World Photography Day

At Portlebay we believe that life isn’t purely about large, exciting day trips or hugely memorable land marks like a birthday or wedding (although these are pretty important!), it’s also about cherishing the little moments and the simple, tiny things that bring joy to your every day life (like munching on your favourite flavour of popcorn). A very wise photographer once said:

“Taking pictures is savouring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.”
— Marc Riboud

For us this quote reminds us to be grateful for even the littlest things that make us smile and also allows us to admire the amazing talent of photography. Since today is world photography day, photography guest blogger Sarah (Checkered_photography) spoke to us about her photography journey and gave us a few top tips on how to take photos that do truly allow you to savour life in one of the most wonderful ways!

  1. How did your passions for photography initially come about?

When I was younger my dad was always really good at photography he then passed me down one of his cameras and I have been addicted ever since.

2. How long have you been taking photos for?

I have had my own photography business now for 5 years.

3. What is it you find so wonderful about photography and why do you love it?

I am actually quite a shy and reserved person, but photography allows me to show other people what I see and allows me to express my feelings through the imagery that I produce, along with giving me the confidence to talk to anyone when I have my camera in my hand.

4. What is your favourite genre of photography and why?

I don’t actually want to pin it down and say I have a favourite. As you can imagine living here in Cornwall it allows me to be on the beach whenever I wish to be, so a lot of my photography is based in and around the sea.

5. What would be your top 5 photography tips?

  1.             Always be original, never set out to copy someone else you need to have your own style.

  2.            Stay relaxed. I can be way over critical of my work.

  3.           Keep learning, you can never take too many photos.

  4.            Stay confident. I have had a lot of tough life situations but my photography has always got me through them.

  5.   Be aware of your surroundings. Take in as much as possible when you are photographing, it will shine through in your imagery

 

To view more of Checkered Photography’s images visit their website at www.checkeredphotography.co.uk.

Popcorn Lemon Cheesecake

Here’s one way to fizz up a classic pudding! Anna from scrumptiousandnutritious created this beautiful cheesecake using our Lemon Sherbet popcorn and we think its perfect, especially when topped off with some pretty summer flowers! Check out her Instagram for more fruity food inspiration!

 

Popcorn Lemon Cheesecake 

Ingredients 

250g Digestive Biscuits

2 Bags Portlebay Lemon Sherbert Popcorn

100g Butter

500g Mascarpone

2 Lemons

300g Lemon and Lime Marmalade

3 tbs chocolate curls

 Method 

  1. Mix all the digestives and 2/3 of a bag of Portlebay popcorn in a food processor. Crush the remaining 1/3 bag with your hands and mix into the crumbs.
  2. Melt the butter and mix into the biscuit and popcorn mixture.
  3. Pour the mixture into a greased tin and press the mixture down until it’s all flat.
  4. Combine the mascarpone with the juice and rinds from the lemons and chocolate swirls, then stir well.
  5. Melt 200g marmalade with a couple of tablespoons of water, keep stirring until it becomes smooth. Then mix in with the mascarpone.
  6. Pour the mixture on top of the biscuit and popcorn base and spread it out to the edges.
  7. Melt 100g of marmalade with 1 tablespoon of water until smooth, then pour on top of the cheesecake
  8. Put the cheesecake in the fridge and leave to set for 24 hours.
  9. Once set, decorate the cheesecake with the rest of the chocolate swirls and a bag of Portlebay Lemon Sherbert Popcorn!

Mental Health Awareness Week: About Amy

As this week is Mental Health Awareness week, we have an amazing blog post to share with you, written by Amy, the author of the blog ‘Surviving Now Thriving‘. Amy has had a very incredible and inspiring journey that she has shared with us and we think she is truly spectacular! YOU GO GIRL!

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Who am I?

Popcorn addict, Plant-powered, Positive, Passionate Psychology graduate – think that pretty much sums me up (I do love a good bit of alliteration).

I maybe should have started with my actual name, but that’s not half as fun – I’m Amy (not Surviving as I laugh about being called) and I started blogging on Instagram last year at www.instagram.com/survivingnowthriving.

From numerous failed suicide attempts to now living every moment as if it’s my last, I created my blog to inspire others to do the same. Struggling with anorexia, binge eating disorder, depression, anxiety, acne, trichotillomania, and a make-up addiction, I know that my past struggles put me in a unique position to truly be able to help those currently struggling. And that is exactly why I do it. Because I don’t want anyone else to have to go through the torture that I did. My past does not define me, but it has certainly shaped me into the warrior of a woman I am today.

My blogging is extremely diverse covering a whole range of topics, but one of my main passions is mental health. I actually think it is becoming more normal to have suffered or to currently be suffering from some form of mental illness than not. Therefore, it’s of vital importance that we talk about it! In my experience, openness encourages openness. From sharing my story, this has inspired so many others to tell their own and also to seek help. In addition, it assists in improving awareness and understanding, and also to decrease the stigma around mental health that still prevails.

I could write a book (and I actually have been asked to) on my advice on recovering from mental illnesses. But the truth is, everyone is different. Mental health is not a one-size fits all approach, and what works for one will be highly detrimental to another. I have experienced this first-hand in that reccommendations from mental health professionals have made me a lot worse. For example, last year, in the roots of my depression and anxiety, I was told that I had two options – take anti-depressants or go into hospital. Otherwise, I couldn’t expect to get any better. And that was traumatising for me to hear at such a vulnerable time of my life, because I didn’t want to do either. I ended up sectioned in a mental health hospital against my will. I had been hiding away from the world for almost half a year and was forced into this place where I would have to be around so many people. It was a mixed ward too which meant there were guys asking me questions, and the last thing I wanted to do or felt comfortable with was talking to anyone.  Thankfully, I was discharged after 2 weeks and was able to make a full recovery all by myself.

But how did you do it?

Well, mental illness is not a choice, but recovery is. Both myself and my family had accepted that I was going to be this way forever. Locked away in my home, never seeing anyone ever again. I decided to fight, and here I am writing this now, living and THRIVING.

Here’s 10 simple tips on how to thrive:

  1. Love yourself like your life depends on it.
  2. Boring but important – nutrition – Food affects your mood so nourishing your body is a massive help.
  3. Move your body in a way that you enjoy, and also make sure to rest.
  4. Surround yourself with good people ONLY, and cut the rest – choose radiators over drains.
  5. Find what you’re passionate about, follow your dreams and never stop until they become your reality.
  6. Write down what you’re grateful for every single day.
  7. Never stop learning.
  8. Learn from the past, live for the present, and believe in the future.
  9. Train your mind to focus on the positives in everything.
  10. Spend time visualising your life exactly the way you want it to be, and watch it materialise (this sounds crackers I know, but I have manifested A LOT through doing this).

If you are currently struggling with your mental health, I want you to know that you are not alone. Be gentle with yourself and know that you can get through this. You can get through anything. Never give up. And remember, difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations. A life filled with technicolour is awaiting you.

If you enjoyed this, have a read of our Give Yourself a Break, You’re Doing the Best You Can!’ post too!

If Popcorn was a Unit of Measurement!

After a rather entertaining discussion at The Poppery, that led to the comparison of  how tall each of us popcorn-enthusiasts are, we decided that all the many units that we could use to express how tall we are just weren’t fun enough. You know the typical units we see alllll the time; ft, in, cm, mm. We need something with a little more… pizazz! And so, we did what we do best, we introduced popcorn and measured the world in the new unit of

ppp (pieces of popped popcorn)!

After averaging a large range of pieces of popcorn we discovered how to measure anything and everything in popcorn!

The Things we Measured in Popcorn (ppp)…

The Portlebay Team!

We took a small, medium and tall member of staff and measured them in popcorn!

The Small One: Millie from marketing is our littlest team member measuring a mere 63ppp.

The Medium Ones: Diane our mother hen and Faye the lady with the money are the same height, measuring a very modest 67ppp.

The Tall One: Neil one of our mighty co-founders is the tallest in the pack, measuring in at the great height of 74ppp.

Items we Found at The Poppery

Our almighty kettle (an essential piece of equipment in The Poppery): just 10ppp

Our front door: 81ppp

A small teddy bear: only 9ppp

Steve from the warehouse’s forklift: this lift and shifting machine totalled in at 72ppp

The Poppery itself: the perimeter of our popcorn hq is 4,800ppp

and one last measure…

If we lined up enough popcorn to go around the world we would need:

1603,000,000ppp! 

Another fun post to read after this is ‘Meet our Mascot Bob!’

Roxy Hempel: 5 Ways to be More Eco Conscious…

5 ways to be more eco conscious…

The very inspiring Roxy Hempel from the Eco Edit tells us 5 ways to be more eco conscious. The Eco Edit is a lifestyle platform for the eco conscious, exploring brands that have a positive impact. This includes eco and socially conscious fashion brands, green beauty products and philanthropic lifestyle brands.

 

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1. Give up or cut down on animal products

Cutting down or avoiding meat altogether is the most effective way you can be more eco conscious, and the great news is, it has an immediate impact!
Following a plant based diet is healthy, budget friendly, and limitless – all of your favourite meals can be veganised, its easy once you know how!

If you are giving it a go there are lots of resources available online, try the #veganuary hashtag on Instagram, of search for your local vegan group on Facebook for support and tips on eating near you.

Still not sure sure of the reasons why? The movie, Cowspiracy is a good place to start, or Earthlings and Forks over knives.

 

2. Plant trees for free everytime you use the internet.

Ecosia is a free browser and app you can download for your computer and devices, that plants trees on your behalf every time you use it. So far this initiative has planted over 18 million trees in developing and rural communities! It is completely free for you and works just the same as your current browser (Google, safari, etc). You can find out more and get the links to download the browser for your computer and the app by visiting the website.

 

3. Choose sustainable fashion brands

Fashion is a hugely polluting industry. From the textile production to the dyeing process, to the overwhelming amount of wastage, there are huge enviromental issues which we don’t even know the full extent of yet. The good news is there are tons of great sustainable fashion brand out there that do things differently. Brands that use eco friendly fibers and dyes, recycled textiles and support fair trade principles. Follow me over on Instagram, and sign up to the newsletter of my lifestyle platform Eco Edit, and receive weekly edits of the best sustainable fashion brands.

 

4. Say not to plastic

There is no doubt about it, our plastic consumption is out of a control and is having a devastating effect on the enviroment. There is more than 8 BILLION tons of plastic on this planet, and the majority of that is waste that will take around 450 years to decompose. If laid out flat, 10 inches deep, it would be enough to cover the whole of Argentina, the 8th largest country in the world. Join our Facebook group ‘Less plastic is fantastic’ which we update with tips and ideas for reducing single use plastic consumption.

An easy one you can utilise right away – when choosing drinks, if you’re not using your own reusable cup, opt for aluminium or glass – either of these can be recycled an infinite number of times without losing their quality, unlike plastic which can only be recycled once.

 

5. Go green on your energy source

Check out Bulb – they offer 100% renewable energy, they pay your exit fees from your current energy supplier AND they save you on average 20% on your energy bills a year, they will also switch everything over for you, making it completely hassle free!
Saving the planet and saving money – what’s not to like?!

For more ideas on how to be more eco conscious, see a blog post 10 practical and positive things you can do, here http://www.theecoedit.co.uk/10-practical-positive-things-can-make-world-better-place/

You can find me either at Eco Edit http://www.theecoedit.co.uk or over on instagram here https://www.instagram.com/_theecoedit/

Sesame and Tamari Stir Fry Topped With Wasabi and Ginger Popcorn

Guest blogger Bella created this scrumptious recipe which we think is da bomb!

About Bella

Lovely Bella is the owner of the recipe based blog Sprinkle Of Goodness. After falling unwell two years ago with ME, Bella started to take great care with what she was eating and developed a real passion for cooking as she experimented with healthy recipes. For Bella, cooking has not just been about about eating the right things but also it gave her a reason to get out of bed when she was unwell and helped her to regain her strength. Today Bella is fully recovered and her passion for cooking has flourished further, checkout her blog and Instagram for many more yummy recipes!

Sesame And Tamari Stir Fry Topped With Wasabi And Ginger Popcorn

 

Serves 2

Ingredients:

·    1 tbsp sesame oil

·     2 nests brown rice vermicelli noodles (if using another type of noodle, adjust cooking time accordingly)

·     ½ a courgette

·     Large handful purple sprouting tops

·     200g baby button mushrooms

·     1 carrot

·     2 tbsp tamari soy sauce

·     ½ a small bag Portlebay Wasabi and Ginger Popcorn

·     Salt, pepper and a pinch of chilli flakes (optional)

Method:

1.  Firstly prepare your vegetables. Cut the courgette and carrot into small cubes, wash and cut up your sprouting top and slice your mushrooms.

2.  Heat the sesame oil in a pan over a medium heat and then add the mushrooms and sprouting tops, and cook for a few minutes, stirring frequently.

3. In the meantime, boil your kettle ready for the noodles.

4.  Add the courgette and carrot to the pan and cook for 2 minutes.

5. Put the noodles in a heatproof bowl and cover with boiling water for 2 minutes.

6. Add the soy sauce to the pan, stir in well and then drain and add the noodles.

7.  Stir for a minute or so before serving into bowls, top with the popcorn, and add a sprinkle of chilli flakes. Enjoy!

 

 

Competition Time with Vincent Trading!

It’sssss competition time! WOO! This competition, which is starting on the 17th April-24th April 2018, we have teamed up with Vincent Trading, a Devon based carpentry, joinery and home interiors company! The Vincent Trading team create seriously gorgeous goodies and we utterly adore everything that they create! For a chance to win a box of our Portlebay Popcorn and a Vincent Trading ‘Hugo‘ Serving Board, head over to our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and follow the instructions! Also, don’t forget to check out the Vincent Trading website here!

 

A Little More About Vincent Trading

Lovingly crafted by hand, in his workshop overlooking the sea in South Milton, Devon, Mike, alongside his wife Emma, has created a range of individually hand-made items, each one made from carefully hand-picked reclaimed wood. After serving his apprenticeship with a specialist joinery company in The Cotswolds, Mike recently moved to Devon to set up his own business to enable him to create his own range of products.

Mike is passionate about his trade, and as part of his new venture he is keen to continue making and fitting windows, doors and kitchens. He’s already busy working on projects with local tradesfolk in Devon.

To compliment Mike’s range of hand-made items, the couple have gathered together a distinctive range of home accessories which is truly adorable. From delightful hand-made mugs, to beautifully scented soy candles, all made in England.

To see Mike’s full range of hand-crafted items, gallery of recent joinery and carpentry projects, and the Vincent Trading collection of carefully selected accessories, head over to their website!

If you enjoyed reading about Vincent Trading, have a peak at our previous post ‘Guest Blogger Emma: Why She Loves Devon’, written by the fabulous Emaa from the Vincent Trading duo.

 Competition T & Cs

  1. Portlebay Popcorn Company Ltd (reg no. 10551352) whose registered office is at The Poppery, Unit 7, Meadow Close, Langage, Plympton, PL7 5EX.
  2. The competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom aged 16 years or over, except employees of Portlebay Popcorn Company and their close relatives and anyone otherwise connected with the organisation or judging of the competition, whose entrants are null and void.
  3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
  4. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  5. Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
  6. Only one entry will be accepted per person, per platform. Multiple entries from the same person will be disqualified.
  7. Closing date for entry will be 24th April at 5pm. No further entries to the competition will be permitted after 5pm on the 24th April.
  8. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
  9. The rules of the competition and how to enter are as instructed on the Instagram, Facebook and Twitter competition post.
  10. Any comments or interaction featuring scenes of violence, nudity, substance abuse, pornographic images or images used to incite hatred will be blocked and banned from the competition.
  11. Portlebay Popcorn Company Ltd. reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by Portlebay Popcorn.
  12. Portlebay Popcorn is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
  13. The prize consists of one sample box containing 8 packets of Portlebay Popcorn and one Vincent Trading Hugo serving board. The prize is as stated, and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. The prize is not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
  14. The winners will be chosen at random and verified by Portlebay Popcorn.
  15. The winner will be notified by email and/or DM on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram within 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
  16. Portlebay Popcorn will notify the winner when and where the prize can be collected / is delivered.
  17. Portlebay Popcorn’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  18. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.
  19. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material, as well as their entry. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
  20. The winner’s name will be available 28 days after closing date by emailing the following address: letspop@portlebaypopcorn.com
  21. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  22. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other Social Network. You are providing your information to Portlebay Popcorn and not to any other party.

Meet The Marvellous Mark!

Another sunny day in beautiful Devon and another welcome to a chirpy new Portlebay team member. Today, we are introducing Mark, he has undergone the vital rite of passage of posing with with Bob the seagull and is now an official Portlebay Popcorn warrior. WOO HOO! GO MARK! It wouldn’t be an official Portlebay greeting if we didn’t investigate into what Mark loves and what he’ll be doing when he’s not frolicking in a sea of popcorn, so here’s some fun facts about him…

-Mark is our shiny new National Account Honcho and Chief Phone Chatter

-His favourite Portlebay Popcorn is Chilli & Lime- he loves his chilli and loves his lime, it’s a match made in heaven!

-Mark can also been known as ‘Motorcycle Mark’, as he has a great passion for the speedy two wheel machines and travels around the country following The British Super Bike Events (of course on his own motorbike!) Mark’s love for motorbikes began with motocross racing, when he was only 14, and has been flourishing ever since! At one time Mark had a collection of four motorbikes; a traditional bike, an adventure bike, a touring bike and a sport bike! Fancy a spin? Marks ya man!

-He has a gorgeous German Shepard, called Ellie-May, who is just over a year old and will melt your heart!

-Mark has lived in 17 houses!

-Along with motorcycles, Mark also collects beautiful fountain pens. His interest in pens started after a customer gifted Mark a fountain pen as a thank you and ever since he has loved them! Mark’s collection now exceeds 30 of these glorious creations!

-At 12 years old Mark’s music teacher told him not to sing as he sounded like ‘an old growler’ and has never sang since, not even in the shower!

Here’s a snap of Ellie-May- look how adorable she is!

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If you haven’t yet met Roddy, make sure you read this post too!

Where Does Your Corn Come From?

‘Where does your corn come from?’ We hear you wonder… Nataïs!

Nataïs, are our corn suppliers. They farm the wonderful corn that is then popped and seasoned into our Portlebay Popcorn. Based in Southern France, Nataïs specialise in growing popping corn from the butterfly family (like ours) and the mushroom family! The company cherish the land in which the crops grow from and are firm believers of sustainable farming, YAY!

But why all the way from France?

In order to grow popping corn a climate of plentiful sunshine is required. As this isn’t something that is common in the UK, growing corn in the South of France is a much better idea! The terrain in the South of France is also an ideal match for growing corn and along with the sunshine ensures that there is a constant supply of popping corn being produced.

The Farmers’ Partnership

As Nataïs believe that sustainable farming  is essential, the company focus on using local resources and expertise. A major part of utilising local resources is the partnership that Nataïs have with their farmers. Today there are a total of 200 farmers partnered with the company, all of which are very highly valued.

The company has established a tailored procedure to ensure all the Nataïs farmers consistently grow and carry out the same practices. This procedure includes meeting with all farmers on a regular basis and matching their soil and climate conditions. They also frequently exchange ideas regarding improvement techniques, seed selection and best growing practices – especially regarding innovation and sustainability.

The Story of Nataïs…

Founder and president of Nataïs, Michael Ehmann grew up on a farm in Germany with his family, which inspired him to become a farmer and discover new practices with the land. At the age of 24 Michael took a trip to America where he met a popcorn farmer. This encounter sparked the idea that he could grow popcorn at his family farm in France. With this new and exciting idea he purchased 2kg of seeds, popped them in his suitcase and whisked them home to France.

Over the first few years Michael experimented a lot and spent time testing out all kinds of techniques, until he finally produced the desired outcome, which was specifically created for the soil and climate in the South of France. After eventually perfecting farming the corn, he was then faced with a whole new challenge, getting his product into the market. Those that he approached with his corn were suspicious of a French man growing popping corn. Facing this difficult situation Michael took to visiting a wide range of plants and customers to gain a further understanding into the industry.

After gaining this new insight into the farming of popping corn, Michael then met Jérôme Réthoré (now General Manager of Nataïs).  Jérôme shared his expert knowledge of the popping corn industrial process and together they took the business further.

We love the passion and values that drive Nataïs and truly think they are a super cool company! Three cheers for our wonderful popping corn supplier! HIP-HIP HOORAY, HIP-HIP HOORAY, HIP-HIP HOORAAAAY!

Another post about our ingredients you may enjoy is our ‘Oh No, No Palm Oil Here’.

Our Favourite Flavours!

We asked our fabulous team of popcorn lovers what their favourite Portlebay Popcorn flavours are, why and if they could invent a new flavour what it would be! Have a read below to see what wild and wonderful flavours they came up with (some are rather interesting to say the least!)

First up we have our little piggy bank, the lady with money, Faye!

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Favourite Portlebay Popcorn? Lightly Sea Salted

 

Why? I’m all savoury all the way!

 

What flavour popcorn would you loveee us to invent? Christmas dinner with all the trimming, including the sprouts!

 

Next up we have one of our co-founders, the mighty Jonty!

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Favourite Portlebay Popcorn? Crispy Bacon and Maple Syrup

 

Why? It’s the a delicious marriage of sweet and savoury! I also adore bacon!!

 

What flavour popcorn would you loveee us to invent? Reblochon Cheese- a taste of the mountains!

 

 

Now we have our mother hen, the lady that keeps us all in line, Diane!

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Favourite Portlebay Popcorn? Lemon Sherbet

 

Why? It’s as if someone has taken the beautiful seasons of Spring and Summer and popped them into this little yellow bag!

 

What flavour popcorn would you loveee us to invent? King Prawn Noodles

 

Our marketing fairy Millie, is next on the agenda!

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Favourite Portlebay Popcorn? Lightly Sea Salted

 

Why? It’s the classic and will always be the best! (It’s also guilt-free when you need something to munch on in the office hehehe)

 

What flavour popcorn would you loveee us to invent? Dark Chocolate and Raspberry!

Our other genius co-founder, the magnificent Neil is next to reveal his favourite flavour!

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Favourite Portlebay Popcorn? Chilli and Lime

 

Why? It’s takes me back to sitting on the beach in Mexico, with an ice cold drink in hand! Ahh the dream!

 

What flavour popcorn would you loveee us to invent? Beef Madras Curry

And finally, we have the man that keeps our popcorn popping, it’s Ian!

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Favourite Portlebay Popcorn? Sweet & Salty!

 

Why? It’s just such a tasty treat, that perfectly satisfies my sweet, sweet cravings!

 

What flavour popcorn would you loveee us to invent? Good ole British Roast Beef

 

 

We would love to hear what your favourite flavour is and of course what flavours you would love us to invent in The Poppery!