Chicago Mix Popcorn

(Disclosure: I received samples but thoughts are my own.)

Chicago Mix Popcorn

Have you ever heard of Chicago Mix Popcorn before? It’s a concept that is fairly new to me but I love it. What it does is take the sweet taste of caramel popcorn and the salty taste of cheese popcorn and combines the two flavored popcorn into one bag. No idea how it got it’s name but it’s delicious!

I recently received samples of GH Cretors Popcorn. The caramel corn is made the old fashioned way: by hand, in copper kettles. Cane sugar, brown rice syrup (a non-GMO alternative to corn syrup with a lower glycemic impact) and real butter is heated over a flame and then stirred slowly by hand to develop its rich complex flavor and crunch. For the cheese corn, real cheddar cheese is melted in special kettles and then gently mixed with locally-grown, air-popped corn. The result is a perfect combination of tastes, two-cheese to one-caramel in every bag. And, this treat is all natural and completely free of GMO’s, artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives!

Not a fan of mixing your popcorn flavors? You are in luck because GH Cretors sells “Just the Cheese Corn” and “Just the Caramel Corn” separately. Also, just in time for Halloween, they are selling single serve sized bags of the popcorn that is just right for handing out to Trick-or-Treaters.

Which flavor would you try first?

Caramel Popcorn {Recipe}

Make your own homemade caramel sauce to top popcorn! Yum!

INGREDIENTS

  • 10 Cups popped popcorn
  • ¾ Cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • ¼ Cup light colored corn syrup
  • ¼ Cup Teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ cup teaspoon vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven at 300⁰F.
  • Put popcorn into a 12’’x 8’’x 1’’ roasting pan to keep popcorn warm while the caramel sauce is being made.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine the brown sugar, butter and corn syrup – creating the caramel sauce.
  • Cook and stir at medium heat until the mixture comes to a boil; let it boil for five minutes.
  • Remove sauce pan from heat, stir in baking soda and vanilla.
  • Pour caramel sauce over popcorn and stir gently to coat them.
  • Bake for about 15 minutes and then set aside to cool.

Recipe courtesy of Maria Zoitas, creator of “Maria’s Homemade” line of prepared food sold exclusively at Westside Market NYC.

Remembering Super Bowl XLV‏ Giveaway

Whether you’re a “Cheese Head” or hail the “Steel city,” Super Bowl XLV was an event to remember for sports fans across the nation.  The Popcorn Factory has a way to help sports fans and collectors alike remember the big game forever with the Commemorative Super Bowl XLV popcorn tin.

You can use code WINNER for $10 off $50 at ThePopcornfactory.com (expires March 31, 2011) or you can win a Commemorative Super Bowl XLV popcorn tin here at Making Time For Mommy!!

HOW TO ENTER:

1) Leave a comment below telling me your favorite NFL team

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Giveaway ends THIS SUNDAY, February 13, 2011 at 11:59pm.

(Disclosure: I did not receive any compensation for this post.)

Popcorn Crafts For Children

Since October is National Popcorn Month I wanted to share some crafts I found online (click on pictures to go to post):

Apple Tree Popcorn Art

Corn Craft

Harvest Popcorn Necklace

And this is more for adults to make but how cute is this?

Popcorn Costume

National Popcorn Month Giveaway

In celebration of October being National Popcorn Month, The Popcorn Factory, is offering FREE popcorn to the first 31,000 customers who order the Try Me Trio. I received samples to try and I loved the caramel popcorn. In addition their blog has many popcorn-inspired recipes like this one that they have sent me to share with my readers:

Almond Pecan Popcorn-Crusted Salmon

4 four-oz. salmon filets

½ canister The Popcorn Factory® Almond Pecan Clear Favorites (Item# S3551A)

1 clove garlic, finely minced

½ tsp. kosher salt

¼ tsp. black pepper, freshly ground

2 tbs. butter, melted

1)      Place half of the contents of The Popcorn Factory® Almond Pecan canister in a food processor and chop until finely ground (a flour like consistency).

2)      Add garlic, kosher salt and black pepper to the food processor and blend until mixed well.

3)      Brush melted butter evenly on both sides of the fillets, and then roll the fillets in the popcorn flour, patting both sides so they are evenly coated.

4)      Heat a non-stick pan on medium-high heat and drizzle with olive oil.  Brown the coated fillets on both sides, 5-6 minutes per side.

Serve warm.  Makes four servings.

Giveaway:

1 reader will win a Try Me Trio

How To Enter (leave a comment for each one you do):

1) Leave a comment telling me what your favorite flavor of popcorn is

2) Tweet: “Enter to win popcorn from @aliciamarie112 in honor of National Popcorn Month at www.makingtimeformommy.com”

3) “Like” Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

Giveaway ends on October 31, 2010 at 11:59pm.

(Disclosure: I received samples of popcorn from The Popcorn Factory to try. All opinions are my own.)