Poppin’ Good Giveaway

Yay for yummy giveaways!

Giveaway Goodies

One lucky reader will win:

  • 5 bags of Pop Secret 100 Calorie Butter Popcorn
  • 5 bags of Pop Secret 100 Calorie Kettle Corn Popcorn
  • 5 packages of Emerald 100 Calorie Natural Almonds
  • 5 packages of Emerald 100 Calorie Dry Roasted Almonds

Oh Nuts!

If you’re a nut-lover like me, these 100 calorie packs are a great way to eat only one portion of nuts, rather than handfuls and handfuls and bazillions of calories worth of the crunchy lil’ guys.

I’ve always enjoyed the 100 calorie packs of popcorn because it really seems like you get a great volume of food for a measly amount of calories. Fine by me! Also, did you know popcorn is a whole grain? It’s true, just ask the Mayo Clinic. πŸ˜€

“Whole grains are better sources of fiber and other important nutrients, such as selenium, potassium and magnesium. So whenever you can, choose whole grains over refined grains.” – Mayo Clinic

Thank you to Ann with Diamond Foods for providing me with the goods for this giveaway.

To Enter

To enter this giveaway, leave a comment telling me about your favorite movie theater food (healthy food options not required πŸ™‚ ).

My favorite movie theater splurge is definitely a tub of salty and buttery popcorn. My friends Merri and Leah also told me this tip for adding some deliciousness to the popcorn: dump a bag of M& M’s in the popcorn tub, allowing them to melt all over the popcorn. Talk about a sweet and salty treat! How fantastic does that sound?

I will announce the winner tomorrow morning using the random integer generator at Random.org.

Feed Your Fingers

Also, don’t forget about the Feed Your Fingers Web site, full of fun holiday recipes and coupons!

Here’s a tasty-lookin’ recipe from the site that would make a yummy addition to any holiday party:

Popcorn Peanut Clusters

Pop Secret Homestyle and Emerald Peanut Clusters


4 c. popped Pop Secret Homestyle Popcorn
2 c. Emerald Dry Roasted Peanuts
1 c. dried cranberries
11/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. light corn syrup
1/2 c. water
1/3 c. unsalted butter
20 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips


Lightly oil a large baking sheet; set aside. In a large bowl, combine popped Pop Secret Homestyle Popcorn, Emerald Dry Roasted Peanuts and dried cranberries; mix well.

In a large (3-quart) saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup and water; bring to a boil, stirring over medium-high heat. Add butter; cook without stirring until the caramel reaches a temperature of 300 degrees, about 8 minutes. Carefully remove from heat; immediately pour over popcorn mixture. Wearing an oven mitt and using a wooden spoon, stir well to make sure that each nut and popcorn kernel is coated.

Using two metal spoons, quickly scoop out tablespoonfuls of mixture and drop onto prepared baking sheet; let cool to warm. Once they are cool enough to handle, roll them into clusters, pressing any loose peanuts into place. Cool to room temperature.

In the bowl of a double boiler, melt the chocolate slowly until completely smooth over medium heat. Dip clusters into warm chocolate about one-third of the way up the sides. Set back on tray. Refrigerate until set, about 1 hour. Store in an airtight container in a cool place for up to one week.

Makes about 50 clusters.

49 Responses

  1. Weeeell Julie, I would have to say my favorite movie theater food is a bag of popcorn that i pop at home and sneak into the theater because it’s waaay cheaper and equally delicious! Savvy, no? πŸ™‚

  2. My favorite movie theater food is a big bag of raisinets!

  3. Hey Julie! I’m Michaela’s friend and a big fan of your site! My absolute favorite is movie theater popcorn covered in buttery goodness (especially now that you can add it yourself at some theaters!)!!! I do not think I have ever been to a movie WITHOUT getting popcorn!

  4. I stay away from the pricey, super unhealthy movie theater foods. Instead, I typically bring a TLC bar to the theater with me in case I get hungry! πŸ™‚

  5. Hi Julie – well you called me out already but my FAVE is the popcorn and M&M mix (however I only like plain M&M’s with that mix not the peanut M&M’s). Those popcorn peanut clusters looks so good, it’s a “suped-up” version of the ones I made at Halloween. On another topic – I notice you eat A LOT of brussel sprouts…are their great nutrition benefits from eating brussel sprouts…I never eat them and from your blog I have this sense that I’m missing out on some sort of super vegatable I was totally unaware of my whole life!! What’s the deal with your brussel sprout obsession?



    • brussels sprouts are awesome for all the vitamins and minerals (helloooo vitamin c)! also, unlike a lot of veggies brussels sprouts pack a lil’ protein too!

  6. My favorite movie theater food is Hot Tamales or Sour Patch Kids! I always bring my own bag in, shhhh.

  7. I love red vines and peanut butter M & Ms!

  8. I don’t normally like popcorn, but there is something about the movies that makes me want it everytime!

  9. Dark chocolate raisinettes!! (spelling??) YUM πŸ™‚

  10. Back in high school I would have to go with seasoned curly fries! But now its typically popcorn or twizzlers if I do decided to get something.

  11. hey!
    My favorite is gummy candies and typical popcorn πŸ˜€

  12. I usually just snack on the hubby’s popcorn (which he douses in butter) but back in the day I used to think gummy bears mixed with raisinets were the BEST!

  13. My favorite movie snack is Hot Tamales or Candy Corn. MMMMMM!!!!

    I am not a huge popcorn fan with movies…but I do love having it as an afternoon snack. Those little 100 cal bags are amazing!

  14. My boyfriend always gets popcorn and I get “bunch a crunch” candy….I love taking handfuls of each…I like that sweet and salty combo! Yum!

  15. My favorite movie theatre treat is peanut m and ms. But I hate buying a small bag for 4 dollars, so I like to stop at target before and get a cheapee version and a dollar drink. Much better on my wallet, but not so on my belly!

  16. I love Junior Mints at the movies!

  17. Milk duds or snow caps!

  18. Snowcaps are by far my favorite!!

  19. Definitely popcorn with extra butter! My boyfriend and I always ask for a medium, because we never actually eat anymore, but we always seem to get upselled into a large somehow. πŸ˜›

  20. My favorite movie theater food is skittles!! πŸ™‚

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  22. Julie Poo! My fav movie food is a snuck in Grilled Chicken Salad from Chick Fil A and a large diet lemonade! YUMMO! Dessert is usally 4 saltine crackers! GETTING HUNGRY!

  23. I’m a sucker for the movie theater popcorn with extra butter. So greasy and delicious πŸ™‚

  24. I’m gonna admit I just love a simple bag of M&Ms. Nom nom.

  25. I believe I told Merri about that trick! It’s really good with peanut M&M’s πŸ™‚

  26. Ooh…gosh. Favorite movie theatre snack, if I am NOT paying (haha) would be diet coke, and peanut M’&Ms. Just can’t beat fake and real sugar! >.<

  27. For the movies I love to slice up a big apple and throw all the slices in a bag with a little cinnamon to crunch away durring previous and throw in a handful of m&ms or choc. rasins in the bag as well for soemthing extra sweet. Candy canes are great too becasue they last a long time πŸ™‚ ..(twss?)

  28. peanut butter m&m’s… um.. and any other chocolate!
    I used to crave chocolate AND candy.. together. Now it’s only chocolate.

  29. i love some yummy salty movie theater popcorn!

  30. i love getting resses peanut butter cups at the movies! perfection. πŸ™‚

  31. Red vines. I love them but never buy them unless I am at the movie theater!

  32. I try and bring my own food in but growing up I always picked up the Junior Mints!

  33. OOOh movie theater faves for me are Buttery Popcorn, Red Vines and an overprice bottled water…if I forget to sneak one in my purse πŸ™‚

  34. Anything chocolate!!
    Always an ice cream too.
    Maybe a slushie. oh!!

  35. my fav movie theatre foods are a latte or dark chocolate! πŸ™‚ or crackers!

  36. I am definitely a peanut butter M &M girl or a skittle gal when at the movies. I love that they take awhile to eat! But, I always make my husband get a popcorn. Gotta love the salt and chocolate combo!!!

  37. i love sour patch kids or twizzlers!

  38. junior mints!

  39. Chocolate covered cookie dough bites! and sour patch kids

  40. i LOVE peanut M&Ms!!

  41. popcorn is my fav!

  42. I sneak in my own bag of 94% fat free kettle corn in a big old purse.

    But if you’re REALLY asking…i love nachos πŸ™‚ with the hot peppers.

  43. Hot and thick cheese on nachos πŸ™‚

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