Fourth of July Pop

What’s red, white, and blue all over? Patriotic popcorn, of course! This 4th of July, give those fireworks a run for their money with this super easy to make, explosive treat! (Seriously though, it couldn’t get easier or tastier than this.)


What You’ll Need:
¼ cup oil (canola, peanut, and grapeseed have high smoke points, but whatever your preference)

½ cup kernels

1/3 cup sugar

½ tsp food coloring

Salt to taste (optional)

What You Do:

1. Pour the oil into a saucepan and crank it up to high heat.

2. After it’s been heating up for a few minutes, toss in a few kernels to test the oil temperature and then cover.


The Not So Traditional Art of Making Popcorn Easter Eggs

If you haven’t already noticed, we try to offer ways to satisfy your pop cravings at every holiday. The initial idea for Easter was to take our popcorn and make it into flowers, using our apple flavor pop to form the stems.

Armed with four layers of plastic gloves on each hand, I set to work molding the molten green pop into shape. The result was less than desirable:


Yeah. A completely awkward disaster. (Too ambitious?) So it was that a second idea was born: popcorn eggs. Brilliant. This offered a fail-safe way to make our popcorn into an Easter treat! With the much needed help of Joe, the master mind behind our delicious pop, popcorn eggs thus took form.

It sounds like a cinch but trust me – these eggs aren’t a walk in the park. You’ve really got to pack that pop together. After a few failed attempts guided by Joe’s unwavering patience (“Katie, what are you doing?”), the eggs began to take shape:




POP Rocks In 2013

We humans like to get ahead. That’s why palms are read, spring fashions displayed in winter, and technologies stalked years before their debut. It’s also why as soon as January 1st hits, people decide they should predict what’s going to be trendy in the upcoming year. Generally, we at don’t pay attention to these sorts of things (we know popcorn’s a great idea no matter what year it is) but it seems in 2013, popcorn may play an even bigger role than we thought.


According to food critics, chefs, and restaurateurs, this year is going to be HUGE for popcorn. (Really – we’re not making this up and we didn’t pull these projections out off some article on the 50th page of a Google search.) This is widespread. Popcorn graces hundreds of different lists as the new “it” snack from credible sources like Huffington Post, Fox News, The Washington Times, and Food Republic. Yep. Move over potato chips and sayonara pretzels – popcorn’s time is here.

Why, exactly, are people suddenly reaching for fluffy, crunchy, delicious popcorn? Well, unlike other snacks, popcorn packs in antioxidants (even more than some fruits and vegetables), is high in dietary fiber, low in fat, and rich of complex carbohydrates. But it’s not just good for you – it’s delicious too. Without butter and salt, popcorn’s plain taste gets it in the door of basically any recipe. In the upcoming year, be prepared to enjoy your favorite snack on top of ice cream, as a substitute for croutons in your salad, and as a granola replacement for breakfast. People are even adding it to soups instead of crackers and giving cake a little extra crunch.


Worst Flavors Of The Year

It’s been a big year. We’ve had an election, the Summer Olympics, Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, and the debut of Gangnam Style. But, of course, you probably knew all of that – you were around. So instead of summarizing the events of an entire year you remember like it was yesterday (because it basically was), we’ll fill you in on some 2012’s worst POPculture you may have missed: these atrocious flavors of crunchy popcorn gone wrong.

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1. Burgundy Wine Cheddar Cheese

Oh, you fancy now, popcorn. This elegant flavor allows you to explore alluring aromas, complex palates, and extra sharpness like you’ve never been able to before. So, if you’re prepping for a dinner party, no need to go overboard on the cheese and cracker plates or pour glasses of perfectly paired vino – simply disperse this posh pop onto a platter! Man, will your friends be impressed.

2. Caffeine-Infused

Skip the stop at Starbucks – you can now snack on your daily fix! Joining the list of bizarre caffeine-infused foods (a trend we hope to see decline in 2013) is our beloved popcorn. But unlike buzzing waffles and pick-me-up oatmeal, popcorn seems pretty random to be infused with caffeine. Do many of us munch on popcorn in the morning on our way to work? I think not.