Food for Pops: Father’s Day Popcorn Brunch Menu

Father's Day Popcorn Brunch MenuStart prepping now because Father’s Day 2014 is Sunday, June 15! Celebrate Pops with a popcorn-packed meal that’ll wow his taste buds with flavor and creativity! We’ve put together a delicious 3-course Father’s Day brunch menu – from appetizer to dessert – using all 3 flavors (butter, cheese, and caramel corn) found in our most POPular Father’s Day Popcorn tin. We start with a protein-packed popcorn egg bake, follow with a crunchy and meaty double cheddar popcorn bacon, and finish with a delicious salty & sweet trail mix to keep Dad’s energy pumping for the rest of the day!

The best part? Once all of the snacking is done, dear ol’ Dad can reuse the tin to store things such as tools or keepsakes, making it a Father’s Day Gift he’ll always remember!

First Course: Butter Popcorn Egg Bake

Ingredients
Butter Popcorn
Egg (or egg whites)
A pinch of salt + pepper
Cookie Cutter

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 In a bowl, lightly whisk eggs. Add a dash of salt and pepper. Set aside. (If you are using egg whites, omit this part).

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In a greased pan, lay out an even spread of butter popcorn. Pour the whisked egg (or egg whites) over the popcorn in a nice, even spread.

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Bake for 25 minutes, then remove from pan and let cool for 3-5 minutes. Once slightly cooled, use a cookie cutter to cut out delicious popcorn egg bake shapes.

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Serve with tomatoes for a tasty, protein-packed starter!

 

Second Course: Double Cheddar Popcorn Crusted Bacon Strips

Ingredients
Bacon
Cheddar popcorn
Cheddar cheese

Directions
To bake the bacon in the oven, line a baking sheet with tin foil. Then, turn the oven on for 400 degrees and pop the bacon in right away. Cook for 15-18 minutes and remove from oven.

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Then, top each bacon slice with a layer of cheddar popcorn. Follow with a layer of cheddar cheese and place in the oven for a few minutes until melted.

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Optional: top with a light coating of seasoning to taste.double-cheddar-crusted-bacon-1

 

Third Course: Salty & Sweet Caramel Popcorn Trail Mix

Ingredients
Caramel corn
Nuts (we used cashews)
Milk chocolate candy pieces
Peanut butter candies

Directions

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In a large bowl, mix all of the ingredients together.

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Then, separate into individual serving sized baggies. We used a twist tie to make a “tie” for Dad and added a smiley face ping pong ball into the extra space to make this dessert festive and fun!

Scholar-Inspired Snacks: DIY Graduation Cap Popcorn Balls

graduation-party-desserts_grad-cap-popcorn-ballCelebrate your special scholar with a party celebrating their important achievement! We gave our famous popcorn balls a scholar-worthy graduation dessert, worthy of an A. We put this adorable treat on a stick for a fun presentation, but you can opt to omit this piece and lay out on a festive plate or in cupcake wrappers.

Personalize this graduation dessert idea even further by using the graduate’s school colors for the licorice tassels!

Supplies for DIY Graduation Cap Popcorn Balls

The Popcorn Factory popcorn balls
graduation-party-desserts_grad-cap-popcorn-ball_suppliesLicorice – make sure it’s the kind you can easily pull apart.
Candy eyeballs
Chocolate squares (the Harry London chocolate squares were the perfect size)
Small coated candies
Peanut butter cups
Frosting (to be used as adhesive)
Skewers (optional)

Directions for DIY Graduation Cap Popcorn Balls

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First, prepare your candies. This may include unwrapping the peanut butter cups and pulling up the licorice strings.

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Once your candies are ready, it’s time to start decorating! Using the frosting as an edible adhesive, add a black licorice smile and edible eyeballs to make the face.

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Now that your graduation dessert has it’s million dollar smile on, it’s time to dress it up with an edible graduation cap! To make the cap, add a layer of frosting to the top of the popcorn ball head, then place the peanut butter cup, larger side down. Then, add another layer of frosting to the top of the peanut butter cup, and place a chocolate square on top. Then, add another dash of frosting and add the licorice “tassles,” and top with a small coated candy.

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If you want to serve on a stick, grab a skewer and push the pointed side of the skewer into the bottom of the popcorn ball until secure. Add some filler to a vase and they’re ready to present and serve!

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Personalized Mother’s Day Gifts

This year, take your Mother’s Day gifts above and beyond by infusing them with memories and sweet nostalgia! Adding a personal touch instantly takes your gift to the next level, making Mom feel that much more loved and appreciated.

Even if all that’s on Mom’s wishlist is her favorite flavor popcorn from The Popcorn Factory, you can still make it special and unique by personalizing it with a photograph or memory. Here are some of our favorite personalized Mother’s Day gift ideas that Mom can then reuse and show off for years to come.

Personalized Popcorn Tins:

Wow Mom with a festive tin overflowing with her favorite crunchy snack. Choose a tin design Mom will love and personalize it with a funny or sweet family photo. You can also send Mother’s Day gifts to any ”Moms” who have helped you this year or in the past – even if they’re not your own! A generic “Thank You” tin with a photo of you and that special someone will really make her feel special. Alternatively, choose the perfect tin for Mom’s unique personality from our Tins with a Spin collection – creatively designed with reusing in mind!

TPF Spring Tin with Flowers

TPF Spring Tin with TulipsTPF Fun TinTPF Thanks Popcorn Tin

 

 

 

 

From left to right:
Spring Floral Popcorn Tins
Tulips Popcorn Tins
Fun with Snacks Popcorn Tins
“Thanks So Much” Popcorn Tins

Personalized Snack Assortments:

Of course Mom lives popcorn, but if she can’t seem to settle on just one snack favorite, surprise her with a sweet assortment of candies and treats! Choose from wow-worthy snack towers, festive boxed goodies, or even an adorable wooden basket with an erasable chalkboard panel!

TPF Chalkboard Basket with Popcorn Gifts

TPF Snack Sampler with Smiley FacesTPF Spring Tower Snack AssortmentTPF 7 Way Snack AssortmentFrom left to right:
Spring Chalkboard Basket
Smiley Face Jumbo Sample
Spring Floral Tower
7-Way Snack Assortment

Make Pastel Popcorn with this Edible Paint Recipe for Kids

If you’re looking for some creative activities for kids that require little to no prep work and supervision, use our edible paint recipes to “paint” all kinds of delicious things – from cookies to fruits.

Edible Paint Recipe

The kids will love channeling their inner artist while learning how to safely use a brush. You may even choose to have them mix the colors themselves! They can see in action how different color combinations work and also just how the amount of pigment affects the final project.

Be sure to set up a craft area for the kids as this activity can certainly get messy. Line your tables with old newspapers and make sure kids are wearing clothing they can comfortably get messy in.

Supplies for Pastel Popcorn Activity for Kids

How to Make Edible PaintPlain Yogurt
Food Coloring
Finger bowls
Brush
Popcorn

Directions for Edible Paint Recipe

Scoop a few spoons of yogurt into a finger bowl or similar dish. Add a few drops of food coloring and mix.

How to Make Edible Paint

Add additional food coloring as necessary to get the desired color you want.

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Now that your edible paint is made, clear an area for your child to get to the fun part. Be sure to provide a water cup so they can rinse off the brush when switching colors.

Go Behind the Scenes with Our “What’s Your Flavor” Contest Winner

On March 25th, 2014, our “What’s Your Flavor” contest winner, Rebecca, had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to turn her popcorn flavor dreams into a reality. Using her personal garden as inspiration, she came up with a unique, flavor-packed blend of ingredients for a truly savory popcorn concoction! Read about her experience at The Popcorn Factory’s headquarters, where she helped create her own batch of Sage Brown Butter Crunch, from unpopped kernel to culinary creation.

The Popcorn Factory Headquarters

How does one become inspired to take an ear of corn and transform basic kernels into wildly convivial and refined flavors? Leave it to the experts at The Popcorn Factory to conjure the taste of tradition. In huge copper cauldrons, popcorn explodes from a naked state into well-dressed buttery, sweet perfection. My kitchen is not as mystifying or sophisticated as The Popcorn Factory’s cooking kingdom, but my idea of cooking with creative flavor is just as innovative.

urban gardenThe Popcorn Factory soars beyond the cornfields and turns a crop full of corn, agriculture’s abundant ingredient, into a blank canvas. Popcornologists harness their magic like kitchen sorcerers; they make our mouths water and give us the popcorn our taste buds crave. The culinary inspiration for Sage Brown Butter Crunch came from my 19th floor balcony, my own urban backyard. To satisfy my own craving, a salty, sweet, spicy and herbal blend came to life.

For me, cooking is refining familiar flavors, like turning a simple snack food into a delicacy with fresh herbs and exotic spices. While watering plants, I plucked the only remaining herb from my garden that was still growing in abundance: the all mighty, fragrant Sage. Out of convenience I introduced the timeless popcorn-and-butter duo with its new best friends, another timeless duo, sage and brown butter.

What's Your Flavor Rebecca in the KitchenLayering flavors to stimulate all of the senses inside our mouths is what makes food appealing and exciting to eat. I figured popcorn with complex flavors, dedicated to artistic culinary appeal doesn’t have to be elite. We can all appreciate munching on good popcorn with a cold beer so why not have the perfect popcorn to go with a cocktail, wine- even Champagne? Ingredients like sage, brown butter, five spice, Turbinado sugar, and pecans make a perfect popcorn for pairing!

To me, it just made sense. I made popcorn inspired by the season and used whatever I had on hand – I got creative and it worked. Now, The Popcorn Factory is making it happen. Get ready for some awesome popcorn, Sage Brown Butter Crunch!

What's Your Flavor Behind the Scenes

Creative Ways to Use Caramel

Move over flour, there’s a new baking staple in town and it’s got an irresistibly sweet flavor few taste buds can resist! In honor of National Caramel Day on April 5, we’re celebrating all the creative ways to use caramel – from baking to decorating.

Creative Ways to use Caramel

Use as an edible adhesive. If you’re looking for an edible adhesive to take your recipes to the next level, look no further! Whether you’re looking to add fun toppings to decorate or add flavor, add a dab of caramel and press down to secure.

Use to decorate. A vase becomes a sweet centerpiece when you fill it with caramels and top with a flower! Similarly, put wrapped caramel candies in a decorative bowl for when guests come over to decorate end and coffee tables. Who knows when a caramel-loving guest will stop by and snack on these ooey gooey bites?!

Batch of Double Caramel Marshmallow PopcornUse it in recipes. Perhaps the most popular way to use this sticky ingredient, there are tons of mouth-watering recipes (like our double caramel marshmallow popcorn recipe) that utilize this sweet substance.

Infuse it with vodka. Chop up your caramels in fine pieces and throw in a glass mason jar or empty vodka bottle. Fill the rest of the bottle with your favorite unflavored vodka and let sit until the caramels fully dissolve. Once fully dissolved, add a pinch of salt to really bring out that caramel flavor; now you have salted caramel vodka!

Use it to decorate drinks. Throw a few caramels into the microwave (in a bowl) and use the melted substance to rim your cocktail glasses – it’ll add both decoration and flavor!

Use it as a Coating. There’s a reason caramel apples are so popular; there’s simply delicious! Using caramel as a coating, we created caramel coated popcorn balls on a stick – you can customize them with your own toppings if you really want to get creative!

DIY Caramel Popcorn Balls

Use it to decorate foods. Use melted caramel and a toothpick to create beautiful caramel creations on food or serve ware. Melt only a little bit at a time so it doesn’t solidify before you’re finished with your masterpiece.

Use as a dip. Finally, serve melted caramel alongside apples, grapes, and your favorite desserts for a fondue-style dipping treat! You can even set up a dessert bar with a selection of toppings for a unique dining experience at home.

DIY Caramel Popcorn Balls

There’s nothing quite like a dessert on a stick to turn up the food fun. These delicious caramel popcorn balls are reminiscent of carnival-favorite candy apples, and can be decorated and customized to satisfy even the pickiest eaters.

DIY Caramel Popcorn Balls

Make these for a carnival inspired party or just as a special crunchy and sweet treat after dinner.

DIY Caramel Popcorn BallsSupplies for DIY Caramel Popcorn Balls

Popcorn Balls
Caramels
2 Tbsp milk
Wooden skewers
Wax Paper
Additional chocolates or candies for topping (optional)

Directions for DIY Caramel Popcorn Balls

Step 1: Melt the caramels; this can be safely done in the microwave or on the stovetop. While melting, add the milk to thin. Once fully melted, you’re ready to start dunking!

Step 2: Insert a wooden skewer into the popcorn ball. This can be done by finding an area with a small opening and slowly twisting in until secure. Lay out a piece of wax paper before moving on to the next step.

DIY Caramel Popcorn Balls

Step 3: Once your stick and ball are secure, dip into the caramel, making sure to dip all the way to where the stick meets the ball, as it will further secure the treat.

DIY Caramel Popcorn Balls

Step 4: After dipping, place your caramel popcorn balls on the wax paper to cool.

Step 5: Once fully cooled, remove the caramel popcorn balls from the wax paper and serve! You can top with melted chocolates or candies to really make this dessert festive!

DIY Caramel Popcorn Balls

What kind of toppings will you add to your DIY Caramel Popcorn Balls? Share with us in the comments section!

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

Popcorn of the Month: Sour Green Apple

March’s popcorn of the month is lean, green, and (not so) mean Sour Green Apple! Crunchy and sweet with a sour kick, this festive popcorn flavor is packed with what we like to call “pucker power.”

The Popcorn Factory Sour Green Apple PopcornWhy did we choose this flavor as our favorite popcorn for March? Simple! Not only does the green-filled holiday St. Patrick’s Day fall during this month, but March 20th also happens to be the first day of spring – a day that’s equal parts sweet and sour just like the flavor. The excitement of the season of regrowth warms our hearts, while we can’t quite hold back the sadness of saying goodbye to the beauty of winter.

We’re celebrating by using this tangy treat to make festive (and edible) jewelry! And yes, we will definitely be sporting this DIY Idea on St. Patrick’s Day! To make this wearable St. Patrick’s Day craft, all you need is green popcorn, a needle, and some thread!

Supplies for DIY St. Patrick’s Day popcorn necklace:

Sour Green Apple Popcorn
Needle
Thread

How to Make a St. Patrick’s Day popcorn necklace:

DIY St. Patrick's Day Popcorn Necklace

First, clear your area as this project can surely get sticky! Once your area is clean, simply thread your needle, and stick it through the popcorn. Pull the thread all the way through.

DIY St. Patrick's Day Popcorn Necklace

Repeat this step until you are satisfied with your result! You can make necklaces, bracelets, rings, and even sweet popcorn belts. The possibilities are endless!

DIY Oscars Popcorn Box Printables

There’s no pairing more perfect and traditional than popcorn and a movie. Celebrate the biggest movie occasion of the year by hosting your own Oscars party!

Oscar Party Popcorn Box Printables

Whether you’re watching the Academy Awards for the red carpet fashions or to cheer on your favorite films and celebrities, stock up on your favorite popped snack and serve them up in these classy and chic Oscar party popcorn boxes! We’ve created these free printable inspired by stars that are sure to add a festive touch to any spread. Simply print, fold, and enjoy!

If you’re looking for more Oscar party decorating ideas, take a peek at our sophisticated popcorn bar post. Celebrations.com has the how-to for the Hollywood glamour inspired DIY Gold Paint Jars. A little bit of creativity mixed with LOTS of popcorn sure goes a long way!

Supplies for DIY Oscar Party Popcorn Boxes:

Downloadable Oscar party popcorn box template
Card stock
Glue or tape
Scissors

Directions for DIY Oscar Party Popcorn Boxes:

Oscar Party Popcorn Box Template

Load the printer with card stock. Download the popcorn box template and print.

Oscar Party Popcorn Box Printables

Cut the template out. Fold alongside black lines.

Oscar Party Popcorn Box Printables

Use tape or glue to secure the popcorn box shape. Make sure the bottom of your popcorn box resembles the photo above; this is the most secure way to fold the box.

Oscar Party Popcorn Box Printables

Add your favorite flavor of popcorn and present these beauties off!

Oscar Party Popcorn Box Printables