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.

 

 

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.

Win Free Popcorn Weekly: Enter the Popcorn Perks Sweepstakes Today!

Popcorn Perks Sweepstakes

What makes The Popcorn Factory’s heavenly popcorn taste even better? Getting it for free, of course! Because we love our customers so much, we’d like to thank you by giving you a chance to win our popcorn and other snack products each week until December 28. So pop out those smart phones, tablets and laptops and submit your entry today!

Entering the sweepstakes is easy, and you don’t have to buy anything in order to enter or win. All you have to do is take a couple of minutes to send us your info, and you’re all set! Here’s how to do it:

  • If you’re not already a fan of The Popcorn Factory on Facebook, visit our Facebook page and hit the “Like” button. Then, fill out the entry form and you’ll be entered within seconds.
  • If you already like us on Facebook, just visit our Facebook page and fill out the entry form.

A new winner will be randomly selected each week, and you could be one of the lucky ones! To get a full list of details, visit the Popcorn Perks Official Rules page.

So go ahead and get poppin’, and good luck!

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:

In Theater Picks:

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

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!