Cravings Blog

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Fresh Made. Not Factory Made.
When you think of the finer things in life, many of them are hand crafted by people. The human touch is something we all value. The gifts you give to loved ones are gifts you want to be special. Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is not made in a factory.

We make popcorn everyday. Small batches that take a little more time than factory made popcorn. There's a little more love too. We are real people who care about the popcorn we make for you. Our store is less than 1000 sq.ft. There is not a warehouse to store and manufacture months of popcorn.

During the holiday season or for a birthday, anniversary or celebration, try our popcorn. Give it to a friend and have a good time. The laughter and best times of your life are often shared over a bowl of popcorn. 
Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is not a popcorn factory, our popcorn is made fresh daily by real people who 

care about your happiness. Find us online at www.cravingspopcorn.com offering the highest quality 

popcorn available to ship anywhere in the continental US along with our flavor and freshness guarantee. 

Local shoppers, you can buy any of the items mentioned above at our Old Town Store.


Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is not a popcorn factory, our popcorn is made fresh daily by real people who care about your happiness. Find us online at www.cravingspopcorn.com offering the highest quality popcorn available to ship anywhere in the continental US along with our flavor and freshness guarantee. Local shoppers, you can buy any of the items mentioned above at our Old Town Store.

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Posted in: Gourmet Popcorn
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Chocolate Strawberry Popcorn

There is no time like right now to order a Sweetest Day treat for someone you care about. Strawberry popcorn with Dark Chocolate Drizzle is delicious. Make a statement to someone you care about. Two sizes to choose from. Starting at $29 and free shipping when you order now.



Shopping is easy. Free shipping everyday and every order. Shop now to receive your fresh gourmet popcorn.


We are not a popcorn factory. We make popcorn everyday. Your popcorn is fresh and shipped fast.

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Sweet Popcorn Treat for Sweetest Day

Who thinks up holidays?  Many suggest that most come from some greeting card brain trust. But, as far as we are concerned at Cravings Gourmet Popcorn any reason to celebrate is a good one. Coming up this month on October 19th is Sweetest Day. This is a time to acknowledge someone in your life that fits that description.  The thinker uppers of this holiday had in mind two groups of individuals…those that are helpful and kind, and those that were often ministered to by the helpful and kind – the sick, aged or orphaned.

In honor of Sweetest Day we have reached into our recipe box for a very sweet combination that will warm your heart and delight your senses.  We call it Sweet Strawberry Chocolate Drizzle.  It starts with our finest popcorn in a variety that will hold up to the sweet chocolaty drizzle. The popcorn is flavored with strawberry and then our high quality dark chocolate drizzle tops it off.  Scientist say that both strawberry and chocolate are good for your heart. As if you needed any help feeling good about sharing such a delightful treat!




We have selected a great tin to package this treat. Once it is in the tin it is made ready to quickly ship to you and/or your sweetest along with our freshness guarantee.   Order now for an on time fresh delivery. We’ll make sure it gets there in time for Sweetest Day, or pick-up fresh in-store at Old Town.

While you are thinking about that someone in your life that needs to be acknowledged for their sweetness, visit the Cravings Facebook Page.  Look for the Sweetest Day post pinned to the top of the page and tell us who you are nominating and a quick story about their kindness in the comments.  Encourage your friends to visit and like your comment.  The nominee with the most individual likes will receive a special gift from Cravings Gourmet Popcorn.  

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is online at www.cravingspopcorn.com offering the highest quality popcorn available to ship anywhere in the continental US along with our freshness guarantee.  Local shoppers, you can buy any of the above items at our Old Town Store.


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It's love.

Yes, I've been fired!

I didn't let that stop me from chasing my dream. Being fired was the spark that ignited my dream. Being unemployed gave me the motivation to do what I love to do.

I love making popcorn. I love eating popcorn. I love being creative.

My life passion is seeing happy faces when customers eat our popcorn. That is why our team is always trying to create new flavors.

It's love.

Do what you love. Find your passion. When love and passion come together, you will have happiness.

Read more about when I was fired and how I found success. The Lansing Chamber wrote a profile in their February 2013 edition. Meanwhile, if you get hungry or have the urge to chomp on some popcorn, check out our store. We have 48 hour shipping to most of our customers.

Posted in: Chad's Thoughts
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Party Time

Who doesn't like a party? When there is a good time to be had, you better have some snacks. The food you give your guests says a lot about how you feel about them. Serve up gourmet popcorn and you're telling your guests that this is a special moment.

We have many sizes to choose from. Popcorn tins will keep popcorn fresh for several months. Jumbo sized party bags are great for setting up popcorn buffets. Our Tall and Big sizes are perfect for sharing with a few friends of keeping it all for yourself.

Whatever size you choose, remember that popcorn has a funny way of creating memories and a funny way of stirring up nostalgic moments in your life.

Shop. Popcorn shipped FAST. Make yourself happy
Posted in: Entertaining Tips
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Mackinac Island

Last summer I visited Mackinac Island with my family. We hit all the gift shops and t-shirt stores on the island. We even checked out the scenic views overlooking the big lake. 

One of my favorite parts of the trip was the delicious caramel popcorn. I loved how crunchy it was and the rich molasses flavor. As soon as I got home, I created Dark Molasses Caramel with Sea Salt and every time I eat it, it reminds me of summer on the island.

I describe Dark Molasses Caramel with Sea Salt as a crunchy, molasses rich and salty caramel. I've heard people say that it reminds them of Cracker Jacks, but without the nuts. I know it's the sweet and salty that I love. It just tastes so good to me. 

Dark Molasses Caramel with Sea Salt is now one of our best sellers and every time I think of Mackinac Island there is a special feeling I get about that awesome trip. You can get the same happy feeling I get, right now. Get a tin delivered to your door right now by clicking this link.

Be happy.Dark Molasses Caramel.
Posted in: Gourmet Popcorn
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Donation RequestsWe receive donation requests almost every day. We simply cannot fulfill every request. This policy was created to ensure that our process is fair and donations go towards real and legitimate causes and organizations. An application must be completed at least two weeks prior to the event and your organization or group must provide a written anti-discrimination policy to be included with your application. 

You can print our donation policy and donation request application here.

If you have questions or want to submit a request, contact us at: cravingspopcorn.com/Contact 

Posted in: Community
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Robert's Day of CaringRobert's Day of Caring occurred September 15th in Old Town. Volunteers planted vegetation and erected an art piece in memory of Robert Busby, known as the 'Mayor of Old Town'.  Many people came out to beautify Burchard Park located south of Cesar Chavez Plaza. 

Although this day has passed, you can still participate in Robert's Day of Caring. Cravings Gourmet Popcorn will donate $5 for every 7 for 25 Card you buy between Monday, September 16th and Wednesday, September 18th.  The money raised will go towards upkeep and beautification of the park and artwork dedicated to Robert Busby in Old Town.

The 7 for 25 card allows you to buy 7 tall size popcorn for $25, it's like getting two free bags of popcorn. You can get popcorn whenever you want because it's a punch card.

Buy the card at Cravings Popcorn in Old Town, 1220 Turner Street or buy the card online. We will mail the card to you.

Posted in: Community
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Story Book EndingThere is a surprise in every book. We took a tour through some of these libraries in East lansing and placed a few surprises. Pick up a book, read it and see what you find. There may be a surprise of tasty popcorn waiting for you.

Try one of our delicious Cheddar Cheese flavors. We ship fresh gourmet popcorn to you. Some enjoy something lighter... Try Sea Salt & Pepper

Pinecrest neighborhood

When you see the "Crave Car" near one of these libraries, you might get a chance to receive free popcorn.
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Apple Cider Cinnamon Is BackIt's the return of the fall classic. Apple Cider Cinnamon is back and fresher than ever. Locally pressed apples from local farms. You will enjoy the sweetness of the apple flavor, cinnamon spice and sweet brown sugar with a hint of vanilla. Buy yours now and have it shipped to your door.



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Peanut Free PopcornWe've never put peanuts in our popcorn. One of a few gourmet popcorn stores in America that is peanut free. Our popcorn is safe for school parties, office parties and family gatherings. So grab a bag or tin and share your love of popcorn with someone today.


Enjoy your favorite peanut free popcorn right now. We ship fresh to you.
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Posted in: Gourmet Popcorn
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Most Popular Flavors

Choosing your favorite popcorn flavor can be a very difficult task when they are so many delicious flavors to choose from. Some people like sweet and some people like salty. No matter what you like, there something delicious for you. Here is a list of the top five gourmet popcorn flavors at cravings gourmet popcorn in Lansing, Michigan as selected by our fans.


#5 If there was ever a popcorn flavor that was polarizing, dill pickle is that flavor. People that love it crave its vinegary dill flavor. It’s surprisingly zesty taste is very addicting. Unlike many other flavors, dill pickle is not a flavor commonly mixed with other flavors. Dill pickle popcorn is delicious on its own.

#4 White Cheddar is popular on its own or mixed with a caramel popcorn. It's rich cheese flavor is unique and addicting. Because it is slightly salty, the flavor is made more intense by sweeter popcorn.

#3 Cheddar Cheese popcorn always makes your fingertips orange and cheesy. When eating it, you are constantly licking your fingers. Traditionally, it is a mixed with caramel popcorn to create what is called Chicago style popcorn.

#2 Original Caramel is our classic and most widely mixed caramel flavor. Made in small batches in our kitchen, the popularity of this flavor cannot the understated. Customers always buy original caramel to take to parties and to share with their friends. Of course mixing with cheddar cheese, white cheddar cheese or movie theater popcorn only makes it better.

#1 Dark Molasses Caramel with Sea Salt is our newest and most popular caramel popcorn. The deep dark molasses paired with delicious sea salt takes you back to a time when you enjoyed getting a prize out of a box of caramel popcorn. The prize when you eat this flavor is the smile on your face and nostalgia in your mind. By far the most popular and most addicting flavor.

Start shopping now. You can get fresh gourmet popcorn shipped directly to your front door.


Posted in: Gourmet Popcorn
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Pop-up LibrariesTo say it's a micro library is an understatement. As I have traveled Michigan, I keep seeing more of these super small book exchanges. What is cool about them is the decorative architecture and the fact that you can select a book, read it and take it back. The honor system is an old school concept that helped bond our community. 

Each time we see one of these little libraries, we are going to put cards inside of books for free popcorn. From Lansing to Okemos to Traverse City, be on the lookout and keep reading.

GET DELICIOUS POPCORN SHIPPED TODAYBook Exchange: Traverse City Michigan

There's nothing like reading and enjoying popcorn. A fun treat to relax with.

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Party Popcorn WeekendFootball season is here! Make sure you have enough popcorn for the party. This weekend only, come into Cravings Gourmet Popcorn at 1220 Turner Street in Old Town Lansing to pick up your $5 Jumbo Theater Style popcorn.

Regularly $10, you get 50% off this weekend only. 

Visit cravingspopcorn.com/contact for directions and store hours.
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How to Crash a Tailgate Party

As the final blog post in this series of party ideas, here is the ultimate party idea:  Forget about planning, take this advice on How to Crash a Tailgate Party – no planning required.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn  makes no guarantees or promises that you won’t get thrown out for crashing a party. 

Examine your motivation.  If you are thinking to crash a party for a free meal or drinks you are going to have less success than if you are crashing to find some kindred souls that care about the team, the sports, and the tradition of tailgating. 

Be prepared to do a little six degrees of separation conversation, in other words: find some common ground fast.  Everybody knows somebody that knows somebody that knows you. 

Size up the tailgate landscape; if everyone is huddled in close with their backs to the common walkway; chances are you are going to have a tough time breaking in or through this group.  Better to make your approach to a group that seems literally and figuratively open.

Plan some entertaining opening ice-breaker comments.  Know that if you can appear to effortlessly contribute to the conversation and raise the level of fun just a bit, you will more than likely be warmly welcomed.

Note the level of food preparation, if it is obviously significant, chances are the host tailgaters may have a problem sharing, unless of course, you break out your Foodie persona and demonstrate you interest and skill in food preparation.

Come at the tail end of the tailgating.  Chances are people will be more willing to share than to figure out what to do with leftovers. 

Come dressed for the part, wear the colors of the hometown team and you will have 1000s of new best friends, and by all means DO NOT show up empty-handed.  Bring something popular like…Cravings Popcorn!

Remember where you are and who you are talking to, because if you are successful at crashing, you may be invited back for the next big game.

If you are brave enough to do this party idea, be sure to let us know how it went.

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online at cravingspopcorn.com and shipped to anywhere nationwide and for gifting virtually to Lansing area residents via Conpoto.com.

Posted in: Entertaining Tips
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Back to School - Party of Two

In our series of blog posts on parties Cravings Gourmet Popcorn looks at several occasions to have a party.  In this post we fear that the partying will be all one-sided.  Here is a way to re-frame the celebration.

No matter what the age of your student, after you finish your back-to-school shopping, it could be a great time to come to Old Town, find a quiet corner in one of our many local restaurants and have a small parent/student Back to School party.  Take this time to reflect on the significant accomplishments of the last school year and talk about some goals for this upcoming school year. (Bring a pad of paper and pen, or your smart phone or tablet to record the details of your goal-setting)  Now you have cause for celebration.

When the deal is done be sure to stop in to Cravings for a congratulatory treat. While you are here don’t forget your new teachers.  They can be your most important allies at school to help your student accomplish their goals.  Why not start the new school year and new relationship with teacher on a good foot.   Our suggestion – you guessed it – the gift everybody likes: POPCORN!  

A tall cellophane bag with a bright ribbon tied on it means that there will be some good snacking after school on those long first days of school  or a gift certificate or a Conpoto certificate means when the teacher is ready the popcorn will appear. 

As you start a new school year remember this wise saying from Albert Einstein:  “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.”

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online at cravingspopcorn.com and shipped to anywhere nationwide and for gifting virtually to Lansing area residents via Conpoto.com
Posted in: Entertaining Tips
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Up Close and Fresh - Potluck Picnic Alfresco

In this series of blogs Cravings Gourmet Popcorn explores lots of good reasons for having a party.  For Foodies and food lovers this one is for you.

This is the time of year when food fresh from the farm market or garden reminds us how glorious local food choices can be to a menu.  For this party idea we suggest that you throw a Potluck Picnic al fresco with the only stipulation being that the main food ingredients be fresh, local and a favorite dish of the preparer.

Some say that the history of the phrase potluck referred to the surprise or “luck” of having a meal made up of every person’s surprise dish to pass. No cheating by prescribing the types of dishes, just allow the meal to unfold – potluck.

Now to the picnic part of this party, why not discover one of the dozens of parks in our great city for your location, and why not try someplace different?  Here is a map of all of the Lansing Parks and River Trails for your consideration. 

If you would like to stay within striking distance of Cravings Gourmet Popcorn (just in case you want to stroll in for a little before or after treat) we suggest:  Durant Park, Bourchard Park, Louis Adado Riverfront Park or the park space near the Brenke Fish Ladder.

Entertainment Note: If you plan your picnic in mid-August bring a blanket so at nightfall you can lay down and watch the Perseid meteor showers.

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online at cravingspopcorn.com and shipped to anywhere nationwide and for gifting virtually to Lansing area residents via Conpoto.com.

 

 

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A New Take on a Retirement Party

As we continue to explore any idea for a party, Cravings Gourmet Popcorn reflects on those individuals that have given decades of service to one employer.

Employment trends tell us that fewer and fewer workers will be retiring from a job or career that they have held and nurtured for decades.  Times have changed considerably (for better or worse is yet to be determined) and we know that there will be fewer people of a certain age that will be retiring from  service to the same company with 30+ or even 20+ years.  For those that are, this is cause for celebration.  Time for a Retirement Party!

If you are planning a retirement party for someone you care about, here are our top 5 ideas for a retirement party to make it a success and very special event for the guest of honor:

1.   Find and invite former co-workers.  Having people that knew your honoree way back when will enhance the value of the conversations and remembrances.They may also remember some things your honoree might choose to forget.

2.   Choose a place for the party that offers plenty of room for mingling and sharing conversations.  Music is nice but it should not be the star of the show. Many restaurants have private party rooms, be sure to ask about table set-up and room capacity.  (Not Too Big and Not Too Small is the name of the game here).  In Old Town consider our neighborhood party planning place, the Old Town Marquee; the space is flexible enough to accommodate most sized groups.

3.   Make sure the menu reflects the likes, tastes and interests of the guest of honor. If their hobby is craft beer brewing, be sure to serve some craft beers; if they have a sweet tooth check in with Aggie Mae’s Bakery for something special. 

4.   Choose someone to be the party host.  A well planned party will seem like it is not planned at all. But the party will do well under the firm guidance of a party host that knows when to call for the food to be served, the next round of toasts, or for the music to be turned up or down. Your guest of honor should be able to forget all about those responsibilities.

5.   Since you have worked so hard to gather so many friends and associates consider including time and space for people to record some video or retirement quotes of remembrance and encouragement. We may not know just how important a role we played in a co-worker’s life if there is no effort to capture that information.  Paul Schmidt of Uno Deuce Media suggests having a few starter questions to choose from for the interviewee to answer.  Once you have all of the raw video taped messages, consider having guests toss in some dollars to have the tape professionally edited to a length which would be an affordable and share-able keepsake production. 



There you have it, our best retirement wishes for a successful Retirement Party …oh yeah, don’t forget the Cravings popcorn!

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online at cravingspopcorn.com and shipped to anywhere nationwide and for gifting virtually to Lansing area residents via Conpoto.com.

 

Posted in: Entertaining Tips
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Squeeze the Most out of Summer - End of Summer Celebration

This month at Cravings we are talking parties, all sorts of ideas for interesting parties.  As the summer winds down and before we turn our thoughts to fall and back to school, this party is right for kids of all ages. It is time to get goofy with some sponges and buckets of water.

This party involves lots of buckets, water and big sponges, large rolls of plastic, a garden hose, and stacks of dry towels. There are no rules, no age limits and no end to the fun for these water games…especially if it is a hot and sticky “dog-day of summer.” 

What would you do with buckets and water?   How about a modern bucket brigade that delivers plenty of water to a parched garden of an unsuspecting, yet forgiving, neighbor?  How about a little bucket race to see who can fill up a bigger container first…no running, just speed-walking!

What’s the plan for sponges?  How about a sponge toss like an old fashioned egg toss? This could be great for the beginning of the party when people are still in dry clothes.  Contestants pair up and form two lines with partners facing each other.  Make sure there are buckets of water strategically located and begin the tossing of water-filled sponges back and forth. If you fail to catch the sponge, your team is out. Take a big step backward with each toss making it harder and harder to toss and catch.  Winners are the farthest apart and the driest.

What to Do with the Plastic Roll?

Combine the roll of plastic, the hose and maybe a nice gentle sloping yard – you guessed it; you just made your own water slide! 

These ideas are just a drop in the bucket, we are sure you can think of even more fun ideas…like maybe a game of Twister with  a sprinkler in the mix.  Just remember to be safe while you are having all this water soaked fun.  Word to the wise, if you are planning to have Craving’s Popcorn snacks for this party (and we hope you do)…wait until the water is off and the towels have been used before you breakout the popcorn because nobody likes soggy popcorn!

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online at cravingspopcorn.com and shipped to anywhere nationwide and for gifting virtually to Lansing area residents via Conpoto.com.

 

Posted in: Events
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Kid’s Cardboard Birthday Party

This month at Cravings we are talking parties, all sorts of ideas for interesting parties. If you have a kid’s birthday party coming up here is a wickedly creative approach to a kid’s party.

There is a You Tube video that has been floating around the internet for over a year that was part of the inspiration for this party idea.  It is Caine’s Arcade a video about a boy that created a whole arcade of games out of loads cardboard, cast-off toys for prizes, and one fierce imagination.  

Homemade Miniature Golf Course Party

To make your Cardboard Birthday Party with a Mini-Golf theme make sure that you have plenty of boxes, cardboard packing materials, packing tape, duct tape, scissors, and markers.  If you have lots of kids at the party you can pair them up to make miniature golf obstacles.  Set a reasonable time limit for the construction and testing – make sure those creative minds and tummies are fed with yummy popcorn snacks from Cravings Gourmet Popcorn.   If you are planning a mini-golf event be sure the kids bring a putter and golf ball (which can also be decorated).  

For prizes make a trip to the Dollar Store with your Birthday Girl or Boy and let them choose all the prizes. 

Throw in some cake and ice cream and you have a Kid’s Cardboard Birthday Party.  (Other riffs on the cardboard construction activity could be Cardboard Robots or Cardboard Town with prizes for the best or most creative construction).

We hope you have fun with this one. There is nothing more engrossing and satisfying for kids than to have the time and materials to explore their creativity.  Let us know how it goes and send us some pictures.  

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online at cravingspopcorn.com and shipped to anywhere nationwide and for gifting virtually to Lansing area residents via Conpoto.com.

Image courtesy of Anna, showing her cardboard car wash, inside features rubber gloves as the washer "fingers". 

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