Unique Gift Ideas for Father’s Day: Part 1

Welcome Back,

It’s time to dive into summer! We can’t wait for the constant warm weather, sunshine and another holiday to celebrate our other very important parent: Dad. If finding the perfect gift for dad seems like it’s always the hardest thing to do, keep check back with us! We have great gift ideas that Dad will both love and be impressed with… let’s jump in!

zig zag popcorn samplerUnique Father’s Day Gift Idea #1: Father’s Day Summer Movie Kit

If there is one thing we love about summer, it would definitely be the great summer blockbusters hitting the screen every weekend. We may be biased, but nothing goes better together than a great movie and some delicious popcorn. For this Father’s Day, put together a fun and delicious kit with all of Dad’s favorite movie snacks, his favorite Popcorn Factory popcorn, and a movie he’s sure to love!

Order our Zig-Zag Sampler that includes creamy vanilla caramels, sour hard candies, chocolate chip cookies, dry roast peanuts, assorted Jelly Belly® beans, and a delicious popcorn trio of robust Cheese, White Cheddar and Almond Pecan corn with whole almonds and pecans tossed in a buttery glaze. Pair this with a movie theater gift card from your local theater with a promise to go see a movie with Dear ol’ Dad.

Or you could try our Movie Night Scoop Boxes, which come in a set of two, with all-natural Butter popcorn, red licorice twists, malted milk balls, gummy bears and Kiddy Mix candies. Pair this with a movie theater gift card or a new DVD/Blue-Ray movie that he is sure to love! Our Popcorn Bowl & Snacks gift will definitely ensure a great movie night at home and includes all-natural Butter, robust Cheese and secret-recipe Caramel corn, red licorice, Jelly Belly® beans, chocolate chip cookies and creamy, foil-wrapped chocolates. Fathers day movie popcorn gifts

Our Ultimate Dad DVD/Blue-Ray Movie Picks:

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Check back with us next week for another Unique Father’s Day Gift Idea! 

The Popcorn Factory FUNdraiser Program

fundraisingFor the last 30 years, The Popcorn Factory has been the leader in providing fun and delicious popcorn treats that bring a smile to all who try them. We’ve stayed on top because we love what we do and aren’t afraid to try new ideas; which is why we’re proud to present to all of our fans, our new 2012 FUNdraising Program!

Our people pleasing popcorn snacks are already enjoyed for their premium taste and quality, but now you can share and enjoy these treats while receiving 25-50% profit for your organization or charity!

So what should you do to ensure a successful fundraiser?

  • Plan early and set a goal! Taking the time to work on your fundraiser gives you the opportunity for success, especially when you have realistic goals to work for.
  • Make a list of reliable volunteers! You need people who are just as excited and dedicated to making your fundraiser effective.  Choose those who you know have the time and ability to put in the hard work with you during your endeavors.
  • Consider year round fundraising! We’re sure your initial fundraiser will be a hit, so continue the cause and make some customers very happy that they can refill their orders, or bring smiles to new faces!
  • Maximize your opportunities at events! Our delicious popcorn is the perfect snack for school and sporting events, you’ll find a lot of happy customers and be able to reach your goals.
  • Most importantly…Make it fun!

fundraisingIt’s simple: Choose from our FUNdraising gift selections in either our gift items like gift tins, snack assortments, and Clear Favorites popcorn canisters or select from our gourmet individual bags of popcorn flavors or our famous gourmet popcorn balls. With supplies this delicious, they’ll certainly go fast! Once they’re sold, your gifts can be shipped directly to you for distribution or to the recipients for an easy process. You earn 25% profit from our Gift Item collection sales, and 50% profit from our gourmet popcorn bags and gourmet popcorn balls!

Of course we can’t resist offering great deals; you can receive a 50% discount on an 18 pack case of gourmet popcorn bags, or a 100 pack case of gourmet popcorn balls!

Check out our FUNdraising page here and see how you can get started on helping your organization!

 

National Caramel Popcorn Day

caramel popcornIt’s here, one of our favorite days! Happy National Caramel Popcorn Day! 

We take our caramel popcorn very seriously around here. As one of our top flavors that has been the inspiration for so many of our wonderful popcorn treats, a lot of love and labor goes into making our secret recipe caramel popcorn. First we…well, we can’t actually tell you that part! And then we…hmm we can’t tell you that part either. What we can tell you is that we use a super special secret recipe for our caramel, and we keep this recipe in a very safe location that only four people can access! I guess we can tell you one little secret: we use real butter in our recipe (shhh…don’t tell anyone!).

smores popcornWe love our caramel recipe so much, that many of the other recipes we’ve created over the past several years have been based on our caramel recipe. Some regular and season flavors include our caramel apple popcorn (with REAL apple pieces), almond pecan, butter toffee and butter toffee almond, banana cream pie popcorn, chocolate caramel, our fan-favorite s’mores popcorn, and thai peanut to name a few.

Did you know that The Popcorn Factory makes roughly 2 million pounds of caramel corn each year? And of that 2 million pounds, 1,700,000 pounds is caramel and 300,000 pounds is corn. We have special equipment that allows us to make more than 1000 pounds of caramel corn per hour. This equates to about 17 pounds every minute! We also have a team of people dedicated to ensuring that the first pound of caramel popcorn is as high in quality as the 2 millionth. People really love their caramel popcorn, and we’re certainly at the top of that list!

So how should you celebrate your National Caramel Popcorn Day? Deliciously of course! But here’s a few pointers anyway. 

  • Combine your caramel corn with sliced apples for a sweet and refreshing treat
  • Do a traditional “Chicago Mix” and combine caramel corn with cheese popcorn!
  • Make caramel popcorn crispy treats with melted butter and marshmallows

We’ll be celebrating all day, so check our Facebook page and website and join in the fun!

 

 

College Care Packages for Finals

Hello Popcorn Pals!

The Holiday season is upon us! That means the family is home and together, everyone sitting around the fireplace, cups of hot cocoa, building snowmen, warm sweaters and slippers, and watching holiday movies around the clock…that is, after college finals are over.

Probably the most stressful time of the winter season (next to visiting that one weird aunt), college semester finals are a time when most students will be lucky if they even have the time or energy to get in one good meal. Late night study sessions will extend far later than any campus convenience store stays open, and they’ll need something to refuel with when they get that study break craving. Help out your scholar and send them a light, fun snack that they’ll enjoy!

college care package survival kit popcorn gift tin snack assortment

College Survival Kit Popcorn Snack Tin $29.99; Product code: C3420C

Our popcorn makes the perfect college study break treat. Light, fluffy, and packed with flavor; a few (or more!) handfuls of this treat won’t leave studiers feeling sluggish or too full to concentrate. Plus, they’re great for sharing with a large study group or college roommates. We like to think we’ve perfected the perfect college snack for those final study breaks, with our college survival snack gift tins. Not only do we offer our delicious popcorn flavors in butter, cheese, or secret recipe caramel, we also throw in mouthwatering chocolate chip cookies, savory chips, chocolates, and various candies. All of the essential treats to make your college gift that much sweeter!

These college care packages won’t break the bank either! With a majority of college gifts ranging from $19.99 to $39.99, you can make sure your college kid is eating a tasty snack without having to take out another loan for it. Our exclusively decorated tins and containers can be reused again and again for storage, snack, or even decoration.

Don’t miss out on showing school pride either. Check to see if your college has partnered up with us for a specially decorated tin donning the school colors and mascot! They make for the perfect accessory at any tailgating party or in the stands snack.

College gear popcorn gift tins Illinois Georgia North Carolina Virginia Michigan
College Popcorn Gift Tins

Order your college care packages soon, and let your hard-working college student know that you’re thinking of them…and their snack time!

Celebrate National Popcorn Month with Us!

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’re not the only ones crazy for kernels though! Popcorn was actually discovered first by Native Americans in North America and was used as everyday food or as a supplement to other meals. Evidence was found of popcorn being made in 3600 B.C. in New Mexico, making it one of the oldest forms of cooking corn! Who knew it wasn’t just for snacking during movies or baseball? (Well, clearly historians and us of course). An early Spanish account of a ceremony honoring the Aztec gods who watched over fishermen reads: “They scattered before him parched corn, called momochitl, a kind of corn which bursts when parched and discloses its contents and makes itself look like a very white flower; they said these were hailstones given to the god of water.” (source).

We may be biased, but I 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 peanut brittle popcorn is actually a staff family recipe. 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 ThePopcornFactory.com 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! A Halloween Treat just for you: Save $10 on your order of $50 or more on regular priced items using the promo code “SCARY” before 10/24/2011. You’ll be celebrating the holiday deliciously in no time!

Happy Hauntings and Poppings!

Back To School Cool

College Extreme Survival Kit Snack Assortment & 3-Way Popcorn Tins $44.99 - $59.99

Another school year is here! It’s time for buying books, going to classes, late-night study sessions, and the occasional paper or test. Or perhaps this is yours or your loved ones first year going away for college and making a fresh start. No matter which case, it is always a fun, exciting (and maybe a little scary) time for everyone.

During this crazy and busy school time, we know that it’s the comforts of home that everyone looks forward to most. Whether you’re sending a care package, homecoming gift, study snack, or even their favorite snacks, it will definitely be appreciated (and maybe you’ll even get a phone call home!). We like to think that we’ve perfected our own kind of college survival kits and college study kits; the perfect gifts to let your little think-tank know that you miss and support them…and that you don’t want them to starve when they’ve run out of late night snacks and the campus store is closed! A delicious popcorn treat can really help keep focus for an all-night study session, and is the perfect between meal snack to keep them full and happy.

These tins are also perfect for fast approaching Homecoming weekends! Show your school pride if you’re an Illini, Badger, or any of your other favorite mascots. These college team tins are great to bring to any tailgating parties, mid-game cravings, or a delicious gift to any alumnus.

We don’t like to brag (too much) but we bet if they shared one of our delicious sample popcorn tins with our secret recipe caramel, or our real cheese cheddar popcorn, they will be making friends in no time. Several of our snack tins include our favorite flavors of popcorn like butter, white cheddar, or secret recipe caramel. They also include a variety of tasty bites like cookies, chips, candy and many more sweets to keep your scholars satisfied. We can even personalize the messages on the tins with a picture or note (this would be the perfect time for any silly family photos from home). When they’re done with the goodies inside, the tins are perfect for storage and decorated with your University’s logo and colors or fun, bright designs so that they can easily fit in with the dorm décor.

So what do you all think? Let us know in the comments what would be in your ultimate college survival tin? Don’t forget to check us out on Facebook as well!

Super Bowl Popcorn Party! Packers Vs. Steelers! 3 prizes!

 

Packers Vs. Steelers in Super Bowl XLV!

Packers Vs. Steelers in Super Bowl XLV!

Welcome to the 1st Annual The Popcorn Factory Super Bowl Popcorn Blog Party! It’s the Packers vs. Steelers and it’s Super Bowl XLIV (45)! 

The playoff were crazy this year! But after all that craziness, the two teams that remain on top of the hill to battle it out are the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburg Steelers! As we all know, historically, the Packers and the Steelers are not strangers to the Big Game. With 9 Super Bowl rings between them (yes, yes we know Steeler fans that you have 6 of those, but hey cmon the Lombardi Trophy…), the expectations are high for both teams.

So in about a paragraph or two, tell us about  your favorite memories of Super Bowls past and how you think this one will shake out. And of course tell us about how popcorn is the ultimate Super Bowl snack! There will be 3 winners and the winners will receive a Super Bowl commemorative tin that features either the Green Bay Packers or the Pittsburg Steelers!

Winner Status:

Suprise “1st Poster” Winner: #1 Written By nikki ozan on January 31st, 2011 @ 3:45 pm

Winner #1: #23 Written By Kayla Skye on January 31st, 2011 @ 7:29 pm

Winner #2: #34 Written By crystal moyer on February 1st, 2011 @ 3:53 pm

Winner #3: #16 Written By Shakti Bulk on January 31st, 2011 @ 5:32 pm

Go Packers! Go Steelers! And Goooooooooo Popcorn!

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!!

National Popcorn Month – Party planning fun isn’t just for grown-ups (3 winners!)

Happy Haunting Diva Bag

Happy Haunting Diva Bag

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.

Party planning fun isn’t just for grown-ups – this October, let kids in on the fun!  Guests of all ages love a snack that’s easy to grab-and-go, and creating a unique trail mix let’s the whole family work together.   Making memories as a family has never been tastier, and The Popcorn Factory® has exciting flavors that will make any trail mix something special. 

As part of the celebration for National Popcorn Month, we are giving away 3 of the Happy Haunting Diva Bag (Item # NA3310). Just post about a paragraph or so below telling us some of your favorite memories with your kids in the kitchen! We’ll pick 3 random people (using random.org) and send them each the  Happy Haunting Diva Bag.

Current Party Status:

Winner #1) #22 Written By Sheri on October 19th, 2010 @ 4:44 p.m

Winner #2) #14 Written By Brandi on October 19th, 2010 @ 2:05 p.m 

Winner #3) #30 Written By Janet on October 19th, 2010 @ 10:43 p.m 

Surprise “The First Post” Winner #4) #1 Written By Bessie Burnsed on October 19th, 2010 @ 11:12 a.m (The first post!)  

 

Trail Mix

Make it POP!  The Popcorn Factory® offers a number of flavors to suit any party planner’s tastes.  From classic Butter, Cheese and Caramel corn, to exotic Jalapeño, sweet S’mores and tangy Ginger Teriyaki, The Popcorn Factory® will help you make your trail mix unique – and delicious.  Make sure to add popcorn while it is fresh so that it keeps its flavor and texture.

 

Go a little nutty.  Nuts offer a hearty addition to trail mix, but be sure to choose flavors that won’t overpower.  Consider whether you want to incorporate the salty flavor found in pre-salted nuts or choose a blander version that will add texture and a meaty taste.  Be sure to check on any potential allergies among party guests before serving.

 

Sprinkle in seeds.  Not only are seeds nutritious, but they make a crunchy trail mix component that is easy to munch.  From pumpkin seeds to sunflower seeds, you can roast them, toast them or just toss them in!

 

Crackers, pretzels and cookies – oh my!  These carbohydrate options are tasty and come in an endless variety of flavors.  Try cheese crackers for an extra punch, pretzel sticks for something a little salty, and crumbled cookies for a sweet treat.

 

Add in fruity fun.  Dried fruit comes in all shapes and sizes and has a long shelf life – though you may not need it with a trail mix this yummy!  Add in traditional fruits like dried apples, cranberries and bananas, or spice it up with tropical mango and pineapple.  Health food stores often have extensive options to work with, allowing each family member to choose a favorite.

 

Sweeten the deal.  Candies and chocolates are a great way to add sweetness and texture to your trail mix.  M&Ms make an easy, classic edition, but make sure to consider other fun options like snowcaps, crushed chocolate bars or even gummy bears!  Keep your trail mix chilled so these candies don’t melt or stick to other ingredients. 

Half the fun is letting each family member add his or her favorite ingredients, but we’ll get you started with some fail-proof suggestions.