Popcorn Snacks for Easter

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

tpf easter snacks

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!

tpf popcorn tray

 

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?

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?

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!

Let’s Talk Some Gourmet Popcorn. 3 Gourmet Popcorn Prizes!

Gourmet Popcorn Sampler

Gourmet Popcorn Sampler

Gourmet Popcorn from The Popcorn Factory….how best to experience it for the first time when you are unsure of which of the many delicious flavors to taste first? Should you go with Garlic Asiago Popcorn or maybe Jalapeno Popcorn? Maybe you’re leaning towards Passion Fruit Popcorn only to be swayed towards the ever so popular Chocolate Popcorn? The answer to that question is the 18 Pack Popcorn Sampler from The Popcorn Factory. Its oh-so-delicious picture is right there to your left.

 In about a paragraph or two, let us know which of the many gourmet popcorn flavors you would try first! Also, let us know which of the other flavors you think adults would like versus kids. Or which ones would be loved by all! And if there are certain flavors or combinations of flavors that you would like to see in the future, let us know.

The gourmet popcorn flavors for your mouth-watering perusal include Garlic Asiago Popcorn, Almond Pecan Corn, Jalapeno Popcorn, Kettle Corn, Cheese Popcorn, Butter Popcorn, Buffalo Ranch Popcorn, Caramel Corn, White Cheddar Popcorn, Cinnamon Corn, Chocolate Popcorn, Passion Fruit Popcorn and Caramel Apple Popcorn.

We will pick 3 random winners.

Surprise “1st Post” Winner) Erica Best – February 20th, 2011 @ 9:27 pm

Winner #1) Michelle Coles – February 21st, 2011 @ 12:14 am

Winner #2) Melissa – February 22nd, 2011 @ 9:19 pm

Winner #3) Gayle Watkins on February 22nd, 2011 @ 6:54 pm

Go Gourmet Popcorn!

Gourmet Popcorn Party (3 prizes!)

The Popcorn Factory - Popping for more than 30 years!

The Popcorn Factory - Popping for more than 30 years!

Gourmet Popcorn. It is such a great snack for so many different types of get togethers with friends and family. So the topic of this Gourmet Popcorn Party (with 3 prizes!) is well gourmet popcorn!  We want to know what you think about when you think about those 2 words together, gourmet & popcorn. What thoughts and images are conjured up in your head? At The Popcorn Factory, we’ve been this for quite some time (as you can see from the graphic on the left..) and we’ve loved every minute of it. We are passionate about popcorn. When we are in our actual Popcorn Factory (yes it’s not just a name, there an actual Popcorn Factory!), we love to brainstorm all the different possibilities for future popcorn flavors while always making sure that the quality of our gourmet popcorn is second to none.

So in about a paragraph or two, tell us about what you feel makes popcorn gourmet. How do you feel about the gourmet popcorn created by The Popcorn Factory?

We will pick 3 random winners!

Winner Status:

Surprise “1st Poster” Winner: #1 Written By Rick on February 4th, 2011 @ 6:52 pm

Winner #1)  #6 Written By Dawn on February 4th, 2011 @ 7:11 pm

Winner #2) #18 Written By Carmen Payton on February 5th, 2011 @ 6:53 am

Winner #3) #43 Written By meredith M on February 8th, 2011 @ 5:59 pm

Go Gourmet! Go Popcorn!