Who are our first partners for the advent competition do we hear you say? The answer is TEAPIGS, and we are tickled pink about it! If you don’t know of teapigs and haven’t already guessed , they create wonderful tea!
Five Things Worth knowing about teapigs…
Their co-founders, Nick and Lou, set up teapigs in 2006 with a mission to get the nation drinking real tea. They’re not married (shock horror), just great friends.
Louise is a trained tea taster (and has been sourcing and slurping tea for over 15 years). She’ll only choose the very best quality whole leaf teas, whole herbs, berries, flowers and spices for their blends – real tea, not the dusty stuff you’ll find in regular tea bags.
Their teas come in tea “temples” so you can drink loose tea without the fuss! They’re fully biodegradable and contain no plastic.
They’re committed to giving back to the communities that bring this amazing tea. They make a donation to the Point Foundation in Rwanda with every pack of everyday brew they sell (it’s sourced from Rwanda!). The donations improve the lives of vulnerable people in the area. Discover more at www.teapigs.co.uk
If you would like to be in with a chance of winning some of this fabulous tea and a box of our Portlebay Popcorn, then pop over to our social media pages (Facebook, Instagram or Twitter) and follow the instructions! (This competition commences at 5pm!) Good Luck!
As we say farewell to November and turn the pages of our calendars to December, there is only one thing on all our minds! IT’SSS CHRISTMASSSSSSS! Let the countdown begin!
This excitement is certainly no exception for us all in the Portlebay Poppery (our Christmas tree will be up and dressed as soon as the clock strikes midnight and December commences) and as it is truly our favourite time of year, we have decided to host the biggest, the best and the most brilliant competition we have ever had! The Portlebay Christmas Advent Competition- 24 days of competitions, 31 prizes to be won and 26 partnered companies! Give us a hell yeah!
Everything you need to know
The competitions will commence on the 1st December and continue until 24th December
To enter any of our competitions you will need to visit our social media pages (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter) and follow the post instructions
Each competition will be launched at 5pm UK time (Sorry to anyone outside of the UK, the competitions are only for UK entrants)
Each prize will consist of a box of popcorn and another prize provided by our partnered companies – EEK!
That’s all we can spill for now, we hope you are excited (WE ARE!) and don’t forget to enter all the competitions!
Recently popcorn has seen great criticism in the news, as the number of popcorn-related dental issues have doubled over the past three years, according to The Telegraph, and many other broadsheets and tabloids. Supposedly, popcorn has surpassed other more known dental offenders such as hard boiled sweets and toffee, as a result of the rise in popcorn consumption. Our team here at Portlebay Popcorn were surprised when this story hit the news, as we are very proud to say we have NEVER received a legitimate complaint that our popcorn has caused any dental issues!
How have we lessen the number of kernels in our popcorn packets?
In the Poppery, our popcorn experiences many different stages on it’s journey, before it even reaches the packet you see on the shelf. There are two machines that each piece of popcorn will encounter on it’s travels, that reduce the number of kernels in each popcorn batch: the sifter, and a unique Portlebay system that filters our popcorn through weight measurements.
Once the popcorn kernels have been popped in our kettles (not your average kettle that you use to make a cup of tea!) the batch is then taken away on a conveyor belt to the sifter. The sifter filters out all the up-popped kernels (traditionally called Old Maids!), like a giant rotating sieve! After the sifter, the popcorn is then tossed through a seasoning drum to add the flavour. The last step to remove the kernels is a very clever system which is unique to Portlebay. This system measures the weight of each item and will remove anything that is heavier than a popped kernel – an un-popped kernel or sugar lump! Through this process we have been able to limit the number of kernels to that are in our bags industry leading levels, and lessen the likelihood of any dental issues!
Our team at Portlebay are very proud that we have never received a legitimate dental complaint and we will continue to work as hard as we can to keep our popcorn yummy, natural and dental damage free!
HOORAY, Christmas is getting closer! For all our lovely retailers here are our delivery dates and office opening times for Christmas and The New Year!
OFFICE OPENING TIMES
Monday 25th December – CLOSED
Tuesday 26th December – CLOSED
Wednesday 27th – Friday 29th December – Open (skeleton staff)
Monday 1st January – CLOSED
Tuesday 2nd January – Back to work!
COURIER – small deliveries
The last possible delivery day before Christmas will be on Thursday 21st December, any orders for this date will need to be with us and processed by midday on Wednesday 20th December.
(Please note this will be a very busy time so if at all possible please order earlier)
Wednesday 27th December – Friday 29th December there will be no Collections or Deliveries.
Monday 1st January – CLOSED
Tuesday 2nd January – Normal service resumes with first deliveries on Wednesday 3rd January.
Monday 18th December – Friday 22nd December – normal deliveries.
Wednesday 27th December – Monday 1st January – no collection from Portlebay or deliveries to customers
The earliest delivery day after the break will be Thursday 4th January
Although winter is the fun and festive period of Christmas (EEK), yummy food, cosy nights and delicious hot chocolates, winter can make us all a bit down and miss those wild summer adventures! So, we have some handy tips to keep you (and us!) as chirpy and cheerful as possible!
Although it’s super tempting to snuggle up and indulge in those tasty treats, getting out and about, and running around (walking works too!) has proven to raise spirits and keep us happy, happy, happy! Not only does staying active reduce stress, anxiety and depression, it also helps us with weight loss too- woo!
Here are a few fun ideas to get you moving:
Get walking and enjoy the crisp winter season
Convince your friends to get involved and do some fitness classes together- get competitive
Jump into the swing of Christmas and take to the skating rink- Ice Ice Baby
Remember that everything counts- run up those stairs, walk to the shops, have dance and a jiggle while the kettle is boiling
Get your family involved and go on a mini adventure- Castles, beaches, National Parks
Make sure you spend time your friends and family
The winter is typically a time that you spend with your nearest and dearest, they know how to make you smile and will brighten your day! Socialising has a super positive effect on mental health, so get chatting over a good ole cuppa!
Take up a new hobby
Taking up a new hobby can be a great way to keep you busy! If you choose something creative you could even busy yourself with making your friends and family Christmas goodies- cards, decorations, cookies, wreaths, there’s so much to make!
If you aren’t the creative type perhaps look to get involved with a sport. Team sports are great and there lots of sports that aren’t only for the summer periods!
Eat Happy Foods
Before the times of flicking a switch to heat up our homes and the wonderful technology we have today, keeping warm was far more difficult. As we have evolved and can keep cosy all through the chilly season, we must not forget that it is super important to maintain a healthy balanced diet. Along with our wonderful Christmas treats, we also need our good old greens! A healthy diet will help prevent that winter gloominess taking over!
Here are some foods that aren’t just healthy but have also been proven to make us happier (YES PLEASE):
Dark Chocolate- (HOORAY)
Checkout our blog post from September for a super healthy banana oat pancake recipe, to inspire your healthy (but still yummy) lifestyle!
Let’s not let the grizzly winter get the best of us this year and make the most of what those cold and winter days do bring! Happy winter from us all at Portlebay Popcorn!
Makes | 8-10 popcorn balls (depending on if you’d like them bite-sized, or if “gob-smacker” is more your style)
Prep | 10 minutes
Cooking time | 10 minutes
Ready in | 30 minutes
Over Easter we showed you some of our beautifully sculpted and oh so easy to make popcorn balls! They could not be simpler to recreate, and you can let your imagination run wild with any littles extras you’d like to top them with.
75g of butter
75g bag of Portlebay Popcorn
120g of mini marshmallows (plus extra for nibbling)
Food colouring of your choice, and any extras you desire
Melt the butter gently in a large saucepan under a medium heat, and then add the mini marshmallows.
Keep stirring marshmallows as they mix with the butter, until they’ve fully mixed together. If you think the mixture is still too oily, add a few more marshmallows to the mix (provided you haven’t gobbled them up already).
Take the mixture off the heat, and pour into a mixing bowl. Now’s the time to get creative! Add your favourite food colouring, dried fruit, chopped buts, rainbow drops, whatever! The world is your oyster…but not seafood, pretty sure that would be horrible.
Once that is mixed together, bundle in your popcorn and make sure to coat every last kernel with your glorious concoction. The mixture should be slightly hardening by now, so this is an excellent time to start working on your Michelle Obama arms.
Once it is fully coated, use some of the butter to rub on your hands, and start moulding into balls.
Place on to greaseproof paper, and chill in the fridge for 30 mins. Once they are keeping their shape, they are ready to enjoy!
By this time in January, you’re either powering through your New Years resolutions like a determined stallion, your fridge is full of courgetti spaghetti, or you’ve decided you’re actually pretty awesome, so no need for #NewYearNewMe. To be frank, you can be healthier at any point in the year, but it does make things easier when yoga mats and gym memberships are on sale.
For those who’d like a little fitness inspiration, we’ve been trying out a mix of healthy snacks and quirky exercise classes to see the lighter side of being a healthy bean in 2017! Exercise never has to be a seasonable thing, so expect our active investigations throughout the year 😊
The first activity this year to tick off our list: Trampoline Aerobics at Super Tramp Parks!
Apart from the most obvious benefit of bouncing up and down like a giddy toddler (or maybe that’s just me?), trampolining is also an extremely low impact sport for your joints, especially when compared to jogging or tennis! Repeated classes can also lead to stronger bones, a faster metabolism, and a pretty good bum if your fitness instructors make you do enough lunges.
I unfortunately didn’t finish the class, as I was busy Snap Chatting and Instagramming a lot of it…and that was the biggest mistake of my week.
If you work through all the exercises, the bouncing from one trampoline to the other and the 50 or so sit-ups, you’ll end the class with a nice relaxing series of yoga style moves to gently work through, demonstrated here:
Without this essential part of the work out, you will be guaranteed to be aching for DAYS. Literally DAYS. For complete transparency, we attended this class on Monday evening, it is now Friday, and only today have I felt comfortable enough to crouch down and stand up again without the aid of a chair or nearest person to grab on to. The cool down part of any exercise class or activity should never really be missed, but with classes that don’t feel too intense on the surface, it’s probably even more import to do them. Lesson = Learnt.
This is not your standard trampoline jaunt; this will leave you feeling like you just bounced up a mountain, and lunged all the way down again, but you feel all the better for it. If you’re looking to brush away those Christmas cobwebs, or you want an exercise class that feels more like fun than work, or you just want to see what Buster the Boxer was so excited about, this is definitely the class for you.