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.
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.
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.
Brrrr, baby it’s cold outside! That means it’s the perfect time to grab some blankets, plop down on the couch, get comfy, and watch some holiday classics. So, here’s a list of our top 5 favorite seasonal flicks to keep you in the holiday spirit. And remember: no movie is complete without POP!
1. It’s A Wonderful Life
What it’s About: A small-town business man, George Bailey, considers himself completely unsuccessful and wishes he’d never been born. With the help of an angel, George sees that his life is pretty dang amazing, because he’s touched the lives of everyone in his beloved town, saving it from a bleak fate.
Cheer Factor: Critics may dismiss It’s A Wonderful Life for being too fluffy, but there is a reason it’s remained popular for the better half of a century: it’s the perfect holiday movie.
POP Pairing: A classic movie needs a classic popcorn, so we’re pairing this Capra film with our Holiday Classic Tin.
Deck those halls with boughs of pop (fa la la la la la la la la). No, but really – popcorn’s great for all sorts of festive holiday decorations. Why does it work? Well, for starters, it looks like snow, is easy to use (especially for kids), and greatly contrasts against the red and green hues of the season. So before you go out and spend a small fortune on holiday décor, check out these crafts that make great use of our favorite snack!
Alright, I can’t take credit for this one. It’s totally Martha’s, but that doesn’t make it any less cute. Start with a flimsy paper plate and cut out the center. Then take a long string of dental floss (about 3 feet), tie one end onto the paper plate, and thread the other end through a needle. String the popcorn onto the floss and wrap it around the plate. When you’re done with one complete popcorn string, tie it discretely. If you can still see the plate underneath, go ahead and wrap another string of popcorn around it. When you can no longer see the paper plate, loop a ribbon through and glue a bow to the top. Voila – a super cute wreath (it’s actually pretty surprising how adorable it is).
Of course you’ve seen this one before, but I couldn’t very well leave it out. It is a classic. Plus, like the wreath above, it’s super easy and creates a lovely treat for critters, should you choose to hang them on trees out of doors. Taking thread (or floss, if you prefer) and needle, string on day-old popcorn. (Stale popcorn is harder, so it won’t break as easily while you’re working with it.) And for a little extra color, don’t forget to add cranberries and/or raisins.
Okay, so there probably wasn’t popcorn at the original Thanksgiving feast but there most definitely was corn itself. It’s kind of the whole reason why we even have Thanksgiving to begin with (you know since the gathering was a celebration of the Pilgrims’ first corn harvest and all). And since popcorn is the greatest thing EVER, we’ve created a popcorn recipe that’s perfect to pop some fun into your Thanksgiving celebration this year.
½ cup of popcorn kernels
4 tablespoons of coconut oil
2 tablespoons of butter
½ cup of pure maple syrup
½ teaspoon of sea salt
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon of ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon of ground ginger
½ cup of dried cranberries
½ cup of chopped walnuts, pecans, and/or almonds
3 tablespoons of light brown sugar