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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?!
Gobble, gobble, gobble. The 3rd annual Thanksgiving popcorn dinner box is back. By popular demand. Our most popular popcorn gift box. The conversation starter for all Thanksgiving get togethers.

It's easy to get your own and be talk of the party: []

We can only sell 50 of them, so hurry and get yours.

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.

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 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

Posted in: Holidays
Thanksgiving Do’s and Don’ts – Four Interesting Points of View

Turkey is the Star of the Day

For the uninitiated here are some wise words about the main event – the turkey.  Take it from us…plan ahead if you are going to purchase a frozen turkey. It may take two or more days to safely thaw a turkey in your refrigerator. Be forewarned, there is a gooey, gross bag of turkey innards and neck that is usually hidden in a cavity of the turkey –this SHOULD NOT remain in the turkey while cooking. Finally, the thermometer that you buy to test the temperature of the turkey DOES NOT stay in the turkey while cooking, if you do, be prepared to throw away a turkey covered with glass shards and mercury!

Newlyweds Avoiding Family Conflict

If this is your first Thanksgiving as a newlywed couple the Huffington Post and blogger Xochitl Gonzales have some great advice to navigate the day successfully. 

DO call your Momma, and your Momma-in-law for a recipe. Every family has "classic family dishes" for Thanksgiving (or any holiday). Don't be afraid to ask for help and information on how to make the favorite dish of each of your families.

DON'T turn this into a Top Chef episode. Try your very best to not "deconstruct" anything, reinterpret anything or re-invent anything. Just do a good job cooking the classics and you will be able to do the unthinkable: please everyone.

Cheeky Mom Weighs In

Michigan blogger Colleen Stout contributed this blog to a site called Mom Spark and provides a tongue-in-cheek approach to Thanksgiving Do’s and Don’ts, including the following advice:

DO sit at the kid’s table. They’re loud, they’re rowdy, and they don’t eat their sweet potatoes.

DON’T load up your plate with Cousin Ann’s “secret recipe” until you’ve tried it. If it’s bad you’ll spend all afternoon politely choking it down.

 Pets At Thanksgiving

Confess! Sometimes you feed your pet people food. If you can’t resist the urge to share your Thanksgiving bounty Paw Curious has some good ideas on what to share and what not to share.    Visit this blog to see a list of safe foods to share and foods to avoid.

DO plan on setting aside some food before it is embellished with high fat items like butter and cheese.

DON’T share turkey skin. Most pets on commercial diets just aren’t accustomed to sudden high levels of fat. Feeding your pet turkey skin can lead to the pancreas overreacting and the very painful, dangerous condition known as pancreatitis.

Whatever your plans are for Thanksgiving, we at Cravings Gourmet Popcorn want to wish you a safe, healthy and happy holiday.  We are so grateful to count you among our friends and supporters. 

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 courtesy of mroach


Posted in: Holidays