our Ultimate Dad DVD/Blue-Ray Movie Picks:

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Check back with us next week for another Unique Father’s Day Gift Idea! 

Made In the USA Popcorn

 Welcome back Popcorn fans

To say that popcorn is our passion would be a huge understatement. Here at The Popcorn Factory we live, breathe, (and most importantly) eat popcorn! From the moment an idea “pops” into our head to the time our delicious popcorn gift reaches your door, we’re working hard to supply you with the best tasting popcorn and fun popcorn gifts that could be imagined. We care about each gift tin design, material, natural flavors, down to each individual kernel; we track it all. And we’re able to keep track of every last popcorn kernel and stay with it throughout the entire process because our popcorn is popped fresh from corn grown in the USA!

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Made in the USA popcorn

Being an Illinois popcorn store, we know that the United States is the leading provider of the best corn all over the world. When popping over 1 million pounds of popcorn per year, we know we have to look for the best. So why would we ever want to travel far when we have premium corn in our own backyard? This is why we’re proud to display our “Made in the USA” flag banner at the top of our website!

The Popcorn Factory is a Made in the USA kind of business. Our corn is grown here on American soil and taken to our facility in Lake Forest, Illinois for popping using 100% corn oil and infusions of the tastiest and natural flavoring! At our facility, you’ll find the creative behind our fresh popcorn gifts working to make even more fun and enjoyable popcorn gifts for you. Here, you’ll also find our many kettles of natural flavoring, our expert popping machines and workers bringing you the best popcorn gifts around.

Even the gift tins your delicious popcorn treat come in are important to us. Our 3 flavor, 4 flavor and single flavor popcorn tins are a “100% Made in the USA” gift, perfect for holding our 100% Made in the USA popcorn! In addition, all of our gifts are assembled and distributed from our Lake Forest facility.

For the last 30 years, The Popcorn Factory has been the “popcorn authority” with our remarkable collection of popcorn gifts and unique popcorn flavors. We’re committed to our standard of excellence in providing the best and freshest popcorn and popcorn gifts. We guarantee complete satisfaction, from a “Made in the USA” company you can trust!

Happy Popping!

 

National Popcorn Day

National Popcorn DayHello Popcorn Fans!

Today is National Popcorn Day and we couldn’t be happier! We’ve been working hard to come up with some great new popcorn gifts that will make any popcorn lover POP with excitement.

It’s no secret that we love popcorn, but what we love more than popcorn is being able to share all of our delicious popcorn flavors and popcorn gifts with other fellow popcorn lovers. When you’re at The Popcorn Factory, popcorn is your life. Every day is National Popcorn Day for us, and we wouldn’t have it any other way! We have our traditional favorite popcorn flavors like our natural butter popcorn, cheese popcorn made with real cheese, our secret recipe caramel popcorn (a real winner!), and our savory white cheddar popcorn, all ready to delight any lucky popcorn recipient.

What sets The Popcorn Factory apart from all the other popcorn makers out there is our ingenuity and daringness to go out there and create the perfect popcorn flavor perfect for any and all popcorn connoisseurs! Our jalapeno flavored popcorn has flavor that’s packed with a punch, but everyone who has ever tried it counts it among their favorite popcorn flavors. The buffalo ranch flavored popcorn is delightfully zingy and will leave you wanting more. There will never be another need for chips when you taste our cracked pepper flavored popcorn. And once you get to our savory ginger teriyaki flavored popcorn, it will be hard to find another snack you want other than our innovative popcorn flavors!

National Popcorn DayOf course, what kind of National Popcorn Day would it be without a delectable helping of some of our very best sweet popcorn creations? For chocolate lovers out there, try our decadent Drizzled Caramel Corn, made with our secret recipe caramel popcorn with chocolate generously drizzled over…it’s positively sinful. Our s’mores popcorn is unparalleled in flavor and great ideas put to test. You’ll never want to go camping or sit around a fire without our s’mores popcorn at your side. Have we mentioned that The Popcorn Factory’s kettle corn is the best around? We use old-fashioned copper kettles to give it that perfect, uncompromising taste that made it one of the most popular popcorn flavors to begin with! Our newer dark chocolate and sea salt popcorn is basically the stuff all popcorn dreams are made of. Taking our secret recipe caramel popcorn and covering it with dark chocolate and a helpful sprinkle of gourmet sea salt, it becomes the perfect combination of sweet and savory and everything you’ve been looking for in the perfect popcorn flavor. There’s something especially sweet about our peanut brittle popcorn. Sure it’s rich and buttery taste, mixed with a candy crunch is completely irresistible, but what makes it even sweeter is that it’s a Popcorn Factory family special recipe. A premium treat in itself, our almond pecan popcorn is a real prize for any popcorn enthusiast. Combining our favorite secret recipe caramel popcorn and an array of almonds and pecans, this popcorn flavor perfects a sweet and buttery taste. We could never forget about our red-hot and delicious cinnamon popcorn flavor, and neither will you after you’ve tried it!

The Popcorn Factory has been the leading popcorn innovators for the last 30 years. We live, eat, and breathe popcorn. When we create our new popcorn flavors, we do it for all the other popcorn lovers out there, and especially for those who don’t know that they’re popcorn lovers yet! Celebrate National Popcorn Day with us deliciously and try out on the best popcorn flavors that anyone has to offer. We know you’ll find your favorite and will continue on our journey with us to find the perfect popcorn treat!

Happy National Popcorn Day, everyone! Enjoy Deliciously.

 

College Care Packages for Finals

Hello Popcorn Pals!

The Holiday season is upon us! That means the family is home and together, everyone sitting around the fireplace, cups of hot cocoa, building snowmen, warm sweaters and slippers, and watching holiday movies around the clock…that is, after college finals are over.

Probably the most stressful time of the winter season (next to visiting that one weird aunt), college semester finals are a time when most students will be lucky if they even have the time or energy to get in one good meal. Late night study sessions will extend far later than any campus convenience store stays open, and they’ll need something to refuel with when they get that study break craving. Help out your scholar and send them a light, fun snack that they’ll enjoy!

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College Survival Kit Popcorn Snack Tin $29.99; Product code: C3420C

Our popcorn makes the perfect college study break treat. Light, fluffy, and packed with flavor; a few (or more!) handfuls of this treat won’t leave studiers feeling sluggish or too full to concentrate. Plus, they’re great for sharing with a large study group or college roommates. We like to think we’ve perfected the perfect college snack for those final study breaks, with our college survival snack gift tins. Not only do we offer our delicious popcorn flavors in butter, cheese, or secret recipe caramel, we also throw in mouthwatering chocolate chip cookies, savory chips, chocolates, and various candies. All of the essential treats to make your college gift that much sweeter!

These college care packages won’t break the bank either! With a majority of college gifts ranging from $19.99 to $39.99, you can make sure your college kid is eating a tasty snack without having to take out another loan for it. Our exclusively decorated tins and containers can be reused again and again for storage, snack, or even decoration.

Don’t miss out on showing school pride either. Check to see if your college has partnered up with us for a specially decorated tin donning the school colors and mascot! They make for the perfect accessory at any tailgating party or in the stands snack.

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College Popcorn Gift Tins

Order your college care packages soon, and let your hard-working college student know that you’re thinking of them…and their snack time!

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!

Let’s Talk Some Gourmet Popcorn. 3 Gourmet Popcorn Prizes!

Gourmet Popcorn Sampler

Gourmet Popcorn Sampler

Gourmet Popcorn from The Popcorn Factory….how best to experience it for the first time when you are unsure of which of the many delicious flavors to taste first? Should you go with Garlic Asiago Popcorn or maybe Jalapeno Popcorn? Maybe you’re leaning towards Passion Fruit Popcorn only to be swayed towards the ever so popular Chocolate Popcorn? The answer to that question is the 18 Pack Popcorn Sampler from The Popcorn Factory. Its oh-so-delicious picture is right there to your left.

 In about a paragraph or two, let us know which of the many gourmet popcorn flavors you would try first! Also, let us know which of the other flavors you think adults would like versus kids. Or which ones would be loved by all! And if there are certain flavors or combinations of flavors that you would like to see in the future, let us know.

The gourmet popcorn flavors for your mouth-watering perusal include Garlic Asiago Popcorn, Almond Pecan Corn, Jalapeno Popcorn, Kettle Corn, Cheese Popcorn, Butter Popcorn, Buffalo Ranch Popcorn, Caramel Corn, White Cheddar Popcorn, Cinnamon Corn, Chocolate Popcorn, Passion Fruit Popcorn and Caramel Apple Popcorn.

We will pick 3 random winners.

Surprise “1st Post” Winner) Erica Best – February 20th, 2011 @ 9:27 pm

Winner #1) Michelle Coles – February 21st, 2011 @ 12:14 am

Winner #2) Melissa – February 22nd, 2011 @ 9:19 pm

Winner #3) Gayle Watkins on February 22nd, 2011 @ 6:54 pm

Go Gourmet Popcorn!

Gourmet Popcorn Party (3 prizes!)

The Popcorn Factory - Popping for more than 30 years!

The Popcorn Factory - Popping for more than 30 years!

Gourmet Popcorn. It is such a great snack for so many different types of get togethers with friends and family. So the topic of this Gourmet Popcorn Party (with 3 prizes!) is well gourmet popcorn!  We want to know what you think about when you think about those 2 words together, gourmet & popcorn. What thoughts and images are conjured up in your head? At The Popcorn Factory, we’ve been this for quite some time (as you can see from the graphic on the left..) and we’ve loved every minute of it. We are passionate about popcorn. When we are in our actual Popcorn Factory (yes it’s not just a name, there an actual Popcorn Factory!), we love to brainstorm all the different possibilities for future popcorn flavors while always making sure that the quality of our gourmet popcorn is second to none.

So in about a paragraph or two, tell us about what you feel makes popcorn gourmet. How do you feel about the gourmet popcorn created by The Popcorn Factory?

We will pick 3 random winners!

Winner Status:

Surprise “1st Poster” Winner: #1 Written By Rick on February 4th, 2011 @ 6:52 pm

Winner #1)  #6 Written By Dawn on February 4th, 2011 @ 7:11 pm

Winner #2) #18 Written By Carmen Payton on February 5th, 2011 @ 6:53 am

Winner #3) #43 Written By meredith M on February 8th, 2011 @ 5:59 pm

Go Gourmet! Go Popcorn!