April 18, 2017

Read what's new in popcorn news for April 18, 2017.

April 18, 2017: Popcorn Fight Looms

Two popcorn companies are facing off: a British popcorn company and an American popcorn company.

popcorn fightPopcorn fight

Metcalfe’s Skinny Popcorn from Britain wants to sell their brand in the US. However, an American company, Amplify Snack Brands, sells its own US product Skinnypop.

The British company, Metcalfe, started Skinny Popcorn in Britain in 2009. The American brand, Skinnypop, was launched in Chicago in 2010.

British skinny popcornSkinny Popcorn by Metcalf's

The American company is trying to prevent the British brand from being sold in the United States, claiming product infringement, false registration marks, and attempting to trade off of the American brand, Skinnypop

Skinnypop by American companySkinnypop by an American company

The American popcorn market is expected to reach $12.4 billion by 2020. Amplify’s won research show that 14% of US citizens would rather give up the right to vote than give up their snacks.

Now that’s popcorn loyalty!

From: City A.M. Monday 17 April 2017 7:21pm

April 18, 2017: New Snack in Town?

Move over popcorn—there’s a new snack in town: toasted grasshoppers!

Toasted grasshoppers in a bowlToasted grasshoppers in a bowl--a new snack at ball parks

This new “snack” is being sold at the Seattle Mariners ballpark for the 2017-2018 season.

Ballparks have been known for years for their weird snacks. Atlanta offers the popcorn hot dog (hot dog smothered in popcorn and other goodies). San Francisco offers garlic French fries; Pittsburgh offers a hamburger that includes bacon, cheese, and a fried egg between two glazed dough nuts.

toasted grasshoppers and limesToasted grasshoppers with limes

The Seattle Mariners toasted their grasshoppers in a lime chili salt. The new snack has proven to be very popular.

Whatever happened to good ole popcorn with salt and butter at the ball park?

From: Miami Herald April 17, 2017 8:43 AM

April 18, 2017: Popcorn and Jelly Beans

Jelly beans come in a wide variety of flavors: toasted marshmallow, strawberry daiquiri, cinnamon, juicy pear to name a few. But one of America’s favorite is, of course, popcorn. Yes, popcorn jelly beans.

In fact, buttered popcorn was the number two favorite jelly bean flavor in the USA. Black licorice was the top flavor.

Popcorn flavored jelly beansPopcorn flavored jelly beans

An online candy retailer, Candystore.com, used sales data, Survey Monkey, and Facebook to poll 10,000 Americans on their favorite jelly bean flavor.

From: Allison Sundell and 12 News , KING 7:05 AM. MST April 17, 2017

April 18, 2017: How to Butter Popcorn at the Movies

We all know that movie theater popcorn is loaded with butter and salt and not really all that healthy. But who can enjoy a movie without the popcorn?

However, buttering movie theater popcorn is an art. Here’s how to do it, according to Life Hack:

Movie theater popcorn to be butteredHow to butter movie theater popcorn

First, buy your popcorn. Next, get the biggest straw available. Third, place your popcorn under the butter dispenser. Now, align the straw with the butter dispenser. Fifth, pump the butter through the straw. Sixth, lift the straw up and down to help layer the butter throughout the popcorn. Next, stir the popcorn with the straw. Last of all, enjoy your popcorn.

Okay, but when I buy popcorn at the movies, the butter dispenser is behind the counter—the sales person puts the butter on my popcorn. Should I tell him or her to use a straw?

From: by Shelley Wade of 104.3MYfm