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Gourmet Popcorn

What makes for great popcorn? Passion!
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Not Fantasy, RealityYou know you need it...
Chocolate! More and more chocolate!

Chocolate Fest is coming. February 4th through Valentine's Day. You don't want to miss any of our delicious, addicting flavors. It's not a fantasy, its real. And with 8 new flavors of delicious gourmet popcorn drizzled in chocolate, you are sure to walk away happy.


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New Flavor: Spicy Taco

Cravings Popcorn Presents another new flavor
Spicy Taco

A cheesy blend of delicious spices that will tingle your tongue and put a smile on your face. If you like the taste of world-famous Doritos, then it's likely you will fall in love with our spicy taco gourmet popcorn. Inspired by the famous chip. We have created gourmet popcorn that is spicy, cheesy and addicting. We think you will agree, enjoying spicy taco gourmet popcorn with your favorite soda pop or adult beverage is a great idea for relaxing at home in front of the television or hanging out with friends playing games.

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French Toast, Just Like Grandma's

Warm crunchy buttery maple syrup 

French Toast

There are a lot of gimmicks when it comes to gourmet popcorn, but french toast gourmet popcorn is not a gimmick. French toast popcorn is one of the tastiest gourmet popcorn flavors that we have ever created at Cravings Gourmet Popcorn. If you were to close your eyes while eating it, you could be swept away in the nostalgia of eating your grandmas french toast breakfast.


French toast flavored gourmet popcorn has a light crunch to it like none other. Its flavor is of maple syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg. Its got a buttery smoothness that is as mouth-watering as real French toast.


French toast popcorn is a little bit lighter than your typical caramel popcorn. It's slightly less sweet than caramel popcorn, but just as robust in flavor.


It's been a favorite of our fans over the past few years. It is a flavor that we usually put on the menu in the winter. You can get french toast popcorn until February 14th, Valentine's Day. You'll be sure to miss it when its gone and you will be sure to fall in love with it when you eat it.


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Last Chance to Get Your World Famous Thanksgiving Popcorn Dinner Box!Thanksgiving is now upon us. Don't bring the same boring potato salad you've brought for the past several years. Don't be that guy. Add something unique to your holiday with a Cravings World Famous Thanksgiving Popcorn Dinner box! Stop into either our Old Town or Okemos store and pick up a box today. For $50, you can bring laughter and delicious popcorn to your Thanksgiving celebration. Each box contains a bag of turkey, cranberry, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, white chocolate pineapple upside down cake drizzle and pumpkin pie. We'll even throw in a mystery holiday flavor to boot. What are you waiting for?!
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November Flavor Launch Party We had a blast last night at our Flavor Release Party! We had over 20 special guests come try our new holiday flavors and play several fun games. Each guest received a gift bag with a bag of each new flavor (over $40 worth of popcorn!). Guests also won prizes for playing each of the games. Everyone was a winner!

The new flavors are hot chocolate, sugar cookie, candy cane, butterscotch caramel, and butter rum. The most popular new flavor was the butter rum, and we will have each of these flavors available in both Cravings locations on November 1. Be sure to try all of them and let us know which one is your favorite! We're certain you're going to want to share these with everyone you know.

Keep an eye out for more information on our next Launch Party in November where we will reveal our 2015 Thanksgiving Popcorn Dinner boxes. They're as delicious as they sound.
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Celebrate National Popcorn Poppin' Month

Guess what? October is National Popcorn Popping Month! There's still time to celebrate, and before you head to Cravings to pick up some kernels for home or your favorite Cravings flavor (we’ll do the popping for you), we wanted to give you some information about popcorn you never knew you wanted to know.

  • Americans eat around 17 billion quarts of popcorn each year—enough to fill the Empire State Building 18 times.

  • Popcorn kernels can pop up to three feet in the air.

  • There are about 1,600 popcorn kernels in one cup.

  • In ancient times, people would make popcorn by heating sand in a fire and then stirring kernels of popcorn in the hot sand.

  • Autumn is the peak time for popcorn consumption, followed by the winter months. Popcorn sales taper off during the spring and summer.

Be sure to pop into a store to celebrate National Popcorn Popping Month in style. There’s no better way than with a bag of mouth-watering Cravings popcorn.

 

And, in case you haven’t gotten your fill of popcorn facts, read more about the history of popcorn as well as these additional facts!

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Kettlecorn: New Flavor

For three years you have been asking for this flavor that reminds you of summer. We've been working hard to master the art of this sweet and salty treat. Now the time has come. You won't believe how addicting the flavor is. And the crunch is amazing.

Kettlecorn will be added to our line-up of "Traditional Flavors" which means you get to have Ketttlecorn everyday of the year. Kettlecorn will be available in "Tall", "Big", "Jumbo" sizes, as well as, special orders. Kettlecorn is also great in popcorn tins.

Kettlecorn will be available in stores and online beginning Saturday, July 19th.

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Fall Flavors

Nothing says fall like apple cider, pumpkin pie and caramel apples. We know you love popcorn, so try these three special fall flavors.

Apple Cider Cinnamon is made with real apple cider. Some say it tastes like Apple Jacks cereal.

Pumpkin Pie is made with real pumpkin and pie spices. It's crunchy and delicious.

Caramel Apple is sweet caramel popcorn with apple flavor in every bite.

There are two size tins. One gallon tin (16 cups volume) or two gallon tin (32 cups volume). Because it’s made fresh, you can expect tins to stay fresh for 60 days. Keeping popcorn sealed and away from high humidity and direct sunlight will help to keep your popcorn fresher.

We are real people who are passionate about our popcorn. We aren't a popcorn factory. We know you'll love the popcorn.

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Thanksgiving Popcorn Dinner

It's our 3rd annual "World Famous Popcorn Thanksgiving Dinner". Currently we are doing a "pre-order period" for this limited offer. We only have 50 of these gift sets to sell and they generally go quickly each year.

Included in each pack are these five flavors:

Turkey: Mouthwatering turkey flavor
Mashed Potatoes and Gravy:  Real buttery potatoes and gravy with no lumps
Stuffing: Perfectly spiced, ready for seconds?
Cranberries: Real cranberries
Pumpkin Pie: Real pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices, the perfect desert

Plus, we are going to include our Candied Yam Marshmallow Bar

We thought it would be a fun idea to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with some fun popcorn inspired by our favorite foods.

It’s a special holiday.  Sharing with our family and friends is what makes everything better.

Real natural ingredients. No tricks. We are real people who are passionate about our popcorn. We aren't a popcorn factory. 

Every order ships November 19th, 2013 via UPS.

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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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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.

Shop now. Free shipping.
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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.
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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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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.


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Get Your Crunch On in a Peanut-free Zone – Craving’s Gourmet Popcorn

At Cravings Gourmet Popcorn we continue to follow relevant news about food allergies. Over the past several years there have been many news reports that there is a growing trend of young children experiencing allergic reactions to peanuts/peanut butter among other high allergy producing foods. However, there is little known about why this trend is occurring.  

A health news story on Fox News.com in 2012 cautions parents with this message:  “Because peanut reactions can be severe, even lethal, measures to protect allergy sufferers from accidental exposure are becoming more common too, with peanut bans on airplanes, peanut-free sections of baseball stadiums and "school safe" packaged snacks manufactured in nut-free environments.”

And on the other end of the spectrum this 2013 story from the Wall Street Journal online suggests: “Parents trying to navigate the confusing world of children's food allergies now have more specific advice to consider. Highly allergenic foods such as peanut butter, fish and eggs can be introduced to babies between 4 and 6 months and may even play a role in preventing food allergies from developing.”

Here is our opinion: It doesn’t matter why allergies to peanuts is on the rise or what people will do to prevent symptoms of allergies from developing – as long as there are health risks to some kids or adults we will maintain Cravings as a completely peanut-free zone.

There are just so many great options in our product line to get your crunch on that we feel completely confident that you will never miss the peanuts.  So, shop with confidence at 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 at cravingspopcorn.com and shipped to anywhere nationwide and for gifting virtually to Lansing area residents via Conpoto.com.

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Craving’s Own Matt Strickling, Chief Flavorologist

In this July series of blog posts Cravings Gourmet Popcorn acknowledges events, people and businesses that positively contribute to the unique identity and experience of Old Town.

Matt Strickling starts his day early (7am) at Cravings Gourmet Popcorn, especially when it is a busy time in Old Town. Before or after an event like the Festival of the Moon and Festival of the Sun there is plenty to do to build up or replenish the stock of fresh flavored popcorn, including the unique to Cravings flavors.

Craving’s product line is continually enhanced with new flavors to try out based on customer comments and requests and Matt’s own crazy creative foodie mind. “I’m always thinking about food and flavors that might translate well to a popcorn seasoning recipe,” says Matt. “At Cravings we start more unique flavors than any popcorn store I know of.”  It is a point of pride with this flavorologist that the flavors that are created always start from the core ingredients. “If I have an idea for a flavor I will source several good recipes looking for the common themes or ingredients to create the base recipe and then go looking for that one ingredient that will top off the flavor.”

Matt relies on his wife, Steph, for a critical opinion as he tweaks a recipe. Once it is deemed ready for customer comment he creates a large enough batch of the recipe to dry into a seasoning powder and rolls out the new popcorn flavor for local sampling and critique.  Local customers are alerted to the new flavor via the Cravings Facebook page, or Matt walks the Old Town district to offer free samples to other business owners and workers.

Currently Matt has three new flavors in development: spicy mustard, cool ranch, and chili cheddar. One of these flavors will end up being the house flavor for Zoobies Tavern. Which one do you think will go well with the Zoobies craft beers and local wines?

Matt Strickling and his wife Stephanie have recently purchased a home from the Ingham County Land Bank (a great deal – he says) and are putting down roots for good. When asked about living and working in the Lansing Old Town district Matt says, “This area is really becoming something to be proud of, something that we want to talk about to everybody. There are so many great things happening here.”

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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Let The Vacation Season Begin

If you are planning a vacation this summer there is no better choice than a Pure Michigan vacation. Travel Michigan, the Great Lakes state, because it is perfect for boating, camping, hiking and swimming for the ultimate “Up North” vacation. The coast around our beautiful peninsula has 3,288 miles of shoreline which is more than any other state except Alaska.  That is probably why there are 829 boat access points, ten spectacular light houses punctuating our shores, and 97 state parks that offer unique natural beauty experiences.

While you are planning your vacation, we would like to suggest that you take Cravings along. Check out our online store for tins of flavor-sealed popcorn to purchase for your vacation snacking, the shipping is FREE.  Or, if you are local, just plan on making your last stop, before you hit the road a ,stop to our Old Town store on Turner Street in Old Town.  You can’t miss us, just look for the giant popcorn box. 

Pretty sure you will gobble up the popcorn long before the vacation is over – here are some suggestions for the empty tin:


-          Use the tin to scoop up some smelt from one of the many streams flowing into the lakes
-          Fill up your tin with the distinctive Petoskey stones that you find from your Lake                Michigan beach walk
-          Others like to collect small pieces of driftwood or sea glass for art projects, use the tin to    carry them home
-          At your camp site fill the tin with tinder for starting the fire and fill the tin with water for    dousing the fire out at the end of the evening
-           Flip the tin upside down and use it to sit on while you roast your marshmallows for     everybody’s campfire favorite – S’mores.  (Made with marshmallows, chocolate and                graham crackers)
-          Or, if you are really smart, you will save that tin for a refill at Cravings Gourmet              Popcorn to take on your next vacation.


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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No Fooling…We’ve Got a Great New Flavor

April Fool’s Day is a great day for pranks and other foolishness.  You will get some extra leeway on this unofficial holiday of Fools as you try to pull a hoax on your friends and family - because on this day, everyone can take a joke!

The early history prior to the actual April Fools' Day includes the ancient Roman festival of Hilaria, held on March 25 and there are even references to April Fools in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, circa 1390.  But seriously, there is something to the idea of taking the risk to be foolish.  Cher, of Sonny & Cher fame, suggests that “…until you are ready to look foolish, you’ll never have the possibility of being great.”

At Cravings Gourmet Popcorn we are taking the risk of looking foolish this month by introducing our latest new flavor, Chicken and Waffles!  Inspired by this southern soul food tradition we are bringing you this flavor for your consideration and tasty sensation.   

Stop by and give it a try. We think it’s great!

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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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.

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