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.

DIY Caramel Popcorn Balls

There’s nothing quite like a dessert on a stick to turn up the food fun. These delicious caramel popcorn balls are reminiscent of carnival-favorite candy apples, and can be decorated and customized to satisfy even the pickiest eaters.

DIY Caramel Popcorn Balls

Make these for a carnival inspired party or just as a special crunchy and sweet treat after dinner.

DIY Caramel Popcorn BallsSupplies for DIY Caramel Popcorn Balls

Popcorn Balls
Caramels
2 Tbsp milk
Wooden skewers
Wax Paper
Additional chocolates or candies for topping (optional)

Directions for DIY Caramel Popcorn Balls

Step 1: Melt the caramels; this can be safely done in the microwave or on the stovetop. While melting, add the milk to thin. Once fully melted, you’re ready to start dunking!

Step 2: Insert a wooden skewer into the popcorn ball. This can be done by finding an area with a small opening and slowly twisting in until secure. Lay out a piece of wax paper before moving on to the next step.

DIY Caramel Popcorn Balls

Step 3: Once your stick and ball are secure, dip into the caramel, making sure to dip all the way to where the stick meets the ball, as it will further secure the treat.

DIY Caramel Popcorn Balls

Step 4: After dipping, place your caramel popcorn balls on the wax paper to cool.

Step 5: Once fully cooled, remove the caramel popcorn balls from the wax paper and serve! You can top with melted chocolates or candies to really make this dessert festive!

DIY Caramel Popcorn Balls

What kind of toppings will you add to your DIY Caramel Popcorn Balls? Share with us in the comments section!

Beat the Summer Heat With Popcorn Ice Cream Cones!

Popcorn Ice Cream ConesStepping out into the scorching summer sun with frozen ice cream could turn snack time into a hot, sticky disaster rather than a refreshing retreat. Looking for a popcorn ice cream recipe that won’t melt into a puddle? These popcorn ice cream cones are the perfectly sweet-and-salty way to cool off on the hottest summer day … without the mess!

Popcorn Ball Decorating KitWhat You’ll Need

12-ounce bag milk or white chocolate chips
The Popcorn Factory’s Popcorn Ball Decorating Kit
1 package ice cream cones
1 large bag candy
Champagne flutes (one for each ice cream cone)
2 large forks

How to Make Popcorn Ice Cream Cones

Milk Chocolate Chips Melted in a Bowl

  1. Pour the chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl and heat them up for about 2 minutes until the chocolate has completely melted. Make sure to stop the microwave every 30 seconds to stir the chocolate so that it doesn’t burn.
    Ice Cream Cone Dipped in Chocolate and Filled With Candy
  2. Dip the rim of an ice cream cone into the melted chocolate, and then place the cone bottom-down into a champagne flute. Make sure the ice cream cone sits snugly and securely in the glass without wobbling around. Fill the cone with your favorite candy and a few chocolate chips, and allow the chocolate to dry.
    Popcorn Ball Dipped in Chocolate and Placed on top of Ice Cream Cone
  3. Using two forks, dip a popcorn ball from your Popcorn Ball Decorating Kit into the melted chocolate and let the excess chocolate drip away into the bowl. Then place the chocolate-covered ball directly on top of the dipped cone sitting in the champagne flute.
    Chocolate-Covered Popcorn Ball Ice Cream Cone Decorated With Sprinkles
  4. Before the chocolate hardens, quickly use the giant sprinkles and decorative candies in your Popcorn Ball Decorating Kit to garnish your ice cream cone and make it look even more lifelike! Repeat steps 2 through 4 for each cone.
    Ice Cream Cone Made With a Chocolate-Covered Popcorn Ball
  5. Place the cones, along with their champagne glasses, in the refrigerator to cool off for a half hour, or until the chocolate completely hardens. When they’re ready, take the cones out of the champagne glasses and enjoy a deliciously cool snack that’s sure to beat the heat!

What other kinds of refreshing summer snacks will you make with your popcorn this summer?

Spring Is in Bloom! Celebrate With DIY Popcorn Flowers

Popcorn Flower ArrangementSpring has finally sprung, and colorful flowers will soon be popping out of the ground! Give the fresh new season a warm welcome by making these adorable (and incredibly simple!) DIY popcorn flowers.

What You’ll Need

1 Popcorn Factory popcorn ball per flower
1 or more bags of colored chocolate wafers (depending on what colors you want your flowers to be)
1 shot glass per flower
1 lollipop stick per flower
1 mason jar per flower
Crinkled filler paper
Jute twine
Green tissue paper

Directions

Preparing Popcorn Ball for Drizzling

  1. So the popcorn balls don’t roll around as you’re covering them in chocolate, stand each popcorn ball on top of a shot glass.

Popcorn Ball Drizzled With Colored Chocolate

  1. Place the colored chocolate wafers into a bowl and heat them in the microwave until they melt. Stir the chocolate every 30 seconds so it doesn’t burn. Using a spoon, drizzle each popcorn ball with the melted chocolate. Place the popcorn balls, along with the shot glasses, in the refrigerator for about a half hour or until the chocolate drizzle hardens.

How to Make the Flower Pot and Stem for Your Popcorn Flower

  1. To make the flower pot and stem, fill a mason jar up with crinkled filler paper. Pack it tightly so that the flower snugly and securely stands in the jar. Cut a small, square piece of green tissue paper and pierce the lollipop stick directly in the center of the square to create the flower’s leaves. Then, poke the lollipop stick vertically directly in the center of the jar, right through the filler paper. Make sure the lollipop stick doesn’t tilt over. Finally, prettify the mason jar by tying a piece of jute twine around the mouth of the jar.

Popcorn Flower

  1. After the chocolate on the popcorn balls has hardened, take the popcorn balls out of the refrigerator and remove them from the shot glasses. To make the popcorn flowers, insert the top of the lollipop stick directly into the bottom of the popcorn ball. Don’t push too far; you don’t want the ball to split in half!

And there you have ’em: blossoming popcorn flowers you can use to decorate your home … or eat for dessert! Here’s a tip: If you want to make an even bigger popcorn flower arrangement for the center of your table, tightly pack a small planter with filler paper, crinkle up multiple tissue paper squares and line them along the rim of the planter to create a grassy look, like we did above.

Have your own ideas on how to make DIY popcorn flowers? Share them with us!

Popcorn Balls Bash – 3 popcorn prizes!

Popcorn Pals Popcorn Balls

Popcorn Pals Popcorn Balls

The Popcorn Factory is throwing a “Popcorn Balls Bash” party right here on our Popcorn Factory Blog! ! What we love most about popcorn balls is that they bring the family together with something fun to eat and enjoy. We will be giving away 3 prizes!!  The prize as you can imagine is the Popcorn Pals Popcorn Balls 🙂 We will pick the winnners at random.

In about a paragraph or two, tell us about your memories with Popcorn Balls and your family through the years. As you can imagine all of us here at The Popcorn Factory are big Popcorn Ball fans, so we absolutely love to read these memories. All of us here made popcorn balls as kids – it’s on the application form 😉 – so now that we are all grown up we pour that passion and those fond memories into gifts like popcorn balls. So let’s hear that paragraph or two about memories with Popcorn Balls and your family through the years and we’ll pick 3 oh-so-lucky winners!

Click on “Comments” Below! 

Winner Status:

Suprise “1st Poster” Winner: Patricia (Post #1 on December 2nd, 2010 @ 4:26 pm)

Winner #1: KLH (Post #69 on December 4th, 2010 @ 5:43 pm

Winner #2: Tina (Post #8 on December 2nd, 2010 @ 4:41 pm)

Winner #3: Megan (Post #50 on December 3rd, 2010 @ 10:11 pm)

Gooooooooooo Popcorn!