Guest Blogger! Fran’s Chocolate and Lemon Biscuit Bites

Recently, Portlebay Popcorn asked me to create a recipe with their popcorn, and I just had to say yes! Popcorn is one of my favourite snacks and their delicious and innovative flavours were just too good to not try. I wanted to use one of the more unusual flavours and what is more exciting than lemon sherbet popcorn? Therefore, these chocolate lemon biscuit bites were formed.

I am not going to lie to you, this was one of those recipes where I just made it up as I went along and it turned out pretty darn good. A cheesecake style biscuit base with a chewy lemon cashew middle and a crispy chocolate topping. But of course the crème de la crème of this recipe is the lemon sherbet popcorn, that proudly sits on top.

Ingredients: Makes 9 bites

  • 100g Cashew Butter
  • 2 tbsp Desiccated Coconut
  • 3 tsp Lemon Extract (can adapt to taste)
  • 1 tbsp of Coconut Flour (or Ground Almonds works well too)
  • 150g Dark Chocolate
  • 100g Digestive biscuits
  • 75g Butter

Method:

  • Start by mixing together the cashew butter, coconut, lemon extract and coconut flour in a bowl.
  • If the mixture is a little thick you can add a splash of water and mix again.
  • Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a saucepan of boiling water – be careful not to burn the chocolate.
  • In a separate bowl crush the digestives with a rolling pin until they resemble a fine crumb.
  • Melt the butter in a saucepan and then add to the biscuit crumb. Mix together until the biscuit is coated in butter and sticking together.
  • Evenly distribute the biscuit mix between 9 round silicon moulds – press it into the bottom.
  • Next add 1tsp of cashew mixture onto the biscuit base and spread evenly.
  • Finally add a spoonful of melted chocolate to the top and then a sprinkle of Portlebay Lemon Sherbet Popcorn.
  • Leave to set in the freezer for about 30 mins before tucking in!

Fran

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Don’t forget to checkout Fran’s gorgeous Instagram page and blog for many more delicious and creative recipes, they’re amazing!

 

 

Steph’s Portlebay Popcorn Granola!

 

 

 

Popcorn granola? YES PLEASE! The very cool and talented vegan recipe blogger Steph, also known as StephiDFitness, created this wonderful recipe which we think is super fun and guaranteed to help shift those January blues!

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Steph- The Vegan Blogger

Popcorn Granola and Granola Balls Recipe:

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Yields: 4 portions or 12 balls
Storage: Sealed container (for the granola) or fridge (for the balls)

Ingredients:

  • 150g rolled oats
  • 50g almonds – lightly crushed (or other nuts)
  • 40g hazelnuts – lightly crushed (or other nuts)
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 30g desiccated coconut
  • 20g dried cranberries (or other dried fruit)
  • 20g dried goji berries (or other dried fruit)
  • 25g Sweet and Salted Portlebay Popcorn

For Granola Balls:

  • 200g pitted dates (blended into a paste)
  • 3 tbsp. golden syrup

Method:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 150*C (fan oven)
  2. Add the oats, almonds, hazelnuts, oil and maple syrup and stir until thoroughly mixed
  3. Line a baking tray with baking paper and spread the oat mixture and bake for about 15 minutes until brown (make sure it doesn’t burn!)
  4. Then, in a bowl, stir in the rest of the ingredients
  5. Enjoy warm or cooled!

For granola balls:

6. Mix in the dates and golden syrup until all the dates are coated and sticky
7. Use your hands to form balls by squashing the mixture together
8. Optional: dip in vegan chocolate to finish and enjoy!

Do checkout The Vegan Recipe Blog, for many more sweet and savoury vegan friendly treats created by Steph! Be prepared to be made very very hungry! Also checkout her super inspiring Instagram page here!

Christmas Eve: The Final Portlebay Advent Competition!

The final competition of our Portlebay Advent is truly something not to be missed! Day 24, along with a box of Portlebay Popcorn, is offering two vouchers for Fistral Surf School AND a £100 voucher for the clothing company Joules! OHH LA LA! If you want to be in with a chance of winning this magnificent prize head on over to our social media pages (Facebook, Instagram or Twitter) and follow the instructions!

Here’s a Little Bit of Information About These Two Lovely Brands….

Fistral Surf School

As we are very lucky and live in Devon, we are surrounded by many beautiful beaches! Although the beach is normally a sunny destination, a winter beach is just as charming and many of us popcorn-enthusiats visit all year round! We even have some wild members of our team that have no reservations about jumping in the sea and will spend a couple hours splashing about on surf boards! (Others prefer to just spectate and keep warm in our woolly hats and gloves!)

With our love of the beach in mind, we are absolutely thrilled that The Fistral Surf School have partnered with us! UntitledFistral Beach is the undisputed home for British surfing with its big sandy beach and famous waves. Sitting at the top of the beach is Fistral Beach Surf School, a family run business that has its doors open all year. The school offers surf, bodyboarding and stand up paddle boarding coaching to all ranges of abilities and ages. Their dedicated and friendly team have over 20 years of experience, and strive to provide professional coaching. All equipment has been carefully handpicked, providing the best quality possible to ensure that you have maximum satisfaction and all equipment is included in the lesson prices. Open all year round, the surf school and hire centre has all the equipment to keep you stoked and toasty no matter what the Atlantic Ocean throws at you, from toasty summers to frosty winters the hire centre has you covered.

Joules

Joules, the very lovely clothing company that is all about family and colour, started over 25 wonderful years ago when Tom Joule started selling clothing at country fairs and events. As our Portlebay Poppery is located in a rather rural part of the country and we looooooove the countryside life, we have to admit Joules is a big YES from us!

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Joules Clothing

The brand have created bright and typically British clothing for all family members (including dogs!) and today they have even expanded to home and footwear!

Don’t forget to enter our last Christmas Competition on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, oh and…HAPPY CHRISTMAS FOR TOMORROW!

Mi-Pac are back with Portlebay!

In summer we were very excited to have teamed up with the very marvellous Mi-Pac, who make brilliant and unique accessories! We launched a competition in August offering a gorgeous Mi-Pac bag and a box of Portlebay Popcorn to 3 lucky winners, and we are delighted to announce that we are teaming up with them again for Day 23 of our Christmas Advent Competition (launching at 5pm tonight).

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A snap from the last time we teamed up with Mi-Pac

A little bit about Mi-Pac…

At Mi-Pac they like to mix it up and work with a whole collective of talented designers, and team up with like-minded brands to create unique and exclusive products! They travel the world gathering materials and sourcing inspiration from every corner of the globe (how cool, can we come?).

They strive for their accessories to be both functional and fashionable, but refuse to compromise on quality. Available in an array of block colours, Mi-Pac have oodles of signature prints and premium finishes – there really is a Mi-Pac for everyone!

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A range Mi-Pac Bags that we LOVE

To be in with a chance of winning some Mi-Pac accessories and a box of our Portlebay Popcorn, don’t forget to check out our social media page (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter) and follow the instructions! (The competition launches at 5pm tonight!).

Portlebay Meets The Big Beautiful Bottle Co

Our Portlebay team love to keep hydrated, and can often be caught sipping on a glass of water. When we were introduced to The Big Bottle Co it was love at first sight, and we believe that you need to know all about them!

The Big Bottle Co (BBC) create gorgeous brightly coloured water bottles that can hold 2.2 litres of water (Our office looks fabulous with these bursts of colour dotted around!). The BBC started in Australia, and has well and truly flourished, reaching us all the way over here in UK! The BBC team designed these water bottles aiming to get us all thinking about our daily water consumption, and to act as a reminder to keep drinking (Did you know 2 litres of water should be consumed everyday to ensure a healthy lifestyle?). These big bottles are so much more than just a water bottle, they are a statement, an eye catcher and the ultimate fashion accessory!

bottle The Big Bottles are:
● BPA & BPS free
● Dishwasher friendly
● Freezer friendly: max minus 8 ‘c
● Eco friendly and 100% recyclable
● Weight bearing strap up to 6kg
● Non-leaching and toxin-free

If you would like to win one of these brilliant, bold water bottles (and a box of our Portlebay Popcorn) then head on over to one of our social media pages (Instagram, Facebook or Twitter) and follow the instructions for Day 22 of our Christmas Advent Competition! (This launches at 5pm tonight)

 

 

It’s a Postbox Party with Portlebay

Christmas is a time of year we all can’t help but love, as it prompts December to consist of glitter, presents and freshly baked goods! As well as a time for family, Christmas is also the perfect excuse to PARTY! If you are looking to spice up your usual celebrations, it’s time you met Postbox Party!

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A Postbox Party Advent Box

Postbox Party is a little team of party lovers who offer celebratory products, stocking everything from room and table decorations to photo props, games, personalised extras and even complete party boxes. Whatever your event, planning, sourcing and hosting a party is as easy as opening a box and letting the fun begin!

To be in with a chance of having a Postbox Party parcel delivered to your door and a box of our Portlebay Popcorn, make sure you head on over to our social media pages (Instagram, Facebook or Twitter) and follow the instructions! (This competition launches at 5pm tonight)

 

 

Our Christmas- The Portlebay Team’s Traditions (Part 3)

 CHRISTMAS IS SO CLOSE NOW! 5 days to go, 5 days to go! Here is the last part of our festive traditions and tales, we would love to hear all about yours too so do pop us a message!

Introducing Neil, our other Chief Pop-Miesters!

Do you have any Christmas traditions? It’s my birthday on Christmas Eve so double present is a bit of a tradition! I also like to fly off to somewhere for Christmas- usually somewhere cold like Prague or New York.

What is your fondest Christmas memory? As a child, Christmas with my grandparents

What do you normally have for Christmas dinner? Usually a traditional turkey dinner but I once had to settle for a burger at the Hard Rock Café in Amsterdam

Real Christmas tree or fake Christmas tree? Fake

Favourite Christmas film? National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Are you super organised and buy your Christmas Present early or are you a last minute shopper? Last minute but I’m getting better!

What’s on top of your Christmas tree? Angel

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Next up we have the mighty Mark from sales!

What is your fondest Christmas memory? Christmas dinner- my all-time fav meal for the year!

What is your favourite part of a Christmas Dinner? Everything! Lots of veg, turkey, stuffing, pigs in blankets, gravy- it’s all just the best!

What is your favourite Christmas activity? Sleeping after lunch!

Real Christmas tree or fake Christmas tree? The fake trees with the changing lights!

Favourite Christmas film? Goonies- it’s not Christmassy but it’s always on at Christmas

Are you super organised and buy your Christmas Present early or are you a last minute shopper? Last minute

What’s on top of your Christmas tree? An angel that one of my siblings made when we were children

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Finally, we have Diane our fairy god mother (we need her)!

Do you have any Christmas traditions? As children, our presents were in our pillowcases, on the end of our beds. We also saved one present from under the tree to open on boxing day! Nowadays- it’s anything goes!

What is your fondest Christmas memory? Waking up and moving my feet to see if Santa had been and left presents in my pillow case.

What is your favourite part of a Christmas dinner? Setting the table and the gravy and cranberry sauce

What is your favourite Christmas activity? Putting up the tree and writing Christmas cards

Real Christmas tree or fake Christmas tree? Real

Favourite Christmas film? Love Actually and Elf

Favourite Christmas song? Last Christmas- Wham

Are you super organised and buy your Christmas Present early or are you a last-minute shopper? A bit of both

What’s on top of your Christmas tree? Normally something my son has made in school!             

That’s all for now folks, but there is more to come! YAY!

Brilliant Bookishly: Pages and Portlebay Popcorn!

It is officially 6 DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS! With the big day fast approaching, we are all busy using up miles of wrapping paper and sending our festive wishes to all our friends and family. To bring a little extra Christmas cheer why not pop over to our social media pages (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter) to enter Day 6 of our Christmas Advent Competition, and be in with a chance of winning a box of Portlebay Popcorn and a gorgeous gift from Bookishly! (This competition launches at 5pm tonight)

Bookishly create gorgeous prints with quotes from classic literature, movies and songs. Each print is created using an original and vintage book page, making each one a little bit unique and very special. Each print also consists of the wonky old font that is exclusive to Bookishly and is based on hand drawn lettering. You won’t see it anywhere else!

Louise Verity is the owner of Bookishly, and lives in Northamptonshire with her husband and young children. She likes John Hughes movies, cake and the smell of new books. She dislikes Marmite and ironing.

Bookishly was first established in 2009 as Wall Envy Art, and rebranded in 2013. It all started with an antique French dictionary and owner Louise’s, grandfather’s set of water colours. As time progressed, so did the range of products. The signature book page prints are still popular but you’ll now find a number of new items thrown in to the mix: personalised star chart prints, book club subscriptions, and various stationery pieces to name a few.

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Bookishly designs have been featured in a number of national and international magazines and blogs, including Stylist, The Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy and Ideal Home among others. More recently, their products have been shown on ITV’s This Morning and featured in the YouTube videos of Zoella and Meg Says.

 

Portlebay Advent Competition: UK Breweries Scratch Map

Day 18 of The Portlebay Advent Competition welcomes Maps International! Maps International are online map retailers supplying an extensive range of products to the world. They provide maps for weddings, birthdays, personalised maps, those super cool scratch maps and much more! Have a peak at their website here!

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A Beautiful Maps International Map

More About Maps International 

Situated in picturesque Oxfordshire, the mapping team work with passion to create a vast map collection. The team includes specialist cartographers, that focus on creating detailed and well designed maps, to cater for both functional use and home decor.

Maps International have selected a very cool scratch map for our Christmas prize, but with a twist! The map is a Scratch Off breweries print! The map highlights independent beer breweries, each one marked on the map with a beer bottle icon. Scratch off the breweries you have tasted a beer from and see how far you get! Once scratched you can look at the beers you are yet to try and travel the country to find them, or simply see what they have at your local shop.

If you would like the chance to win this cooooool scratch map and a box of our Portlebay Popcorn, then pop over to one of our social media pages (Facebook, Instagram or Twitter). Best of luck!

As Sweet as Sweet Cecily’s

The very wonderful Sweet Cecily’s have kindly partnered with us for Day 16 of The Portlebay Advent Competition! If you haven’t yet heard of this lovely brand then we do urge that you have a little peak at their website here! For a chance to win this competition, head over to one of our social media pages (Facebook, Instagram or Twitter) and silly follow the instructions!

Some more about Sweet Cecily’s…

Sweet Cecily’s is a pioneering natural skincare company specialising in the personal touch. Their unique formulas and flavours have been largely generated by suggestions made in forums on social media sites.

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The Sweet Cecily’s Prize!

The project is part of an existing family run business which researches and manufactures herbal medicines, this experience in the field has helped brother and sister duo Cecily and Hugo to develop a truly natural and handmade range of skincare products.

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The Sweet Cecily’s Team

The concept has been built in a truly collaborative way with their customers and it is hoped that by doing this, Sweet Cecilys’ can become an exciting and interactive brand shared and guided by the people involved.

They believe in using only the best natural ingredients and as such, all products are free from Parabens, Petrochemicals, Harmful Preservatives and SLS!

Don’t forget to enter The Portlebay Advent Competition and GOOD LUCK to you all!