20 Ways to Enjoy Sriracha

I­­f you haven’t yet had the chance to try one of the hottest culinary crazes of the year, it’s time to take the plunge and let your mouth experience the flavor-packed journey that is Sriracha.

It comes as no shock that this hot sauce is getting the attention it deserves – with its savory, one-of-a-kind flavor, paired with an irresistible kick, this spicy treat goes good with almost anything!

To celebrate the release of the hottest member to join The Popcorn Factory family, we’re counting down our favorite ways to indulge in this must-try sauce!

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We give you.. 20 Ways to Enjoy Sriracha!

20. On Your Food. The simplest way to enjoy Sriracha? Grab the bottle and pour it onto your favorite main dish. It will instantly take your meal to the next level of flavor!

19. To make spicy ketchup. Would you rather dip than drench? Add a few drops of Sriracha to ketchup to make the ultimate dip with a kick.

18. To bake with. Srircha’s spice may be what put it on the map, but its growing popularity is definitely attributed to its savory flavor. Sriracha in the oven dulls down some of the spice, but really brings out the flavor of this hot sauce. So go ahead, add some to your cooking and baking for a mouth-watering dish!

17. For pickling. You can even use this versatile hot sauce in your pickling techniques! (Or just pair our pickle popcorn with our Sriracha popcorn, either way!).

16. As a dip. If you’re feeling bold, dump some of this fiery sauce into a bowl for dipping. Be careful not to put too much as you might have a flavor overload!

15. As a cocktail sauce. Turn ordinary cocktail sauce into an adventure for your taste buds by squeezing in a few drops of Sriracha – the perfect pairing for those fancy shrimp you’re serving!

14. To spice up your soup. Add Sriracha to soup before it starts to boil. Again, boiling this sauce may weaken some of the spice without dulling the flavor.

13. In salads. If you’re craving a spicy salad, top with a bit of this tangy hot sauce – the perfect addition to a colorful garden salad.

12. To make brine. Add a dash of Sriracha to your favorite brine recipe to really bring out that one-of-a-kind bold flavor.

11. To Make lollipops. Who says lollipops have to be sweet? Not us, and definitely not Sriracha! Turn your favorite hot sauce into a confection on a stick with just sugar, corn syrup, and the tastiest hot sauce we ever did eat!

10. As a cupcake topping. When we first saw Sriracha cupcake recipes popping up throughout the blogging community, we’ll admit there was a bit of skepticism. Unsurprisingly, the combination of spicy and sweet makes for an unexpected treat worth trying!

9. As a jam. The combination of spicy Sriracha and sweet, succulent fruit makes for one must-try treat that will really wow your taste buds.

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8. To decorate food. The easy-to-pour tip makes creating wow-worthy food art a snap! Write edible messages or decorate your foods with a few simple steps.

7. As a marinade. Add a few drops of this spicy sauce to your favorite marinade recipe to give it that extra kick taste buds will go wild for!

6. For your wings. Buffalo may be your go-to sauce when you’re looking for wings with a  kick, but opt for Sriracha next time you’re making your favorite finger food for a unique, flavor-packed twist.

5. To make spicy cream cheese. Whether using cream cheese to dip or spread, take it above and beyond by adding some Sriracha and whipping to blend. The cream cheese flavor will act as a base for the hot sauce, eliminating some of the spice while bringing out the flavor.

4. For spicy loaded nachos. Nachos loaded with meats and cheeses are the ultimate macho snack for any event. Add a Sriracha kick by infusing that sour cream you’re serving with a few drops of rooster sauce.

3. In your cocktails. Mix up your happy hour with a satisfyingly spicy sip with the help of your favorite rooster sauce!

2. To butter you up. Adding Sriracha to your softened butter is a must-try. Spread on bread, moisten your corn, and even apply to your cooking sheet for a spicy solution!

And the #1 way to enjoy Sriracha is…..

The Popcorn Factory Sriracha Popcorn1. On Popcorn! The irresistible crunch of our savory popcorn paired with the mouth-watering flavor of Sriracha – a pairing sure to go down in flavor history!

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National Popcorn Poppin’ Month!

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’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!

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We may be biased, but we 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 s’mores corn is a new twist on the campfire classic. 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 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!

#JustBecause

What moves you to make someone smile? Celebrate all of life’s moments- big, small, or in between and never miss an opportunity to express how you feel… “just because!”

$5 Popcorn Card

$5 Popcorn Card

Mini Canisters – Celebration Corn

Mini Canisters – Celebration Corn

Large Popcorn Card

Large Popcorn Card

Just Because Sampler

Just Because Sampler

“Just Because… Everybody loves popcorn!”

Delivering a smile is easy when you choose to send our gourmet popcorn gifts filled with sweets and treats.

Our Popcorn Card offers a bag of our gourmet Kettle Corn in an assortment of festive colors.

 

 

 

Choose from a wide selection of unique gift ideas that are perfect for any and every occasion. Our sweet & salty Cornfetti Kettle Corn blends fun and festive colors with delicious, gourmet popcorn. Choose between twelve different quirky and delicious Just Because sentiments:

•  I Shouldn’t Have, But I Did!
•  I’m Thinking of You!
•  You Deserve a Smile!
•  You Can’t Eat a Tweet!
•  I Miss You!

 

 

It doesn’t matter what you want to say whether it’s: “Happy National Friendship Day!” “Thanks for helping me move,” or “Just because I miss you,” let them know you’re thinking about them in a special way.

Our Large Popcorn Card offers a bag of scrumptious S’Mores Corn and a bag of our classic Cheese Popcorn.

 

 

Our Just Because Sampler delivers a gourmet sentiment sure to make an impression.

Don’t just wait for a holiday, birthday, or anniversary when you send an unexpected gift to your loved ones; you can send one Just Because!

Back To School Care Packages

As the dog days of summer wind down, it’s time to start gearing up for fall, which means it’s time to head Back to School! College is a big step for parents and their new students. As you send them on their way, make sure you remind them how much you care and how proud you are of them when you surprise them with one of our Care Packages filled with delicious popcorn and treats. We have a wide selection of treats they’ll be sure to love and share with their new roommates!

University of Snacks Snack Stash

University of Snacks Snack Stash

University of Snacks Snack Stash

Here’s a school you’ll never want to graduate from! The University of Snacks invites you to study these tempting munchies: Gourmet Cheese Popcorn, White Cheddar Popcorn, Sour Green Apple Kettle Corn and Buffalo Ranch Popcorn; Mini Pretzels, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Dry Roast Peanuts, Sour Stars, Jelly Belly® Beans and Sour Sassy Taffy.

 

 

 

Snack Attack Popcorn

Snack Attack Popcorn

Snack Attack Popcorn

When hunger hits, hit back! Our 2 and 3½ gallon Snack Attack Popcorn Tins come filled with freshly popped Gourmet Popcorn in our three most popular flavors—Butter, Cheese, and Caramel.

 

 

 

 

 

Deluxe Study Sampler

Deluxe Study Sampler

Deluxe Study Sampler

Whether your student is working hard at home or away at college, this Deluxe Sampler in our new Study design is sure to make them score a 100. We’ve filled this shareable snack gift box with so many delicious treats-chocolate chip cookies, honey roast peanuts, mini pretzels, assorted Jelly Belly® beans, double twist caramels, 2 Rainbow sandwich cookies, red licorice twists, robust Cheese popcorn, delicate White Cheddar popcorn, and Almond Pecan corn, it will make studying truly enjoyable.

 

 

Popcorn Snacks for Easter

Popcorn makes for the perfect snack at any holiday party, and Easter is no exception!

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Here is a fun and creative way to serve a variety of your favorite popcorn flavors that your guests will also enjoy. First, we used our Egg-Ceptional Easter Popcorn Tins filled with  a combo of sweet and savory with something for everyone.

Next, make your way to the Easter aisle where you’ll find an array of spring and Easter inspired decorations and party favors like:

  • Easter egg tray
  • PEEPS®
  • Shredded Easter grass
  • Mini springtime boxes.

Finally, all you need to do is use your imagination and you’ll have the perfect snack table at your Easter celebration!

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National Make Your Own Holiday

Happy National Singing Day!

National Make Your Own Holiday Day

 

At The Popcorn Factory, we love to celebrate every occasion… deliciously! We celebrate the holidays, birthdays, any national food days, and now we are celebrating something totally unexpected and original. With a little research, we found out that March 26th is officially National Make Your Own Holiday Day. So we sat there asking ourselves, what would be our ideal holiday? (FYI- National Popcorn Day already exists). So, we decided the best way to discover a new holiday was to ask none other than our Facebook fans! We gave our fans until midnight to answer the golden question, “If you could make your own holiday, what would it be?” We received almost 100 comments! Our fans shared a variety of made-up holidays that were funny, creative, original, and thoughtful.

Here are only a few of our favorites:National Do a Good Deed Day, National Day of Fun, I Get Hugged by Donnie Wahlberg Day, National Smile Day, My Cats Are Gonna Behave Day.

We loved every single made-up holiday that our fans shared, but we knew in the end one had to be declared the winner. So, we present to you… National Singing Day! Who doesn’t love to sing? Whether it’s at karaoke with friends, alone in the car, or just when you catch yourself humming your favorite tune, a day of singing will make anyone smile.

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!

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! 

The Popcorn Factory FUNdraiser Program

fundraisingFor the last 30 years, The Popcorn Factory has been the leader in providing fun and delicious popcorn treats that bring a smile to all who try them. We’ve stayed on top because we love what we do and aren’t afraid to try new ideas; which is why we’re proud to present to all of our fans, our new 2012 FUNdraising Program!

Our people pleasing popcorn snacks are already enjoyed for their premium taste and quality, but now you can share and enjoy these treats while receiving 25-50% profit for your organization or charity!

So what should you do to ensure a successful fundraiser?

  • Plan early and set a goal! Taking the time to work on your fundraiser gives you the opportunity for success, especially when you have realistic goals to work for.
  • Make a list of reliable volunteers! You need people who are just as excited and dedicated to making your fundraiser effective.  Choose those who you know have the time and ability to put in the hard work with you during your endeavors.
  • Consider year round fundraising! We’re sure your initial fundraiser will be a hit, so continue the cause and make some customers very happy that they can refill their orders, or bring smiles to new faces!
  • Maximize your opportunities at events! Our delicious popcorn is the perfect snack for school and sporting events, you’ll find a lot of happy customers and be able to reach your goals.
  • Most importantly…Make it fun!

fundraisingIt’s simple: Choose from our FUNdraising gift selections in either our gift items like gift tins, snack assortments, and Clear Favorites popcorn canisters or select from our gourmet individual bags of popcorn flavors or our famous gourmet popcorn balls. With supplies this delicious, they’ll certainly go fast! Once they’re sold, your gifts can be shipped directly to you for distribution or to the recipients for an easy process. You earn 25% profit from our Gift Item collection sales, and 50% profit from our gourmet popcorn bags and gourmet popcorn balls!

Of course we can’t resist offering great deals; you can receive a 50% discount on an 18 pack case of gourmet popcorn bags, or a 100 pack case of gourmet popcorn balls!

Check out our FUNdraising page here and see how you can get started on helping your organization!

 

National Caramel Popcorn Day

caramel popcornIt’s here, one of our favorite days! Happy National Caramel Popcorn Day! 

We take our caramel popcorn very seriously around here. As one of our top flavors that has been the inspiration for so many of our wonderful popcorn treats, a lot of love and labor goes into making our secret recipe caramel popcorn. First we…well, we can’t actually tell you that part! And then we…hmm we can’t tell you that part either. What we can tell you is that we use a super special secret recipe for our caramel, and we keep this recipe in a very safe location that only four people can access! I guess we can tell you one little secret: we use real butter in our recipe (shhh…don’t tell anyone!).

smores popcornWe love our caramel recipe so much, that many of the other recipes we’ve created over the past several years have been based on our caramel recipe. Some regular and season flavors include our caramel apple popcorn (with REAL apple pieces), almond pecan, butter toffee and butter toffee almond, banana cream pie popcorn, chocolate caramel, our fan-favorite s’mores popcorn, and thai peanut to name a few.

Did you know that The Popcorn Factory makes roughly 2 million pounds of caramel corn each year? And of that 2 million pounds, 1,700,000 pounds is caramel and 300,000 pounds is corn. We have special equipment that allows us to make more than 1000 pounds of caramel corn per hour. This equates to about 17 pounds every minute! We also have a team of people dedicated to ensuring that the first pound of caramel popcorn is as high in quality as the 2 millionth. People really love their caramel popcorn, and we’re certainly at the top of that list!

So how should you celebrate your National Caramel Popcorn Day? Deliciously of course! But here’s a few pointers anyway. 

  • Combine your caramel corn with sliced apples for a sweet and refreshing treat
  • Do a traditional “Chicago Mix” and combine caramel corn with cheese popcorn!
  • Make caramel popcorn crispy treats with melted butter and marshmallows

We’ll be celebrating all day, so check our Facebook page and website and join in the fun!