Spring Is in Bloom! Celebrate With DIY Popcorn Flowers

Popcorn Flower ArrangementSpring has finally sprung, and colorful flowers will soon be popping out of the ground! Give the fresh new season a warm welcome by making these adorable (and incredibly simple!) DIY popcorn flowers.

What You’ll Need

1 Popcorn Factory popcorn ball per flower
1 or more bags of colored chocolate wafers (depending on what colors you want your flowers to be)
1 shot glass per flower
1 lollipop stick per flower
1 mason jar per flower
Crinkled filler paper
Jute twine
Green tissue paper

Directions

Preparing Popcorn Ball for Drizzling

  1. So the popcorn balls don’t roll around as you’re covering them in chocolate, stand each popcorn ball on top of a shot glass.

Popcorn Ball Drizzled With Colored Chocolate

  1. Place the colored chocolate wafers into a bowl and heat them in the microwave until they melt. Stir the chocolate every 30 seconds so it doesn’t burn. Using a spoon, drizzle each popcorn ball with the melted chocolate. Place the popcorn balls, along with the shot glasses, in the refrigerator for about a half hour or until the chocolate drizzle hardens.

How to Make the Flower Pot and Stem for Your Popcorn Flower

  1. To make the flower pot and stem, fill a mason jar up with crinkled filler paper. Pack it tightly so that the flower snugly and securely stands in the jar. Cut a small, square piece of green tissue paper and pierce the lollipop stick directly in the center of the square to create the flower’s leaves. Then, poke the lollipop stick vertically directly in the center of the jar, right through the filler paper. Make sure the lollipop stick doesn’t tilt over. Finally, prettify the mason jar by tying a piece of jute twine around the mouth of the jar.

Popcorn Flower

  1. After the chocolate on the popcorn balls has hardened, take the popcorn balls out of the refrigerator and remove them from the shot glasses. To make the popcorn flowers, insert the top of the lollipop stick directly into the bottom of the popcorn ball. Don’t push too far; you don’t want the ball to split in half!

And there you have ’em: blossoming popcorn flowers you can use to decorate your home … or eat for dessert! Here’s a tip: If you want to make an even bigger popcorn flower arrangement for the center of your table, tightly pack a small planter with filler paper, crinkle up multiple tissue paper squares and line them along the rim of the planter to create a grassy look, like we did above.

Have your own ideas on how to make DIY popcorn flowers? Share them with us!

How to Make DIY Popcorn Goody Bags for Spring

DIY Popcorn Goody BagsWith the days getting a little longer and with the winter freeze slowly thawing out, there’s no doubt that spring is slowly peeking out from its hiding place! To welcome the sweet-smelling flowers that’ll soon be popping up everywhere, we came up with these charming DIY popcorn goody bags for your first big springtime bash. They’re not just easy and cheap to make; they’re sure to spread some sunny (and delicious) cheer to all of your friends too!

What You’ll Need

Popcorn
Brown paper bags (one per guest)
White paper doilies (one per guest)
Double-sided tape
Twine
Hole puncher

Directions

Paper Bag Filled With Popcorn and Sealed With Double-Sided Tape

  1. Fill a paper bag with your guest’s favorite springtime popcorn. Seal the mouth of the bag shut by placing a strip of double-sided tape along the inside edge of the bag and pressing the two sides of the bag together.
    Mouth of Paper Bag Folded and Held in Place With Double-Sided Tape
  2. Fold the top of the bag down about 1 or 2 inches (depending on how full the bag is). Stick some more double-sided tape onto the inside of the flap and attach the flap to the side of the bag.
    Doily Folded in Half and Trimmed to Fit on Top of Paper Bag
  3. Lay a paper doily flat on the table and fold it in half. Sit the folded doily on top of the sealed paper bag so that it creates a half-circle flap on both sides of the bag. Use the double-sided tape to attach the two doily flaps to the bag and keep them in place. If the doily is too big and extends past the outside edges of the bag, simply trim the doily so that its edges are flush with the edges of the bag. Tip: You can use your trimmings as borders along the bottom edge of the bag, like we did here. Just put some clear double-sided tape on the back of the doily trimming and stick it directly onto the face of the bag.Two Holes Punched Into the Top of the Doily-Lined Paper Bag
  4. With a hole puncher, punch two holes (about 1/2 inch apart) close to the top of the bag. They should be directly in the center of the half-moon shape that’s created by the folded doily.
    Doily-Lined Paper Bag Tied Shut With Twine
  5. Sew the twine through the two holes so that both ends of the twine are hanging from the same side of the bag. Tie the twine into a bow to give your goody bag a beautiful finishing touch.

What other popcorn crafts will you make to welcome the warm, bright days of spring?

The Popcorn Bar: A Sophisticated Way to Serve Popcorn at Your Party

Popcorn BarHaving friends over for an evening of elegant dining? Treat them to five-star snack service with an upscale popcorn bar. Here’s how you can turn a few fancy champagne glasses and pitchers into black-tie attire for your sweet and salty delicacy. Cheers!

How to Make Popcorn Cone Champagne Glasses

What You’ll Need

Square-shaped cardstock (one sheet per cone)
Double-sided adhesive tape
Champagne glasses (one per cone)
Popcorn

Directions

Cardstock Used to Create Popcorn Cone

  1. Lay a sheet of cardstock flat on a table so that it looks like a diamond. If one side is blank, make sure that side is facing up.
    How to Fold Cardstock to Create a Paper Cone
  2. To create the base of the cone, fold the bottom corner of the diamond up toward the top corner. Secure the folded corner in place with double-sided tape.
    How to Roll Cardstock Into a Cone for Popcorn
  3. Starting at the left corner of the diamond, gently roll the paper from left to right to create a cone shape. Make the cone wide enough so that it comfortably sits inside the champagne glass.
    Popcorn Cones Served in Champagne Glasses
  4. Fill the cone with popcorn and place it in the champagne glass. Repeat the process to create one glass for each guest. Then, set the glasses on a serving tray for a chic display!

Popcorn Toppings Served in Shot GlassesComplete the sophisticated bar theme by filling up a few large pitchers with different gourmet popcorn flavors, then pouring various popcorn seasonings into shot glasses. Here are a few toppings you might want to consider serving:

  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Paprika
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Caramel sauce
  • Cinnamon

To cap it off, lay out some salted pretzels, chocolate-covered pretzels, and chocolate candy on the table so your guests can create their own popcorn cocktail. The swanky fun will flow all night long, guaranteed!

How do you like to serve popcorn at your formal dinner soirees?

Popcorn and Movie Pairings for Oscar Night

The Popcorn Factory's Clear Favorites CollectionWaiting to see if your favorite movie will nab the most awards on Oscar night? Stop biting your nails in anticipation and munch on some popcorn instead! To help you cheer on your top-pick flick while you’re watching from home on February 24, we’ve paired a few larger-than-life Oscar nominees with equally epic popcorn flavors. So without further ado, let’s announce the popcorn winners! The envelope, please. …

Argo Movie PosterOscar Nominee: “Argo”
Award for Best Popcorn Pair Goes To: Drizzled Butter Toffee Almond Pretzel Corn
Why It Got Our Vote: A film about the real-life mission to rescue six U.S. diplomats from revolutionary Iran, “Argo” is crammed with action and suspense … and this popcorn flavor doesn’t fall far behind. This thriller of a snack keeps the surprises coming: First it caresses Drizzled Butter Toffee Almond Pretzel Cornyou with the sweetness of chocolate and butter toffee, and then it hits you with the saltiness of pretzels and almonds. If you like how “Argo” keeps you on your toes, you won’t be disappointed by this exciting popcorn flavor.

Django Unchained Movie PosterOscar Nominee: “Django Unchained”
Award for Best Popcorn Pair Goes To: Buffalo Ranch Popcorn
Why It Got Our Vote: In the latest Quentin Tarantino blockbuster, a former slave uses his training as a bounty hunter to save his wife from a low-down, good-for-nothin’ plantation owner. This southern tale is mixed Buffalo Ranch Popcornwith plenty of western flavor, so it deserves to be partnered with nothing but the zestiest popcorn in town. To do this gunslinging movie justice, you gotta enjoy it with the tongue-zinging taste of buffalo ranch popcorn.

Les Miserables Movie PosterOscar Nominee: “Les Misérables”
Award for Best Popcorn Pair Goes To: Double Cheese Popcorn
Why It Got Our Vote: This tear-jerking musical, which is based on the hit Broadway show, takes place in 19th-century France and tells the story of how the life of prisoner Jean Valjean is changed when he’s entrusted to care for a young girl named Cosette. What could be a more proper ode to a film Double Cheese Popcornthat so beautifully tugs at your heartstrings than double cheese popcorn? It has two times the comforting cheesy flavor of ordinary cheddar popcorn … and cheese is a delicacy in France, oui?

Life of Pi Movie PosterOscar Nominee: “Life of Pi”
Award for Best Popcorn Pair Goes To: Coconut Popcorn
Why It Got Our Vote: A truly grand saga of adventure with breathtaking imagery, “Life of Pi” is a film about a shipwrecked boy who fights for survival alongside his only friend … a Bengal tiger. For a snack experience Coconut Popcornthat’s just as exotic and unique as this film’s storyline,try the extraordinary flavor combination of popcorn and coconut. After your first bite, it won’t be long before you start daydreaming about being a castaway on your own magical ocean!

Zero Dark Thirty Movie PosterOscar Nominee: “Zero Dark Thirty”
Award for Best Popcorn Pair Goes To: Peanut Brittle Popcorn
Why It Got Our Vote: You can’t help but feel besieged with a sense of nationalism when you watch this flick: It’s a blood-tingling account of the 10-year hunt of Osama bin Laden after the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center. If your heart belongs to this Peanut Butter Brittle Popcornmovie, then keep marching to the beat of the patriotic drum and chow down on peanut brittle popcorn while you watch the Oscars. It brings together two all-American favorites for a truly original flavor that could only be made in the USA.

Which popcorn flavors would you match with your favorite Oscar-nominated movie?

Celebrate the Super Bowl With Popcorn: Make DIY Football Popcorn Jars!

Popcorn Served in Football Mason Jars for Super BowlThe big game has finally arrived! In a mere five days, the 49ers and the Ravens will duke it out for the Super Bowl XLVII championship title. But before your favorite players hit the field, you’ll need to supply your Super Bowl party guests with loads of munchable goodies. The best treat for watching those great plays? Popcorn, naturally! Suit up everyone’s favorite snack with these fun and easy-to-make football popcorn jars. They’re sure to score a touchdown with your biggest fans!

San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens NFL Popcorn TinsWhat You’ll Need

Mason jars (one for each guest)
Brown construction paper
White construction paper
Pencil
Ruler
Scissors
Glue
Adhesive tape
Twine
The Popcorn Factory Super Bowl popcorn

Directions

Cutting a Football Sleeve out of Brown Construction Paper

  1. To make the football sleeve for your mason jar, lay a sheet of brown construction paper flat on a table. Using a ruler and a pencil, trace a rectangle onto the construction paper. The rectangle should be wide enough to wrap all the way around your jar and tall enough to cover the jar from top to bottom. The mason jar we used is about 2 ¾ inches in diameter and 4 inches tall, so we cut a rectangle that measures 2 ¾ inches by 9 inches. Carefully cut out the rectangle.
    Cutting Football Laces out of White Construction Paper
  2. Now it’s time to make your football laces. Use your ruler and pencil again to trace six very small, thin rectangles onto the white construction paper. They should be small enough to fit onto the brown rectangle and create a football lace pattern. One of the white rectangles should be longer than the other five. Our longer lace measures ¼ inch by 2 ½ inches, and our five shorter laces measure ¼ inch by 1 ½ inches each.
    Laces Glued onto Football Sleeve
  3. Lay your brown rectangle horizontally on the table. Using glue, attach your long construction paper lace vertically in the center of the brown rectangle. Then, attach each of the five remaining short laces horizontally right on top of the long lace. Make sure to evenly space out your short laces.
    Football Sleeve Wrapped Around Mason Jar
  4. Your football sleeve is ready! All you have to do now is tightly wrap it around your mason jar and secure it with some tape along the back. If you want your football to look even cuter, tie a piece of twine around the mouth of the jar. Repeat steps 1 through 4 for each mason jar.
    Football Mason Jars Filled With Popcorn
  5. Fill the jars with your favorite football popcorn flavors and serve to your pigskin-loving friends! We used Cheese, Buffalo Ranch, Chocolate Drizzle and Almond Pecan.

What other kinds of football-shaped food will you be serving at your Super Bowl Party?

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?

National Popcorn Day Recipe: Tuxedo Chocolate Chip Cookie Popcorn (Plus Fun Family Activities!)

Tuxedo Chocolate Chip Cookie PopcornHear ye, hear ye: We’re overjoyed to announce that January 19 is National Popcorn Day! To help you celebrate the world’s yummiest and most fun snack, we’ve gathered a list of exciting National Popcorn Day activities for you to enjoy with your kids. Plus, we’ve even put together a spankin’ new recipe just for you: Our Tuxedo Chocolate Chip Cookie Popcorn is perfectly dressed for the occasion. So get ready; this is going to be one pop-tastic holiday for the whole family!

National Popcorn Day Activities for the Family

  • Help your kids carefully string together some popcorn to create garland. Hang up your delish décor anywhere in your house, or turn it into an outdoor bird feeder by covering it with birdseed.
  • Test your kids’ knowledge with a pop quiz! Search the Web for some little-known popcorn facts, and then use them to create a flash card game. At the end of the game, each contestant gets a special popcorn treat as a prize.
  • Go to the library and take out some popcorn-themed books that your kids can read while they munch on their favorite snack.
  • Print out a bunch of popcorn coloring sheets and let your kids show off their inner pop-casso. Help them proudly display their artwork on the fridge or in a handmade Popsicle stick frame. (Tip: Decorate the frame with glitter and popcorn!)
  • Or, make a different kind of pop art: Grab some construction paper and glue, plus a few fun popcorn flavors and colors. Help your kids glue the popcorn to the construction paper to create a masterpiece.
  • To end your holiday on a very sweet note, try our special National Popcorn Day recipe below!

Recipe: Tuxedo Chocolate Chip Cookie Popcorn

What You’ll Need

8 chocolate chip cookies with white and milk chocolate chunks
8 cups Peanut Brittle Popcorn*
2 cups semisweet or milk chocolate chips
½ cup white chocolate chips

*Peanut Brittle Popcorn adds a hint of saltiness that perfectly complements the chocolately flavor of the cookies. But if anyone in your family is allergic to peanuts, use another sweet Popcorn Factory flavor instead, like caramel or kettle corn.

Directions

  1. Pour the Peanut Brittle Popcorn into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Crumble the cookies into tiny bite-sized pieces and add them to the bowl of popcorn. Then, add the white chocolate chips and lightly stir the mixture until the popcorn, cookies and chocolate are well-blended.
  3. Place the semisweet or milk chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and heat it in the microwave until it is melted, making sure to stir the chocolate every 30 seconds.
  4. Once the chocolate has melted, pour it over your popcorn mixture and gently stir it to get an even coating.
  5. Pour the popcorn mixture onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and spread it out into a thin layer. Cool it in the refrigerator for 5 minutes or until the melted chocolate has completely hardened.
  6. When it’s ready, break apart your Tuxedo Chocolate Chip Cookie Popcorn into big chunks and enjoy! Store any leftovers in an airtight container.

How will you and your family celebrate National Popcorn Day?

Win Free Popcorn Weekly: Enter the Popcorn Perks Sweepstakes Today!

Popcorn Perks Sweepstakes

What makes The Popcorn Factory’s heavenly popcorn taste even better? Getting it for free, of course! Because we love our customers so much, we’d like to thank you by giving you a chance to win our popcorn and other snack products each week until December 28. So pop out those smart phones, tablets and laptops and submit your entry today!

Entering the sweepstakes is easy, and you don’t have to buy anything in order to enter or win. All you have to do is take a couple of minutes to send us your info, and you’re all set! Here’s how to do it:

  • If you’re not already a fan of The Popcorn Factory on Facebook, visit our Facebook page and hit the “Like” button. Then, fill out the entry form and you’ll be entered within seconds.
  • If you already like us on Facebook, just visit our Facebook page and fill out the entry form.

A new winner will be randomly selected each week, and you could be one of the lucky ones! To get a full list of details, visit the Popcorn Perks Official Rules page.

So go ahead and get poppin’, and good luck!

Think You Know Everything About Popcorn? Check Out Our Infographic for Some Fun Snack Facts!

The Popcorn Factory Caramel Popcorn

Just because National Popcorn Poppin’ Month wrapped up on October 31 doesn’t mean the party’s over! We here at The Popcorn Factory live, breathe and celebrate popcorn 365 days a year, so no one knows this pop-able snack better than we do.

To keep the festivities going, we’ve created a super-fun infographic with tons of little-known facts about popcorn. We’ll bet you had no idea that Americans eat 16 billion quarts of popcorn each year (it’s true!), or that The Popcorn Factory is in the Guinness Book of World Records for creating the world’s biggest popcorn ball. And that’s just a bite-sized sampling of all the tidbits we have to share with you!

So sit back, grab a bucket of your favorite kernels and enjoy learning everything you need to know about popcorn. When you’re done, come back and tell us which fun fact was the most surprising to you!

Kernels vs. Colonels Infographic

How to Make a Witch Hat With Halloween Popcorn

Popcorn Witch Hat

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?