Sweet and Simple Buttercream Caramel Popcorn Cupcakes

Looking for the perfect sweet movie night snack? Look no further than these drool-worthy Buttercream Caramel Popcorn Cupcakes. These popcorn cupcakes are so sweet and simple to make, and the recipe can be customized to suit your taste buds.

All you need to make these easy popcorn cupcakes are your favorite flavor cake mix, some buttercream frosting, and caramel popcorn! Pair that with our printable popcorn cupcake wrappers, and you’ve got the perfect sweet treat for movie night, a circus themed party, or even just for a fun midweek snack!

Buttercream Caramel Popcorn Cupcakes

Supplies for Buttercream Caramel Popcorn Cupcakes
Your favorite flavor of cake mix
Buttercream frosting
Caramel Popcorn
Cupcake tin
Spatula
Printable popcorn cupcake wrappers

Directions for Buttercream Caramel Popcorn Cupcakes

Step 1: Prepare cake mix using directions on box. Pour batter into cupcake tin to create cupcake shape and pop into the oven.

Popcorn Cupcake Wrappers

Step 2: While the cupcakes are baking, download and print the printable popcorn cupcake wrappers. Cut out the liners and add glue or tape to the tabs to seal into the circular shape. Once you have all of the popcorn cupcake wrappers created, set aside.

Step 3: Once the cupcakes are baked and ready, let cool for 15-20 minutes. Once sufficiently cooled, use a spatula to spread the buttercream frosting on top. This will serve as a delicious adhesive for the popcorn.

Step 4: Once frosted, add the caramel popcorn! When you feel like you have enough popcorn on your cupcakes, simply slip into the popcorn cupcake wrappers and enjoy!

Buttercream Caramel Popcorn Cupcakes

Make It Personal With Customized Popcorn Gifts for Every Occasion!

Big Day Small Canister SetHave a big day coming up? Whether you’re celebrating a Sweet 16, a wedding, a birthday or an annual family trip, nothing makes your present pop out from the crowd more than a customized label for your gourmet popcorn tins! So the next time you want to make the day extra-special, try one of these two awesome ways to personalize your snack gifts!

Big Day, Small Canister

These small custom canisters send a big message that’ll make your big event even more memorable. Each set of four canisters comes with adorably illustrated logos that can be tailored with the name and date of your event. Choose from a selection of three out-of-this-world popcorn flavors to fill your canisters with: caramel, Cornfusion (a blend of caramel, butter and cheese popcorn) and pink passion fruit popcorn. Then, pick the label theme that best fits your special day: baseball, congrats, golf, birthday, patriotic, party, summer, or wedding. These pint-sized snacks make the perfect party favors or miniature gifts for the guests of honor!

Personalized ZigZag 3-Flavor Popcorn TinCustom Popcorn Tin Labels

These popcorn tins don’t just come in super-stylish designs. You can make them even more unique for your big occasion by adding a custom photo label on the lid. There are loads of tin designs to choose from, including flowers, butterflies, patriotic stars, birthday party hats and more. Plus they come filled to the brim with mouthwatering gourmet popcorn flavors (like cheese, white cheddar, and almond pecan, just to name a few), pretzels, cookies, candy and more! Once you’ve chosen your tin and the snacks you want to fill it with, put the final personal touch on your present: a completely customized label. Whether you add a photo, a message or both, this is one keepsake gift that will last long after all those delicious snacks are gone!

How will you choose to personalize your popcorn gifts for your next big celebration?

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?

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?

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:

In Theater Picks:

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

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!