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.

Make Pastel Popcorn

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.

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

Super Bowl Popcorn Box Printables

There’s so many reasons to be excited for the Super Bowl this year (not just the 60 foot tall toboggan being built in its honor). This year’s rivals, the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos are headed to the Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey to compete for football fame.

Whether you’re lucky enough to partake in the football festivities or just enjoying the show from the comfort of your couch, you’re going to need snacks – lots of them. While the modern celebration calls for big screen TVs and overly fancy football shaped foods, there’s no denying the classic crunch and flavor of your favorite popcorn flavor, so this year, serve up a no-fail snack that will satisfy even the pickiest of taste buds.

DIY Super Bowl Popcorn Boxes

Our team-themed popcorn tins are not only festive, but each comes with 3 gallons of our most popular flavors so you can keep your guests hunger at bay as you root for your favorites.

DIY Super Bowl Popcorn Boxes

We’ve created these DIY Popcorn box templates so you can celebrate your favorite teams while indulging in your favorite popped snack. If you’re hosting a party where guests of both teams will be attending, set up a “rival” station, with the opposing teams tins and boxes on each side. Or, if your guests are all on the same page, stick with the colors and mascots of each team when choosing elements for your décor.

Supplies for DIY Super Bowl Popcorn Boxes:

Cardstock
Popcorn box template (click here for Seattle Seahawks and here for Denver Broncos)
Glue or Tape
Scissors

Directions for DIY Popcorn Boxes

Step 1: Insert cardstock into the printer.

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Step 2: Download the popcorn box templates. Open and print them onto the cardstock.

popcorn-scoop-boxes

Step 3: Using the scissors, cut out the templates. Once cut out, fold along each of the lines on the template.

Step 4: Create popcorn box and shape and apply glue to the flaps.

DIY Super Bowl Popcorn Box Printables

Step 5: Fill them up with your favorite flavor popcorn, sit back, and enjoy the game!

Poppin’ Activities to Celebrate National Popcorn Day

January 19 is National Popcorn Day! Celebrate your favorite snack food by adding some poppin’ activities to your day. Here are some fun and flavor-packed ways to celebrate this delicious holiday:

Host a Popcorn and Wine Tasting Party

Wine and cheese may be your go-to for a sophisticated soiree, but why not put a fun twist on this tradition and host a popcorn and wine tasting party?! You can still serve your favorite cheesy flavors, or get a little risqué with your palate and opt for flavors like savory Double Cheese or decadent Drizzled Butter Toffee. Dress up your celebration by presenting your treats and cocktails in a creative way.

Popcorn Bar

Host a Movie Night at Home

Invite the neighbors over and pop in your favorite film for a relaxing yet fun celebration. Serve up a tub of buttery goodness and enjoy a low-key evening while munching on the ultimate movie watcher grub.

Make your own popcorn party mix or set out a variety of flavors. Turn it into an activity by having guests “blindly” taste the flavors and vote on the ones they like most and least. You can even send guests home with a tasty party favor by filling a cellophane bag with popcorn and wrapping it with red ribbon. Take your movie watching party to the next level with more ideas at Celebrations.com!

Pop in With Some Crafting Fun

This year’s National Popcorn Day falls on a Sunday, which is a good excuse as any to make it a lazy day filled with snacks and crafts! Get the whole family involved and turn it into a family fun night – just make sure you don’t eat all the supplies first!

Popcorn Flower Arrangement

The possibilities are endless with popcorn crafts. You can make something as simple as a tasty necklace, or as pretty as these blooming popcorn flowers.

Or, to cut out the prep work, set up a crafting area and pick up a ready-to-go decorating kit and simply watch the magic happen! Be sure to cover your area with plenty of newspaper for less mess and easy cleanup.

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How will you celebrate National Popcorn Day? Tell us in the comments!

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!

Kernels-vs.-Colonels-Infographic

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.

 

 

Sweet vs. Savory: Which Side Are You On? Take Our Quiz to Find Out!

Sweet vs Savory PopcornWhen it comes to snacking, do you prefer sugar or spice … or do you think everything is nice? Take this fun quiz to find out where your loyalties lie in the sweet vs. savory debate. Then check out your results to see which scrumptious popcorn flavors we recommend just for you!

Quiz

  1. You’re on a camping trip with family and friends. What’s the first snack you reach for while swapping stories over the campfire?
    1. S’Mores
    2. Pretzels
    3. Trail mix
  1. What’s your favorite kind of food?
    1. Italian
    2. French
    3. Chinese
  1. It’s Friday night and you want to order pizza instead of cooking dinner. What’s the first kind of pizza that catches your eye on the takeout menu?
    1. Ham and pineapple
    2. Fresh mozzarella and tomato sauce
    3. Mixed veggies
  1. When you wake up in the morning, what is the first thing you crave for breakfast?
    1. Pancakes
    2. Eggs and Bacon
    3. Bagel with cream cheese
  1. After you eat dinner, you always have more room for:
    1. Dessert
    2. Cheese
    3. Coffee
  1. You’re at a restaurant and there’s no salt on the table. You:
    1. Don’t even notice; your food tastes just fine without salt!
    2. Call the waiter over and ask him to bring a salt shaker
    3. Sprinkle some pepper on your food instead
  1. What is your go-to salad topping?
    1. Fresh fruit
    2. Ranch dressing
    3. Raspberry vinaigrette

Results

If you answered …

Mostly A’s: You have a sweet tooth. Talk about a sugar rush!

No matter how much you eat, you always have room in your tummy for something sugary. If the sweet deliciousness of chocolate, candy and fruit is what you crave, try these luscious popcorn confections, made with all your favorite dessert-time flavors:

Sweet Popcorn Flavors

Caramel
Kettle Corn
Toasted Coconut
Cranberry
Chocolate Drizzle
S’Mores

Mostly B’s: Savory treats are your fave. Pass the salt, please!

When the salt shaker goes missing at the dinner table, your family knows exactly where to find it: in your hands! Your taste buds go crazy for powerful, tangy foods with a zing. Give snack time a tasty kick with these perfectly seasoned popcorn treats:

Savory Popcorn Flavors

Butter
Cheese
White Cheddar
Jalapeño
Buffalo Ranch
Cracked Pepper
Sea Salt Slim

Mostly C’s: Sweet? Savory? Who cares? You love to enjoy the best of both worlds!

Your appetite doesn’t play favorites. Your passion for food is equally divided between sweet and savory. And when the two come together to make one flavor-packed treat, you’re in snacker heaven! If you love to mix things up, try these knockout popcorn flavor combinations:

Sweet and Savory Popcorn Flavor Combos

Peanut Brittle
Almond Pecan
Cinnamon
Butter Toffee Almond
Sour Green Apple
Dark Chocolate Sea Salt