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College Care Package

College Care Package

As excited as we are for holiday break, no one is anticipating it more than college students. Finals weeks is almost upon our college students and that means all-nighters, stressful days, and lots of work for the students in our lives. While we can’t help them with their chemistry or poetry exam, we can make their lives a little easier by giving them the gift of popcorn.

We have spirited tins that come in around 50 different colleges, making the perfect gift! Just pick the college, write a personalized message, and choose up to seven flavors of your favorite Jody’s Popcorn!

Also consider our more economical Designer Mailer Box that comes with our favorite flavors! This box will be filled with popcorn that has a longer shelf life, so it can be enjoyed even after it gets lost in that messy dorm room.  

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Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is almost one week away, and it is a great time to reflect on what we are thankful for.

The celebration of Thanksgiving originated in New England to give thanks for the blessing of harvest. Today, it is still happily celebrated across America, in Canada, and even in Liberia! Our American tradition is simple– eat, relax, then eat some more! Being surrounded by loved ones and food is something to truly be thankful for.

As joyful as it is, big celebrations can be stressful and messy. Provide a fun and easy snack for the kids (and adults) to enjoy with Jody’s Popcorn! We recommend trying the Cinnamon, Toffee, or our Rich Maple that’s made with REAL maple syrup to complement your fall flavored desserts. The options are endless! Mix and match for a delicious treat for all.

And if you can’t make a gathering, consider our gift options! Your friends and family will know that you are thinking of them.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
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Popcorn Health

Popcorn Health

Every day we make decisions on what we eat. Snacking is responsible for a huge amount of our daily intake, which is why we need to know WHAT is in the snacks we eat! Compared to other snacks like chips or candy, popcorn offers more whole grains and more fiber.

In a study by Scranton University, they found that popcorn contains more antioxidants than all the fruit and vegetables that most people consume in a day. Popcorn also has many vitamins including folate, niacin, riboflavin, thiamine, vitamins E and K, AND is a source of iron, potassium, zinc, and polyphenols. 

It is clear to see that popcorn is a superior snack food. 

For a low guilt snack, get our Old Fashioned Kettle Corn– lightly seasoned with pure cane sugar and sea salt. But what is life without a little fun? Give yourself a treat and get it Caramel covered, or Chocolate drizzled!! Jody’s Popcorn knows that everybody deserves some extra sweetness. 

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Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween

Trick or Treat! Smell my Feet!

Trick or treating comes from the ancient Celtic tradition of giving out treats and food to placate spirits. A sacred festival marked the end of the Celtic calendar year. It’s two main colors are orange and black.

Orange symbolized strength and endurance. It also stands for harvest and autumn.

Black symbolized death and darkness.

While Halloween can be estimated to be 6000 years old, the first mention of trick or treating in North America was in 1927 in Canada! In less than a century, this holiday has grown to be the second highest commercial grossing holiday. In 2015, consumer spending was $6.9 billion!!

With all of the goblins, ghosts, witches and wizards, it is easy to see how our culture is so swept up in the Halloween hype! Celebrate this year by dressing up as your favorite character or finding your new favorite candy (or popcorn flavor)!

For whatever you’re craving –sweet, salty, or even chocolate peanut butter– come see us at Jody’s Popcorn. We also have Halloween packs that are perfect for parties! 
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The Science of Popcorn

The Science of Popcorn

Popcorn: A snack, a dessert, and a movie-theater staple. Americans consume as much as 18 billion quarts of popcorn each year.  It is loved by many, but do we even know how it works?

Popcorn pops open at temperatures above 180 degrees Celsius. Its three parts include the pericarp, the germ (the seed embryo), and the endosperm. The endosperm holds water, and when the popcorn is heated, it is turned into steam. Pressure builds, and suddenly, POP! The strong pericarp is ruptured, and gelatinous starch solidifies into the white shape that we all know and love.
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The Great Debate: Sweet vs. Salty

The Great Debate: Sweet vs. Salty

Everyone has their own preference for tastes. Have you ever thought why you may prefer a sugary snack while someone else prefers a salty one? 

In fact, our taste preferences come from a combination of our genetics and environment. We each have around 10,000 taste buds which perceive four basic tastes: sweet, salty, sour, and bitter. From before we are even born, we have sensitivities to sweet and salty stimuli. The higher our sensitivities are, the less likely we will want to eat that type of food.

Environment plays a role because when we get more exposure we get to certain foods, we can acquire a stronger desire for it! On the other hand, if we have a bad experience with a certain food, we will develop a strong distaste for it. 

Luckily, Jody's Popcorn has something for everybody. Craving something salty? Try our Cheesy Jalapeno– coated in white cheddar. Something sugary? Have some of our Chocolate Drizzle– Recipe 53 Caramel Corn hand drizzled with dark & white chocolate. 

Can't decide? We have you covered for that, too. Nothing beats our Kettle Corn!! 

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Today marks the beginning of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This national campaign was founded in 1985 to create awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research. The statistics are that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.

During this month, you may find yourself surrounded by pink– on NFL jerseys, in your morning newspaper, or even on National Monuments. These are all efforts to raise awareness for this disease that has over 2.8 million survivors in the U.S. alone.

When buying Jody’s Popcorn, consider buying our sweet & salty Kettle Corn colored in pink. A portion of all proceeds are contributed to Breast Cancer Research at the Leroy T. Canoles Cancer Research Center of Eastern Virginia Medical School.

In the fight to cure cancer, all contributions matter, and Jody’s Popcorn is proud to be part of the effort.
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SURPRISE!

SURPRISE!

Few things in life are more exciting than a new baby. Celebrate your friends, family, or yourself with our baby themed popcorn!

Our options are completely customizable. Choose the label, message, and flavor to create something thats perfect for your special celebration! 

This is a great way to announce the gender of your baby. You can use it as a party favor or send it out to all of your friends and family to celebrate the news! Get our classic popcorn covered in a sweet, slightly salty, and crunchy candy PINK or BLUE coating.

For those who have a surprise coming, we also offer gender neutral “About to POP!” bags that can be customized to our most popular Jody’s Popcorn flavor options! Our Funfetti flavor is a mixed bag of bright pink, blue, green, and yellow–perfect for the occasion.

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Football Season is Here!

Football Season is Here!

The weather is cooling down but it’s only heating up in the homes of football fans! As you plan your Sundays, remember that Jody’s Popcorn offers NFL themed tins! We have over two dozen NFL teams represented by our beautifully designed tins, as well as many college tins. Our one-gallon tin can hold three flavors, while our three-gallon tin holds seven!!

Whether you bring it to a tailgate, enjoy it on the couch, or send it to your fellow football lover, it will surely be a hit! 

Included in your purchase is a customizable message, and we can ship it directly to the recipient.

Fun Fact: It is estimated that 8 million pounds of popcorn are consumed on Super Bowl Sunday! 

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American Music Festival at the Oceanfront

American Music Festival at the Oceanfront

Summer’s winding down, but there is still time to celebrate! This Labor Day at the Oceanfront from September 2nd to 4th is the American Music Festival. This festival will feature almost two dozen bands that will perform FREE on 17th Street, 24th Street, and 31st Street. Bring your friends and family to enjoy free music and great vibes.

Three major headline bands will also be performing on the 5th Street Main Stage, and tickets can be purchased online! These bands include 311, Culture Club, and UB40.

Spend your three day weekend relaxing on the beach during the day, and then hear some live music at night. Jody's Popcorn will be ready with all of your favorite flavors. Don’t miss out on this fun weekend event!!
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Why Do We Eat Popcorn at the Movies?

Why Do We Eat Popcorn at the Movies?

For as long as you may remember, popcorn has been a movie theater staple. Even today, with all of the extra candy, nachos, and meals, it is hard to resist getting that traditional buttery popcorn and soda.

Interestingly enough, popcorn used to be PROHIBITED in movie theaters! This is because movie theaters were trying to replicate the fancy environment that regular theaters offered, and that buttery, crumbly snack could make a mess. However, once films added sound in 1927 and the Great Depression hit, popcorn was a no-brainer– It was affordable and appealed to the masses.

Theaters gave “lobby privileges” to vendors who wanted to sell their popcorn. But by the 1930s, theater sales were plummeting, so they cut out the middle man and began serving their own popcorn!

To strengthen the marriage between popcorn and movies even more, WWII’s shortages hurt competing snacks that were sugar-based, like candy and soda.

Today, demand for movie theater popcorn has decreased as people can watch both TV and movies from their  homes. However, popcorn is still a favorite at fairs, sports games, and theaters. And, of course, nothing’s wrong with eating our salty, buttery Movie Style Popcorn at home!!

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A-Maize-ing!

A-Maize-ing!

Have you ever wondered what maize is? Maybe you’ve heard the word before, maybe you haven’t. But a quick search lead you to the answer– it’s just CORN!

When the settlers arrived in America they found maize everywhere. It has been in Mexico for over 4000 years and was a common staple for Native Americans. The settlers replaced the Native American term maize with the English word corn. 

Before microwavable and stove-top popcorn was invented, Native Americans had a great way of making their own popcorn! They would skewer an ear of corn onto a long pointed stick and hold it over a fire, causing the corn to pop off everywhere. Another way would be to throw the kernels directly into the fire.

With a history dating back before America was even founded, it is clear to see why popcorn is one of America’s favorite snack foods.

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VA is for Lovers

VA is for Lovers Virginia is for beach-goers, travellers, and hard workers, but we all know the saying… Virginia is for Lovers. As a local business, we thought we’d combine our state’s catchphrase with something else we love– POPCORN! Our irresistible recipes are now available with this new logo.

This is the perfect gift for guests visiting Virginia or for local loved ones who need a reminder of how great Virginia (and our popcorn) is!
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*New Flavor Alert*

*New Flavor Alert*

To our customers who can’t make up their minds: our new Sweet & Sassy Popcorn is for you! For those who enjoy our Kettle Corn and want to spice it up a bit, this new flavor has an added blend of chili and sriracha to create the perfect balance between sugar and spice. After one bite your taste buds will thank you– the subtle, lingering heat will only make you want to eat more!!

Our product is gluten free and Made in the USA. Come on in or order online to try it for yourself. Buy it for that sweet and spicy person in your life! 

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Get the Party Started!

Get the Party Started!

The Republican National Convention is underway and Jody’s Popcorn has the perfect gift for you and your friends to enjoy. Our newly designed popcorn is available in Caramel 53, and it’s ready to be enjoyed as you watch our country’s republican leaders take the stage. This bag is a great way to show your love for your republican friends and family!

And let’s not forget our equally tasty Democrat themed popcorn option! This bag is also available in our classic Caramel 53 flavor.

Show your pride and purchase one –or both– of our election inspired popcorn to share with your friends… or keep it all to yourself!  

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Father's Day

Father's Day

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there! Dads are a continuous source of lame humor, fashion mishaps, and elaborate problem solving. We solute the dads who go out of their way to embarrass their kids in public and constantly make “Dad Jokes”. A great way to show appreciation for your father this Father’s Day is purchasing a tin of their favorite NFL or College Football team complete with their favorite popcorn flavor. We have a 3-gallon tin which comes with 7 bags of popcorn and a 1-gallon tin which comes with 3 bags of popcorn. Show your father that even with all the dorkiness, he is still an incredible man.

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Sand Soccer Tournament

Sand Soccer Tournament

June 10th – 12th the North American Sand Soccer tournament is happening on 24th street! Last year, over 11,000 participants played with teams from all over the world competing. This exciting event is only a few blocks away from Jody’s Popcorn Store, so make sure to swing by because whether you are playing or just spectating, everything is better with popcorn!

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Flag Day

Flag Day

June 4th 1777, the United States adopted the flag to represent our country. The flag has undergone many transformations since its creation – its earliest form having 13 stars to now having 50 stars. The modern American flag has only been in existence for 55 years with Hawaii’s star being added a year after it became a state in 1959.

 

Can you guess how many flag variations there have been?

 

Answer: 26 flags
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High School Graduation

It's that time of year where high school seniors will soon be graduating and embarking on the next stage of their life. A great graduation gift is a collegiate popcorn tin from Jody’s! These tins come in two sizes: the three-gallon tin and the one-gallon tin. Complete with the college name, these tins come with either 7 or 3 bags of popcorn depending on which size you purchase. These tins are a great gift, ensuring that the student has plenty of food and warm memories from home as they start their first year at college. 

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day

Memorial Day honors the brave men and women who fought to protect our country. Memorial Day was created after the Civil War and was first known as Decoration Day by Union Soldiers who decorated the tombstones of their fallen comrades with flowers. By the 20th century, Memorial Day was created to merge the competing Confederate and Union traditions. Memorial day takes place the last Monday of May and is recognized all across the country.

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