Healthy Award Show Snacks

Healthy Award Show Snacks

The only thing that makes winter bearable are all the award shows that are on.  The Golden Globes, People’s Choice, and Screen Actors Guild shows are all past us, but we still have the Grammys and Oscars to look forward to!

The Grammys are actually this weekend. I never miss the show and have so many fond memories of the great performances.  It’s like watching the best concert of the year right from my home.  And with James Cordon hosting this year, I know it’s going to be better than ever.  I mean have you guys seen Carpool Karaoke?  OMG!  It’s the best.

Healthy Award Show Snacks

I have my favorites – Adele! Mike Posner! Lucas Graham! – that I will be cheering for all night long.  Luckily I have this handy ballot from SkinnyPop so I can keep track of all the awards I get right and many I will no doubt get wrong too.  Save the ballot and print it to play along while you watch the Grammys.

SkinnyPop Grammys Printable

I am not a huge snack person, but when I watch award shows and am in amped up party mode, seriously, award shows do something crazy to me, I enjoy a couple healthy snacks that I can feel good about eating and won’t leave me feeling stuffed and unable to sleep later.  I leave that to the songs stuck in my head.

Healthy Award Show Snacks

Snacks that are easy to prepare are paramount too.  I put together a vibrant spread full of colors and flavors that tons of nutrition.  I always have tons of fruit on hand, so it plays a prime role in my spread along with SkinnyPop Naturally Sweet popcorn which is always in my pantry, some crunchy walnuts and chewy, tart dried cherries.  Dried fruit is so underrated.

Of course you can mix up your snack platter with whatever fruit, nuts, and dried fruit you have on hand.  Whatever you choose, get excited for the Grammys with this fun ballot and your tasty, healthy snacks!

Healthy Award Show Snacks

Healthy Award Show Snacks

Single Girl Movie Day

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Single Girl Movie Day

I love summer.  I love being outside in the sunshine with the flowers and singing birds, taking walks and enjoying the sunshine.  I also love going to events, getting all dressed up and enjoying the warm weather while it’s here.  There’s dinner out, maybe even sitting outside.  And shopping.  Even running errands, because everything is kind of fun when it’s gorgeous out.

But, guys, sometimes I need a break.  A day to myself.  Time to sit and do nothing and recover from being busy all the time.  Then I have a single girl movie day.  These days are kind of my fave.  In winter they happen more frequently, but even in summer, I need to decompress sometimes.  This is the perfect solution for a rainy day, but movies are great on sunny days too.  I won’t tell if you stay inside on a nice day if you don’t tell on me!

Single Girl Movie Day

It’s easy to have a single girl movie day right at home.  It starts with ambiance.  I love my new giant TV and when the blinds are shut and the lights are out, I swear it’s better than the movie theater.  To keep that vibe going, I turn my phone off and put it in the other room.  No temptations.  And I don’t even miss it.

Then there’s the attire.  Since we’re at home, real clothes aren’t allowed.  This is all about pajamas.  Preferably pretty, girly, floral print ones.

Ice Cream

Of course, you can’t watch a movie without great snacks.  I got a big plate of spicy popcorn, because popcorn is healthy, right???  And then a bowl of Häagen-Dazs® Butter Pecan that I picked up at Walmart.  Right now they are doing in-store demos of Häagen-Dazs, so be sure to check that out.  Samples, yay!

Shopping at Walmart

I have Coffee on reserve for my next movie day.  Creamy, sweet ice cream with crunchy, salty, spicy popcorn on the side.  I don’t know any theaters with ice cream and spicy popcorn, do you?

Now to the star of my day: the movie.  Right now when you buy any two Häagen-Dazs products at Walmart, you get a free movie rental from Redbox®.  You just have to follow these three easy steps:

BUY – Buy any (2) Häagen-Dazs® products at Walmart

TEXT – Text “Redbox” to 35350 for receipt submission instructions

ENJOY – Get your code and enjoy your free movie night

This was my first time using Redbox and it was so easy!  I just loved it and can’t wait to get my next movie.  Plus, the disc I rented had tons of previews just like the theater!

DIY Mani Pedi

While I watched the movie, I took some time to do a DIY mani pedi.  I always paint my own nails and toes because I find it relaxing.  I chose two complementary colors: blue and purple.  I always start and finish with a nice base and top coat with two coats of color in between.  I have my trusty lotion to give me that salon vibe too.

Pajamas

After my day, I couldn’t wait for another, which I will take soon, but really, I was revitalized.  I watched a great Redbox movie, ate some awesome Häagen-Dazs ice cream, painted my nails, and disconnected from the world.  It reset my system and put me back on course for making the most of summer.

Grab your Häagen-Dazs and Redbox and have a movie day of your very own!

Single Girl Movie Day

Marshmallow Popcorn Balls #SundaySupper

Marshmallow Popcorn Balls

We all like to save some money wherever we can, especially around the holidays. Everyone spends their money in different ways and places. For example, I don’t really like to travel … at all … but I love to go shopping. I’m pretty sure you all know that by now 😉

Food is a place where I often splurge. I love to order treats from across the country that I’ve seen on TV. I love fresh, wild fish. And I’m pretty sure I could eat my weight in fruit. None of these are exactly budget friendly.

Marshmallow Popcorn Balls

On the other side of the coin, I can make a meal out of scrambled eggs and a simple salad. In fact, eggs are one of my favorite dinners. Oatmeal is a favorite budget friendly breakfast. And these Marshmallow Popcorn Balls are an awesome dessert that will go easy on your wallet.

The low cost of making these popcorn balls is just one of the reasons I love them. They are also super simple to make and gluten free. They only have three ingredients: popcorn, butter, and marshmallows. I used candy corn marshmallows for a fun, festive color, but use whatever marshmallows you have on hand and want to give a try. The flavor possibilities are endless.

Marshmallow Popcorn Balls

Marshmallow Popcorn Balls

Popcorn is a great pantry staple. I pop it in the microwave and leave it plain for a healthy snack or I coat it in caramel or marshmallow. It lasts a long time and goes so far. Seriously, a ¼ cup of kernels makes a bowl full of popcorn.

Anytime you need a quick, budget friendly treat, make these Marshmallow Popcorn Balls – they are sure to be a hit.

Marshmallow Popcorn Balls

Marshmallow Popcorn Balls #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: About 12 popcorn balls

Ingredients

2/3 cup popcorn kernels

10 ounces candy corn marshmallows

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed

Instructions

Line a baking sheet with parchment.

Pop the popcorn kernels. You may use any method. I always put the kernels in a paper bag, fold the top down a few times and microwave until the popping begins to subside. It usually takes 1:30-2 minutes. Allow the popcorn to cool slightly and sift through to remove any unpopped kernels.

Place the marshmallows and butter in a large microwave safe bowl. Melt in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until fully melted. Add the popcorn and stir until fully coated.

Oil or butter your hands. Grab some of the popcorn mixture and mold into a ball. Place on the parchment and repeat with the remaining popcorn. Store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

http://piesandplots.net/marshmallow-popcorn-balls-sundaysupper/

Don’t forget to check out the other Sunday Supper dishes!

Save-Your-Pennies Soups:
Bean and Bacon Soup by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Mexican Turkey Bean Soup by What Smells So Good?
Pasta e Fagioli by The Food Hunter’s Guide to Cuisine
Turkey and Dumpling Soup by Palatable Pastime
Vegan Broccoli Cheese Soup by Pancake Warriors

Budget-Savvy Bread and Salads:
Mom’s Buttermilk Biscuits by Grumpy’s Honeybunch
Turkey Salad by Food Done Light

Money-Saving Mains:
Black Bean and Bell Pepper Quesadillas by My San Francisco Kitchen
Cajun Blackened Chicken Thighs by Feeding Big
Chicken Enchilada Casserole by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
Chicken Enchiladas by The Freshman Cook
Chicken Piccata by Monica’s Table
Chicken Tetrazzini by Renee’s Kitchen Adventures
Chimichurri Chicken Thighs by Life Tastes Good
Dutch Baby Pancakes by Brunch with Joy
Easy Cheesy Egg Breakfast Bake with Potatoes and Sausage by From Gate to Plate [or breakfast]
Easy Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce by Fantastical Sharing of Recipes
Egyptian Rice and Lentils by Wholistic Woman
French Onion Soup Twice Baked Potato by Sew You Think You Can Cook
Gnocchi with Fennel and Pork by Caroline’s Cooking
Italian Baked Chicken by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Lasagna Stuffed Acorn Squash by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
One-Pot Creamy Chicken and Noodles by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
Orzo with Leftover Turkey and Sweet Potatoes by Cooking Chat
Sauteed Vegetables by Party Food and Entertaining
Turkey Sausage and Pasta by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Twice Baked Sweet Potato Bar by Momma’s Meals
Yakisoba (Japanese Stir Fried Noodles) by Curious Cuisinere

Don’t-break-the-bank Desserts:
Apple Pecan Bread Pudding by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Marshmallow Popcorn Balls by Pies and Plots
Slow Cooker Apple Gingerbread Crumble by The Crumby Cupcake

And more saving suggestions from the Sunday Supper Movement:
Budget-Friendly Meal Ideas for #SundaySupper

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Homemade Trail Mix

Homemade Trail Mix - Gluten Free and SOOOOOO easy to make!

All summer long, I have been on the move. I’m taking walks, running errands, and packing all the fun things I can into the short time the weather is actually nice and I want to be outside.

Because I’m away from home more than usual, I have to be prepared for the moment when hunger strikes. No one wants to be around me when I get hangry!

Blue Diamond Almonds

Homemade Trail Mix

Mom and Dad are the same way, so I made some Homemade Trail Mix to keep us feeling good on all our different adventures.

This trail mix is so easy to make. It’s gluten free, totally portable, and you can mix and match flavors to suit your needs. I included Blue Diamond Lightly Salted Almonds, white cheddar popcorn, raisins, and gummy bears for a sweet and salty, healthy and slightly indulgent treat that would perk me up just when I need it.

Homemade Trail Mix

I recently went on an adventure exploring a new area locally. When I do things like that, I always think it will take less time than it does and I’ll be home before I’m too hungry. But since I’m always having a good time, it never ends up working out that way because I don’t want to go home.

Homemade Trail Mix

On my long car ride home, instead of being starving and cranky, I pulled out my trail mix and was so happy I packed it. It provided nutrition, flavor, and a nice balance of fat, protein, and carbohydrates … and you know … gummy bears.

So mix up a batch of your own trail mix … you’ll be thankful the next time adventure (and hunger) strikes.

Homemade Trail Mix

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: Varies

Ingredients

1 can Blue Diamond Lightly Salted Almonds

4 cups white cheddar popcorn

½ cup raisins

½ cup gummy bears

Instructions

Mix almonds, popcorn, raisins, and gummy bears together in a large bowl. Store mix in an airtight container for up to two weeks. Even better, portion it in zipper bags so you can grab a portion when you are in a hurry!

Notes

Flavor possibilities are endless - add your favorite ingredients!

http://piesandplots.net/homemade-trail-mix/

This “Flavor Your Adventure” post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds. For more snack ideas to “Flavor Your Adventure” this summer, visit Blue Diamond Almonds on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Popcorn Puppy Chow #SundaySupper

Popcorn Puppy Chow - A no bake, gluten free treat that takes minutes to prepare!

I’m a little too excited for the Oscars tonight. I can’t wait to watch E!’s red carpet coverage to see all the dresses. Fashion is one of the best parts of the show. I dream every year about which dress I would wear if I was attending. Which for the record, I will be one year soon. This year, the finale dress from Zac Posen’s recent runway show is kind of calling my name. It’s gorgeous.

Then there’s the show. I know Neil Patrick Harris will be an amazing host. He is so multitalented. I love hearing really inspirational acceptance speeches too. It’s so interesting that sometimes the best ones come from the people I don’t know. You know, the sound mixers and costume designers.

Popcorn Puppy Chow

I have seen a few of the movies this year. Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Theory of Everything, Gone Girl, The Judge. I may have to check out Birdman before the show. I really loved The Theory of Everything and Eddie Redmayne’s performance. I will never understand how an actor can immerse themselves in these roles. They are so talented.

Popcorn Puppy Chow

I know you want a snack while you watch the show that can be incredibly long. I have the perfect one for you: Popcorn Puppy Chow.

Anytime we’re talking about movies, I immediately think of popcorn. But I had to do something fun with it. Puppy Chow is always a hit, and when combined with popcorn, it is a combination so addictive, you’ll devour it while you wait for the Best Picture winner to be announced way after your bedtime.

Popcorn Puppy Chow

The nutty peanut butter really shines through and adds some creaminess to the crunchy popcorn. A no bake, gluten free snack just like this is exactly what Oscar night needs.

Popcorn Puppy Chow

Popcorn Puppy Chow #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 4 minutes

Total Time: 14 minutes

Yield: Varies

Ingredients

½ cup popcorn kernels

1 cup creamy peanut butter

1 cup white chocolate chips

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 cups confectioners’ sugar

Instructions

Place the popcorn kernels in a large paper bag. Fold it down several times and place it in the microwave. Microwave on high for approximately 2 minutes. When the popping of the corn slows down, stop it, as it is done.

Separate the popped corn from the kernels.

In a large microwave safe bowl, combine peanut butter and white chocolate chips. Microwave on high in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until fully melted. Stir in the vanilla. Add the popcorn and stir to coat. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar and stir until fully coated.

Popcorn may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

http://piesandplots.net/popcorn-puppy-chow-sundaysupper/

Don’t forget to check out the other Sunday Supper dishes!

Nominees for Best Supporting Appetizers:

Nominees for Best Course in a Leading Role:

Nominees for Best Supporting Sips:

Nominees for Best Delectable Desserts:

Nominees for Best Dressed Table:

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Cinnamon Roll Popcorn

Cinnamon Roll Popcorn

It’s official. I am now 25. Yesterday was my birthday. Another year has come and gone so quickly. I often cannot believe I am 25; in fact sometimes I forget. On some occasions I feel older, others younger. Age doesn’t really mean much these days. It’s all about how you feel.

I celebrated more than I usually do. Typically I keep birthdays low key, but I’ve realized time is fleeting and life is short, so I should have fun while I can. So I went to see Kathy Griffin with my friends Katie and Kaitlyn at the Soundboard at Motor City Casino.

My friends and me

Kaitlyn, Me, and Katie

I’m a huge Kathy Griffin fan and have been for years. I never missed an episode of My Life on the D-List and saw her perform a few years back with Dad. He must be more of a fan than I realized as he offered to go with me again 😉 When she was coming to town the night before my birthday, I felt like it was fate, and I had to go.

It was great to get all dressed up and go out and party with my friends in our front row seats. Kathy was hilarious! I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time, and it was great to let go of all my stress and just have a good time. I can always count on Kathy for that. By the way have you seen her on Fashion Police yet? So funny, though no one can ever really replace Joan Rivers.

Cinnamon Roll Popcorn

There was definitely an abundance of over served people at the show, if you know what I mean. This included one lady who fell onto the floor and had to be escorted out of the theatre by about five security people.

Clearly it was my most exciting birthday for many reasons. Then on my actual birthday, I chilled and watched movies, took a day off baking and blogging and writing, and got the best birthday present ever: an Alexander McQueen clutch. It’s insanely gorgeous – I’ve always wanted one.

Cinnamon Roll Popcorn

So it was my best birthday ever . . . maybe that means it will be my best year ever. Fingers crossed!

You’ll want to celebrate all occasions with this Cinnamon Roll Popcorn. It is super easy to make since the caramel is made in the microwave. The house smells amazing while it’s cooking – just like cinnamon rolls are baking. And then there’s the taste. It is super crunchy with tons of cinnamon flavor. I love the addition of pecans too since they get so toasty in the oven. This gluten free snack is definitely a birthday worthy treat!

Cinnamon Roll Popcorn

Cinnamon Roll Popcorn

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: Varies

Ingredients

8-10 cups popcorn (from about ½ cup of kernels)

1 cup pecans

½ cup packed light brown sugar

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1 stick butter

¼ cup dark corn syrup

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

½ teaspoon baking soda

Instructions

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment.

Spread the popcorn onto the baking sheet in a relatively even, single layer. Sprinkle with pecans.

In a large, microwave-safe bowl, stir together brown sugar and cinnamon. Add butter and corn syrup and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir to combine. Microwave an additional 2 minutes. Stir the mixture well, then microwave for an additional 1 minute 30 seconds. Be careful as the mixture will be very hot and bubbly.

Stir in the vanilla and baking soda. Pour as evenly as possible over the popcorn on the tray. Stir well to coat the popcorn.

Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes, stirring every ten. Allow to cool completely on tray and break into pieces. May be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Remodelaholic

http://piesandplots.net/cinnamon-roll-popcorn/

Microwave Caramel Popcorn #SundaySupper

Microwave Caramel Popcorn - Gluten Free, Only takes 10 minutes to make!

I’ve always wanted to go to the Super Bowl.  It’s on my bucket list, in fact.  I’m not anywhere near the biggest football fan in the world, but I enjoy watching the games on occasion, particularly the big game.  Sitting in that stadium full of cheering fans, watching the two best teams in the league duke it out seems like something we should all do once in our lives.

I’d have to TiVo the game too because the commercials are probably my favorite part.  That and halftime.  That’s the other thing about going to the Super Bowl: you get to see a concert and a football game!

Microwave Caramel Popcorn - Gluten Free, Only takes 10 minutes to make!

Microwave Caramel Popcorn - Gluten Free, Only takes 10 minutes to make!

But I have to be honest – I wouldn’t want to go to this Super Bowl, or any other outdoor sporting event that is going to expose me to winter weather.  Even Dad, who loves football and played it in college, said he wouldn’t want to go.  I mean, come on, it’s probably going to be the coldest Super Bowl ever!

Microwave Caramel Popcorn - Gluten Free, Only takes 10 minutes to make!

So instead, I’ll be watching from my warm house with some of this Microwave Caramel Popcorn.  I knew immediately I wanted to make caramel popcorn for this game day Sunday Supper, and then when I saw this recipe, I had to try it.

I wasn’t sure how it would turn out.  Was it even possible to make caramel popcorn in the microwave?  Oh, yeah, it is!  This caramel popcorn is some of the best I have ever eaten.  If I didn’t know it came out of the microwave, I wouldn’t believe it.  It’s sweet, but not too sweet, rich, buttery, and super crispy.  Plus, this gluten free snack is ready in 10-15 minutes.  Touchdown!  You definitely need to make this now for your Super Bowl viewing later.  And go Broncos!

Microwave Caramel Popcorn - Gluten Free, Only takes 10 minutes to make!

Microwave Caramel Popcorn - Gluten Free, Only takes 10 minutes to make!

 

Microwave Caramel Popcorn #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

½ cup unpopped popcorn kernels

1 cup packed light brown sugar

1 stick unsalted butter

¼ cup light corn syrup

½ teaspoon kosher salt

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

½ teaspoon baking soda

Instructions

Pop the popcorn using your favorite method. I popped mine in a large paper lunch bag in the microwave.

Place the popped popcorn in a large paper lunch bag.

In a medium, microwave safe bowl, place brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, and salt. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Remove from microwave and stir. If the mixture is not completely melted and bubbling, microwave it for an additional minute. Mine took 3 minutes to be fully incorporated and bubbling. Immediately stir in vanilla and baking soda. Once the caramel is fully combined, pour the caramel over the popped popcorn in the paper bag. Try to pour down the center instead of on the side as it will just stick to the bag.

Fold the top of the paper bag down a few times, then shake to coat the popcorn with the caramel. Microwave on high for 1 ½ minutes. Remove the bag from the microwave and shake it again. Microwave for an additional 1 ½ minutes.

Pour caramel popcorn onto a large, parchment lined baking sheet and allow to cool completely. When the popcorn is cool it should be very crunchy. Store popcorn in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Notes

Recipe adapted from A Farmgirl's Dabbles

http://piesandplots.net/microwave-caramel-popcorn-sundaysupper/

Don’t forget to check out all the other Sunday Supper dishes!

Game Day Appetizers:

Game Day Entrees:

Game Day Desserts:

 

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Peppermint Sprinkle Popcorn + Sprinkles Cookbook Review

Peppermint Sprinkle Popcorn

Not too long ago, I told you about my obsession with glitter.  My friend Jennie from The Messy Baker left a comment saying glitter is like sprinkles for the face.  While few things trump my love of glitter, I have been a fan of sprinkles since I was a little girl.

Mom never quite understood my love of sprinkles, saying she’s not a sprinkle fan.  Shocking, I know!  But I more than made up for her sprinkle-less life.  I requested sprinkles on every scoop of ice cream and loved decorating cookies with them.  My love continues today with two different Funfetti cookie recipes here on my blog.  I know Funfetti cake is destined to be in my future too.

Peppermint Sprinkle Popcorn

Peppermint Sprinkle Popcorn

When I was offered the opportunity to review Sprinkles! by Jackie Alpers, I jumped at the chance.  A whole cookbook full of colorful sprinkle covered recipes?  Yes, please!

The book did not disappoint.  Although my copy did get a little chewed up in the mail 🙁  The Confetti Layer Cake is calling my name. I also love how Jackie worked sprinkles into breakfast, from waffles and pancakes to the syrup that covers them.  The Orange Dreamsicle Cookies are beautiful, and there’s even a recipe for homemade sprinkles.  Many different kinds of sprinkles are utilized too, which is awesome.

Sprinkles The Cookbook

The Sweetheart Party Popcorn really stood out to me, so I remixed it just in time for the holidays.  Peppermint Sprinkle Popcorn is the perfect hostess gift or party snack.  It’s easy to make, full of flavor and texture, and gluten free!  The peppermint is so refreshing and the sprinkles add not only a pop of color, but also some needed crispy-crunchy texture.  If you need more sprinkles in your life (and who doesn’t?!?) check out this book and recipe!

Peppermint Sprinkle Popcorn

Peppermint Sprinkle Popcorn

Peppermint Sprinkle Popcorn + Sprinkles Cookbook Review

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

5 cups popped corn (about 1/3 cup of kernels)

½ cup white chocolate peppermint candy melts

1 tablespoon pure vegetable shortening

½ cup Andes Peppermint Crunch candies, coarsely chopped

1/3 cup jimmies-type sprinkles

Instructions

In a large bowl, place the popcorn, Andes candies, and sprinkles.

In a small, microwave safe bowl, heat candy melt in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until fully melted. Stir in shortening until dissolved. Pour over popcorn and stir to coat.

Popcorn may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Sprinkles! by Jackie Alpers

http://piesandplots.net/peppermint-sprinkle-popcorn-sprinkles-cookbook-review/

Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of Sprinkles for review, but all opinions, as always, are mine!

Angie’s Popcorn Giveaway!

Angie's Popcorn Giveaway

This giveaway is CLOSED! Congratulations to Jackie on winning!

I went through a phase where I didn’t eat popcorn.  I’m not entirely sure why.  I thought I didn’t like it or it just wasn’t on my radar.  Then recently it started sounding good, really good.  I knew I needed some popcorn in my life as soon as possible.  When I went to the grocery store on this popcorn search, I was surprised that there aren’t really that many choices out there.  Bags of potato and tortilla chips fill the shelves along with pretzels.  But popcorn, it’s kind of left out.

I spotted bags of Angie’s popcorn.  I knew I’d seen it before in some magazines and on TV, so I grabbed a couple bags and couldn’t wait to try it.  Let me tell you, this is some fantastic popcorn.  I fell in love after one bite of the perfectly popped, light and crunchy corn.  It also tasted like popcorn.  When you go to the movie theatre, it doesn’t really taste like popcorn – it tastes like butter.  But Angie’s popcorn allows you to taste the flavorings, yes, but also the corn itself, which has a delightful, mildly sweet flavor.

Angie's Popcorn Giveaway

Angie’s popcorn is made with ingredients you know how to pronounce and without artificial flavors and sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup, preservatives, or trans fats.  They are also gluten free and have tons of whole grain.  Who knew whole grains could taste so yummy?!?  Plus, they are also non-GMO!  This is truly a snack you can feel good about eating. 

Servings of Angie’s popcorn are generous.  Portions range from 1 ¾ cups to 3 cups with caloric values ranging from 140-160.  So you can have a plate heaped with popcorn or like 12 potato chips.  Easy choice, I say.  Plus, Angie’s also makes Boom Chicka Pop, which depending on the variety is either 35 or 37 calories per cup.  That is a serious dieter’s dream.

Angie's Popcorn Giveaway

Angie’s was nice enough to send me a sampler pack to check out all their flavors.  I really enjoyed them all, but the Sweet and Salty Kettle Corn is hands down my favorite.  I could seriously eat the entire bag.  It has this glaze coating on it that is perfect, wonderful, crazy good.  There is always a bag of Kettle Corn in my pantry.  The Sweet and Spicy is another favorite.  It has a great flavor with heat that slowly builds and tastes very reminiscent of a bowl of chili.  I always really like the Caramel Corn too, but the bag I received seemed a little burnt.  I’m sure this was just a fluke, but it was not my favorite.  And the Movie Pop.  Let’s just say the next time I’m headed to the movies, I’m sneaking this in.  It’s tastier and better for me.

Angie’s also wanted to share the love with all of you.  So they are giving a selection of their popcorn to one lucky winner.  The winner will receive one bag each of Sweet and Spicy Kettle Corn, Sweet and Salty Kettle Corn, Movie Pop, White Cheddar, Salted Caramel, Boom Chicka Pop Sea Salt, and Boom Chicka Pop Lightly Sweet.  This means one of you is going to be in popcorn heaven!

Angie's Popcorn Giveaway

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IMPORTANT: This giveaway is open to US residents only.

The giveaway ends Monday, September 16, 2013 at 11:59 pm EST.

The winner will be chosen via the Random Number Generator on random.org. The winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond, a new winner will be chosen.  Good luck!

Disclaimer: I was provided with samples and the giveaway by Angie’s, but all opinions, as always, are mine.

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