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!

National Popcorn Month – Drizzled Caramel Popcorn Cookie (3 winners!)

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It’s National Popcorn Month, and The Popcorn Factory® is celebrating by sharing some of our best kept popcorn party planning secrets with you each week in October!  Popcorn has long been a staple for all celebrations – from sporting events to gift-giving and movie watching, but popcorn is also a great way to spice up your cooking.

As part of the celebration for National Popcorn Month, we are giving away 3 of the The Popcorn Factory® Drizzled Caramel Clear Favorites (Item# S3551CD) that are featured in the special recipe below! Just post about a paragraph or so below telling us some of your favorite memories with  popcorn at Halloween time. We’ll pick 3 random people (using random.org) and send them a box of the  The Popcorn Factory® Drizzled Caramel Clear Favorites.

 

Current Party Status:  
Winner #1) #27  Sara Lambert on October 12th, 2010 @ 9:52 p.m
Winner  #2) #12 Written By Barbara on October 11th, 2010 @ 7:28 p.m
Winner #3) #6 Written By Anne M. on October 11th, 2010 @ 7:00 p.m 
 
Don’t forget to try out the Drizzled Caramel Popcorn Cookie recipe below! 
 

Drizzled Caramel Popcorn Cookie

3 eggs

1 c. sugar

½ tsp. vanilla

1 c. flour

¼ tsp. salt

6 tbs. unsalted butter

5 oz. semi-sweet chocolate

4 oz. unsweetened chocolate

23 oz. The Popcorn Factory® Drizzled Caramel Clear Favorites (Item# S3551CD)

 

1)      Beat together eggs, sugar, vanilla, flour and salt in large mixing bowl.

2)      Melt semi-sweet chocolate, unsweetened chocolate and unsalted butter in a double boiler, stirring consistently, until smooth.  Remove from heat.

3)      Pour melted chocolate mixture into dry ingredients mixture in large bowl.

4)      Using an electric or hand mixer, beat on medium speed until fully incorporated.

5)      Stir in popcorn until well distributed in batter.

6)      Drop in 1 ½” balls onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper.

7)      Bake at 350° for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown.

8)   Cool completely and store in an airtight container.

 

Makes 2 ½ dozen cookies.