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Mushroom Popcorn

I know the name sounds weird. With Mushroom Kernels, they get their name from the way they pop. They don't actually taste like mushrooms! They are traditionally used for Caramel, Canied, and Kettle Corn. Opposed to the traditional Yellow Kernel, The Mushroom Kernel has more surface area and less edges that break off which make it perfect for coating.

If you are looking to make any type of "candied corn" then I would start with either the Monster Mushroom Kernel or our Caramel and Sweet Kernel. Next, I would pick a flavor to go with. You can always make "candied corn" in a raditional popcorn machine if you don't have a Corn Treat Cooker. This can be accomplished using any of our Glaze Pop flavors. Simply ad the flavor to your ketle with the kernels and coconut oil. If you do happen to have a Corn Treat Cooker then you can use any of the Corn Treat flavors that we supply.

By adding a sweet corn to your variety of flavors it helps diversify. Depending on the customers mood, they are either looking for salty or sweet. Maybe even a mixture of Cheese and Caramel corn. It's the best of both worlds. All of our flavors are available online and ready for purchase at www.popcornsupply.com

Funnel Cakes

As the winter is slowly dying down, Funnel Cake season is fast approaching. No matter where you're from, everybody loves a delicious fried treat. Funnel cakes make a perfect base to build any flavor upon. One of my personal favorites is a Funnel cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup. Yum!

You can always keep it traditional, simply sprinkled with powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar. How could you ever go wrong with that? Not to mention the assortment of fruit toppings that can be added. For instance: strawberries and whipped cream, cinnamon apples, or even fresh peaches and whipped cream! The possibilities are endless.

To get started all you need is the correct Funnel Cake mix and some creativity. Here at Popcorn Supply we only serve the best. Try a bag of Pennsylvania Dutch Funnel Cake Mix. All you have to do is add water. You may also need a batter pourer and ring mold. Plus it wouldn't hurt to have some dredges for shake on flavors. Now just get creative with your toppings and get frying!

Popcorn Bowls for Easy Clean up

You know what my least favorite thing is about hosting a party? All of the dishes at the end of the night! Overtime, single use containers can add up in cost. Why not use a dish that's creative and edible at the same time? Using the same idea as making popcorn balls, you can make an edible popcorn bowl.

The recipe is very simple and you probably already have most of the ingredients at home already. Here is what you will need:

10 cups of popped popcorn (mushroom kernels work the best)

1 cup of water

1 1/3 cups of sugar (white)

1/3 cup of light corn syrup

1/4 teaspoon of salt

1/2 teaspoon of vinegar

Food coloring (optional) the number of drops will depend on the color you desire

 

First you will need 2 bowls, glass or stainless steel work the best. Spray the inside of one bowl with cooking and spray and the outside of the other bowl then set aside. Add your popped popcorn to the bowl that has been sprayed on the inside just before your sugar mixture is done on the stove.

In a medium sauce pan add your water, sugar, corn syrup, salt, and vinegar. I recommend having a candy thermometer on hand, you will need to cook this product until it reaches 290 degrees. Once it gets to temp, remove from heat and add food coloring. At this point, quickly add your sugar mixture to popped popcorn and toss until fully coated. Using the back of a wooden spoon or spatula, press the popcorn up the sides of the bowl. Once the bowl is fully lined, place the other bowl on top (stacking) to help form the shape while the product is cooling. Once cooled, remove your edible bowl and fill it with a party snack!

Popcorn Bar Ideas

Popcorn Bar Ideas

                A popcorn bar is a creative “any occasion” party idea- Birthday Party, Graduation, Employee Picnic. Why not try it for a wedding! When it comes to a wedding, people try to find something unique or inspired to incorporate into their special day. Setting up a popcorn bar is the perfect way to entertain guests for very little cost. It can even help integrate in more of your color theme. Not to mention, who doesn’t love popcorn?

                First you need to figure out how many guests you will be having. Granted not everyone will eat the popcorn, but some guests may go back for seconds. Rule of thumb is that you should probably factor about two cups per guest. Next you’ll want to pick your flavors. You can color coordinate them according to your wedding colors or simply choose by the flavors you think your guests may enjoy best. Caramel Corn is the most popular sweet corn flavor though savory flavors are preferred. We find White Cheddar to be number, followed closely by Orange Cheddar Cheese, Bacon & Cheddar, Jalapeno, Parmesan & Garlic, Barbeque, and then anything spicy. Gold Medal’s Savory Shakes are premium seasonings that deliver professional popcorn store taste in a healthy 16-24oz shake on size. Kernel Seasons Flavor Shakers are smaller (2.4-3oz) shakers but the flavors are endless.

Popping corn ahead of time and mixing in the flavors while the corn is still warm is the easiest way to serve. He flavors will stick better to the corn because the oil on it is still “wet”. Shake it up in a large garbage bag, seal tight to keep it fresh, and pour it into big baskets or buckets on the popcorn bar when the event starts. Be sure to label each flavor and have a scoop (such as our Stainless Steel 6oz Scoop) available for each flavor to be served. Our cute 8” Popcorn Bags hold the perfect 2 cup serving.

                If you want to have a “shake on” popcorn bar, it will work best to have the freshest, and warmest popped corn available. Consider renting a popcorn machine. Hot air popcorn has no oil whatsoever so it makes any flavorings impossible to stick. By having a butter spray like the Kernel Seasons Butter Spritzer for your guests to use before sprinkling on their chosen flavor (this will make cold or oil less popcorn work). Keep in mind it will be more difficult to evenly sprinkle on a flavor when the corn has already been scooped into a bag. You may consider using Boxes or Cone-O-Corn Cups which have a wider top surface.

You can never go wrong with popcorn. It’s something original and exciting for you and your guests. It will certainly be the talk of the party!

For a full list of supplies feel free to visit our website www.popcornsupply.com

Victor's Pink Candy Apple Mix

By popular demand, Victor Product's has just released Pink Strawberry Candy Apple Magic ( part number VI4161). This prouct has been in high request for years. Well, it's finally here! Through us here at Popcorn Supply Company, you can either purchase it by the individual package or by he case (12 packages).

Recently people have started a new trend. As a weding gift, they will have a table full of candy apples for guests to take as hey leave. Depending on the color scheme or flavor pofile the guests prefer, these ae sure to please. The same idea is also being used for baby showers since we also offer Blue Raspberry Candy Apple Magic for boys! Kids love anything with a bright color and sugar. Birthday parties are also ideal. The possibilities are endless!

Ordering Parts from Gold Medal Products

Just like a vehicle, concession equipment needs replacement parts over time. It's important to have all of your information ready beore you call to order. This way the representative knows exactly what you need. At the same time it makes the order quick and easy.

First, you should always know what the model number is of the equipment that you have. We always recomend that customers hang onto their owners manuals. This way you have the model number and can look up the part number that you need. This way you know what you need but the representative can also cross reference their database to be sure it's the correct part.

If you are in need of a replacement part that we don't have in stock, you can always call Gold Medal Products directly. The number for their switchboard is 1-800-543-0862. Just be sure to ask for the parts department when they answer.

Exciting Pops of Color

If you have ever tried any of our Glaze Pop flavors, you know that the taste and color are fantastic! The flavors range from sweet corn (kettle corn), caramel, blue raspberry, cherry, grape, chocolate, hot cinnamon, and maple. Not interested in any of these flavors? After much trial and error, we have found that you can use Flossugar in place of Glaze pop.

When it comes to popping the corn, add kernels, oil and salt as usual to your kettle. Once you hear a few kernels pop, it's safe to add the Flossugar to the kettle. Depending on the size popcorn machine you have (8 oz. for example) you will add half the amount of Flossugar (4 oz.). It's important to wait until you hear a few kernels pop before adding the Flossugar. This product is sugar based and will burn if aded too early.

The finished product will come out bright in color and taste amazing! There are numerous flavors/colors to choose from that will go along with any event. Check out our website and find the flavor/color that will work best for you! www.popcornsupply.com 

PretzelHaus Soft Pretzels

We just recently switched to the PretzelHause brand of soft pretzels and are in love! They are individually packed 6 oz pretzels (50 to a case) that are easy to serve. Simply heat them up, serve them on a plate or in a tray with an individual cup of Gold Medal's 5277 Nacho Grande Cheese. These are ideal for concession stands, booster clubs, movie thaters and many other locations. The options are endless for serving these soft pretzels.

Want to know the best part? Theres no need for refrigeraion and they are never frozen! Since they are never frozen they take a minimum amount of time to heat up which also benefits your sales. Not to mention, your pretzel will never heat unevenly so you wont have complaints from your customers. Bonus! In order to heat them you have a few options. You can use a microwave, convection oven, or even a toaster oven. The ideal temperture for serving is 110-120 degrees farenheit. If you happen to be in a snag and have nothing to heat them with you can just serve them as is. They are delicious anyway that they come.

Your concession sales can dramatically be increased due to the convenience and quality of this product. Not to mention the shelf life so you dont have to worry about spoilage or freezer burn. Did I mention the individual packaging so you don't have to worry about the health department? It's a simple and easy product thats guarenteed to please the customers.

Homemade Microwave Popcorn Recipe

                It’s very easy to make your own microwave popcorn at home. No I’m not talking about the stuff you can buy in the store. Trust me, when you do it yourself it comes out much better and tastier. First you need to choose your kernel. We love Weaver Popcorn because its quality makes it the most dependable, delicious kernels time after time. Most people use a traditional Yellow Butterfly Kernel. Weaver Gold is a superior kernel. This is what you see at the movie heaters or in a bar. It’s not only fluffy, but the largest popping kernel you can find. Most recently people are starting to gravitate towards the White Hulless Popcorn Kernel. Pop Weaver White Hybrid Corn is perfect for the gourmet palate. These kernels pop a little smaller, they’re “melt in your mouth” tender, and they have fewer hulls (which is what gets stuck in your teeth and throat).

                Next you will need a brown paper lunch bag. Add a fourth of a cup of kernels to the bag. You don’t have to add oil since it only soaks into the bag (but you can certainly add 1-2 tablespoons of Coconut Oil with a dash of Popcorn Salt if you’re adventurous). Fold top of the bag over once and pierce it with a tooth pick to keep it closed. Stand the bag upright in your microwave and cook for roughly two minutes. Do not put bag on its side, this will cause the popcorn to burn. While the popcorn is popping listen closely. Majority of your kernels should be popped when you can count 3 seconds in between the individual pops. This will also help you to avoid burning your popcorn. Once you’re at that stage, you can remove the popcorn from the microwave.

                Now it’s time to add your seasoning. Since your popcorn is dry (if you popped without oil) you’re going to need a wet agent to help your seasoning stick. I recommend using Kernel Seasons Butter Spritzer. Spray it on, and then shake on your favorite herbs or seasoning. A liquid butter topping like Gold Medal’s Pop-A-Lot or the Deluxe Mor-Gold Plus Buttery Popcorn Topping can be drizzled on. If you’re a traditionalist you may want to stick to only seasoning your popcorn with Popcorn Salt or Flavacol, the secret ingredient. Popcorn salt is very fine compared to table salt so it sticks to the popcorn better. Flavacol is a product used in movie theater popcorn. It’s a very concentrated butter flavored salt (just use sparingly). If you want to be more adventurous try using one of the many flavors of Kernel Seasons Popcorn Seasonings or Gold Medal’s Savory Popcorn Seasonings. The same product used in popcorn stores. Either sweet or savory, there’s a flavor for every taste.

Now sit back and enjoy your masterpiece!

Tips:

                Butter burns very easily so don’t use it to pop your kernels in. Add melted butter as a topping after to the popped corn.

                If you decide to use oil, only use oil with a high burning point. Coconut oil is what the pros use; you can also use canola, sunflower, olive or peanut oils.

How to Clean a Popcorn Machine

Just like anything that’s used to make food, popcorn machines need to be cleaned after they’ve been used. We always recommend giving it a good wipe down with a well wrung out, soft damp cloth while the machine is still warm after every use. Be sure to let the kettle cool down enough first so you don’t burn yourself. However, periodically, it will need some heavy duty cleaners to get rid of the buildup. When used correctly, our food safe cleaners will help break down that carbon build up and cut the grease.

For everyday use, you can use both Pop N Shine and Pop N Clean. The Pop N Clean is our heavy duty orange citrus degreaser that cleans the grease build up in popcorn machines. It is also organic so you don’t have to worry about leaving chemicals behind inside the kettle. It easily sprays on, getting into all the corners and cracks. Use a paper towel or soft cloth to remove the softened grime. Pop N Shine is our best non-ammoniated glass cleaner. All you have to do is spray and wipe. It cuts right through that hazy glaze left after degreasing without harming glass or plastic.

For a heavy carbon build up, we recommend that you use Heat N Kleen once a month to cut any tough residual build up. Heat N Kleen is a non toxic carbon cleaner. Simply add a few tablespoons to water in the kettle, heat, and watch it soften the carbon build up in just minutes! An even easier alternative to the Heat N Kleen would be our Kettle Pucks. Merely place the pre-measured Kettle Puck into the kettle with water and heat to 160 degrees F. When the desired temperature is reached, turn off the heat and let cool for 30 minutes. Dump out the water into a sink, wipe out the kettle and you’re good to go!

Make sure any product that you use doesn’t contain ammonia. Forget using your homemade window cleaner that contains vinegar. You’ll never get rid of the lingering smell! Always pop with high temperature oil. Coconut Oil is not only high temperature; it produces the popular movie theater flavor. It doesn’t smoke, burn, or leave a sticky crust. Treat your kettle the same as all of your electric appliances. Never submerge them in water. Getting the wires wet will ruin the kettle and end your warranty.

It can’t be stressed enough the importance of maintaining your machine properly. Not only will it be more visually appealing, it will help you to produce the best product. Most important, you are also ensuring a well working machine that will last longer. Whether at home, with employees, or in a volunteer situation, develop a “clean up” habit.

To view prices or purchase these products you can go to www.popcornsupply.com. Happy popping!

Corn Oil Salt Portion Pak Kits with Coconut Oil

Corn/Oil/Salt Portion Pak Kits with Coconut Oil To Make Everyday Popping That Much Easier

 

          Everyone loves when something is convenient and easy. So why not have that when popping popcorn? Here at Popcorn Supply Company we sell a product called Naks Pak Portion Pak Kits. Try saying that five times fast! The kits are available in different sizes depending on the size of your kettle. The sizes that they are made in are 4 oz, 6oz, 8oz, and 12oz kits.

          The kits include the kernels, coaconut oil, and salt. The kernels are the traditional yellow kernels that pop up big and fluffy. They are also known as butterfly kernels because they have a wing like feature when they pop. In the side with the kernels there is also Flavacol. The Flavacol is a butter flavored salt that ads extra seasoning. Lastly, there is the coconut oil. This is the left side of the package. The oil is also infused with a butter flavoring that gives a deep rich taste. Many people hear coconut oil and think that it will taste like coconut. Don’t worry, I promise it tastes nothing like the fruit.

          When it comes to popping, these kits make life simple. Start off by turning your kettle heat and kettle motor on (there should be switches labeled at the top of your machine). Let the kettle warm up for a minute or two before adding the product. Cut the top of the left side of the packet that holds the oil. Squeeze the oil out into the kettle and let it melt for a few seconds. Once the oil is nice and melted, cut the other side of the package and dump the kernels and seasoning into the kettle. Don’t forget to close the lid to the kettle after you add the ingredients. Be sure to pay attention during the popping process so you don’t burn your corn. Rule of thumb: popcorn is ready to be dumped when you can count three seconds in between pops. Once your popcorn has popped all that’s left to do is eat it and enjoy!

Popcorn Flavorings for Commercial Use

Are you involved with a gourmet popcorn shop of your own? Just like our popcorn flavorings for at home use, we have bulk flavors for commercial use. Whether you produce sweet or savory popcorn, we’re your one stop shop. We have a number of different flavors and products that will help you develop a rich flavorful popcorn kernel.

                For the perfect sweet corn, try our Basic Corn Treat Mix. Add this to your corn treat cooker (follow directions on package) and just before you reach 275 degrees ad in your Corn Treat Flavor Mix of choice. Our Corn Treat Flavor Mixes are available in 15 different flavors as seen on our website. Looking for savory flavor mixes? There are 13 different powdered Savory Popcorn Flavors to choose from. What about that awesome cheddar popcorn that you find at gourmet popcorn shops? Cheddar Easy is our most popular cheddar cheese paste. It has a creamy, delicious cheddar taste and smell.

                These flavors are crowd favorites and are a sure thing to keep business steady. To see all of the flavors we have available check out our website www.popcornsupply.com. Or if you know what you want, here is the page for our savory flavors and the page for our sweet flavors and cheddar paste mixes. Enjoy and don’t be afraid to experiment! That’s where some of the best flavor combinations come from.

Popcorn Bags, Boxes, Buckets, and Cones

Everyone loves popcorn. Why not make a statement with the perfect serving vessel for your popcorn. We have a number of different bags, boxes, buckets, and cones that range in size. Whether you prefer plastic, paper, cardboard, reusable, or even eco-friendly products, we have them. All you have to do is decide how you want to serve your popcorn, and then pick out the style you want on our website. All of our products have pictures and prices right on their pages.

                When it comes to popcorn bags, we have a number of different styles available. If you’re looking for something inexpensive, I recommend using our red, white, and yellow popcorn bags that come in 3 different sizes. Need something that will stand up on its own without falling over? Try our red and white popcorn boxes that come in a number of different sizes depending on whether you prefer the box to have a closed top or no top. Our plastic heap-o-corn bags are perfect for take home or party gifts. Let’s not forget about our popcorn buckets that go great in the middle of a table. Lastly, there’s our cone-o-corn popcorn cup. These cone-o-corn cups are perfect and easy for children to handle.

                There are so many options for you to choose from when picking popcorn serving vessels. To see pictures of these products visit our website www.popcornsupply.com. Here is also a direct link to the page for popcorn bags, boxes, buckets, and cones popcorn-bags-boxes-buckets-cones.

Kernels, Oil, and Salt For the Perfect Movie Theater Style Popcorn

In order to create the ideal popcorn, you need the correct kernels, oil, and salt. First we’ll start with the kernels. Most people and places use the traditional yellow kernel. This is also known as butterfly popcorn because it has “wings” after it pops. More recently producers have been able to create a hybrid kernel for people with diverticulitis. This kernel is the white hulless popcorn. It pops a tiny bit smaller but it has less of those pesky hulls that get stuck in your teeth and upset your stomach. We also have what’s called mushroom kernels available. These kernels are not traditionally used for at home popping. You will see this product being used for candied corn (kettle corn, caramel corn, etc.).

Next, you need the right oil. Here at Popcorn Supply Company we have a variety of oils to choose from. For at home use, our Real Theater Coconut Oil is by far the most popular. It is available in a 1 pound container. Don’t worry it doesn’t taste like coconut! The oil also has a butter flavoring in it to give your popcorn a richer taste. If you are an avid popcorn eater and think you will need more than a pound of oil, not a problem! Our Butcher Boy Coconut Oil comes in gallon containers and is more cost effective when constantly popping corn.

Finally, to get the best flavor possible you will need the right salt/ seasoning. We always recommend using Flavacol. It is a butter flavored salt that goes right in the kettle with the oil and kernels when popping. Also available, is the new Better Butter Flavacol. It’s a butter flavored salt, yet it has more of an enhanced butter flavoring. The choice is yours depending on how buttery you like your popcorn. If you prefer a more gourmet flavor such as ranch or barbeque, we sell Kernel Seasonings Flavor Shakers (to see all of the  flavors we have in stock check out our website www.popcornsupply.com).

Now that you have all the correct ingredients you can pop! Measure the ingredients according to the size of your kettle (4oz, 6oz, 8oz, etc.). All three ingredients will go right in the kettle together. Be sure to pay attention during the popping process so you don’t burn your corn. Rule of thumb: popcorn is ready to be dumped when you can count three seconds in between pops. Once your popcorn has popped all that’s left to do is eat it and enjoy!

National Popcorn Month and Fresh Popped Popcorn

October is finally here. This means only one thing, it's National Popcorn Month! Make sure you have all the supplies you need to celebrate.

Here at Popcorn Supply Company, we have everything you could possibly need to meet your popcorn desires.

If you're local, feel free to stop by to gather all of your supplies. If not, then you can place your order online at http://www.popcornsupply.com or via telephone at 315-425-9547. We are open Monday through Friday from 8 am until 5 pm (with the exception of national holidays).

Don't feel like making your own popcorn? No problem, we make it here. Aside from traditional buttered popcorn, we pop fresh caramel corn and our seasonal apple pie popcorn. While in the Syracuse area, you can try our products at a few local stores. If you're inside the Destiny USA mall, be sure to stop by the Caramel Corn Shoppe! Maybe you're closer to downtown? The Kandied Kernel is located inside Armory Square. Say you're traveling a little further north. Check out our friends at Popcorn 'N' More up in Watertown. The possibilities are endless. Which one is right for you?

Chocolate Caramel Apples, A Real Neat Treat

Whats better than chocolate and caramel together? How about a chocolate caramel apple? New this month we're featuring Mom's Homestyle Chocolate Caramel Apple Dip. Two great tastes in just one can. It couldn't be any easier!

At Popcorn Supply Company, we have Mom's Chocolate Caramel Apple Dip available by the individual can or a full case of 6 cans. Each can weighs 8 lbs and can yeild roughly 55-60 chocolate caramel apples. Simply prepare and make the apples the same as you would a regular caramel apple (directions below).

With Hallowen rapidly approaching, spice up these apples by also using our Halloween Blend Decorettes. After dipping your apples in the chocolate caramel, simply roll them in the orange and black decorettes. They make the ultimate Halloween treat or take home gifts for your guests!

How To Make Caramel Apples

- Use clean, dry apples that are at room temperature. Typically unwaxed Granny Smith or Empire varieties work best.

- Place the caramel (chocolate caramel) dip into a double boiler. (Be sure to refill water as it evaporates from the heat).

- Heat the mixture to 175 degrees. Caramel begins to darken when the temperature reaches 180 degrees.

- Skewer apples and dip them into the caramel mixture, including 1/2 an inch up the skewer.

- Remove the apple from the mixture and spin to remove the excess caramel. Scrape off the bottom 1/3 of the caramel (warm melting caramel will fill this in).

- Dip/ roll apple in Halloween Blend Decorettes or nuts.

- Place on parchment paper, or lightly greased tray to cool.

- Stir caramel in between dipping apples to remove air bubbles.

- Let apples stand for about 10-20 minutes to allow the caramel to settle (or refrigerate).

- Be sure to store the apples in a cool/dry place.

- The caramel will only stick to the apples for 1-2 days.

- If you desire a thinner coating, mix in some evaporated milk. Use 4-6 ounces for every 8 lbs or caramel. Keep in mind this will lighten the color of the caramel.

Candy Apples for All Events

Apple season is right around the corner! Theres no better time than now to stock up on Candy Apple supplies. The supplies that you choose all depend on the flavor and color of Candy Apple you desire to make. We have a number of flavors, colors and products for you to choose from. Our four major flavors/ colors are made by Apple Magic. The flavors include lime (green), blue raspberry (blue), grape (purple), and caramel (caramel). If you're looking for atraditional cherry candy apple, we have three different products for you to choose from. Our three big name products include Apple-Ez, Victors Red Candy Apple Magic, and Reddy Apple Mix. Try them all and choose your favorite one!

Whether it's for home or commercial use, we have the supplies for you. First, start by selecting your prefered brand and flavor. For at home use, I recommend using Reddy Apple Mix which will yield between 25-50 apples. Regardless of the brand you choose, prepare the mixture according to the directions on the bag. Skewer the apples wood or paper Candy Apple sticks (we have both kinds in stock). Dip apples into mixture, including a 1/2 inch up the stick. Spin the apple using the stick and your forfinger to remove any excess coating. Place the apples on a greased pan, or one that is covered with parchment paper so they can set. Once they have set, place the Candy Apples in an apple bubble or wrap them. Candy Apples generally have a shelf life of 2-3 days.

Quick Tip: To ensure the quality of your product, be sure to use un-waxed apples. A harder apple is prefered because they will keep longer. Typically people use a tart green apple. The apples should also be dry and at room temperature. Lastly, avoid using freshly picked apples. They will cause bubbles in the coating so be sure to use apples that have been picked several days in advance.

Cotton Candy Martinis, For the Child In You

Everybody loves having fun and testing out new drinks. Whats more fun than experimenting and creating your own signature cocktail. Cotton candy is a great ingredient to give your cocktail a special twist. Simply start by picking your favorite flavor of Flossugar cotton candy sugar. Here at Popcorn Supply Company, we have 12 different Flossugar flavors in stock.

Don't feel like making your own cotton candy? That's fine. We have Candee Fluff pre-packaged cotton candy available thats ready to eat. Our Candee Fluff comes with both blue raspberry and vanilla pink flavors. With this cocktail, the vanilla pink would be the ideal flavor to use.

Once you've chosen your flavor of cotton candy, pick a matching flavor of vodka. If you don't want your drink to be too sweet, then I suggest using a plain flavored vodka. For this recipe, i'm using a cotton candy flavored vodka. Now here are all of the ingredients your going to need to use:

-3 ounces of cotton candy vodka

-1/2 ounce of fruit based liqueur

-2 ounces of cranberry juice

-1/2 ounce of orange juice

-A splash of grenadine

-Ice

-A handful of cotton candy

Now that you have all of your ingredients, place the handful of cotton candy into a martini glass. Next, add all of your other ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Once the cocktail is thoroughly mixed, pour the liquid over the cotton candy in the martini glass. All thats left to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy.

These cocktails are great when it comes to being creative. If you don't want the traditional cotton candy martini, try our Sassy Apple Flossugar to create an Appletini. If you would like to feel like your on a beach, try our Pina Colada Flossugar for a delicious Pina Colada martini. If you want to be adventurous, try mixing and matching out of the 12 different Flossugar flavors till you find the cocktail that pleases you.

In order to use these Flossugar flavors, you're going to need a cotton candy machine. We have a number of different models to choose from (like the Floss Boss 3024) on our website, www.popcornsupply.com. If your a local customer around Syracuse, New York, you can even come in a rent one of our machines for a day or even a weekend if you don't want to buy one. The possibilities are endless. So come on down or view our website to get started.

Sno-Kones, The Modern Lemonade Stand

With this years record heat, why not make some extra money while cooling down at the same time? Sno-Kones are a quick and inexpensive alternative to the traditional lemonade stand. All you need is a few supplies, along with some ice, in order to get the ball rolling.

Here at Popcorn Supply Company, we have a number of different Sno-Kone syrup options and flavors. If you're looking for a product that's ready to use, our Top Hat Sno-Kone syrup is the product for you. At the same time, if you're looking to make an abundance of Sno-Kones, then our concentrates would be ideal. Hawaii's Finest is a liquid concentrate that can make up to 8 gallons of syrup! All you need to do is ad water and sugar. We also feature Ee-Zee concentrates which are just as easy to use as the liquid concentrate.

Right now we're having a special on our Shav-A-Doo UL Sno-Kone machine. If you order this product online, you can have it shipped to you freight free from now until August 31st, 2012. Theres no time like now to start your own Sno-Kone stand! Visit us at www.popcornsupply.com to choose the supplies that you wish to use.

Movie Theater Experience at Home

Who doesn’t love going to the movies? But by now, with today’s technology many of us don’t need to take the time or expense to even leave the house. From our large high definition televisions, HD DVD players and incredible surround home theater audio systems, many of us can rival the theater experience from the comfort of our own home. But even with dedicated rooms, theater style seating and many of the other bells & whistles associated with the movie going experience, to me the one thing that almost everyone is missing, is the popcorn!

I’m not talking about some paper bag that you throw in the microwave or some store bought raw kernel that you try to manipulate in your spaghetti pot. I’m talkin’ ‘bout real movie popcorn! That unbelievable aroma that smacks you in the face the second you walk in to the building. And the only way to get real movie popcorn is with a real popcorn machine. And the good news is, that a real popcorn machine is available to anyone.

Commercial popcorn machines usually range in capacity of 4oz. to 16oz. (which is also the amount of servings they pop per cycle). Popping cycles take only around 3 minutes. So by the time you get that DVD open & loaded, your fresh hot popcorn will be ready for the opening credits. Combine your popcorn machine with the little details such as popcorn cups or bags, real popcorn butter or Flavacol flavored butter seasoned salt.

A popcorn machine is easy to use, easy to clean and will keep your popcorn fresh and hot. You’ll blow your friends and family away by creating an authentic movie theater experience at home. So for as little as the price of a good DVD player, consider a popcorn machine – and enjoy the show!

How to choose a Cotton Candy Machine

Cotton Candy. It’s an amazingly simple, yet scientific process that produces such a unique, tasty & fun treat. Take a little sugar, apply some heat to liquefy it, apply some centrifugal force & voila’. It’s pretty cool when you stop and think about it. But, if you’re considering getting into the biz (and into the fun), you’ll need to know which type of machine will best suit your needs.

Cotton candy machines come in various sizes and their key components are constructed from different materials. Typically the bowl, which is the area where the cotton candy floss is spun, is either made of plastic or stainless steel. Additionally, the manner in which the sugar is heated to its liquid state by way of a heating element works in one of two ways. There are ribbon elements and there are tubular elements. Although the ribbon element heats up and adjusts more rapidly, it can be a little fragile. However, this style element seems to be the choice for most professional users and can be found on some of the higher end machines such as the industry standard Whirlwind.

Conversely, even though the tubular element is a little slower, it is very durable and difficult to damage. This is why tubular element cotton candy machines are popular with the occasional user and rental companies who rent their equipment to users with little or no experience. Of course you’ll need to have an idea of how much product your cotton candy machine will produce. You can use the chart below to reference the number of servings you can expect your machine to produce per minute. Once you narrow down which machine will be ideal for you, keep in mind that additional items such as floss sugar, floss bubbles, cotton candy cones & bags play a big part of the cotton candy experience. Also, even though all of the machines plug in to a standard 120v outlet, larger machines draw more amperage and need to run on a circuit with a higher capacity (as listed).

Ribbon Element

Floss Boss 3024   2 servings per minute  15 amps
Econo Floss 3017   2 servings per minute  15 amps
Stainless Steel Econo Floss 3017SS 2 servings per minute  15 amps
X-15A Whirlwind 3015A   5 servings per minute  20 amps
Deluxe Whirlwind 3008SS  6 servings per minute  30 amps
Deluxe Toronado 3005SS  8 servings per minute  30 amps

Tubular Element

Breeze 3030    2-3 servings per minute 15 amps
Accu Breeze    2-3 servings per minute 15 amps
Auto Breeze    3-4 servings per minute 15 amps

How to choose the right size Popcorn Machine

Choosing the right popcorn machine is the key to maximizing profits and reducing waste. Popcorn machines come in various sizes ranging 4 oz. to 32 oz. These are the measurements of un-popped kernels in each popping cycle. Each ounce of raw kernels equals approximately one small serving of popcorn. The popping time for these machines is approximately 3 minutes per cycle. Therefore 4 oz. machine makes (4) 1oz. servings per cycle, which are 80 servings per hour. A 12oz. machine Makes (12) 1oz. servings per cycle, or 240 servings per hour (etc.). Obviously it is important to have a good idea of what your volume will be. Not only because you’ll not want to produce too much or too little popcorn, but also you’ll want to make sure that you’re purchasing the proper amount of raw material & accessories (popcorn, butter, bags, cups, seasoning, etc.) for your needs.

Typical size popcorn machines have the following production capabilities

4 oz. machine Makes 4 - 1oz. servings per cycle, 80 servings per hour
6 oz. machine Makes 6 - 1oz. servings per cycle, 120 servings per hour
8 oz. machine Makes 8 - 1oz. servings per cycle, 160 servings per hour
12 oz. machine Makes 12 - 1oz. servings per cycle, 240 servings per hour
16 oz. machine Makes 16 - 1oz. servings per cycle, 320 servings per hour

You’ll also want to make sure that the kettle itself is removable and made of stainless steel (for easy cleaning). The 3 fixed sides of the popcorn machine should be made of tempered glass and the door should be made of plexi-glass. All of this for safety and of course for a great view of all of that fresh, hot popcorn. Nobody likes popcorn that looks and tastes like it’s been sitting around for a while. So additionally, your popcorn machine should have a warming lamp and a heated corn deck to keep the popcorn fresh and hot. Hopefully, this will provide you with some of the key basics when it comes to choosing the right popcorn machine for you. Good Luck & Happy Popping!

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How do you put Cotton Candy in bags

1. Make a big and fairly firm cotton candy on a stick.
2. Hold the bag open with one hand while grasping the cotton candy cone with the other hand.
3. Twist the serving gently down into the bag.
4. Twist the bag with the cone and floss inside, tie and display.

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FOR MAXIMUM SALES Change colors every 10 – 25 cones. Keep your display full at all times. Always use Gold Medal Flossugar.