Crosstown Rivals: Fun Facts About the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox

Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox 3-Flavor MLB Popcorn TinsWe here at The Popcorn Factory are proud to be from Chicago. What’s not to love? It’s such a powerhouse city that not one, but two grand-slammin’ MLB teams call it home. The electrifying crosstown rivalry between the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox has been sending shocks of high-voltage excitement through fans’ blood for ages. So grab a Cubs or Sox 3-Flavor Baseball Popcorn Tin and join in on the action: We’ve got all the fun facts you need to know about the Windy City’s most exhilarating teams!

Chicago Cubs Trivia

Chicago Cubs 3-Flavor Popcorn Tin

Today, the Cubs are one of the top five grossing teams in the MLB.

The Chicago Cubs are one of four major league baseball teams that do not have mascots.

The Cubs’ logo has been changed so many times over the years that no one really knows who designed it.

Before they were known as the Cubs, the team was also called the Chicago White Stockings, the Colts, the Black Stockings, the Orphans, the Rainmakers and the Cowboys. They didn’t get their modern-day name until 1902, when a newspaper reporter used the nickname “Cubs” to refer to the team in an article.

Every time the Cubs win a game at Wrigley Field, a flag printed with the letter “W” for “Win” is hoisted high above the scoreboard.

Only four Cubs uniform numbers have been retired: 14 (Ernie Banks), 10 (Ron Santos), 26 (Billy Williams) and 23 (Ryne Sandberg).

The Cubs were the first team ever to win two back-to-back World Series championships. They won their first series in 1907 and claimed victory again in 1908. However, they haven’t won a championship since then, though they did win National League titles in 2007 and 2008.

The Cubs didn’t start playing at Wrigley Field until 1916. They called five different parks home before they settled at Wrigley: 23rd Street Grounds, Lakefront Park, West Side Park, South Side Park, and West Side Grounds.

The first baseball game to ever be covered on the radio was aired on October 1, 1924, when the Cubs defeated the White Sox 10-7.

There are 42,157 seats in Wrigley Field, including standing room tickets.

On July 27, 1930, Wrigley Field hosted its biggest crowd ever: 51,556 fans. There were so many people that, in order to make everyone fit, visitors were allowed to stand along the outfield’s warning track.

Lights weren’t installed in Wrigley Field until after 1942, when the initial fixtures were donated to the war effort after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

In Game 4 of the 1945 World Series against the Detroit Tigers, the Cubs didn’t allow William Sianis—owner of the Billy Goat Tavern—to bring his lucky goat into Wrigley Field. Sianis angrily declared that the Cubs would never win a World Series again. So far, what’s known as “The Curse of the Billy Goat” has come true: The Cubs lost the series that year and every year after that.

The first regular season Cubs game to be broadcast on television was aired on April 20, 1946.

Sammy Sosa hit 33 home runs in his first season with the Cubs. Before he played with the Cubs, he hit 28 runs with the White Sox in fewer than three seasons. Continue reading

Afternoon Sugar Rush: How to Make Double Caramel Marshmallow Popcorn

Double Caramel Marshmallow PopcornThe day is winding down, and so is your energy. But that’s nothing a double shot of caramel can’t fix! For the ultimate sugar rush, whip up a wickedly delicious batch of this Double Caramel Marshmallow Popcorn recipe. It’s got twice the sweet flavor, and it’s twice as easy to make as any other dessert. So go ahead and give that afternoon slump a one-two punch!

Batch of Double Caramel Marshmallow PopcornWhat You’ll Need

2 canisters The Popcorn Factory caramel popcorn
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
¼ cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups brown sugar
23 large marshmallows

Directions

  1. Pour the caramel popcorn into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Melt the butter in a pot over low heat.
  3. Add the corn syrup, vanilla extract, brown sugar and marshmallows to the pot and turn the heat to medium. Stir the ingredients until the marshmallows completely melt and the mixture takes on a smooth, thick caramel texture.
  4. Carefully pour the caramel marshmallow mixture over the caramel popcorn and stir until the popcorn is evenly coated.
  5. Let the popcorn cool for a few minutes, and then serve in a bowl or store in an airtight container.

What other popcorn flavors do you turn to for a midday pick-me-up? Tell us about your favorite!

Fun Administrative Professionals Day Gift Ideas for Men and Women

Thank You So Much Sampler

The time’s come to celebrate the unsung heroes of every successful business: Administrative Professionals Day 2014 is Wednesday, April 23! Although they often work in the background, secretaries, receptionists and other administrative support professionals who keep businesses running smoothly from day to day. If you know a co-worker who always goes above and beyond, give them the big thank-you they deserve with these Administrative Professionals Day gift ideas from The Popcorn Factory!

Administrative Professionals Day Gifts for Men

These cool, classic tins and gift towers come packed with heaps of snacks that any hungry man would love. With piles of absolutely scrumptious rainbow sandwich cookies, gourmet pretzels, chocolate chip cookies, foil-wrapped chocolates, sour fruit chews, jelly beans, mindblowing popcorn flavors and more, these are the perfect gifts for the guys who keep the show running at the office each and every day.

Administrative Professionals Day Gift Ideas for Men

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Administrative Professionals Day Gifts for Women

Give the ladies something bright and cheery with which they can prettify their desk space. In addition to being chock-full of yummy treats—honey roasted peanuts, dark chocolate caramels, chocolate chip cookies, gourmet pretzels, tortilla chips, salsa, sour hard candies, foil-wrapped chocolates, fruit chews, flavor-packed popcorn and more—they’re also beautifully decorated with colorful flowers and stripes. For the women who make the workplace a much lovelier place to be, consider these great gifts:

Administrative Professionals Day Gift Ideas for Women

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Do you have any terrific co-workers or employees that you’d like to honor on Administrative Professionals Day? Tell us all about them!

Popcorn Tins With a Spin: The Perfect Gift for Earth Day!

Tins With a Spin - Gardening TinLet’s all get into the recycling spirit: Earth Day is Monday, April 22! Show our planet and your friends some love by gifting the fun (and reusable!) Tins With a Spin from The Popcorn Factory. Aside from being filled with everyone’s favorite popcorn flavors, these popcorn tins come with a little surprise: They come in different themed patterns so you can reuse them once the snacks are done—no DIY painting or decorating required. Talk about upcycling made easy!

The idea behind this perfect Earth Day gift came straight from you: our lovely fans. When we asked, “What do you store in your empty Popcorn Factory tins?” your answers inspired us to create this one-of-a-kind collection. We came up with six adorable designs for you to choose from, depending on what you want to store in your tins after you’ve devoured your delicious treats:

  • Tins With a Spin - Fido Food TinBirdseed
  • Toys
  • Pet food
  • Gardening tools
  • Snacks
  • Christmas tree ornaments

So mouthwatering snacks and extra storage space makes this popcorn gift doubly delightful—plus it helps save the Earth’s resources!

Even More Different Uses for Popcorn Tins

Have other Popcorn Factory tins at home that you’d like to upcycle in honor of Earth Day? If you prefer to take the DIY route and decorate your tins yourself, here are some other items you can store in your crafty creation:

  • Arts and crafts supplies
  • Sewing or knitting materials
  • Gift-wrapping supplies
  • Magazines
  • Hats, gloves and scarves
  • Hair accessories
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Spare change
  • Cookie cutters and other baking supplies
  • Umbrellas
  • Plants or flowers
  • Wood logs for the fireplace
  • Small towels
  • Ice and cold drinks
  • Tea packets or single-serve coffee cups
  • Flour or sugar
  • Bath toiletries

What will you be storing in your Tin With a Spin to celebrate Earth Day this year?

5 Awesome National Sibling Day Activities for Kids

Popcorn Bowl & SnacksHappy National Sibling Day! Every year on April 10, we celebrate our best lifelong friends: our brothers and sisters! All the best memories we share with our siblings start at childhood. So help your little ones create an unforgettable bond with these great National Siblings Day activities for kids.

Have a Just-for-Siblings Picnic

Give your kids one-on-one time to laugh, talk and play over some great food and snacks. Have them work together to fill up a picnic basket with sandwiches, popcorn, cookies, pretzels and any other snack foods they love. Set out a comfy blanket on the living room floor with some toys, pop a movie in the DVD player and let them dig in! They’ll be so excited to have their own private party, and they’ll create memories that will stay with them long after they’ve grown up.

Make Some National Sibling Day Crafts

Instead of having your little ones exchange store-bought presents, show them how to make handmade and heartfelt gifts they can exchange with each other. Help them draw their own National Siblings Day cards and tell them to write what they love most about their brother or sister. You can also get crafty with them and create some popcorn hearts that they can swap along with their cards.

Hold a Sibling Photo Shoot

Every kid should have some great pictures with their brother or sister. What better day to have a sibling photo shoot than today? Don’t worry; you don’t have to go to a professional to get great shots. Make it fun by setting up your own mini studio at home: You can hang up a sheet or tablecloth on the wall for an instant backdrop. Have your kids pick out their favorite outfits or costumes, give them a few cute photo props (like fake mustaches or jewelry), and tell them to strike a pose for the camera together. The sillier they are, the better the pictures will be! At the end of the day, they won’t just be smiling; they’ll also have lots of keepsake photos that’ll make them laugh for years to come.

Play a Sharing Game

Kids love to talk about their favorite things, so why not turn it into a fun game that’ll teach them how to share with their siblings? Tell each child to draw pictures of their toys and stuffed animals—without looking at their siblings’ drawings. Drop the drawings into a bucket and mix them up. Then, have each child pick a random drawing from the bucket and guess who drew it. After the game is done, tell the kids to take out the toys that they drew, exchange them with one another and explain why they love those toys. They’ll have a blast seeing the toys through their siblings’ eyes, and it’ll kickstart hours of fun sibling playtime!

Bond Over a Game of Sibling Trivia

No one knows you better than your sibling, and that close connection starts during childhood. You can help build that bond between your kids by playing an exciting game of sibling trivia. Have them sit in a circle and take turns saying two things about themselves that are true and one thing that is false. They can talk about anything: their favorite TV show, color, food, sport … the list goes on and on. Their siblings then have to try to guess which statement was false. When the game is over, they’ll learn so much about each other that they won’t just be siblings anymore—they’ll be best friends too!

What other kinds of activities will you be enjoying with your kids on National Siblings Day?

Spring Is in Bloom! Celebrate With DIY Popcorn Flowers

Popcorn Flower ArrangementSpring has finally sprung, and colorful flowers will soon be popping out of the ground! Give the fresh new season a warm welcome by making these adorable (and incredibly simple!) DIY popcorn flowers.

What You’ll Need

1 Popcorn Factory popcorn ball per flower
1 or more bags of colored chocolate wafers (depending on what colors you want your flowers to be)
1 shot glass per flower
1 lollipop stick per flower
1 mason jar per flower
Crinkled filler paper
Jute twine
Green tissue paper

Directions

Preparing Popcorn Ball for Drizzling

  1. So the popcorn balls don’t roll around as you’re covering them in chocolate, stand each popcorn ball on top of a shot glass.

Popcorn Ball Drizzled With Colored Chocolate

  1. Place the colored chocolate wafers into a bowl and heat them in the microwave until they melt. Stir the chocolate every 30 seconds so it doesn’t burn. Using a spoon, drizzle each popcorn ball with the melted chocolate. Place the popcorn balls, along with the shot glasses, in the refrigerator for about a half hour or until the chocolate drizzle hardens.

How to Make the Flower Pot and Stem for Your Popcorn Flower

  1. To make the flower pot and stem, fill a mason jar up with crinkled filler paper. Pack it tightly so that the flower snugly and securely stands in the jar. Cut a small, square piece of green tissue paper and pierce the lollipop stick directly in the center of the square to create the flower’s leaves. Then, poke the lollipop stick vertically directly in the center of the jar, right through the filler paper. Make sure the lollipop stick doesn’t tilt over. Finally, prettify the mason jar by tying a piece of jute twine around the mouth of the jar.

Popcorn Flower

  1. After the chocolate on the popcorn balls has hardened, take the popcorn balls out of the refrigerator and remove them from the shot glasses. To make the popcorn flowers, insert the top of the lollipop stick directly into the bottom of the popcorn ball. Don’t push too far; you don’t want the ball to split in half!

And there you have ’em: blossoming popcorn flowers you can use to decorate your home … or eat for dessert! Here’s a tip: If you want to make an even bigger popcorn flower arrangement for the center of your table, tightly pack a small planter with filler paper, crinkle up multiple tissue paper squares and line them along the rim of the planter to create a grassy look, like we did above.

Have your own ideas on how to make DIY popcorn flowers? Share them with us!

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

 

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.

How to Make DIY Popcorn Goody Bags for Spring

DIY Popcorn Goody BagsWith the days getting a little longer and with the winter freeze slowly thawing out, there’s no doubt that spring is slowly peeking out from its hiding place! To welcome the sweet-smelling flowers that’ll soon be popping up everywhere, we came up with these charming DIY popcorn goody bags for your first big springtime bash. They’re not just easy and cheap to make; they’re sure to spread some sunny (and delicious) cheer to all of your friends too!

What You’ll Need

Popcorn
Brown paper bags (one per guest)
White paper doilies (one per guest)
Double-sided tape
Twine
Hole puncher

Directions

Paper Bag Filled With Popcorn and Sealed With Double-Sided Tape

  1. Fill a paper bag with your guest’s favorite springtime popcorn. Seal the mouth of the bag shut by placing a strip of double-sided tape along the inside edge of the bag and pressing the two sides of the bag together.
    Mouth of Paper Bag Folded and Held in Place With Double-Sided Tape
  2. Fold the top of the bag down about 1 or 2 inches (depending on how full the bag is). Stick some more double-sided tape onto the inside of the flap and attach the flap to the side of the bag.
    Doily Folded in Half and Trimmed to Fit on Top of Paper Bag
  3. Lay a paper doily flat on the table and fold it in half. Sit the folded doily on top of the sealed paper bag so that it creates a half-circle flap on both sides of the bag. Use the double-sided tape to attach the two doily flaps to the bag and keep them in place. If the doily is too big and extends past the outside edges of the bag, simply trim the doily so that its edges are flush with the edges of the bag. Tip: You can use your trimmings as borders along the bottom edge of the bag, like we did here. Just put some clear double-sided tape on the back of the doily trimming and stick it directly onto the face of the bag.Two Holes Punched Into the Top of the Doily-Lined Paper Bag
  4. With a hole puncher, punch two holes (about 1/2 inch apart) close to the top of the bag. They should be directly in the center of the half-moon shape that’s created by the folded doily.
    Doily-Lined Paper Bag Tied Shut With Twine
  5. Sew the twine through the two holes so that both ends of the twine are hanging from the same side of the bag. Tie the twine into a bow to give your goody bag a beautiful finishing touch.

What other popcorn crafts will you make to welcome the warm, bright days of spring?

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?