Chocolate Dipped Popcorn Balls Sweepstakes

holiday popcorn balls dunked in chocolate and decorated as a cheery snowmen and Santa's belt.

Snowman And Santa Belt Popcorn Balls Set Of 4

Make holiday and school parties, stocking stuffers and snow day treats jollier with our festive Snowman and Santa’s Belt Popcorn Balls! These whimsical holiday treats are made with our secret popcorn balls recipe, drenched in chocolate and decorated by hand.

We’re giving away 5 of these delicious prizes in THE POPCORN FACTORY® 2018 Chocolate Dipped  Popcorn Balls Sweepstakes. Sign up from from 11/26/2018 to 12/10/2018 (the “Entry Period”)  for a chance to win. Winners will be randomly selected.

THE POPCORN FACTORY®  2018 Chocolate Dipped Popcorn Balls Sweepstakes 

OFFICIAL RULES:

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. OPEN ONLY TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES, INCLUDING THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, WHO ARE 21 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER AS OF THE DATE OF ENTRY WHO HAVE OR OPEN AN ACCOUNT ON INSTAGRAM.COM. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

1. ENTRY PERIOD: THE POPCORN FACTORY® 2018 Chocolate Dipped  Popcorn Balls Sweepstakes (hereinafter the “Sweepstakes”) begins at 2:00 PM CST on 11/26/2018 and ends approximately at 11:59 PM CST on 12/10/2018 (the “Entry Period”).

2.  HOW TO ENTER/PARTICPATE: You must be 21 or older at the time on entry and have or open an account on Instagram.com to participate in the Sweepstakes. Accounts are free and can be opened by visiting Instagram.com.  Five (5) random winners will be selected. 

To enter the Sweepstakes you must do three easy things:

  1. First, you must follow THE POPCORN FACTORY® on Instagram @popcornfactory
  2. Second, you must like the photo in the Sweepstakes post; and 
  3. Third, you must a) respond to post in the comments and tell us “a tip for building a holiday snowman”; b) tag two (2) friends; and c) include #Sweepstakes

ADDITIONAL ENTRY TERMS & CONDITIONS. Use of computer programs and/or other automated devices to enter the Sweepstakes are prohibited. Normal Internet access and usage charges imposed by your on-line service will apply.  By entering and using the promoted hashtags (#Sweepstakes) you understand that a) the Sponsor has the exclusive right to use your entry and excerpts of your entry in any advertising and promotional materials (visual, sound, print and/or electronic form), including posting entries or portions thereof on its websites, social media accounts/pages, advertising. etc; b) you grant any and all necessary rights and licenses provided herein, including without limitation, all necessary copyright and other related rights to the entry, free and clear of all claims and encumbrances without violating the rights of any person or entity, including any right to privacy or publicity; and c) you hereby hold the Sponsor harmless from and against any third party claim arising from use of the entry and waive any right to inspect or approve uses of the entry or to be compensated for any such uses. All entries become the exclusive property of Sponsor, and may not be acknowledged or returned. Proof of submission will not be deemed to be proof of receipt by Sponsor. LIMIT ONE ENTRY PER PERSON.

3. SWEEPSTAKES PRIZES AND APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUES (“ARV”):

Five (5) winners will be randomly selected and each will receive THE POPCORN FACTORY® Snowman and Santa’s Belt Popcorn Balls (set of 4), product code DA13304.  The ARV of each prize is $32.00 USD.  Total ARV of all prizes is $128.00 USD.

4. WINNER SELECTION:  Upon the conclusion of the Entry Period all responses that are eligible entries during the Entry Period will be pooled together and five (5) winners will be randomly selected.  Drawings will be conducted on or about 12/11/18 by a representative of Sponsor, whose decisions are final on all matters relating to this Sweepstakes. Odds of winning are dependent upon the number of eligible entries received.  Prizes will be awarded and potential winners will be notified by mention and/or direct message on Instagram. Prizes are nontransferable and no cash substitution is allowed except by the Sponsor, who reserves the right to award prizes of equal or greater value if advertised prizes are unavailable.  LIMIT ONE PRIZE PER PERSON.

5.  GENERAL RULES: Taxes, related to the prizes are the winners’ sole responsibility, if applicable. Prize winners may be required to execute and return an affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release (where legal) within five (5) days of notification attempt or prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner selected. Return of any prize or prize notification as undeliverable may result in disqualification and alternate selection. Acceptance of prize constitutes permission to use winner’s name, likeness, image, photo, sobriquet and biographical information for promotional purposes without further compensation except where prohibited by law. By entering, entrant accepts and agrees to be bound by these OFFICIAL RULES and winners release Sponsor, and their subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents and all others associated with the development and execution of the Sweepstakes from any and all liability for damages, losses or injury resulting from participation in the Sweepstakes or acceptance or use of prize. Entries will be declared to be made by the authorized account. “Authorized account holder” is defined as the natural person who is assigned to the Instagram account associated with the submitted entry. Entries are subject to verification of eligibility and will be declared invalid if they are incomplete, falsified, altered or tampered with in any way. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual that tampers or attempts to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Sweepstakes or website; violates the OFFICIAL RULES; or acts in an unsportsmanlike, obscene or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person. Sponsor and its agencies are not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, misdirected or damaged entries due to internet services providers service, weather, technical, hardware or software malfunctions, telephone failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, or failed, incorrect, inaccurate, incomplete, garbled or delayed electronic communications, whether caused by the sender, by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in this Sweepstakes which may limit the ability to participate, or by any human error which may occur in the processing of the entries in this Sweepstakes. Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, terminate or modify the Sweepstakes if it is not capable of completion as planned, including for infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention or technical failures or corruption of any sort, and award prizes from eligible entries received prior to cancellation. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

6. ELIGIBILITY: This Sweepstakes is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States, including the District of Columbia, who are 21 years of age or older as of date of entry who have or open an account on Instagram.com. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. Employees and families of The Popcorn Factory, Inc. (the “Sponsor”) and their subsidiaries, divisions, affiliates and related companies, advertising and promotion agencies, and their immediate families are ineligible. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply.

7. WINNERS LIST: For the names of the winners, visit <https://blog.thepopcornfactory.com> from approximately 12/20/18 through 1/20/19.

8. SPONSOR & ADMINISTRATOR: The Sponsor and Administrator of this Sweepstakes are The Popcorn Factory, Inc. 13970 West Laurel Drive
Lake Forest, IL 60045.   

9. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: NEITHER THE POPCORN FACTORY, INC., NOR THEIR RESPECTIVE AGENTS, EMPLOYEES, PARENTS, SUBSIDIARIES, OR AFFILIATED COMPANIES, AS WELL AS, THEIR ADVERTISING AND PROMOTION AGENCIES SHALL HAVE ANY LIABILITY FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, LOSS OF OPPORTUNITY OR GOODWILL. IN ALL EVENTS, THE SOLE MAXIMUM LIABILITY OF SPONSOR AND ITS AFFILIATES SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE ARV OF THE PRIZES SET FORTH HEREIN.

10. GOVERNING LAW & VENUE: THE NEW YORK COURTS (STATE & FEDERAL) SHALL HAVE SOLE JURISDICTION OF ANY CONTROVERSIES REGARDING THE SWEEPSTAKES AND THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK SHALL GOVERN THE SAME. EACH ENTRANT WAIVES ANY AND ALL OBJECTIONS TO JURISDICTION AND HEREBY IRREVOCABLY SUBMITS TO THE VENUE OF THOSE COURTS WITHIN THE COUNTIES OF NASSAU AND SUFFOLK COUNTY, NEW YORK.

The Sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with, Instagram.com.  By entering entrants release Instagram from any and all liability with regards to the Sweepstakes

© 2018 The Popcorn Factory, Inc.

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!

Fun Facts to Celebrate National Cheese Lover’s Day!

Cheddar Cheese Popcorn

Calling all cheese heads! January 20 is National Cheese Lover’s Day, so mark your calendars! In honor of everyone’s favorite dairy delight, take a look at these fun facts about cheese while you’re chowing down on The Popcorn Factory’s cheddar and white cheddar treats. (After all, no snack captures the deliciously creamy flavor of cheese better than popcorn!)

  • No one really knows when cheese was first made. Some say that cheese-making first started in 8,000 B.C., when the tribes in Central Asia stored milk in animal skins during their travels. Popular belief has it that the bacteria in the animal skins caused the milk to form the first cheese curds.
  • Scientists have found what they believe to be the remains of cheese buried in 4,000-year-old Egyptian tombs. Archaeologists have also discovered ancient Egyptian murals depicting the cheese-making process, which date back to 2,000 B.C.
  • Many ancient Roman homes featured a separate kitchen that was solely used to make cheese.
  • In the 17th century, people thought that eating cheese would make you, er, less intelligent.
  • The nickname “big cheese” was first used to refer to people who could afford to buy a wheel of cheese.
  • More than 900 types of cheese exist in the world today.
  • Americans eat about 31 pounds of cheese a year each, but they’re not even close to holding the world record. The Greeks consume the most cheese on a yearly basis: almost 60 pounds per person!
  • The U.S. does produce the most cheese in the world, though, and most of it comes from Wisconsin and California.
  • Wisconsinproduces about 2 billion pounds of cheese per year, and it’s the home of 126 cheese plants.
  • Ten pounds of milk are needed to make 1 pound of cheese.
  • The world’s largest piece of cheese was made in Quebec, Canada, in 1995. It weighed in at more than 57,000 pounds, and more than 540,000 pounds of milk were used to make it.
  • Eating certain types of cheese—such as cheddar, Swiss, bleu and others—right after a meal is said to help prevent tooth decay and help you sleep.

What kind of velvety cheese will you be munching on to celebrate National Cheese Lover’s Day?

How to Make a Christmas Wreath With Holiday Popcorn

Christmas Wreath Made With Holiday PopcornDeck the halls with kernels of popcorn! All you need is a couple of crafty tools and some festive holiday treats to create a Christmas wreath that even Santa Claus himself would envy! Just follow this easy three-step tutorial:

Close-Up of Christmas Wreath Made With Holiday PopcornWhat You’ll Need

One green Styrofoam wreath
One 3-canister set of The Popcorn Factory’s Holiday Assortment
One hot glue gun
Christmas ribbon

Directions

  1. Using a hot glue gun, carefully glue the popcorn onto the Styrofoam wreath, piece by piece. Keep the kernels close together, and use the small pieces of broken popcorn to fill in the gaps. You can mix up the red and green kernels like we did here, or you can separate the colors to create a striped pattern on the wreath. Whatever you do, don’t burn yourself!
  2. Allow the wreath to dry completely. When it’s ready, loop a Christmas ribbon through the top of the wreath and tie it into a bow.
  3. Give your wreath a touch of winter wonder by spraying it with glitter. Then, hang it on your door, above your fireplace or on your window. For even more ideas on how to decorate your house with a wreath, check out this fun blog from 1-800-Flowers.com!

Ho, ho, ho! Now good old Saint Nick can be greeted with a beautiful Christmas wreath when he slides down your chimney!

What other kinds of nifty crafts will you be making with your holiday popcorn this Christmas?

A Toast to the Holidays: Creative Ways to Serve Your 3-Canister Popcorn Sets!

The Popcorn Factory 3-Canister Popcorn SetsGive a toast to the holiday spirit: Fill a few glasses with our delicious popcorn and spread the cheer to all of your guests! The new 3-canister popcorn sets are here just in time for the celebration, and their many colors and flavors will be a hit with friends and family! But making an even bigger statement with your snacks at the dessert table is easy and virtually effortless: Just pick an assortment (or more!) and pour the popcorn into your favorite stemware to create a stylish and elegant display.

3-Canister Holiday Assortment

The Popcorn Factory 3-Canister Holiday AssortmentThe cranberry, peppermint candy cane, and holiday kettle corn in this set makes for a fun, festive and downright delectable treat for the season. Add some extra pizzazz to your holiday spread by serving the popcorn in cute martini glasses and topping it off with candy stripe straws.

3-Canister Savory Assortment

The Popcorn Factory 3-Canister Savory AssortmentFor those with more serious tastes, the mouthwatering combination of cheese, buffalo ranch, and cracked pepper and sea salt popcorn will be at the top of their list of favorite things. Give this assortment a touch of sophistication by presenting it in beautiful wine glasses or champagne flutes.

3-Canister Chocolate Lovers Assortment

The Popcorn Factory 3-Canister Chocolate Lovers AssortmentNothing is more comforting than sitting by the fireside and enjoying drizzled caramel, s’mores, and dark chocolate sea salt popcorn with the family. For a cozy, laid back affair, hand out this treat in rustic mason jars and tie a festive ribbon around the mouth of the glass.

3-Canister Nut Lovers Assortment

The Popcorn Factory 3-Canister Nut Lovers AssortmentThis small sweet-and-savory treat is big on personality: The smooth, sugary taste of the almond pecan, peanut brittle, and butter toffee pretzel popcorn is complemented by a salty crunch. Show off the popcorn’s character and serve it up in mixed-and-matched glassware, like shot glasses and margarita glasses.

Which assortment of flavors is your favorite, and how do you plan on dishing it out to your guests this holiday season?

12 Days of Christmas (in July)

Christmas gift tin popcorn Have you been celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas (in July) with us? We’re nearly rounding down to our last day of Christmas and ready to choose some lucky winners!

Why Christmas in July? Don’t we know it’s over 100° outside! Well yes, it might be a little toasty outside and Frosty would never make it in this heat, but we love the holidays and think one month just isn’t enough to show and share our giving spirit with our loyal fans and customers! Plus, as an expert gifting company, we put a lot of thought and hard work into creating our exclusive gifts and decided to share a little bit of our creative process with all of you. Right now is our time to work on all your favorite holiday gifts and tins and we couldn’t wait to show off our original designs (and also get your opinion!). Christmas gift tin popcorn merry christmas snowmen

These four Christmas gift tins are just a sneak peak at what we have in store for everyone this holiday season, but they are certainly some of our favorites! The red, jolly “Merry Christmas” tin with playful holiday colors and cartoon sketches is definitely one of the best popcorn tin designs we’ll have this December. Makes you think of being young and seeing your presents pile up and decorations take over the town.

Christmas gift tin popcorn snowflakesOur gold and Christmas lights decorated tin is bright and welcoming, making for the perfect popcorn gift that brings warm wishes even before you get to the presents inside!  The dark blue and white snowflake popcorn tin captures winter perfectly, with crisp and cool colors and intricate snowflakes unlike any other. And last but not least, our favorite snowman popcorn tin playing in the snow fall and dressed to celebrate the winter season and all its gifts!

Pick your favorite and mark your calendars for some delicious holiday gifts to come! And don’t forget to enter the last days of our 12 Days of Christmas (in July) Sweepstakes for your chance to be one of our lucky 12 winners to receive a scrumptious serving of popcorn or become our Grand Prize winner to receive a $100 gift card to The Popcorn Factory and ensure many more days of gifts!

Merry Christmas! (in July)

Christmas gift tin popcorn snowman

See what we've been popping! Holiday Popcorn! (3 prizes)

Holiday Popcorn Gifts
Holiday Popcorn Gifts

Hi Popcorn Factory Fans! We want to share with you some of our Holiday Popcorn Gifts so you can see what we’ve been popping!

In about a paragraph or two, let us know which popcorn gifts from our 2010 Holiday Collection would make for great popcorn memories during your Holiday celebrations! We will choose 3 winners at random.

 

We are passionate about popcorn and we absolutely love to hear your feedback and thoughts. You probably guessed the passionate part from our name, The Popcorn Factory!

 

Goooooooooooooo Popcorn!

 Current Party Status:

Winner #1) Post #1o by Sidney Cook on November 12th, 2010 @ 4:36 P.M

Winner #2) Post #45 by Antigony Stout on November 17th, 2010 @ 3:14 pm

Winner #3) Post #23 by Cathy on November 12th, 2010 @ 5:38 P.M

Suprise “The First Post” Winner #4) Post #1 by Lori on November 12th, 2010 @ 4:14 p.m  

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See what we’ve been popping! Holiday Popcorn! (3 prizes)

Holiday Popcorn Gifts
Holiday Popcorn Gifts

Hi Popcorn Factory Fans! We want to share with you some of our Holiday Popcorn Gifts so you can see what we’ve been popping!

In about a paragraph or two, let us know which popcorn gifts from our 2010 Holiday Collection would make for great popcorn memories during your Holiday celebrations! We will choose 3 winners at random.

 

We are passionate about popcorn and we absolutely love to hear your feedback and thoughts. You probably guessed the passionate part from our name, The Popcorn Factory!

 

Goooooooooooooo Popcorn!

 Current Party Status:

Winner #1) Post #1o by Sidney Cook on November 12th, 2010 @ 4:36 P.M

Winner #2) Post #45 by Antigony Stout on November 17th, 2010 @ 3:14 pm

Winner #3) Post #23 by Cathy on November 12th, 2010 @ 5:38 P.M

Suprise “The First Post” Winner #4) Post #1 by Lori on November 12th, 2010 @ 4:14 p.m  

(Click on “Comments” below)