19 October 2013

Celebrate National Popcorn Month with JOLLY TIME! - (Plus a Giveaway)

October is National Popcorn Month, which means it's time to get out the JOLLY TIME and enjoy a tasty treat!  The good news is you don't have to feel guilty about indulging a little more than extra for this special month, because JOLLY TIME has you covered with their special line of Smart Balance popcorn.  Made with 100% whole grain kernels and zero grams of trans fat, you can feel good about this heart healthy snack the whole family can enjoy!  

Don't forget that Halloween is also a great time to think outside the box when it comes to handing out treats for all the trick or treaters that stop by!  JOLLY TIME offers the perfect solution with their Blast O Butter mini bags.  Surprise them with this tasty alternative to candy in a perfect miniature bag they can take home to enjoy!  You can find Blast O Butter mini bags at your local supermarket or they are available for purchase by the case on the JOLLY TIME website here.

Did you know that the JOLLY TIME website has some great recipes you can access?  If you've never had a chance to browse their recipe section before I recommend you head on over and do that asap because there are some amazing and tasty recipes that are a must try!  One recipe that is perfect for fall is their Caramel Popcorn Apples.

Caramel Popcorn Apples

  • 6 cups popped JOLLY TIME Blast O Butter or Butter Licious Microwave Pop Corn
  • 2 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried apples
  • 1 package (14 oz.) caramels, about 48, unwrapped
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • 2 Tbsp. butter or margarine
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • Wooden sticks
Place popped popcorn, rice cereal and apples in large bowl. In medium saucepan over low heat, heat caramels, water and butter until caramels are melted, stirring frequently. Stir in cinnamon. Pour caramel mixture over popcorn and toss to coat well. Let cool about 5 minutes. With slightly dampened hands shape into 8 balls around wooden sticks. Place on lightly-buttered wax paper to set. Wrap in plastic wrap; tie with a ribbon. Microwave caramels, water and butter in medium microwave-safe bowl on HIGH 2-1/2 to 3 minutes or until smooth, stirring every minute.

Yields: 8 popcorn balls

I was recently sent some products for review from JOLLY TIME, including their Blast O Butter mini bags and Smart Balance Butter Light popcorn.  The Blast O Butter mini bags turned out to be a perfect treat for my four daughters, as each box comes with four mini bags that pop up into individual serving sizes that work great for portion control or even snacking on the go!  We had a fun movie night where I made these mini bags for them and they all agreed that it was nice having their own bags, and they of course love the taste of JOLLY TIME popcorn, a favorite at our house!

The Smart Balance Butter Light popcorn is a favorite that I enjoy, and is one I have actually purchased in the past before.  I like to occasionally have popcorn for a snack, but I don't like a lot of butter, calories,or fat with my popcorn.  JOLLY TIME's Smart Balance line is a great way to snack healthier without sacrificing on taste.  I've even had my husband try some without telling him it was light butter and he had no idea.  He was actually surprised to find out when I showed him the box!  I would recommend JOLLY TIME, and especially their Smart Balance line of popcorn to anyone looking for a tasty snack to celebrate National Popcorn Month, Halloween, or any special occasion throughout the year!

Be sure to follow JOLLY TIME on Twitter @jollytimepops and like them on Facebook here!

Giveaway Time!

(1) Lucky reader of Textbook Mommy is going to win 2 free product coupons for JOLLY TIME popcorn:

1 coupon for JOLLY TIME Smart Balance Microwave Popcorn
1 coupon for JOLLY TIME Microwave Popcorn, any flavor

Details: Open to U.S. residents, 18 years of age and older.  Winner will have 48 hours to respond to winning email or an alternate winner will be selected.  Entry is via Rafflecopter form below. Good Luck!

*Disclosure:  I was provided product samples in exchange for this review.  All personal opinions stated in this review are 100% my own and are not a result of any outside influence.

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