Perfect Peppermint Popcorn!

For all the missers of Mingles and lovers of the humble After Eight, this is a festive treat you would be simply silly not to have! Put an extra indulgent touch to your Christmas movie time with this easy popcorn treat.

To make at home, you will need the following: 

  • 250g of chocolate (we used white, but you can have whatever tickles your fancy)
  • 2 candy canes, plus an extra for dusting
  • Peppermint extract
  • At least 1 packets of Sweet & Salty Portlebay Popcorn, 75g

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Method:

  1. Bash up the candy canes into chunks, like they’ve just told you  “Gravy has no place in a Christmas dinner”. This is best done in a plastic sandwich bag using a rolling pin to break up the pieces. Make sure you leave enough nice big chunks to decorate the top!
  2. Melt the chocolate in the microwave, checking it at 1 minutes intervals. Shouldn’t take any longer than 2 minutes!
  3. Once it’s lovely and runny, put 2 teaspoons of Peppermint Extract into the melted chocolate (or to taste), and stir in.

4. Empty your Sweet & Salty popcorn into a large mixing bowl, and pour in your peppermint mixture!

Now all you do is give a good stir, and split into bowls, or keep it all to yourself in the mixing bowl, it is Christmas after all!). Use the last of the candy cane chunks to decorate the top! end copy

If you’re not a fan of mint, try melting up some Terry’s Chocolate Orange, or slathering in Nutella for an even more luxurious treat! However you’re enjoying this festive season, make sure you’re eating only the very best!

Meet Portlebay’s Naughty but Nice Neighbours!

Just down the road from our little poppery lives The Devon Fudge Company! Our lovely neighbours are another company that are apart of our Christmas Advent Competition (Day 8 to be exact!) and we just LOVE anything and everything fudge!

The Devon Fudge Company is a family run business, who make deliciously smooth and creamy fudge. Their secret traditional recipe dates all the way back to 1930! Today the chief fudge maker is Peter, who has followed in his father’s footsteps into the fantastical world of fudge.

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Chief fudge maker Peter

Peter started working full time for his father and his business partner, in the early 1980’s. Following the sad death of his father and father’s fudge partner, Peter moved away from the world of fudge and started a different occupation.

Later, after realising that the West Country was lacking a quality creamy fudge cooked in the traditional methods, Peter set about the process of developing the never forgotten wonderful recipe his father taught him, and created The Devon Fudge Company.

Peter’s fudge is handmade in a copper kettle, with each batch taking an hour to cook, and lovingly stirred continuously with an extremely large wooden spoon! The temperature and cooling process is essential to the scrumptious creamy product, and all the fudges are cut and packed by hand and love!

The Devon Fudge Company only use natural ingredients, local butter and of course local clotted cream! All of their fabulous fudge is also free from palm oil, artificial additives and preservatives and gluten! This is our kind of fudge!

Don’t forget to enter our Christmas Advent Competition to be in with a chance of winning The Devon Fudge Company’s fudge and a box of Portlebay Popcorn! Just pop over to our social media (Instagram, Facebook or Twitter) and follow the directions! (This competition launches at 5pm tonight)

 

 

 

Portlebay Hero’s – The Skinny Bakery

Do you love your baked goods, but feel burdened with guilt from those tasty treats? If so, the marvellous Skinny Bakery, who have partnered with us for our Christmas Advent competition, is a wondrous discovery that you must know about!

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The Skinny Bakery was founded in 2013 by 24 year old home baker Mariella Forte – her passion has always been experimental baking! Mariella developed a range of lighter bakes and calorie controlled goodies made with veggies like beetroot and sweet potato, tofu, fruits and fat free dairy. She quickly gained the recognition of the likes of Whole Foods Market, Selfridges Food Hall and several high-end delis, gyms and health food retailers nationwide.

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The cakes are freshly made by hand in the West London bakery, and shipped out nationwide everyday from their online store. (Have a peak here!)

We looove that we can munch on yummy baked goods and not regret it after! For a chance to try some of these delights head over to our social media pages (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter) and follow the competition directions! Oh and you could win a box of Portlebay Popcorn too! YAY! (This competition launches at 5pm tonight)

 

Meet the Meco Tote

It’s Day 5 of our advent competition and today we are introducing Catherine and Emma, two Berkshire based mums, and the masterminds behind Meco! These two lovely ladies together created the perfect handbag, which is not only super practical but also very gorgeous too! This fabulous creation is called a Meco tote.

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The gorgeous Catherine and Emma

The Meco tote is a new concept in handbag simplicity. Made from silicone, each one of the six sumptuous colours looks fabulous carried by the hand or over the shoulder, and contrasts perfectly with the understated handles. It also has a hidden magnetic clasp which is an essential security feature. The tote measures 36 centimetres high x 30 centimetres wide x 11 centimetres deep, (excluding handles), making it the perfect size for every day use!

 

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The Meco Bag

This enchanting tote wears unbelievably well; you can throw mud at it, pour coffee on it or even colour it in with felt tips and it will wipe clean with a little soap and water! It doesn’t scratch, fade or stretch and is harder wearing than leather. What a dream come true!

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The Sea tote

Oh wait, there’s even more glorious news! The bag is 100% vegan and cruelty free,  and the silicone used to create the tote is a natural, sand based material which is recyclable. The PU handles are also less harmful to the environment and more durable than PVC – AMAZING!

We are in love. To be in with a chance of winning a Meco tote, pop over to one of our social media pages (Instagram, Facebook or Twitter) and follow the competition directions! BEST OF LUCK! (This competition launches at 5pm tonight)

Portlebay’s Pimped Christmas Wrapping

Gift giving at Christmas is one of the many delightful parts of the festive period! We love the joy that it brings and all the prep that comes with it! However, a gift wouldn’t be as enchanting without the decorative wrap and accessories! So we have come up with four simple but chic looks for you to pimp your Christmas wrapping (these looks work best wrapped around boxes.)

You will need:

  • Brown wrapping paper (parcel paper)
  • Some pretty/festive twine
  • Some festive accessories to tie onto the parcel (these can be purchased at any shops that sell crafty things!)
  • Cello tape
  • Scissors
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You will need

Step 1: Measure up and cut accordingly the amount of brown paper that is required to cover your present. Carefully wrap the gift, but do be attentive as brown paper does crease easily and so any folds that you may need to re-do could leave crinkles.

Step 2: Take the twine and tie it around the gift (not to tightly else the paper will crinkle). Once you have brought the twine back to the front side, tie it into a simple knot making sure that you still have quite a lot twine left for fastening your accessory.

Step 3: Place your festive accessory on top of the twine knot and then carefully tie a tight knot to keep the decoration secure. To finish off the look tie a bow on top of the knot and trim any extra twine. TA- DAH!

We would love to see how you’ve pimped your Christmas wrapping, do send us some snaps!

Joyous Jubel!

If you haven’t heard already, this Christmas we are running our biggest competition to date: 24 days of wonderful competitions, with 31 prizes to be won! Each day we are working with a different company, offering very exciting prizes (which of course all include a box of Portlebay Popcorn!).

It’s now Day 2 of our marvellous advent competition, and we have teamed up with the very, very cool team at Jubël!

Jubël? What’s Jubël do I hear you say? Jubël means ‘a feeling of joy’. Although this doesn’t tell us exactly what the Jubël product is, you can’t deny that it’s already sounding exciting!

Jubël was born in the Alps at an après ski bar, when co-founders Tom and Jesse discovered a popular beer tradition, known locally as a “demi-pèche”. This alternative take on a shandy blends the syrupy sweetness of peach, with the refreshing taste of a classic beer, warming you from your ski socks to your fetching bobble hat! Finding nothing like it back home, they decided to bring peach to the people, and so quit their jobs to launch the beer, brand and business in Cornwall.

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The very cool Tom and Jesse.

Jubël bridges the gap between bland beers and super sweet ciders as a natural peach lager and at 4% ABV it is refreshing, easy-drinking and perfectly balanced. Jubël launched in May 2017, and is now available in 250+ pubs and bars across the South West, from Bristol to Lands End!

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Look out for the Jubel bottle!

Don’t forget to enter our Portlebay Advent Competition! Just head over to our social media pages (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter) to be in with a chance to win some very exciting goodies! GOOD LUCK! (This competition launches at 5pm tonight!).

 

Tickled Pink by teapigs

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

  1. 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.
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Nick & Lou
  1. 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.

 

  1. Their teas come in tea “temples” so you can drink loose tea without the fuss! They’re fully biodegradable and contain no plastic.

 

  1. 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!

 

 

 

 

 

Our Christmas- The Portlebay Team’s Traditions (Part 1)

As it’s 1st December we have officially entered Christmas month (bring on the food and winter activities) and our office is brimming with excitement! With this Christmas buzz in the air we have been sharing some of our most cherished Christmas memories and favourite festive activities, and thought it would be even merrier if we were to share them with you!

First up telling her festive tales is the lovely Lucy from Marketing!

Do you have any Christmas traditions? My family have a very embarrassing tradition of bell ringing. One Christmas we had musical crackers, where everyone gets a different bell, and then someone conducts the group using a little music book. Now, wherever we are at Christmas the bells always make an appearance!

What is your fondest Christmas memory? Eating Quality Street chocolates at my grandparents’ house, whilst watch “The Sound of Music” with all my cousin. I would always run out the room when it got to the kissing bit!

What is your favourite part of a Christmas dinner? Roast potatoes!

What is your favourite Christmas activity? Wrapping up presents whilst watching a Christmas film, sipping mulled (or any) wine.

Real Christmas tree or fake Christmas tree? Real fo sho

Favourite Christmas film? Love Actually or Home Alone 2!

Favourite Christmas song? Michael Bublé- Christmas (Baby please come home)

Are you super organised and buy your Christmas Present early or are you a last minute shopper? Midway between! But this year I am hoping to make everyone’s Christmas presents

What’s on top of your Christmas tree? Unfortunately, I have one of those pretentious ‘twig trees’ so nothing! (Still looks awesome though!)

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Next to be subject to the intense Christmas questioning is one of our Chief Pop-Miesters, Jonty!

Do you have any Christmas traditions? Every year on Christmas Eve I read the book “The Night Before Christmas” to my daughter. Even though she rather grown up now we still do it every year!

What do you normally have for Christmas Dinner? We barbeque a delicious rib of beef!

What is your favourite Christmas activity? Opening stockings!!

How will you be spending Christmas this year? At home with lots of family

Real Christmas tree or fake Christmas tree? Real! What a question!!

Favourite Christmas film? The Great Escape, of course

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? A star made by my son Archie

Round up round up next we have Steve our warehouse wizard!

Do you have any Christmas traditions? I try to avoid all human contact until at least 6pm.

 What do you normally have for Christmas Dinner? Depends entirely on whether Dominoes Pizza will deliver on Christmas day.

What is your favourite part of a Christmas dinner? Whatever is for dessert!

Real Christmas tree or fake Christmas tree? Imaginary one

Favourite Christmas film? It’s a Wonderful Life or Die Hard or maybe Santa Claws

Favourite Christmas song? Fairytale of New York

Are you super organised and buy your Christmas Present early or are you a last-minute shopper? Some I’ll buy a month in advance, others from the petrol station on Christmas day

What’s on top of your Christmas tree? On my imaginary tree, there is an imaginary blue whale eating a hot dog!

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Lastly for today, we have the Christmas stories of Fiona our technical-ly wonderful popcorn sprite!

Do you have any Christmas traditions? Too many to list- but I love putting out the stockings in front of the fire!

What is your fondest Christmas memory? My old baby singer sewing machine, which i had once when I was in Vermont, USA and it snowed too!

What is your favourite part of a Christmas dinner? The stuffing! But also the crackers and the flames on the pudding!

What is your favourite Christmas activity? It has to be charades!

Real Christmas tree or fake Christmas tree? Real- Of course! I just love the smell!

Favourite Christmas film? The Snowman

What’s on top of your Christmas tree? Star- homemade one- the same every year!

A small insight into four of our popcorn-enthusiast’s Christmas! Fear not we have more to come, so keep your eyes peeled!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Portlebay Hot Chocolate Recipes (seriously good!)

Winter is the time for hot chocolate. It’s cold, we all like chocolate treats and we love being a big kid from time to time! So, we took the time to experiment with some Portlebay Popcorn inspired hot chocolate recipes and they were delicious! Have a read below, experiment and pop us a message about your hot chocolate experience! (It’ll be yummy we promise!)

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate with a Splash of Rum, inspired by Lightly Salted Portlebay Popcorn 

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Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

You will need:

  • 25ml of spiced rum
  • 2 tsp dulce de leche or thick caramel
  • 250ml whole milk
  • 75g milk chocolate chopped
  • Sea salt
  • Whipped cream to serve

(serves one)

Step 1: Mix the rum and dulce de leche in small bowl, until they are smooth.

Step 2: Warm the milk in a saucepan over a medium heat until it starts to simmer. Then remove the saucepan from the heat and pop in the chocolate, stir until the chocolate has melted.

Step 3: Pop the saucepan back on the medium heat until warm and then add the rum mixture along with a pinch of sea salt. Pour the chocolate goodness into a mug and add the whipped cream and raspberries!

Alcoholic Raspberry Hot chocolate, inspired by Very Berry Portlebay Popcorn 

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Alcoholic Raspberry Hot Chocolate

You will need:

  • 250ml milk
  • 140g of dark chocolate chopped
  • 100ml double cream
  • 25ml chambord
  • Whipped cream, jam and Raspberries to serve

(serves one)

Step 1: Add all ingredients excluding the Chambord, whipped cream and raspberries to a saucepan over a medium heat. Stir until the chocolate is melted.

Step 2: Once the chocolate has melted continue to stir, as the mixture should thicken. Then add in the Chambord.

Step: Pour into a mug and top with whipped cream, jam and raspberries.

Chilli and Cinnamon Hot chocolate, inspired by Cinnamon Portlebay Popcorn 

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Chilli and Cinnamon Hot Chocolate

You will need:

  • 250ml milk
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 150g milk or dark chocolate chopped
  • whipped cream to serve

(serves one)

Step 1: Heat the milk and cinnamon stick in a saucepan over a medium heat, for 6-8 minutes or until boiling. Set aside for 10 minutes to infuse.

Step 2: Strain the milk into a clean saucepan and discard any captured solids. Heat again over a medium heat for 3-4 minutes or until hot (don’t boil). Then reduce the heat to a lower temperature and add the chocolate. Stir the mixture until the chocolate has melted and add the chilli powder.

Step 3: Pour into a mug and top with whipped cream! YUM!

 

 

ANNOUCING: The Portlebay Christmas Advent Competition!

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of The Year!

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!

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Take a peak at all the companies involved in our Christmas competitions

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!