The Perfect Father’s Day Gifts for Your Pops!

Dad’s big day is almost here: Father’s Day 2013 is Sunday, June 16! And we can’t think of a better way to say “You’re the best, Pops!” than with a giant tub of popcorn. To help you get a head start on your Father’s Day gift shopping, we’ve rounded up our top popcorn picks for every kind of dad:

Movie Night Scoop BoxesFor the Family Man

Top Father’s Day Pick: Movie Night Scoop Boxes

If your dad’s favorite hobby is to spend time with you and the rest of the clan, then give him a gift that’ll inspire the theme for your next family night! Perfect for a movie marathon, these snack boxes come with loads of sharable candy for the whole family: butter popcorn, red licorice twists, malted milk balls, gummy bears and more. Pair them with a few DVDs Dad loves, then head to the living room to enjoy some quality time with the man of the house!

Sports TinsFor the Sports Man

Top Father’s Day Pick: Sports Tins

Got a dad who’s crazy for sports? We have the perfect gift for Pops to show off his team pride! Whether he’s a MLB, NFL or college sports fan, he’ll love these sports tins. They’re adorned with tons of team logos and mascots, so you can pick Dad’s favorite. Not to mention that they’re filled with three delicious flavors of popcorn that your father can munch on while he cheers on his best players. But never mind the athletes: Dad will always be the MVP in your eyes!

Chicago Skyline Snack AssortmentFor the Business Man

Top Father’s Day Pick: Chicago Skyline Snack Assortment

Your hardworking dad has always hauled in long hours at the office to keep his family happy, but that doesn’t mean he can’t have some fun while he’s working overtime! This skyline-themed popcorn tin will fit in perfectly with Dad’s office décor, plus it’s packed to the brim with delicious snacks: popcorn (six flavors, to be exact!), pretzels, chocolate chip cookies, peanuts, jelly beans and a whole lot more. Pop will never have a boring lunch break again!

Create Your Own Snack AssortmentFor the Handy Man

Top Father’s Day Pick: Create Your Own Assortment

Leaky faucets don’t stand a chance: When something around the house needs to be fixed, your dad rolls up his sleeves and gets down to business. If he’s a DIY dad who likes to get things done his way, there’s no doubt he’ll love this create-your-own assortment. Just pick three of Pop’s favorite popcorn flavors for a totally custom snacking experience that you handpicked yourself. It’s a Father’s Day gift that would make any handy man dad proud!

Which category does your pops fall into, and how will you surprise him with popcorn on Father’s Day?

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

Celebrate the Super Bowl With Popcorn: Make DIY Football Popcorn Jars!

Popcorn Served in Football Mason Jars for Super BowlThe big game has finally arrived! In a mere five days, the 49ers and the Ravens will duke it out for the Super Bowl XLVII championship title. But before your favorite players hit the field, you’ll need to supply your Super Bowl party guests with loads of munchable goodies. The best treat for watching those great plays? Popcorn, naturally! Suit up everyone’s favorite snack with these fun and easy-to-make football popcorn jars. They’re sure to score a touchdown with your biggest fans!

San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens NFL Popcorn TinsWhat You’ll Need

Mason jars (one for each guest)
Brown construction paper
White construction paper
Pencil
Ruler
Scissors
Glue
Adhesive tape
Twine
The Popcorn Factory Super Bowl popcorn

Directions

Cutting a Football Sleeve out of Brown Construction Paper

  1. To make the football sleeve for your mason jar, lay a sheet of brown construction paper flat on a table. Using a ruler and a pencil, trace a rectangle onto the construction paper. The rectangle should be wide enough to wrap all the way around your jar and tall enough to cover the jar from top to bottom. The mason jar we used is about 2 ¾ inches in diameter and 4 inches tall, so we cut a rectangle that measures 2 ¾ inches by 9 inches. Carefully cut out the rectangle.
    Cutting Football Laces out of White Construction Paper
  2. Now it’s time to make your football laces. Use your ruler and pencil again to trace six very small, thin rectangles onto the white construction paper. They should be small enough to fit onto the brown rectangle and create a football lace pattern. One of the white rectangles should be longer than the other five. Our longer lace measures ¼ inch by 2 ½ inches, and our five shorter laces measure ¼ inch by 1 ½ inches each.
    Laces Glued onto Football Sleeve
  3. Lay your brown rectangle horizontally on the table. Using glue, attach your long construction paper lace vertically in the center of the brown rectangle. Then, attach each of the five remaining short laces horizontally right on top of the long lace. Make sure to evenly space out your short laces.
    Football Sleeve Wrapped Around Mason Jar
  4. Your football sleeve is ready! All you have to do now is tightly wrap it around your mason jar and secure it with some tape along the back. If you want your football to look even cuter, tie a piece of twine around the mouth of the jar. Repeat steps 1 through 4 for each mason jar.
    Football Mason Jars Filled With Popcorn
  5. Fill the jars with your favorite football popcorn flavors and serve to your pigskin-loving friends! We used Cheese, Buffalo Ranch, Chocolate Drizzle and Almond Pecan.

What other kinds of football-shaped food will you be serving at your Super Bowl Party?

One State, Two Teams: How NFL Hometown Rivals Match Up

Giants and Jets Football-Themed Popcorn Tins

You’ve been a Giants fan since the first time you slept in a cradle. Your best friend, a Jets fan, bleeds green and white. Both of you grew up in New York, but you each have very different opinions when it comes to football! When two ironclad NFL teams dwell in the same state, diehard hometown fans are bound to be split straight down the middle. So the next time you and your friend are chowing down on your sports-themed popcorn and playfully bantering over which team is best, swap these fun stats about how these popular in-state rivals match up to one another!

New York Giants vs. New York Jets

First Game: The very first time the Giants and the Jets battled against each other, in true New York fashion, was November 1, 1970. The Giants came out on top with a score of 22-10, setting a trend for future bouts.

Most Recent Game: The latest game that brought the Giants and Jets face-to-face was on December 22, 2011. Like their name implies, the Giants claimed a colossal victory once again with a score of 29-14.

Overall Head-to-Head Matchups: Out of the 12 games the Giants and Jets have played together throughout NFL history, the Giants have won eight, proving they’re the toughest team on the block.

Super Bowl Wins: The Giants have been crowned Super Bowl champs a total of four times; the Jets only earned the title once. Think you can pull one over on the big guys that easily? Fuhgettaboutit.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Steelers and Eagles Football-Themed Popcorn Tins

First Game: On November 19, 1933, the Steelers and the Eagles had their first clash. The Eagles soared above their challengers with a score of 25-6.

Most Recent Game: These two opponents last went up against each other on October 7, 2012. This time, the Steelers won by a split hair: 16-14.

Overall Head-to-Head Matchups: The Steelers and the Eagles have been matched up a whopping 77 times, with the Eagles boldly taking the spotlight for 48 of those games.

Super Bowl Wins: When it comes to the big game, the Steelers are the conquering heroes with six Super Bowl victories. The Eagles have yet to swoop in and nab the top prize, even though they’ve competed for it twice.

Dallas Cowboys vs. Houston Texans

Cowboys and Texans Football-Themed Popcorn Tins

First Game: The Cowboys only recently butted heads with the Texans: Their first game was on September 8, 2002. This was the first and only time the Texans beat the Cowboys, with a score of 19-10.

Most Recent Game: On September 26, 2010, the Cowboys came charging in and triumphed over the Texans, 27-13.

Overall Head-to-Head Matchups: The Cowboys take the cake: They’ve won two out of the mere three games they’ve played against the Texans.

Super Bowl Wins: The Cowboys have lassoed in five championship victories over the years, but the Texans haven’t yet made their Super Bowl debut. Time to saddle up and win some titles, boys!

Are you a fan of another team that has a hometown rival? Tell us why you think your team is the finest in the state!

1st Place Popcorn Party – 3 Prizes! – (Week 16)

Philadelphia Eagles 3-Way Popcorn Tins

Philadelphia Eagles 3-Way Popcorn Tins

Welcome to this week’s 1st Place Popcorn Party on our Blog for Week 16! The Popcorn Factory has a whole set of football tins that are perfect for the game whether you’re in the living room, at a friend’s place,  or tailgating!

In a paragraph or two, let us know who you will be rooting for this Sunday and what flavor of popcorn do you prefer best during the game. Also let us know if your popcorn eating speed increases as the score gets closer or if after half time your team is behind! Do you have an original touch down popcorn celebration? Share those engaging popcorn thoughts with us and more! 

We will pick 3 winners at random. And of course, as always, the winners will be able to pick from our full football popcorn tin collection regardless of whether your team is in first place! 

Winner Status:

Surprise “1st Post” Winner: #1  Written By Ashley on December 22nd, 2010 @ 1:24 pm

Winner #1) #16  Written By Sarah on December 22nd, 2010 @ 2:36 pm

Winner #2) #9 Written By tuesday cain on December 22nd, 2010 @ 1:53 pm

Winner #3) #30 Written By Isela on December 22nd, 2010 @ 7:44 pm

Oh and we had to feature the Philadelphia Eagles Popcorn Tin after that crazy, crazy finish last week! Giants fans, big game coming up against Green Bay

Go Football! Goooooooo Popcorn!

1st Place Popcorn Party – 3 Prizes! – (Week 15)

Pittsburgh Steelers 3-way Popcorn Tin

Pittsburgh Steelers 3-way Popcorn Tin

Welcome to this week’s 1st Place Popcorn Party on our Blog for Week 15! The Popcorn Factory has a whole set of football tins that are perfect for the game whether you’re in your living room, at a friends, or tailgating!

In about a paragraph or two, let us know who you will be rooting for this Sunday and how you feel popcorn ranks amongst football snack greats! Also, please let us know what you think about our popcorn tin design for your favorite team  – or your team’s biggest rival, don’t worry the popcorn won’t take it personally – ;) . We will pick 3 winners at random. Oh and of course, the 3 winners will be able to pick from our full football popcorn tin collection regardlesss of whether that team is in first place.

Winner Status:

Surprise “1st Poster” Winner: #1 WRITTEN BY TIFFANY S. ON DECEMBER 14TH, 2010 @ 7:22 PM

Winner #1) Post #42 WRITTEN BY SAL ON DECEMBER 18TH, 2010 @ 1:02 PM

Winner #2) Post #14  WRITTEN BY MEGAN M ON DECEMBER 14TH, 2010 @ 8:58 PM

Winner #3) Post #20 WRITTEN BY JOAN SEAL ON DECEMBER 14TH, 2010 @ 11:01 PM

Goooooo Popcorn!!

1st Place Popcorn Party – 3 Prizes!

Chicago Bears 3 Way Popcorn Tin

Chicago Bears 3 Way Popcorn Tin

Welcome to the 1st Place Popcorn Party on our Blog! The Popcorn Factory has a whole set of football tins that are perfect for the game whether you’re in your living room, at a friends, or tailgating!

In about a paragraph or two, let us know who you will be rooting for this Sunday and how you feel about popcorn as a football snack. Feel free to share football popcorn memories if you have some! We will pick 3 winners at random. Oh and of course, the 3 winners will be able to pick from our full football popcorn tin collection regardlesss of whether that team is in first place. :) That would have just been mean… ;)

Winner Status:

Surprise “1st Poster” Winner) Post #1  WRITTEN BY MICHELLE ON DECEMBER 8TH, 2010 @ 4:48 PM

Winner #1) Post #20 WRITTEN BY ANNA ON DECEMBER 8TH, 2010 @ 5:48 PM

Winner #2) Post #70 WRITTEN BY TIFFANY HOOD ON DECEMBER 10TH, 2010 @ 8:17 PM

Winner #3) Post #30 WRITTEN BY BRENDA ON DECEMBER 8TH, 2010 @ 10:25 PM

Goooooo Popcorn!!