The Perfect Father’s Day Gifts for Your Pops!

Dad’s big day is almost here: Father’s Day 2013 is Sunday, June 16! And we can’t think of a better way to say “You’re the best, Pops!” than with a giant tub of popcorn. To help you get a head start on your Father’s Day gift shopping, we’ve rounded up our top popcorn picks for every kind of dad:

Movie Night Scoop BoxesFor the Family Man

Top Father’s Day Pick: Movie Night Scoop Boxes

If your dad’s favorite hobby is to spend time with you and the rest of the clan, then give him a gift that’ll inspire the theme for your next family night! Perfect for a movie marathon, these snack boxes come with loads of sharable candy for the whole family: butter popcorn, red licorice twists, malted milk balls, gummy bears and more. Pair them with a few DVDs Dad loves, then head to the living room to enjoy some quality time with the man of the house!

Sports TinsFor the Sports Man

Top Father’s Day Pick: Sports Tins

Got a dad who’s crazy for sports? We have the perfect gift for Pops to show off his team pride! Whether he’s a MLB, NFL or college sports fan, he’ll love these sports tins. They’re adorned with tons of team logos and mascots, so you can pick Dad’s favorite. Not to mention that they’re filled with three delicious flavors of popcorn that your father can munch on while he cheers on his best players. But never mind the athletes: Dad will always be the MVP in your eyes!

Chicago Skyline Snack AssortmentFor the Business Man

Top Father’s Day Pick: Chicago Skyline Snack Assortment

Your hardworking dad has always hauled in long hours at the office to keep his family happy, but that doesn’t mean he can’t have some fun while he’s working overtime! This skyline-themed popcorn tin will fit in perfectly with Dad’s office décor, plus it’s packed to the brim with delicious snacks: popcorn (six flavors, to be exact!), pretzels, chocolate chip cookies, peanuts, jelly beans and a whole lot more. Pop will never have a boring lunch break again!

Create Your Own Snack AssortmentFor the Handy Man

Top Father’s Day Pick: Create Your Own Assortment

Leaky faucets don’t stand a chance: When something around the house needs to be fixed, your dad rolls up his sleeves and gets down to business. If he’s a DIY dad who likes to get things done his way, there’s no doubt he’ll love this create-your-own assortment. Just pick three of Pop’s favorite popcorn flavors for a totally custom snacking experience that you handpicked yourself. It’s a Father’s Day gift that would make any handy man dad proud!

Which category does your pops fall into, and how will you surprise him with popcorn on Father’s Day?

Fun Administrative Professionals Day Gift Ideas for Men and Women

Thank You So Much Sampler

The time’s come to celebrate the unsung heroes of every successful business: Administrative Professionals Day 2014 is Wednesday, April 23! Although they often work in the background, secretaries, receptionists and other administrative support professionals who keep businesses running smoothly from day to day. If you know a co-worker who always goes above and beyond, give them the big thank-you they deserve with these Administrative Professionals Day gift ideas from The Popcorn Factory!

Administrative Professionals Day Gifts for Men

These cool, classic tins and gift towers come packed with heaps of snacks that any hungry man would love. With piles of absolutely scrumptious rainbow sandwich cookies, gourmet pretzels, chocolate chip cookies, foil-wrapped chocolates, sour fruit chews, jelly beans, mindblowing popcorn flavors and more, these are the perfect gifts for the guys who keep the show running at the office each and every day.

Administrative Professionals Day Gift Ideas for Men

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Administrative Professionals Day Gifts for Women

Give the ladies something bright and cheery with which they can prettify their desk space. In addition to being chock-full of yummy treats—honey roasted peanuts, dark chocolate caramels, chocolate chip cookies, gourmet pretzels, tortilla chips, salsa, sour hard candies, foil-wrapped chocolates, fruit chews, flavor-packed popcorn and more—they’re also beautifully decorated with colorful flowers and stripes. For the women who make the workplace a much lovelier place to be, consider these great gifts:

Administrative Professionals Day Gift Ideas for Women

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Do you have any terrific co-workers or employees that you’d like to honor on Administrative Professionals Day? Tell us all about them!

5 Awesome National Sibling Day Activities for Kids

Popcorn Bowl & SnacksHappy National Sibling Day! Every year on April 10, we celebrate our best lifelong friends: our brothers and sisters! All the best memories we share with our siblings start at childhood. So help your little ones create an unforgettable bond with these great National Siblings Day activities for kids.

Have a Just-for-Siblings Picnic

Give your kids one-on-one time to laugh, talk and play over some great food and snacks. Have them work together to fill up a picnic basket with sandwiches, popcorn, cookies, pretzels and any other snack foods they love. Set out a comfy blanket on the living room floor with some toys, pop a movie in the DVD player and let them dig in! They’ll be so excited to have their own private party, and they’ll create memories that will stay with them long after they’ve grown up.

Make Some National Sibling Day Crafts

Instead of having your little ones exchange store-bought presents, show them how to make handmade and heartfelt gifts they can exchange with each other. Help them draw their own National Siblings Day cards and tell them to write what they love most about their brother or sister. You can also get crafty with them and create some popcorn hearts that they can swap along with their cards.

Hold a Sibling Photo Shoot

Every kid should have some great pictures with their brother or sister. What better day to have a sibling photo shoot than today? Don’t worry; you don’t have to go to a professional to get great shots. Make it fun by setting up your own mini studio at home: You can hang up a sheet or tablecloth on the wall for an instant backdrop. Have your kids pick out their favorite outfits or costumes, give them a few cute photo props (like fake mustaches or jewelry), and tell them to strike a pose for the camera together. The sillier they are, the better the pictures will be! At the end of the day, they won’t just be smiling; they’ll also have lots of keepsake photos that’ll make them laugh for years to come.

Play a Sharing Game

Kids love to talk about their favorite things, so why not turn it into a fun game that’ll teach them how to share with their siblings? Tell each child to draw pictures of their toys and stuffed animals—without looking at their siblings’ drawings. Drop the drawings into a bucket and mix them up. Then, have each child pick a random drawing from the bucket and guess who drew it. After the game is done, tell the kids to take out the toys that they drew, exchange them with one another and explain why they love those toys. They’ll have a blast seeing the toys through their siblings’ eyes, and it’ll kickstart hours of fun sibling playtime!

Bond Over a Game of Sibling Trivia

No one knows you better than your sibling, and that close connection starts during childhood. You can help build that bond between your kids by playing an exciting game of sibling trivia. Have them sit in a circle and take turns saying two things about themselves that are true and one thing that is false. They can talk about anything: their favorite TV show, color, food, sport … the list goes on and on. Their siblings then have to try to guess which statement was false. When the game is over, they’ll learn so much about each other that they won’t just be siblings anymore—they’ll be best friends too!

What other kinds of activities will you be enjoying with your kids on National Siblings Day?

How to Make a Popcorn Heart for Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day Popcorn HeartsValentine’s Day is slowly sneaking up on us, so that means it’s time to have some crafty fun with the snack that makes everyone’s heart beat fast with excitement! Whether you give it away as a cute alternative to the typical box of chocolates or use it to decorate your house with some love, this popcorn heart will be your favorite DIY project for V-Day. Why? Because kids and adults of all ages can have a ball making it, and it only requires two simple materials: popcorn and floral wire. So go ahead; make some adorable popcorn hearts of your own and put your ticker on display!

What You’ll NeedValentine Kettle Corn

One canister of Valentine Kettle Corn
Floral wire
Glitter spray (optional)

Directions

Floral Wire Cut Into Two Even Pieces

  1. Depending on how big or small you want to make your popcorn heart, cut two even pieces of floral wire to the length of your choice.Popcorn Strung Onto Floral Wire
  2. String the Valentine Kettle Corn onto both pieces of floral wire, leaving a couple of inches of exposed wire on each end. You can string the popcorn in any pattern you like. Try red and white; all red; or all white. You can even make all three!
    Strung Popcorn Shaped Into Two Halves of a Heart
  3. Bend each piece of popcorn-threaded wire so that it looks like a half of a heart.
    Twisted Floral Wire to Attach Two Halves of Popcorn Heart
  4. Tightly twist together the two exposed pieces of wire at the top of the heart to connect the two halves. Do the same with the exposed wire at the bottom of the heart.
    Exposed Ends of Floral Wire Covered With Popcorn
  5. Stick one piece of popcorn onto each twisted end to cover up the exposed wire, and make your final adjustments to the heart shape.
    Popcorn Heart Decorated With a Gift Bow
  6. If your popcorn heart is only going to be used for décor—not for snacking—give it a little bit of romantic bling by spraying it with glitter. Hang it on your wall to make some dreamy V-Day art, or wrap it in cellophane and tie it with a lovely ribbon or bow to create a one-of-a-kind Valentine’s Day gift.

Who will you give your beloved popcorn heart to this Valentine’s Day?

Fun Facts to Celebrate National Cheese Lover’s Day!

Cheddar Cheese Popcorn

Calling all cheese heads! January 20 is National Cheese Lover’s Day, so mark your calendars! In honor of everyone’s favorite dairy delight, take a look at these fun facts about cheese while you’re chowing down on The Popcorn Factory’s cheddar and white cheddar treats. (After all, no snack captures the deliciously creamy flavor of cheese better than popcorn!)

  • No one really knows when cheese was first made. Some say that cheese-making first started in 8,000 B.C., when the tribes in Central Asia stored milk in animal skins during their travels. Popular belief has it that the bacteria in the animal skins caused the milk to form the first cheese curds.
  • Scientists have found what they believe to be the remains of cheese buried in 4,000-year-old Egyptian tombs. Archaeologists have also discovered ancient Egyptian murals depicting the cheese-making process, which date back to 2,000 B.C.
  • Many ancient Roman homes featured a separate kitchen that was solely used to make cheese.
  • In the 17th century, people thought that eating cheese would make you, er, less intelligent.
  • The nickname “big cheese” was first used to refer to people who could afford to buy a wheel of cheese.
  • More than 900 types of cheese exist in the world today.
  • Americans eat about 31 pounds of cheese a year each, but they’re not even close to holding the world record. The Greeks consume the most cheese on a yearly basis: almost 60 pounds per person!
  • The U.S. does produce the most cheese in the world, though, and most of it comes from Wisconsin and California.
  • Wisconsinproduces about 2 billion pounds of cheese per year, and it’s the home of 126 cheese plants.
  • Ten pounds of milk are needed to make 1 pound of cheese.
  • The world’s largest piece of cheese was made in Quebec, Canada, in 1995. It weighed in at more than 57,000 pounds, and more than 540,000 pounds of milk were used to make it.
  • Eating certain types of cheese—such as cheddar, Swiss, bleu and others—right after a meal is said to help prevent tooth decay and help you sleep.

What kind of velvety cheese will you be munching on to celebrate National Cheese Lover’s Day?

How to Make a Christmas Wreath With Holiday Popcorn

Christmas Wreath Made With Holiday PopcornDeck the halls with kernels of popcorn! All you need is a couple of crafty tools and some festive holiday treats to create a Christmas wreath that even Santa Claus himself would envy! Just follow this easy three-step tutorial:

Close-Up of Christmas Wreath Made With Holiday PopcornWhat You’ll Need

One green Styrofoam wreath
One 3-canister set of The Popcorn Factory’s Holiday Assortment
One hot glue gun
Christmas ribbon

Directions

  1. Using a hot glue gun, carefully glue the popcorn onto the Styrofoam wreath, piece by piece. Keep the kernels close together, and use the small pieces of broken popcorn to fill in the gaps. You can mix up the red and green kernels like we did here, or you can separate the colors to create a striped pattern on the wreath. Whatever you do, don’t burn yourself!
  2. Allow the wreath to dry completely. When it’s ready, loop a Christmas ribbon through the top of the wreath and tie it into a bow.
  3. Give your wreath a touch of winter wonder by spraying it with glitter. Then, hang it on your door, above your fireplace or on your window. For even more ideas on how to decorate your house with a wreath, check out this fun blog from 1-800-Flowers.com!

Ho, ho, ho! Now good old Saint Nick can be greeted with a beautiful Christmas wreath when he slides down your chimney!

What other kinds of nifty crafts will you be making with your holiday popcorn this Christmas?

A Toast to the Holidays: Creative Ways to Serve Your 3-Canister Popcorn Sets!

The Popcorn Factory 3-Canister Popcorn SetsGive a toast to the holiday spirit: Fill a few glasses with our delicious popcorn and spread the cheer to all of your guests! The new 3-canister popcorn sets are here just in time for the celebration, and their many colors and flavors will be a hit with friends and family! But making an even bigger statement with your snacks at the dessert table is easy and virtually effortless: Just pick an assortment (or more!) and pour the popcorn into your favorite stemware to create a stylish and elegant display.

3-Canister Holiday Assortment

The Popcorn Factory 3-Canister Holiday AssortmentThe cranberry, peppermint candy cane, and holiday kettle corn in this set makes for a fun, festive and downright delectable treat for the season. Add some extra pizzazz to your holiday spread by serving the popcorn in cute martini glasses and topping it off with candy stripe straws.

3-Canister Savory Assortment

The Popcorn Factory 3-Canister Savory AssortmentFor those with more serious tastes, the mouthwatering combination of cheese, buffalo ranch, and cracked pepper and sea salt popcorn will be at the top of their list of favorite things. Give this assortment a touch of sophistication by presenting it in beautiful wine glasses or champagne flutes.

3-Canister Chocolate Lovers Assortment

The Popcorn Factory 3-Canister Chocolate Lovers AssortmentNothing is more comforting than sitting by the fireside and enjoying drizzled caramel, s’mores, and dark chocolate sea salt popcorn with the family. For a cozy, laid back affair, hand out this treat in rustic mason jars and tie a festive ribbon around the mouth of the glass.

3-Canister Nut Lovers Assortment

The Popcorn Factory 3-Canister Nut Lovers AssortmentThis small sweet-and-savory treat is big on personality: The smooth, sugary taste of the almond pecan, peanut brittle, and butter toffee pretzel popcorn is complemented by a salty crunch. Show off the popcorn’s character and serve it up in mixed-and-matched glassware, like shot glasses and margarita glasses.

Which assortment of flavors is your favorite, and how do you plan on dishing it out to your guests this holiday season?

Movie Night! The Best Films to Watch on Election Day

The Popcorn Factory Red States and Blue States PopcornNovember 6 is just around the corner, and you know what that means: It’s time for everyone to break out the ballots and choose the next U.S. president! What better way to celebrate than by gathering your friends—democrats and republicans alike—and treating them to The Popcorn Factory’s Red State vs. Blue State Popcorn Mix? Pair up your patriotic snack with a movie inspired by our nation’s commander in chief, and you have a party fit for a president. We’ve rounded up the best presidential films to watch while you and your guests wait for the polls to officially open on Election Day. Here are the five movies that got our vote:

Air Force OneCandidate No. 1: “Air Force One”
Party Affiliation: Action Lovers
The Back-Story: Just after President James Marshall (played by Harrison Ford) announces to the world that he won’t put up with terrorist threats against the United States, Air Force One is hijacked by Russian radicals. Now, Marshall must find a way to save the hostages’ lives … and his country’s reputation.
Approval Rating: If you want to pump up your Election Day party guests with a double dose of excitement and nationalism, this movie is your winner.

 

Candidate No. 2: “All the President’s Men”All the President's MenParty Affiliation: Suspense Junkies
The Back-Story: When five burglars are arrested for breaking into the Democratic National Committee headquarters, Washington Post investigative reporter Bob Woodward (played by Robert Redford) is assigned to cover the supposedly no-big-deal story. Once he teams up with his colleague Carl Bernstein (played by Dustin Hoffman), however, the duo uncovers a much larger scandal that spells disaster for President Richard Nixon.
Approval Rating: Want to fuel some intellectual conversation at your get-together? This nail-biting whodunit is sure to keep your friends talking.

 

Head of State

Candidate No. 3: “Head of State”
Party Affiliation: LOL-ers
The Back-Story: After being kicked to the curb by his girlfriend and getting axed from his job as an alderman in Washington, D.C., Mays Gilliam (played by Chris Rock) seems to be living life in the shadow of failure. But when his party’s presidential nominee dies in a freak accident, Gilliam accidentally finds himself running for office … as president of the United States.
Approval Rating: With so many debates going on, election season can become pretty intense. This movie is the best choice for laid-back voters who want to lighten the mood.

 

The American PresidentCandidate No. 4: “The American President”
Party Affiliation: Diehard Romantics
The Back-Story: As President Andrew Shepherd (played by Michael Douglas) draws closer to the end of his term, his reelection looks like a sure thing. When a chance meeting with environmental activist Sydney Ellen Wade (played by Annette Bening) turns into a love connection, Shepherd faces career-threatening attacks from the opposing party.
Approval Rating: Who said you can’t find a great love story in the White House? Your starry-eyed pals will adore how this film brings a little romance to the presidential race.

 

Wag the DogCandidate No. 5: “Wag the Dog”
Party Affiliation: Conspiracy Theorists
The Back-Story: Just a few days shy of Election Day, the U.S. president is caught red-handed in a humiliating sex scandal. In a wild effort to divert the media’s attention from the controversy and secure his reelection, he hires Hollywood producer Conrad Brean (played by Robert De Niro) to cook up a fake war and win back his popularity.
Approval Rating: Part comedy, part drama, this movie is the perfect recipe for partygoers who love to second-guess candidates’ agendas … but still have a few laughs along the campaign trail.

"Air Force One" Image Courtesy of Columbia Pictures Corporation

 

If you need even more suggestions for your presidential movie marathon, these runners-up are also worth adding to your list: “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” “Dave” and “Thirteen Days.” Which movies will you watch to celebrate Election Day 2012?

Halloween Treats and Gifts Preview!

halloween treats and candyWelcome back Popcorn Fans!

The combination crisp air, changing of the leaves and an abundance of sweaters everywhere signifies the end of the summer and our anxious countdown to our favorite holidays! We know it’s early, but we just couldn’t wait to share all of our hard (yet fun!) work with all of our loyal customers and fans. Today is the start of our Halloween treats and gifts preview! It’s your chance to order these festively fun, scrumptious Halloween candy and popcorn before the rush and share the excitement with us! halloween tin owl

Get started on the Halloween spirit with these scary good gifts! Our newNight Owl design is terrifyingly festive and gives any gift that ghostly touch. Our Happy Halloween and Gimme Popcorn designs are whimsical, fun, and in the spirit of the haunting season! Kids will love the ghoulish cartoons and playful lettering just as much as the gourmet popcorn and candy awaiting them inside. The Gimme Candy tote bag is great for enjoying our premium popcorn and snacks, and then reusing the tote for trick-or-treating. There’s a design in our new Halloween collection for everyone! halloween candy bag gifts

Back by popular demand are our Mr. Bone Jangles and Boo Bats designed Halloween gifts! Take your pick with colorful gift towers and hauntingly delicious popcorn tins. Get set for Halloween night with our Boo Bats Backpack gift, filled with Halloween candy, popcorn and ready to reuse for a secure night of trick-or-treating.

halloween boo mini tins Making their debut are some frightfully delicious new gourmet popcorn flavors like sour green apple, zombie kettle, skinny sea salt, and more! We’re also welcoming back our favorite chocolate popcorn flavors like dark chocolate and sea salt, chocolate drizzle, and s’mores.

When the goodies inside the tins and gift towers are done, reuse this spooktacular gifts as Halloween decoration around the house! The popcorn tins would make the perfect candy bowl for Halloween, too.

Check out our whole collection here and order before they creep back into hiding!

Happy Hauntings!

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!

college care package survival kit popcorn gift tin snack assortment

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.

College gear popcorn gift tins Illinois Georgia North Carolina Virginia Michigan
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!