The Perfect Father’s Day Gifts for Your Pops!

Dad’s big day is almost here: Father’s Day 2014 is Sunday, June 15! 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!

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?

Colorful Graduation Gifts for Every Grad

Whether they’re getting a master’s degree or a kindergarten diploma, every grad deserves to be applauded for their hard work and great achievements. And what says “You did it!” better than a delicious gift of gourmet popcorn? After your favorite grad marches down the aisle, hand them one of these colorful graduation gifts as a wish for a bright and promising future!

Say It In Color Snacker's Choice Gift BoxSay It In Color Snacker’s Choice Gift Box

A special occasion like this one calls for a gift with a very special message. So don’t settle for plain snacks; give your grad something with meaning. This neon gift box isn’t just filled with yummy gourmet cheese, cinnamon, almond pecan, and cracked Pepper and sea salt popcorn; triple chocolate cookies; honey roasted peanuts; foil-wrapped chocolate stars; sour stars; Jelly Belly jellybeans; and two original-recipe popcorn balls. It also features a heartfelt graduation message inside that shows your alum just how proud of them you are.

Say It In Color Tins & TowersSay It In Color Tins & Towers

With so many accomplishments stacked up high, your grad now has a stepladder to reach for the sky! Show them how monumental their graduation day is with a whopping seven-tier rainbow tower filled with sandwich cookies, gourmet pretzels, chocolate chip cookies, foil-wrapped chocolate stars, sour fruit chews, jellybeans and more. Plus it comes with a 2-gallon popcorn tin with our famous three-flavor assortment: butter, cheese and caramel. The stars are the limit!

ZigZag 3-Flavor PopcornZigZag 3-Flavor Popcorn Tin

Just like your alum stands out from the crowd on commencement day, give them a gift that’ll really pop too! With a vibrant design on the outside and three mouthwatering flavors of popcorn on the inside, this popcorn tin will make grads of all ages beam with joy. To make your gift really unforgettable, personalize it with a thoughtful message, your favorite photo of you with your grad, or both. After the popcorn is gone, the tin becomes a keepsake they can enjoy well after they’re on the road to success.

Celebration CanistersCelebration Canisters

What graduation bash is complete without some colorful confetti? When your dearest grad finally has that diploma in hand, top off their big day by showering them with confetti popcorn! One canister of this sweet and salty kettle corn comes with four festive colors to celebrate one of life’s most shining moments. Go ahead: Toss that cap into the air and celebrate graduation in a delicious way. A lifetime of achievement starts today!

Which colorful gift will you give to your special grad on commencement 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