Cravings Blog

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Cravings Overflowing with Soda Pop

You go to fridge hankering for something to quench your thirst or maybe even delight your taste buds but all you find is the dregs of a weeks old low pulp orange juice, or that fancy new fortified water that you bought in a flurry of fitness good intentions that tastes like…well, nothing.

Brace yourself for an explosion of good taste. There are new soft drinks coming this spring to Cravings Gourmet Popcorn – nearly 60 new soda pop flavors. With these new additions our inventory of soda pop varieties will exceed 200! We know you love our great popcorn flavors but don’t forget our soda store stock of classic soda pop flavors to go with.

Cravings is proud to be headlining one of our most popular brands, Leninade. It is sassy lemonade that sports a bright red color and a sense of humor. Every bottle has a slogan that mocks Soviet life and propaganda such as Get Hammered & Sickled, A Taste Worth Standing in Line For, and Drink Comrade! Drink! – imagine a bright red bottle of Leninade on your desktop when your work environment gets a little oppressive for your taste.

New to our list of classic soda pop brands is Hippo Size, a brand from San Antonio, Texas founded in 1926 with a distinctive big bottle with a hippo embossed on the uniquely shaped “big bottle.” Hippo Size bottles from that era are definitely a collector’s item but the legacy of good taste continues. We will be stocking six flavors from Hippo Size. They are Big Black Cherry, Jumbo Root Beer, Colossal Cream, Prodigious Peach, Hippo Huckleberry and Burley Birch Beer.

The classic soda pop is only available in our Old Town store, so plan a visit soon to buy soda - stock-up on your favorites and try something new!

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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College Basket Ball March Madness – And So It Begins

Now that we know that Michigan State and University of Michigan are seeded 3rd and 4th in the Midwest Region we’ve all got something to brag about.  No matter what your favorite team is, participating in NCAA March Madness is fun.  Following the ups and downs of the nation’s best college teams to the exciting conclusion is a great way to spend the next few weeks with your friends.

You can sign up at http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/ncaa-tournament/brackets/games  to get into the game of tournament brackets or just search for a downloadable March Madness bracket online. Print them up for your family or friends and let the friendly wagering and trash talking begin! You don’t have to be a die-hard sports fan to participate.  Some people even fill in the brackets based on their favorite color or mascot.

Note, if you are unsure about getting in on the fun, check out this article for a better understanding of the process of predicting winners, from a college math professor.

There are sure to be a lot of great TV viewing experiences during March Madness, especially when the Final Four games begin.  Be sure to stock-up on your favorite flavors of Cravings Gourmet Popcorn for all the exciting TV viewing!  Stop in and see us, buy some popcorn, and compare your March Madness brackets notes with the friendly 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.

 Image courtesy of Salvatore Vuono at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Posted in: Entertaining Tips
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Lucky Star, Poetry and Popcorn

Lucky Star

 I hear the music across the way

 my toe begins to tap

the beauty of my city

 just a star upon a map.

Last September the Old Town Poetry Bench project was completed with the selection of winning poems and installation of new benches.  At Cravings Gourmet Popcorn we thank our lucky stars that we have a bench in front of our store.  We are equally grateful to winning poet Denise Corey Henderson for her poem: Lucky Star. It is great to see visitors to our store and Old Town have a place to sit a spell and enjoy the comings and goings. 

This Poetry Bench project is just another example of the Old Town Commercial Association’s commitment to improving the look of our business district and enhancing the experience for our visitors.  Coming to events sponsored by the OTCA means you are helping to support this community asset. Thank you for continuing to support our store by shopping regularly and bringing your friends and family to Old Town for a special treat.

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: Weird Stuff
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Send Some Popcorn Love for Free

If you have a distant client that needs a little love or a great big thank you – think Cravings Gourmet Popcorn.  If your brother- in-law just got a new job in East Podunk, Iowa and you want to send a congratulations gift – think Cravings Gourmet Popcorn.  If your parents live in Florida and their 51st Anniversary is coming up – that’s right….think Cravings Gourmet Popcorn. 

The perfect way to tell someone you care about that you are thinking of them is to send a unique and welcome gift. Cravings Popcorn is flavored with recipes that have been carefully crafted from real ingredients with no preservatives.  Plus, a sealed tin of your choice of up to three popcorn flavors will travel well and stay fresh for weeks, probably longer than the contents of the tin will last.

Even if you live in Lansing, visit our website to make your gift purchase ….because when you buy online from the Cravings online store the shipping is FREE to anywhere in the continental U.S. and everything in the website store will be shipped for FREE. 

Who do you know that deserves a little popcorn love? Send that popcorn love on us!

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: Promotions
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Cravings Celebrates Girls

March 10 – 16 is National Girl Scout week.  Nationally the Girl Scouts of USA has a membership of over 3.2 million girls and adults, and there are over 59 million women in the US today that are Girl Scout alumnae – that’s a lot of girl power!   The organization started on March 12, 1912 with its first meeting for 18 girls in Savannah, Georgia. The Girl Scouts was created to help all girls develop physically, mentally and spiritually.  Those principles still hold true plus the organization has continued to inspire young girls by being willing to tackle important social issues and to foster a commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.

At Cravings Gourmet Popcorn we celebrate girls and the Girl Scouts.  We remind all local troop leaders that our Community Popcorn Project is open to your troop.  To learn more about how Cravings can help go to http://www.facebook.com/CravingsCommunityPopcornProject

Plus, this year Cravings owner, Chad Jordan, is participating in the local annual Girl Scout Cookie Bake-off event as a celebrity chef.  The event is Thursday April 18th and we would love it if you would come out and support us and the Girl Scouts. Our challenge to participate is to create a dessert using Girl Scout Cookies and of course…popcorn.  To learn more about attending the fundraising event go to the Girl Scout Heart of Michigan website.

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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Cravings Going Green

St. Patrick’s Day celebration ideas from Craving’s very Irish blogger, Katie Donovan.

Hmmm, imagine the crisp bite of crème de menthe combined with the sweet luscious taste of chocolate drizzled on top of our finest popcorn.  That’s what is in store for you beginning March 1st at Cravings Gourmet Popcorn.  You don’t need to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day for this special treat.  But, if you come in wearing green you can get $1.00 OFF our crème de menthe chocolate drizzle popcorn.

What is your St. Patrick’s Day tradition?  Do you wear green ---hoping to get kissed or pinched?  Eating your share of corned beef and cabbage or drinking more than your share of green beer?  Or – if you must party, how about creating a mashed potato bar party? 

That’s right a mashed potato party! I thought of this party several years ago and it was a real hit with my guests. It is easy to do …make one or two big batches of mashed potatoes.  I like serving one with super smooth mashed potatoes whipped with sour cream and another lumpier version made with redskin potatoes and garlic with some skins included.  Use your imagination to prepare lots of different toppings for your bar to dress up the potatoes.  Serve the potatoes in over-sized martini glasses (you can rent the glasses) for a little pizzazz. Enjoy the company of your guests while you feast on this ultimate comfort food.  Finish your party with some sweet treats from Cravings, like the crème de menthe chocolate drizzle popcorn!

Whichever way you decide to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, be sure to make it a safe one.  Looking forward to seeing you at Cravings!

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: Promotions
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Oh the Places You’ll Go

 “You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So . . . get on your way!” This is the final line of the final book that Ted Geisel (pen name -Dr. Seuss) wrote.

March 2nd is the birthday of Dr. Seuss. He was not a real doctor, but he still made significant contributions to our lives.  Always a doodler, in college he was noticed by a fellow student. She suggested that he give up his idea of becoming a professor and become an artist. That student, Helen, would one day become his wife.  His artistic career started in advertising for Standard Oil Company. He later gained some notoriety for putting his artistic skills to work during the war effort by making films and animated shorts to train soldiers for World War II. 

In the 60’s Geisel was inspired by a book based on a report called Why Johnny Can’t Read. The report’s basic premise was that elementary reading books were boring to children.  His first children’s book The Cat in the Hat was commissioned by two publishing companies to serve as a beginning reader. Ted Seuss Geisel spent 53 years writing and illustrating instructive children’s books that delighted and educated children and their parents.  Many of his best works carried important messages of social importance.

He died in 1991. Shortly before his death, when Ted was asked if there was anything left unsaid, he pondered the question and finally responded: “The best slogan I can think of to leave with the U.S.A. would be: ‘We can . . . and we’ve got to . . . do better than this.”

At Cravings Gourmet Popcorn, we are inspired by the life and works of Dr. Seuss and encourage you to pick up a Dr. Seuss book for a little inspiration to apply to your life this Saturday, March 2nd.

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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Ladies First For March Madness

It is only fitting that the Michigan girl’s high school basketball tournament is on the calendar first (see below), since it was a girl’s high school sport before it was adopted by the boys.  Basketball was invented at a YMCA in Springfield, Massachusetts because young men in their 20s and 30s were bored with plain old physical education.  The indoor game was played with balls of various sizes, peach baskets, and teams of varying numbers based on who was around.  The game proved to be so popular that it soon spread to YMCA s across the country with standardized rules.  Because there were few team sports for high school girls, many schools picked up basketball.  It wasn't until between 1905 and 1910 that basketball became a boy’s sport. 

High School Girls Basketball Tournament Schedule

District Tournament -- Feb. 25, 27 & March 1

Regional Tournament -- March 5 & 7

MHSAA Quarterfinals - March 12

MHSAA Semifinals - March 14-15

MHSAA Finals -- March 16

High School Madness

The Michigan Boy’s High School Tournament begins March 4th and reaches its exciting conclusion March 23rd with the Finals at the Breslin Center on Michigan State University’s campus.  Information about all High School sports in Michigan, including the complete Boys schedule, can be found at the website for the Michigan High School Athletic Association. 

Whether it is High School Girls Basketball or Boys Basketball, at Cravings Gourmet Popcorn we appreciate the efforts that these student athletes (and their families) make to participate in sports as part of their high school careers.  Following your favorite local team does create a bit of madness, but in a good way, and every once a while there is a student athlete that sparks the imagination of a community and earns a place in the hearts of so many.  Next time you find yourself at your local high school slow down as you walk by the trophy cabinet and take a closer look at the names, chances are some of those names will be familiar to you – maybe because it is the name of a community or business leader, or just maybe it is a name of a stellar player that went on to greater heights.  Maybe you will see  a name like Earvin Johnson. 

College Madness

For most, the real March Madness is associated with the NCAA, collegiate basketball.  NCAA Madness begins March 19th and ends April 8th.  If you want to understand what is happening for March Madness 2013, there is a great place online to get the schedule, read predictions, learn about ticket sales, and of course safely place bets.  This site is all about following your favorite collegiate team.  Might we suggest that instead of placing your hard-earned money on the line, how about a friendly wager where the winner gets a prize instead of cash …oh like maybe a Cravings Gift Card? 

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 of pichart99thai at FreeDigitalPhotos.net



Posted in: Events
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Good Popcorn, Good Works

Recently a customer walked into the Cravings Popcorn store in Old Town on a mission to buy some popcorn for his church youth group activity.  Cravings employee Adrienne, a Certified Tourism Ambassador by the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, is always curious about what brings customers in to the store. She knew that she could do better than just selling the customer a 1 gallon bag of popcorn.  “Are you familiar with our Cravings Community Popcorn Project,” she asked.  The customer was thrilled to find out that by just filling out a simple form on behalf of his non profit church group he would qualify to receive a Free Jumbo 5 gallon bag of Cravings Popcorn for the youth group event. 

Since Adrienne took responsibility for the Cravings Community Popcorn Project in July of 2012, over 30 nonprofit associations have participated by receiving a Jumbo bag, gift cards for auction, or specially packaged gift boxes.  The nonprofits agree to acknowledge Cravings on social media, share and tag photos, or include a Cravings logo in an event brochure or program.  “One of my favorite nonprofit events that we supported this year was the Mid-Michigan Creative Alliance; they took a Jumbo bag for their Halloween event.  They filled our popcorn into rubber gloves along with candy corn for the finger tips to make some creatively creepy table favors,” said Adrienne. 

If you are an events planner for your nonprofit and have an event coming up this year be sure to check out the Craving’s Community Popcorn Project.  You can reach Adrienne by emailing her at: donations@cravingspopcorn.com, or stop in to the Old Town Cravings store to get an application and chat with Adrienne about your event.

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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Oscar Sunday is February 24th

No matter how you look at it the Academy Awards are a big deal.  There is high drama every year as we wait to learn the Academy Award nominees. Who doesn't like the movies? It is a competition that attracts bookmakers, it is a celebration of talent and imagination, it is a fashion show packed full of the most beautiful people in the world, it is a comedy platform for today’s most erudite host/hostess, it is a televised live variety show seen round the world, and now it is an online phenomenon with apps and websites that delve into the even the most minute details of the Awards.  It is the Oscars – the Academy Awards Nominations for Movies, Directors, Actors and Actresses, Screenplay Writers, Cinematographers, Costume Designers, and legions of people that call the movies their business.

But basically, it is about movies, movies that tell great stories – and what goes best with movies?  You guessed it! Popcorn!  In case you missed the details of this year’s nominated movies for Best Picture for the 85th Academy Award competition are, in alphabetical order:  

Amour

 Argo

 Beasts of the Southern Wild

 Django Unchained

 Les Misérables

 Life of Pi

 Lincoln

 Silver Linings Playbook

Zero Dark Thirty

Usually, as the Academy Award season heats up, I try to see as many of the movies nominated for Best Picture as I can before Oscar Sunday.  Right now I have only seen three of the nine.  What movie are you rooting for?  It looks like I am not going to get to see many of these movies at the theater, but the bonus for me is being able to look forward to movie nights in the comfort of my own home …with my favorite popcorn, Cravings!  Problem is I can be done with my popcorn before the movie trailers are done, its that good!

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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Getting on the Bacon Bandwagon

Its official, people are crazy for bacon.  In December of last year this website was published featuring the most outrageous uses for bacon.  If you do a Google image search for bacon you will see bacon tattoos, bacon food constructions including a Christmas creche made entirely from bacon, and bacon food innovations like pancakes with bacon cooked into the middle.  There are bacon recipes for bacon flavored ice cream, bacon fudge, bacon cupcakes, bacon-wrapped turkey, and even a Bacon Freak website with tasty ideas like Bacon of the Month Club.  What will they think of next?

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn has jumped on the Bacon Bandwagon for salty/sweet snacks that feature bacon.  You simply have to try our Maple Caramel Popcorn with Hickory Smoked Bits of Bacon mixed together.  We guarantee that you, or some bacon lover (not Kevin Bacon) you know, will go whole hog (forgive us…can’t help ourselves) for this tasty combination. 

So the next time you bring home the bacon, make a stop at Cravings Gourmet Popcorn, get on the bandwagon and pick up our new Maple Caramel Bacon Popcorn, and really bring home the bacon!

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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Craving for a Cure to Cabin Fever?

If you look in the mirror and see the image of Jack Nicholson’s character in The Shining staring back at you with that crazed look and greasy hair, it is entirely possible that you are suffering from cabin fever.  Go ahead and take a moment to regroup: shower, shampoo, shave where necessary, put on some clean clothes, and then bundle up. That shiny thing in your garage is your car, get the keys, grab your wallet and get in the car!

Destination – Old Town! There is always something interesting to do, people to see and good things to eat.  Pop in to Aggie Mae’s for a sweet treat and some hot coffee.  If you haven’t checked out our neighbor, Meat, plan on stopping in for lunch – you've got to love a restaurant that has a name that promises no surprises. Well, maybe one surprise …surprisingly good meaty food to eat. 

The galleries in Old Town always deliver interesting arty things to see and buy.  Katalyst, Absolute, Creole, and Tallulah’s Folly and  are all doing their part to elevate our local arts and culture scene. 

If you are really adventurous you can poke around in Love Betty or Lamb’s Gate to find that mid-century mod treasure or just the right little piece of furniture to breathe new life into your home decor. 

If your therapeutic outing does not include retail purchases, you could try stretching some muscles at Hilltop Yoga (touch the top your leg, underneath that squishy stuff that’s muscle you feel). Or, just stop in to see the ladies of Grace and October Moon because visiting with them will change your day, change your attitude and change your mind.  If you are still feeling a little fuzzy try a little art therapy at Haze Ceramic Gallery, or if you don’t feel like making something maybe Haze will let you go out back and smash some castoffs.

Before you leave Old Town pop into our store Cravings Gourmet Popcorn, stick your head in first and do your best Jack Nicholson/Shining maniacal impression of “Heeere’s Johnny” and get 10 percent off your purchase. 

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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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.

Image courtesy of ponsuwan at FreeDigitalPhotos.net





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.

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