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Black History Month – Make History Now

We all remember some of the most celebrated early black inventors like George Washington Carver who invented peanut butter, adhesives, bleach, chili sauce, ink, instant coffee, linoleum, mayonnaise, paper, plastic, pavement, shaving cream, talcum powder and more.   Or Henry Blair, the second African American to receive a patent for a corn seed planter and a cotton planter, distinguished not only for his invention but for succeeding despite the fact that he could not read or write.

Often overlooked are some more contemporary innovators and inventors.  Mark Dean and co-inventor Dennis Moelle created a microcomputer system with controls for peripheral processing devices like disk drives, speakers, and scanners.   NASA engineer Lonnie G. Johnson made significant contributions in spacecraft design - but kids love him for his top selling toy invention the Super Soaker Water Gun.

And where would we be if Emmit McHenry hadn’t created a complex computer code making it possible for ordinary people like us to surf the web or have e-mails. He created what we know today simply as .com.  In 1992 his company, Network Solutions, earned a contract with the National Science Foundation Department.  Network Solution had the sole authority to develop and issue the Internet system for Web addresses.

For this year’s Black History Month celebration Nike is honoring three notable athletes for their social innovations with special edition shoes and clothing.  Soccer player Didier Drogba is recognized for his ongoing involvement in bringing solar light bulbs to impoverished areas in Africa.  Tennis player Serena Williams for her empowerment of young women, including the secondary school she helped build in Kenya.  Basketball star, Kevin Durant, is acknowledged for his support of his hometown recreation center for youth.  Proceeds from sales of the Nike Black History Month collection go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. 

This month at Cravings Gourmet Popcorn we celebrate all these innovators and inventors that have made history. Who do you know that is making history this month?  Will you make history?

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.


Posted in: Events
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Love, Love, Love Chocolate … on Popcorn

You can thank the ancient Mayans and Aztecs for our love of chocolate.  Cocoa beans were a common currency 2000 years ago. It is said that cocoa beans infused with water created frothy chocolate drinks for special occasions and as sacrifices to the gods. Increasing chocolate’s popularity and its association with love and romance is attributed to the Aztec ruler Montezuma who believed that chocolate was an aphrodisiac and routinely drank it before entering his harem.  To this day scientists continue to debate the health benefits of chocolate and the effect of chocolate on emotions. But it is the Cadbury Brothers that we have to thank for creating the popular phenomenon of giving a gift of chocolate for the Valentine holiday.  In the late 1800’s the heart-shaped candy box was created by Richard Cadbury forever commercializing the holiday with the giving of sweets, especially chocolate.

Everybody loves chocolate!  Make sure that in February (before Valentines) you make a trip to our store in Old Town.  You can purchase unique chocolate and popcorn flavors for your sweetheart – or yourself. Beginning February 1st Cravings Gourmet Popcorn’s Chocolate Event features three new flavors: Cheesecake Drizzle, Melon Berry Drizzle, and Chocolate Cherry Drizzle.  For you long time chocolate and popcorn fans we continue to sell our Deluxe Drizzled Caramel (White Chocolate and Dark Chocolate) and Dark Drizzle (Dark Chocolate on Original Caramel corn).

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.

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Posted in: Holidays
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Mardi Gras – Purple, Green and Gold

There is a special mania surrounding the Mardi Gras (French for Fat Tuesday) season of celebrations emanating from its epicenter in New Orleans and spreading across the globe. These celebrations which culminate on Fat Tuesday, the day before the traditional Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Lenten season, are bright, bawdy and maybe even a bit outrageous.  In the days leading up to Fat Tuesday there are lots of parades, costume parties and loads of decorations – most with the purple, green and gold theme.  There is much throwing of strands of beads and flashing of bare chests.

 It is said that the traditional colors of Mardi Gras – Purple, Green and Gold were selected in 1872 based on a suggestion from a visiting Russian Grand Duke because the colors evoked the heraldry of royalty.  Twenty years later the colors were affirmed with symbolic meaning that lasts to this day:  Purple – Justice, Green – Faith, Gold – Power.  

At Cravings Gourmet Popcorn we honor the season and the colors with our own Mardi Gras flavors which will be Plum (Purple) Lime (Green) and, Pineapple (Gold).  Be sure to come in and sample the flavors of Mardi Gras individually or in combination.  We think you’ll like the sweet and tangy combination.

Get in early to because after Fat Tuesday (February 12th) we give up the flavors for Lent!

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.

Posted in: Events
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Super Bowl of Snacking – New Orleans Style

This year the Super Bowl is on February 3rd in New Orleans.  Super Bowl parties are always a great snacking event. This comeback for New Orleans puts us in the mood to explore snacking Super Bowl and New Orleans style.  For starters we went to the New Orleans Newspaper, The Times-Picayune, for some great local recipes. Rather than print out all of the recipes, we are providing a brief description and a link:

This recipe was suggested last year for the Saints and Lion’s game.  Chicken wings from New Orleans favorite Emeril Lagasse.

A crawfish bisque eggroll will offer the New Orleans seafood flair to your Super Bowl snacking.

New Orleans native Thelma Lewis brings us a classic “Pone” with sweet potato, butter, and cream.

Eula Mae Dore, a cook for a New Orleans family, shares this classic popcorn ball recipe from her cook book.

And, to close out our New Orleans snacking theme, we are bringing you a Buttery Cajun Popcorn recipe (below) from A Taste of Home. It tastes great and is a wonderful low calorie option weighing in at just 83 calories per cup:

Prep/Total Time: 15 min. Yield: 12 Servings

Ingredients

12 cups air-popped popcorn

1/4 cup butter, melted

2 tablespoons lime juice

4-1/2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning

4 to 5 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

Place popcorn in a large bowl. Combine butter and lime juice; drizzle over popcorn and toss to coat. Combine Cajun seasoning and cheese; sprinkle over popcorn and toss to coat. Yield: 3 quarts.

No matter who wins the Super Bowl, your guests will all be winners with some super snacks – “nawlins style.” Enjoy!  

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.


Posted in: Recipes
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Let Corny Jokes Rule National Belly Laugh Day

Every year January 24th is National Belly Laugh Day.  The advocates for this special day truly believe that laughter is the best medicine.  Listed among the therapeutic qualities of a good old belly laugh are:

-Laughter appears to cause the tissue that forms the inner lining of blood vessels, the endothelium, to dilate or expand in order to increase blood flow.

-Laughter increases pain tolerance.

-It exercises facial, abdominal and chest muscles.

-Improves brain functioning.

-Laughing mixed together with the positive emotions of humor, and happiness lowers the stress hormones, corticosteroids and epinephrine. The release of growth hormone and endorphins plays a role in lowering the stress hormones.

At Cravings Gourmet Popcorn we would like to get the day and the belly laughs rolling by proclaiming it “Corny Joke Day” for National Belly Laugh Day.  To get us started here is popcorn “Corny Joke” excerpted from a blogger Sam Wilson on kids jokes from her blog.

I am going to leave you with my son’s favorite kiddy jokes of the moment.”  Six-year-old Benjamin:

What’s the difference between popcorn and pea soup? Anyone can pop corn.

Here is one from www.Joke Buddha.com:

Peanuts! Popcorn!

President Ronald Regan told this joke about Fidel Castro: Castro was addressing a large audience in Cuba, and he began, "They accuse me of intervening in Angola..." and a man going through the audience called out, "Peanuts! Popcorn! “Castro went on: "They say I'm intervening in Mozambique..." and the same loud voice shouted, "Peanuts! Popcorn! Castro continued: "They say I'm intervening in Nicaragua..." and the voice yelled again, "Peanuts! Popcorn! By this time Castro was boiling mad and he sputtered, "Bring that man who is shouting 'Peanuts! Popcorn!' to me, and I'll kick him all the way to Miami. And everybody in the audience started shouting, "Peanuts! Popcorn!"

What are your favorite “corny” jokes?

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.
(Photo credit: Freedigitalphotos.net)

Posted in: Pop Culture
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No Accounting for Taste

Did you ever see the Saturday Night Live classic skit on sour milk? One of the actors opens the refrigerator and pulls out a carton of milk and takes a swig and then promptly spits the milk out as it has gone sour. He makes a big fuss about it to his friend who takes the carton to taste for himself …and, of course, spits out the sour milk.  This gag continues and gets funnier and funnier as more and more people feel compelled to taste for themselves. 

If you have been in our store you will notice that we stock a wide variety of soda pops, some hard to find classics plus a nice variety of unusual flavors.  Included in the unusual flavors category are: buffalo wing barbecue-flavored soda, bacon-flavored soda, and celery-flavored soda.  In our opinion these are some of the grossest tasting sodas …EVER!

Grossest Flavors, Top Sellers

It might be the novelty of the name that compels people to buy and sample these gross sodas. Or, maybe it is the SNL effect where people need to experience the taste for themselves. We can’t say that we have had anyone spew their gross soda out while in the store, the health department would definitely frown on that…and so would we.  But, what baffles us is the fact that these gross soda flavors are among our top sellers in the store.  Whether you buy it because you love it, or have other reasons for purchasing such as for a gag gift…let us just say thank you very much!

At Cravings we will definitely keep stocking what sells the best.  Have you tried our Sweet Corn soda? Try it, you’ll like it!

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.

Posted in: Soda Pop
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Popping Popcorn at Home - The Right Way

Yup! There is a right way and a wrong way to pop corn. It all starts with quality seeds. The kind of seeds you choose will determine both the flavor and the texture of the popped corn.  New seeds, commonly called baby seeds will yield a smaller and crunchier corn with a nutty flavor. More mature seeds will have a milder sweeter flavor and a chewier/softer texture.  Our favorite vendor for quality popping corn seeds is Amish Country Popcorn, we carry of full line of their products in our store.  You will only find non-genetically modified popping corn in our store – just a good idea to avoid a product that has been altered to create its own pesticide.  Look for Non-GMO on the package.

We highly recommend using the Whirley Popper.  This stovetop device calls for you to be present to tend to the popping by cranking, listening and smelling. All in all, this is a pleasant experience, especially if you engage help.  You guessed it – Whirley Poppers are available in our Old Town Lansing store.

You need oil for popping the corn, from our point of view the only real choice is coconut oil. Once you have it in your home you are going to find lots of other uses for coconut oil which go far beyond cooking in the kitchen. This website presents 122 uses for coconut oil. Who knew?

We’ve said it before, naked popcorn tastes good and is a perfectly healthy choice, but, if you want, there are oh so many wonderful flavors you can add to your popped corn. Watch for more on this topic later this week or next.

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.   Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.

Posted in: Gourmet Popcorn
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Grandma Katie Has a Popcorn and Movie Date

Cravings owner, Chad Jordan, was gracious enough to share a Whirley Pop Popcorn Popper with me so I could experience the fun of popping corn first hand.  I was briefly schooled on the various options available in the store for popping seeds and selected the variety mix. 

At the first available opportunity I made a movie date with my grand-daughter Annalise.  We had a great time getting set-up and reading the directions (These were very simple).  The one thing that surprised me was the suggestion that we start the popping process from a pan that is not pre-heated. Annalise was the designated crank turner to keep those seeds moving in the coconut oil.

Because I chose the variety mix with several different kernel sizes, the recommended three minute cooking time was not exactly right. But, the good thing is you can hear the popping action very well and you definitely know when the popping is done. 

We added just a little melted butter and some sea salt and sat down to watch the original Muppet Movie, a free film online. While Anna liked the movie, it was my son and I that really enjoyed this classic. We marveled at the technological feat it was for its time and also the awesome cast of big name stars assembled to be part of the movie.  Did you know that Orson Welles was in the Muppet Movie?

The popcorn was so good that it was gone before the movie was over and there was not one un-popped kernel in the bottom of our bowls.  The variety mix definitely delivered a lot of different flavors and textures, but I am thinking next time we will try two separate batches of seeds and do a taste comparison.  Plus, now that I know how easy the Whirley Pop is to operate, I plan on creating some of my own seasonings recipes and popping more corn at home.

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.

Posted in: Family
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Popcorn Seasoning - Be the Gourmet

The best way to learn how to create your own unique gourmet flavors for your popcorn is to review some existing recipes. We have selected, from Popcorn.org, three low-fat or no-fat recipes for flavoring your popcorn at home.  Look at these recipes closely for inspiration and make your changes. Another tip that was suggested in some recipes: use egg-whites as a no-fat alternative to adhere flavors to the kernels.

Dilly Lemon Munch

Yield: 2 quarts

Ingredients

2 quarts popcorn popped

2 tablespoons shredded lemon peel

1 teaspoon dill weed

Optional: 1/2 teaspoon low-sodium salt

Directions

Toss popcorn with lemon peel and dill weed.

Flavor enhances as popcorn stands.

Cheesy Popcorn

Yield: 10 Cups

Ingredients

2 tablespoons garlic flavored or vegetable oil (We recommend coconut oil)

1/2 cup popcorn kernels

1 tablespoon melted butter, optional

2 tablespoons nutritional yeast or brewer’s yeast (found at health food stores, adds a cheese-like flavor without the calories or fat)

1 teaspoon curry powder, optional

Directions

In a large, heavy-bottomed pot (with a lid), place oil and about 3 popcorn kernels.

Heat over a medium-high heat until you hear a kernel pop. Add remaining popcorn; cover.

Once corn begins to pop, shake pot constantly over heat. When popping slows, remove pot from heat and transfer popcorn to a serving bowl. Pour butter over popcorn, if desired, and toss.

Sprinkle yeast and curry powder, if desired, over popcorn and toss to distribute evenly.

Serve immediately or store in an air-tight container.

Chili Lime Popcorn Snack Mix

Yield: 1 quart

Ingredients

1 quart popped popcorn

1 teaspoon brewer’s yeast powder (or nutritional yeast; available in health food stores)

1 teaspoon lime juice

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 300° F.

Spread popcorn on a baking sheet.

Sprinkle yeast powder, lime juice, chili powder and salt over popcorn.

Heat about 7 minutes and toss just before serving. Serve warm.

 

Hope you enjoy these seasoning ideas and are inspired to create your own. Send your own recipes along in the comment section.

 

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.

 

Posted in: Gourmet Popcorn
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Fitness for the New Year

Okay, it’s here, the New Year and time for a new you. Maybe you've heard it before, but getting fit is usually a combination of the right food and the right fitness regime.  If you have a ways to go before you can claim a healthier life, here are a few good pieces of solid fitness advice to get you started:

Set Goals – We know you've heard how to set goals a million times. But where most people go off the rails is being too ambitious. You are far better to start with “baby steps” to measure your success.  We have a friend who started running three years ago. She had a very smart trainer with her to help her stay focused on those baby step goals, offering loads of encouragement along the way. Early in her training her goals were: walk for 5 minutes, run for 1 minute. It was a gradual climb to continuous running for a number of minutes, and then an increase in intensity.  Three years later she has run a 5K, has set her sights on a half-marathon, and continues to run every other day.

Exercise in Short Bursts – Fitness expert and TV star, Jackie Warner, suggests shorter, more intense workouts. Shorter time frames seem easier to work into your schedule, and greater intensity will have a longer lasting effect on your body over the course of the day.

Track Your Workouts – Keep a log, use an online tool, write little shorthand notes on your calendar.  Anything that will help you remember, what you did and whether you thought it worked, and how you felt (good or bad).  Over time this record is solid proof of your commitment, evidence that you have made progress, and incentive to keep going.

Change Your Playlist – We interpreted this piece of advice two ways. First, if you like to use music during your workouts, consider changing your playlist occasionally to create a new burst of energy to move you to the next level.  Second, consider the playlist of negative thoughts you have running through your head. These are those deep dark secrets of self-talk about your lack of ability or unworthiness.  Dumping this negative self-talk and changing to a playlist of lighter more positive and life affirming messages is another interpretation.

Now on to the food in the fitness and food combination, post work-out snack suggestions from Fitness Magazine call for eating to replenish lost energy with some healthy combinations of protein and carbs. Protein to re-build muscles and carbohydrates to create a fast energy burst. 

This just in for snacking in general, there is new research on popcorn as the perfect snack food. “Popcorn may be the perfect snack food. It’s the only snack that is 100 percent unprocessed whole grains. All other grains are processed and diluted with other ingredients, and although cereals are called ‘whole grain,’ this simply means that over 51 percent of the weight of the product is whole grain. One serving of popcorn will provide more than 70 percent of the daily intake of whole grain. The average person only gets about half a serving of whole grains a day, and popcorn could fill that gap in a very pleasant way,” said researcher Joe Vinson PhD, while delivering report to scientific community at annual conference.  To read more visit this site.

And finally, we offer a shout-out to our favorite personal fitness trainers at Iron Quest Fitness in Lansing. These people are well-versed on the right kinds of fitness and food combinations for people of all fitness levels. Take a look at their website to learn more about how they work.

Make it a fit and fabulous New Year!

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.

Posted in: Pop Culture
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Snow Day Survival Kit

Here is a good idea. Save one of the bigger/nicer boxes that will be in plentiful supply from Christmas gifting.  And, on one of those last days with the kids at home for the Christmas break, task your family with creating a Snow Day Survival Kit. Take the box and make decorating the box your first step in creating a Snow Day Survival Kit. Next use your imagination to fill the box. Here is a list of idea starters:


                - Favorite family games that have been tucked away for a long time

                - An idea checklist of fun inside activities and outside activities

     - Put a list of household chores that need doing but never get done and create a fun challenge and reward for knocking one of these off the list

     - Visit the dollar store and load up on interesting finds to be used in a craft project

     - Load the box with new crayons, markers, glue sticks. 

     - Ideas for an Epic Creative Challenge (Put on a show; Write a play; Shoot and edit a movie)   

                - Ingredients for some kid-safe kitchen activities.   

                - Scrap booking materials to update family photo albums

These are just a few ideas on things you can put in your Snow Day Survival Kit. Once you have your kit assembled tuck it away and don’t pull it out until you have a snow emergency! Keep Cravings Gourmet Popcorn in the loop, we want to know what you would add, so make a comment to add to the list, and if you take up the challenge take a few pictures and send them along.

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.

 

Posted in: Family
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Create New Year’s Eve Family Tradition

Make your New Year celebration meaningful and full of fun. Here are a few ideas for new family traditions for the New Year.

Ultimate Family Game Night – Invite more extended family or close family friends to make this event more exciting. Set up different gaming stations throughout your home with a variety of game favorites. Tap the organizer in your family to structure a way to create teams and competition that will keep the game night moving to a fun ending with some silly prizes.  Supply liberal amounts of Cravings Popcorn.

Create a New Year’s Light Ceremony - Make your New Year’s Eve family celebration a chance to reflect, resolve and renew.  Plan an event with Candles, Pomp and Circumstance, and Compliments. Use the candles to burn slips of paper with old habits or bad events you want to let go. Create a candle lighting ceremony to shine a light on each of your New Year’s Resolutions.  Close the ceremony with written compliments to yourself and to each of your family members – Read aloud or share privately.  End the evening with hugs all around.

Write Letters to your 2013 New You - Create a special New Year’s gift of stationery and writing utensils to share with your family members at a special dinner. Over dinner present the gifts and decide what the format of the letter will be, depending on the ages of your family members modify the structure. For example, help everyone imagine how they will feel about certain accomplishments or milestones that may occur in 2013 and ask them to write a letter of congratulations to themselves.  Finish the evening by sealing, addressing and stamping the envelopes. Then pencil a receive date on the back of the envelope. Give to a trusted friend to post at the appropriate time.  

Plan a Movie Marathon – Pick a theme for the types of movies to be part of your New Year’s Movie Marathon. Create a poster with the movie name and times that will accommodate the number of movies you wish to include in the marathon. End your marathon with a family dinner and movie discussion on New Year’s Day.  Look for common themes, compare and contrast the movie messages, opportunities for alternative endings, and a guaranteed lively discussion.   Don’t forget the Cravings Popcorn!

Happy New Year from our family to yours! 

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan. Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.

Posted in: Family
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Thank You Letter from Cravings Gourmet Popcorn

Dear Friends and Soon- to- be Friends,

We are grateful to you all for making this past year so incredible.  We are so blessed to see our business growing due, in large part, to the steady stream of new customers that we see each day in our Old Town store and the growing number of visitors to our website.

Here is a short list of some of the milestones from this past year:

-          º An awesome new sign, we went from having the worst sign in Old Town to the best sign     in Lansing!

-          º A newly designed sampling station that is easier to keep clean and easier to use.

-          º Our store branding often gets questions about whether or not we are a franchise and our answer is “Not yet but we will be!”

-          º Chad Jordan, our leader, was awarded Emerging Entrepreneur of 2012 by Greater Lansing Business Monthly

-          º Our new Community Popcorn Project was established this year and has helped, at last count,30 community organizations or nonprofits.  To learn more go to: http://www.facebook.com/CravingsCommunityPopcornProject

-          º We welcomed new blogger, Katie Donovan, to our team. Join in the conversation online at our blog by sharing your popcorn or community-related comments.

-          º Participation in April at the Taste and Tour of Old Town, a fund-raiser to promote the good works of our merchants group Old Town Commercial Association.

-          º Participation in July at the Turner Street Outdoor Theater, another family friendly event for Old Town and a perfect popcorn event.

Thanks to you all for a great year! We will work hard to earn and keep your loyal support in 2013.

In Gratitude,

Your Cravings Team

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.

Posted in: Holidays
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Unique Alternative to the Typical Hostess Gift

Holiday gift giving can be fraught with landmines of questions and expectations.  “Should I bring a gift to the bosses’ house party? Which bottle of wine is suitable as a gift and how much should I spend on it? How do I know the difference between good wines or bad? We have an unexpected guest at our holiday party, what should I give him as a gift?”

Here is a great alternative present.  Pick up a supply of those festive gift bags meant for wine bottles and hostess gifts.  Stop by Cravings Gourmet Popcorn and buy up an armful of our tall half-gallon sized flavored popped popcorn packaged in the simply elegant clear cellophane bags.  Stash the gift bags and the popcorn in the back of a seldom used cupboard or closet (this is essential because the presence of these bags of popcorn may be too tempting for some members of your family).

 When you have an opportunity to delight a host or hostess and/or gift that unexpected guest - simply slide a bag of popcorn into the gift bag and you are good to go. 

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn, located in Old Town Lansing and online at www.cravingspopcorn.com, is your go-to holiday gift giving location.  
Posted in: Holidays
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Holiday Tins Full of the Best Popcorn!

If you let your palette be your gift guide, you simply can’t go wrong with a Holiday Popcorn Tin from Cravings Gourmet Popcorn.   We have two sizes to choose from - 2 gallon or 3.5 gallon. Trust us, you are going to want to choose the bigger size. The Holiday Popcorn Tin is a perfect choice for groups to share.

Now, gift giving couldn’t be easier. Go to our website to review the current list of available flavors, then make your order online and make arrangements to have it shipped, or, if you are local, make a plan to pick-up your order in the store.

Our Holiday Tins can be filled with your choice of 1, 2, or 3 flavors.  You can go wild and mix them all together or have them safely divided.  Your tin will be hermetically sealed (well maybe not hermetically - just love to say that word) to guarantee freshness for 90 days. But we bet the tin never make it to 90 days!

We are so convinced that this gift will be a huge hit that we also offer a ridiculously big refill discount if you bring the empty tin to the store!

So skip the homemade gifts plan and put your personality into your gift with a creative selection of flavors from Cravings Gourmet Popcorn.  Here’s our #1 popcorn shopping tip: Buy one to give and one to keep. 

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn, located in Old Town Lansing and online at www.cravingspopcorn.com, is your go-to holiday gift giving location.
Posted in: Gourmet Popcorn
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Avoid Bulky Gifts and Gift Wrapping Pain – Buy a Cravings Gift Card

Are you going to a holiday gathering and need a gift?  Make it easy on yourself and go with your gift neatly tucked in your pocket or purse.  (Guys we promise not to make any jokes about your man-purse).  In our humble opinion one of the best gift cards is a Cravings Gourmet Popcorn gift card. 

Our gift cards are budget friendly; you can load any amount on to the card and it has no expiration date. The card can also be reloaded, which is good for us and good for the recipient of the card, as we are convinced that continued  purchases of Cravings Popcorn is a real possibility.  Once somebody experiences our incredible flavors they will want to come back again and again

Consider this equation:  buy gift card = safe gift.  Cravings’ Popcorn gift card is the perfectly safe choice for teacher gifts, co-workers, friends and relatives.  It is a popular choice, easy to share and guaranteed to come free of any hidden expectations or innuendo. 

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn, located in Old Town Lansing and online at www.cravingspopcorn.com, is your go-to holiday gift giving location.  

Posted in: Holidays
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Business Gifts That Pop!

At Cravings Gourmet Popcorn we think that one of the most creative gifts for businesses is one that requires a bit of interactivity.  Perfect for the job is the classic “Whirley-Pop” stove top, hand cranked, popcorn popper and your choice of several different strains of popcorn seeds which are available exclusively in our Old Town location.  

Our popcorn seeds create great tasting naked popcorn.  But, if you want to get creative about adding or creating your own special flavors to add to your popcorn you can take a cue from us:  start with a favorite recipe, sweet or savory, and look closely at the ingredients. 

Use those ingredients as your inspiration for concocting your own flavoring. Who knows, if you like what you mix up and want to share the recipe, we might take a whirl at the recipe ourselves for consideration on our tasting bar.

To learn more about how to put together this present for your team or a favorite client visit our store or look online for more details. 

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn, located in Old Town Lansing and online at www.cravingspopcorn.com, is your go-to holiday gift giving location.  

Posted in: Holidays
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Go Green This Year with a Real Michigan Christmas

There is a long-standing national Christmas tree debate about real trees vs. fake trees.  Now, there are strong arguments on both sides which we will not re-hash here.  But at Cravings Gourmet Popcorn our bias is for real, Michigan-grown, Christmas trees.  Why? Because it is good business for the State of Michigan and good business here is good for all of us.

Our state is ranked number three in the nation at the harvesting of Christmas trees and the industry is a great contributor to our agricultural and agri-tourism economy.  Representatives of the Michigan Christmas tree industry report there have been disturbing declines in real Christmas tree sales over the past few years.  We are not sure if this is a sign of a wavering economy or a trend towards convenience.  Keep this in mind, our Michigan Christmas tree farmers plant three million trees every year, providing a real renewable commodity.

Learn more about a new campaign called Real Michigan Christmas and join us in supporting our fellow local business owners by buying a real Michigan Christmas tree. 

Once you get your tree home consider some other ways to go green this Christmas by visiting this site for some ideas on edible handmade ornaments suitable for kids and pets, or this one on making and decorating an eco-friendly, animal friendly tree outside. Popcorn is involved.

What’s your choice this year? Real or Fake?

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.

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Old Town’s Dickens Village a Holiday Event that Celebrates the Season

"It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good-humour."

- Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Inspired by the Victorian Era novella by Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol, Lansing’s Old Town merchant association kicked off the holiday season Saturday, December 1st with the annual Dickens Village event.  Family fun activities were front and center with rides in a horse drawn carriage, ornament-making and a holiday scavenger hunt.  To enhance the flavor of the day Dickens characters and Carolers roamed the streets of Old Town to entertain all who attended this festive event.

At Cravings Gourmet Popcorn we look forward to this annual family friendly event every year.  So if you missed being haunted by the ghosts of Christmas past, you can still put a visit to Old Town on your family calendar of events because the Christmas spirit is alive In Old Town.  If you come, please be sure to stop in to the Cravings store to sample the latest and most popular flavors and consider gifts from Cravings to help you complete your holiday shopping list.  Holiday Tins, Cravings Gift Cards, and the popular Whirly Pop Popper and Seed are all great choices.

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn, located in Old Town Lansing and online at www.cravingspopcorn.com, is your go-to holiday gift giving location.  

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Five M’s for Healthier Holiday Feasting

Let’s get this straight – major holiday eating events can create a slippery slope of high fat, super rich, artery clogging foods that while they taste great would be much, much better for you in moderation.  Here’s how to eat healthy this holiday season, compliments of your friends here at Cravings Gourmet Popcorn. 

Change your Mindset. The holidays are about family and friends not food, drinks and snacks. What activities could you replace that would improve the quality of your people interactions and downplay your food interactions?

Modify recipes. There are so many great resources for transforming and slimming down your classic holiday recipes into new healthy favorites. Try Cooking Light magazine for transforming holiday recipes for Medicinenet.com for healthy eating ideas.

Manage portions.  Holiday Cooks should try preparing just enough for the number of guests, forego the cooking for lots of leftovers mentality. Try editing the menu – no one will complain if there are two or three side dishes missing from the table. When it comes to filling your own plate dial back the portion sizes and savor every bite. Seconds?  Fuhgedaboudit!

Make your holiday meal one of three. Consider your normal daily calorie intake and divide it among the three meals, adjust the calories downward for the non-holiday meals but DO NOT skip the meals or starve yourself for the big holiday event.

Move it! After a wonderful meal with family and friends, plan on getting some light exercise together; take a nice walk instead of a retreating to the sofa for a turkey-induced nap; or have some fun, play a game with the kids – it will be good for you and the kids. 

So remember the five M’s: Mindset; Modify; Manage; Make; and Move, for a better, healthier holiday season.

Happy Holidays! 

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.

 

Image courtesy Ken's Oven

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