Eating popcorn at a movie theater is as much of an American tradition as eating apple pie.
Once inside, traditionally there has been a limitation to the movie theater popcorn experience.
Most of the time you only get one flavor, it is overly buttered and highly salted to entice you to purchase a nice large sugary soda to wash it down and don’t even think about bringing your own popcorn from home because most theaters will not allow it in.
Well as much as times have changed, a creative solution to enjoy a variety of flavors of popcorn while watching a movie was always in front of us but sometimes you just have to watch the movie elsewhere to enjoy it.
College students are some of the most creative people in the world.
Given their budget they have to be.
An alternative to the movie theater is meeting at a friend’s home who has a very large screen TV and yes on Saturday and Sunday it is mostly used to scream at while they watch football but on movie night, mostly like Friday, it can be a quiet and popcorn tasty experience.
First you have to quiet down the loud friend who always like to provide a running commentary during the film.
Now for that variety.
Meet The Popcorn Factory.
We can smell the aroma emanating from their website at thepopcornfactory.com. They pop a kernel and smile, “Our happy band of popcorn poppers has been delighting people with gourmet popcorn and delicious snacks and gifts since 1979. Whether you’re shopping for family, friends, teachers or business associates, The Popcorn Factory® has great gourmet popcorn gift ideas for every occasion: birthday popcorn, gift baskets, graduation popcorn, college gifts, student care packages, movie popcorn or game night popcorn, kids pop corn gifts, popcorn balls to eat and decorate, corporate parties, business events, special times with loved ones and every holiday under the sun.”
We’ve known about them for some time and love their variety of products which has grown over the years including having popcorn that tastes sweet but is actually sugar free.
Very intriguing. We want to hear more. They continue, “The Popcorn Factory specializes in fresh-popped popcorn in a variety of exclusively designed tins and packaging. Our gourmet popcorn is always popped and packed fresh and made with high quality ingredients. We start with grown-in-the-USA corn kernels and air pop it. We then infuse our popcorn with great taste and flavor, including real butter, cheddar and other cheeses and 100% corn oil. There is also our sweet, secret-recipe Caramel popcorn that is a signature gourmet popcorn flavor to The Popcorn Factory. Our Caramel popcorn is tops and pops all other caramel popcorn out of the running!”
We love caramel corn. We can remember the days when there were basically three options of popcorn out there. There was the pink version that you knew had to be terrible for your health but you ate it anyway, especially at carnivals because it tasted so good.
There was indeed caramel corn, mostly found in the Cracker Jack box which was delightful and then of course your regular butter popcorn.
The variety of flavors that you can enjoy from The Popcorn Factory is endless.
You have to smile at some of the names.
Some of their signature gourmet popcorn flavors include Almond Pecan Corn, Jalapeño, Kettle corn, Buffalo Ranch, White Cheddar, Cinnamon, Caramel Apple and a variety of flavors that include chocolate such as Drizzled Caramel, S’Mores Corn, Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt and more!
Most student’s favorite flavors are caramel (no surprise there), kettle corn and cheddar.
The team at Popcorn Factory never wants you to be bored. Being bored in the classroom, they can’t help you there. But keeping you on your taste bud toes, they are determined to keep your interest there.
They are always testing out more flavors.
They have also tried out tons of gourmet kettle corn flavors like cranberry kettle corn, chocolate kettle corn, banana split kettle corn, key lime kettle corn, peppermint kettle corn, pink mixed berry kettle corn, and many more exciting gourmet popcorn flavors.
For them, these new innovative flavors are always fun to create even if they haven’t had a chance to release them yet.
So if you are planning ahead and going to be organizing a movie party, yes shipping is available.
They educate, “At The Popcorn Factory, we pride ourselves on packing fresh gourmet pop corn and shipping each order on time. You will always receive your favorite gourmet popcorn treats like our signature caramel popcorn, kettle corn, popcorn balls, or any number of our fun college gifts, fresh as the minute we popped them.
Simply search the pages on this site to find more information on our gourmet popcorn and to shop our full list of featured items, including top-selling pop corn favorites, ideal for sharing, like our popular 3-Flavor Popcorn Tin mix with our secret-recipe caramel popcorn, perfect for any college gift or family night. Or try any of our popcorn gift baskets with many of our other sweet treats inside.”
You can of course visit their headquarters.
The Popcorn Factory is located in Lake Forest, Illinois.
Lake Forest was founded together with Lake Forest College. We suspect there is a lot of popcorn consumed there.
The Popcorn Factory pops approximately 1,000,000 pounds of popcorn each year. It packages approximately 60,000 cans of popcorn per week, the most popular being the three-way tin consisting of cheese, caramel and butter popcorn.
According to the National Popcorn Board, Americans consume 54 quarts of popcorn per man, woman and child each year. Approximately 70 percent of that is consumed inside the home and the peak period for popcorn sales for home consumption is the fall.
So when you are planning that big screen Friday night, scary movie party, you won’t be alone.
Whatever the occasion, their gourmet popcorn snacks and treats are perfect for Back to School, Finals Week, at home movie parties or common areas at the universities where students hang out, snack and talk philosophy.
New traditions are being created all of the time and the Popcorn Factory is an ideal partner in that college experience complete with a delicious multi-flavored party popper design.
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