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Could popcorn be a healthy snack choice during pregnancy?

Monday, 30 March 2015 13:26:00 Europe/London

Could popcorn be a healthy snack choice during pregnancy?

When a woman falls pregnant, whether it’s her first or last child that she’s about to carry the emphasis automatically goes on her health. A healthy body as they say equals a healthy and happy baby and of course, numerous health professionals will be quick to point out just what she should and shouldn’t be eating. What might surprise you is one of the exceedingly healthy snacks that women are now encouraged to eat during pregnancy.

There are a number of foods to stay away from during pregnancy

While a host of foods are now struck from the list, including soft cheeses, rare red meats, shellfish and soft eggs there are now a number of other foods that are encouraged. Dairy products are something that are hugely encouraged due to the high concentration of calcium. Calcium happens to be one of the key elements within a pregnancy diet especially when the baby begins to need more as its bones form and harden. Within dairy products there are also high amounts of vitamin D as well as protein, making milk and certain hard cheeses vitally important for the development of the newborn and the health of the mother.

During pregnancy women are also encouraged to eat avocados as they offer a wide variety of benefits. Avocados happen to contain a great amount of folic acid that’s beneficial for the proper development of neural tube development and the prevention of spina bifida. The vitamin C within the fruit also stimulates a healthy immune system whilst the vitamin B can help ward off morning sickness as well as improve tissue development in your unborn child.

Sea salt is another surprisingly well encouraged food. Most people tend to stay away from salt to improve their health but sea salt happens to have a very important element known as Iodine, that’s required for proper foetal development. As most women are advised to stay away from sushi due to the raw fish, sea salt is the next best thing for providing vital iodine in the diet. 

Popcorn is considered the perfect snack during pregnancy

Despite some women no doubt being surprised with these foods being encouraged during pregnancy, we have one more that’s guaranteed to really shock you and that happens to be popcorn. Yes, you read that right, popcorn is considered the perfect snack during pregnancy and it’s all because of the fact that it’s a pure and simple whole grain. It doesn’t make it on to many lists and for some, will always be known as the ultimate movie snack however popcorn is surprisingly healthy.

Excess amounts of butter and toffee flavouring may hamper its health benefits somewhat however there are numerous flavourings out there that guarantee a seriously tasty and very healthy snack indeed. This is all because popcorn has a significantly high level of fibre as well as vitamin E. it also contains a lot of selenium and more antioxidants than most fruits and vegetables. With these ingredients, popcorn happens to be a vital food for protecting the development and strength of your unborn child’s cell membranes.

We supply popcorn in numerous flavours to suit your pregnancy

Here at Empire we have a number of flavours to suit your pregnancy needs such as our sea salt and cracked black pepper popcorn. This particular flavour has a real kick to it with its crunchy spicy sea salt and the cracked black pepper savoury flavouring. We guarantee that you won’t be disappointed with this gourmet flavour that tastes sensational and also offers the benefits of sea salt for your unborn child too. If you like a crunch as well as a sumptuous savoury after taste then we think this would be the perfect choice.

Why not try our Hot Madras Popcorn

If it’s something a little different that you’re after then we suggest giving our Hot Madras a try too. The Hot Madras popcorn is ideal for the lovers of heat. If you love your Indian curries on a Saturday night but want to avoid the fats within the curry sauce then give this flavour a whirl. It guarantees to give you all the sumptuous flavours of your favourite curry as well as the health benefits of popcorn. This one is crunchy with a savoury Madras after taste so not only do you get great flavours but you can avoid the higher calorie and fat content that may come with some butter flavours.

Lemon flavour popcorn

If your taste buds have changed somewhat during pregnancy and spice is no longer your thing then why not try our new delicious lemon flavoured popcorn. The citrus flavours will have your mouth watering and your baby enjoying all the whole grain goodness of the popcorn.

Better still if you find yourself struggling to pick a flavour then why not purchase our bags of unpopped kernels. These are ideal for storing at home and popping a cup full as and when you fancy. You can either keep things super healthy by eating completely plain popcorn, allowing yourself and your baby to enjoy the pure and simple benefits of whole grain popcorn or just add your own flavouring. This method is ideal for pregnant women that find their taste buds changing the further along their pregnancy they move. It doesn’t matter if you fancy something sweet, savoury or something completely way out there because it will be solely down to you what you put on it.

Buy freshly made popcorn online direct from Empire Popcorn

Here at Empire, we supply the very best gourmet popcorn and the best quality kernels so grab a bag today and enjoy a delicious treat, safe in the knowledge that you’re doing what’s best for your baby too. 


Our guide to throwing the perfect children’s party

Monday, 23 March 2015 15:48:27 Europe/London

Our guide to throwing the perfect childrens party

Children’s parties have now become so much more elaborate than when we were children ourselves. Many of us hear the odd rumour or two at the school gates about this parent spending hundreds and the next parent spending thousands all in an attempt to throw the best birthday party ever.

It’s so easy for parents to become a little overwhelmed when it comes to the details and trying the throw the perfect party that won’t only please their child but please the competitive parents too. Here, at Empire we want to let you know that a great party doesn’t cost the earth and can be done with relative ease. Shake off those worries and allow us to give you our guide to throwing the perfect children’s party.

Don’t put it off

Many look at it and think it can’t really be that hard. It’ll need a cake and some balloons right? Wrong. If you want a nice easy party then we recommend planning it about five or six weeks in advance maybe even eight if your son or daughter’s school friends have particularly busy social lives. If your child is old enough then getting them involved will be even better. Then it’s simply a case of answering all the questions that will undoubtedly begin to crop up such as… will you make the cake or cook your own? Will you have party favours? How many children will you invite? Keep things simple and easy with a little planning and time.

Pick a great theme

Picking a theme can be tough especially if your child has a mixed bag of friends. Often little girls will want the ultimate princess party but this wont be very fun for the boys in her class to turn up to. Equally a little boy might want a racing car party with lots of boisterous games which you’ll find won’t be very suited to any young girls that turn up. It’s always a good idea to pick a gender-neutral theme that pleases everyone.

This will make things a lot easier for you too when you don’t have a group of bored children sitting on the side lines. One particularly good idea that we see being used over and over again is the fairground theme. This is a rather broad theme too so it can work no matter what size house or garden you have and no matter if you happen to have a particularly boisterous group of children or quiet ones.

Send out invitations early

Once you’ve decided on a day it’s then time to send out invitations. The earlier you can do this the better as it gives people plenty of time to keep the date free and RSVP once they’ve found the invitation in the bottom of their child’s school bag.

It also then gives you a lot of time to organise extra food and drink should the guest list exceed your original expectations. Likewise it allows you to scale things down accordingly without causing any embarrassment to your child with an empty party.

Don’t cater for the parents

Quite often, mums and dads will appear to forget that it’s a children’s party by catering to the adults first and foremost in terms of food and time. Remember this is for the children, not the adults so pick a time that’s suitable for the children when they’ll be most rested and ready to enjoy the fun and games.

Keep the party to a few hours maximum as this provides more than enough time for even the shyest of children to become acclimatised and come out of the shell to enjoy themselves. It’s also important that you keep the food simple such as pizza and our rather popular range of popcorn and candyfloss.

Make it look authentic

It doesn’t take a huge amount of money to transform your home into a different world. The fair ground theme for example merely requires a few balloons, a few streamers and some exciting snacks from us here at Empire. If you want to go that one step further however then why not indulge your child with a few authentic cups and candyfloss cones that will make them feel like they’re at a real fairground.

Serving the popcorn up in our famous Empire popcorn cups will offer the children a little excitement and save a lot of time on the washing up too. Likewise the candyfloss cones and candyfloss bags provide something different and unusual for minimal cost. It also means that children will be able to take some candyfloss home with them to enjoy.

Make things easy and choose flavoured popcorn

If you don’t intend on popping the popcorn yourself with your own popcorn maker and want to make things as easy as possible then why not buy our party sized bags of freshly made popcorn? It makes the price of the popcorn super cheap and offers an instant snack as the children walk through the door. There’s no preparation needed and you won’t even need to take the time to go out and buy it because we’ll deliver it straight to your door.

If you’d like to throw your child the best birthday party ever with minimal fuss and effort then here at Empire is where you need to start. Our delicious flavoured gourmet popcorn and candyfloss is sure to be a huge hit with the kids and big kids alike. It’ll also mean a party that doesn’t cost the earth too. For more information on our fabulous flavours simply click here. 


Popcorn eating habits and what they say about you

Thursday, 19 February 2015 13:09:20 Europe/London

Popcorn eating habits and what they say about you

For years we’ve looked to popcorn as simply the king of snacks but what we didn’t realise is that in actual fact, popcorn can give people an insight into your inner most thoughts and feelings. New research very recently released, revealed that almost half of introverts, around 48% are popcorn pickers whereas extroverts have more of a preference for popcorn grabbing. Studies also revealed that perfectionists, whilst a mixture of grabbers and pickers were the least likely to be selfish when it came to sharing their favourite snack. It also became quite apparent from the study of two thousand popcorn eaters that this snack is fast becoming the nation’s favourite. Over 72% of the people in the survey consumed popcorn at least once a month with over 10% eating it on a weekly basis. The more outgoing people in the survey were the biggest fans of popcorn with nearly one in twenty eating it on a daily basis.

So where did this all suddenly come from? Dr Ben Sessa, a psychiatrist in Bristol believes there are very well recognised links between our eating habits and our personalities. Generally speaking, the slower eaters amongst us tend to enjoy routines and in some cases could be considered quite stubborn simply because they put them and their needs (for routine) before other people. The few who eat their popcorn a kernel at a time would also quite likely fit into this particular personality set. In contrast with this, the faster eaters are generally the ones who would be seen as less selfish and put others first. They’d also be seen as quite extroverted due to the social nature of their behaviour.

The question on most people’s lips is simply how this information can help us? Well if you’re interested in getting to know a potential partner a little better than why not take them on a date to the cinema and buy them a bucket of popcorn? This time however, instead of getting wrapped up in the storyline of the film, take a look at your date and just how they’re eating their popcorn. As bizarre a proposal as this may sound to some, the survey also revealed that there was a real distinction between the two sexes and their popcorn eating habits. Women were seen to take a much more considered approach when it came to their consumption of popcorn, eating each popped kernel at a time whereas men tended to be more chaotic. Their carefree manner saw them enjoying handfuls of popcorn at a time, throwing huge amounts toward their mouths and hoping for the best in some cases.

That’s not all the survey revealed about the differing sexes however. Rather interestingly the results showed that men are actually just as considerate as women, more considerate than we give them credit for in fact. A whopping 96% of men would quite happily share their popcorn, which worked out at the same percentage as women. In spite of the differing eating habits between men and women, their feelings surrounding the snack remained very much the same with both men and women feeling more than satisfied and very content once they’d eaten the white fluffy snack. The main reason for such good feeling was linked to taste which showed sweet popcorn coming out as the overall winner across genders and personality types.

The survey into popcorn and personality traits also strengthened the current trend of bringing popcorn into the home. With only a quarter of the people studied revealing their favourite place to eat the snack being at the cinema, the remaining three quarters choosing their home as top spot. Is this down to the limited amount of flavours available at the cinema with a wide variety of gourmet flavours available for delivery straight to your door from us here at Empire or could it simply be down to convenience?

Dr Ben Sessa went on to explain that his theory lay in the rise of online entertainment. With a growing number of online entertainment and shopping now becoming available it allows one to be a lot more individualised. A person can now regulate their environment with new technology and create their own personal space. Home based activities are now easier than ever so why wait to go to the cinema to get your popcorn when you can just as easily click a few buttons online, have it delivered and eat it at home? Living in the culture that we do, we seem to spend more time observing others than actually doing and this rather fast increase of multi-media culture gives us the perfect excuse to stay in and enjoy popcorn when we want.

If you happen to be someone who’d prefer to stay in rather than go out then why not take a look at our website and see the range of amazing gourmet flavours you can choose from. What’s more, not only will you be able to select your perfect amount of gourmet flavoured popcorn that’s been hand made but you’ll also be able to have it delivered straight to your door ready for the perfect movie night in with the family or even simply for yourself. Find yourself falling into the category of non-sharers? Just order some for everyone else and a separate package for yourself. No matter what personality people have, it would seem they all have one thing in common and that’s enjoying popcorn so stop waiting for the cinema and take a look at what’s available online. 


Our guide to buying the perfect popcorn machine

Thursday, 12 February 2015 22:02:38 Europe/London

Our guide to buying the perfect popcorn machine

Popcorn is indeed a popular snack all over the world. It tastes amazing, smells even more so and brings huge amounts of fun to cinemas, fairgrounds and homes all around. With so many now wanting to enjoy the experience of popping their own popcorn at home with our quality unpopped kernels, we thought we’d give you the best guide to buying the perfect popcorn machine.

With so many to choose from it can seem a little daunting knowing which one to get for your home. Some come with convenient little accessories like measuring cups, serving bowls and even flavour dispensers. Are you someone that likes convenience or enjoys the experience of flavouring the popcorn the old fashioned way? Would you like the novelty of owning a vintage replica or do you want it to match your contemporary décor at home.

Popcorn machines now come with so many different components and in so many different styles that you really do need to ask yourself these questions before taking the leap and making that purchase. Do you want a warmer tray to keep it at a nice temperature whilst you potter around setting the movie up and do you want glass panels so you can see it popping? Some even come with stirring arms that get you a little more involved in the process.

A rather important question to ask yourself however is whether you’re going to go for a hot oil popcorn machine or an air popper? A lot of popcorn lovers prefer the familiar and quite traditional taste of the oil popped kernels whilst others are more focused on the health benefits so it’s just a question of asking yourself which bracket you fall in to.

Without the added oil, popcorn is a seriously nutritious snack offering pure and simple whole grain. It’s an excellent source of fibre and with so many seasonings available from us here at Empire it can be just as tasty so the choice really is yours. The other added benefit of an air popper is that it’s much easier to clean. The lack of oil also means it costs less to operate too however both machines produce consistently fluffy and crunchy popcorn.

There are of course a number of other considerations when choosing your preferred machine and these include construction, durability, wattage, desired output, space on your worktop, safety features and of course price. When it comes to the cost of popcorn machines, it varies widely all depending on the size, style and construction of machines. Here are some of the more common models you’re likely to come across in your search:

Table top vintage machines

These are usually oil poppers but there are a few air poppers available, you just have to have a good scout around. Most are quite small and fit easily in the kitchen or on the dining room table. They’re usually styled to mimic the old vintage carts and theatre machines and usually feature the warm light and butter dispensers too. Safety features include cool touch handles and accessories are usually measuring cups and scoops etc.

Hot air poppers

These are considered healthy and economical. At home kitchen models are crafted with function in mind so may incorporate a more simple design that makes things clear and obvious such as a directional chute that leads straight to a serving bowl. Air poppers are usually taller and take up a little space but as stated before they’re ideal for the health conscious amongst us. More often than not they forgo the more advanced features or accessories though you can find some with inbuilt butter dispensers. They’re made from metal or plastic and are ideal for moderate home use.

Freestanding popcorn machines

These are intended for more of a party piece than constant home use unless you of course have a large house in which case this offers great style and a large output for bigger families on movie night. It also preserves worktop space too.

One of the final things you’ll definitely want to consider before making your final decision is just how much popcorn you want to produce and how quickly the machine can do it. If you’re only looking to spoil the wife and kids on the weekend movie fest then a 4oz popcorn machine should be absolutely fine but if you’re considering bringing the machine into action when you have a few house parties then we’d suggest stepping it up to a 6oz to avoid straining the machine and leaving hungry guests waiting.

If the purse strings are feeling a little tight or you’re simply someone who likes to recycle then why not take a look at some second hand machines? A used popcorn machine offers an affordable alternative especially if you’re looking at larger ones or even commercial grade machines. Taking a look at the reputation of the seller and manufacturer should help guarantee a quality purchase for a much lower cost.

Whether you want them for at home or even in the office space, a quality popcorn machine is a relatively simple device that will deliver years of great performance. With minimal maintenance required and low running costs, they can offer good old fashion fun for all the family or even the staff. Then all that’s left to consider is just how big a bag of unpopped popcorn you’ll need to purchase from us, along with flavourings to make your mouth water. For more information on what’s available from us here at Empire, just click here. 

The health risks associated with microwave popcorn

Tuesday, 30 December 2014 10:58:01 Europe/London

The health risks associated with microwave popcorn

Popcorn, one of the most widely loved snacks the world over. From salted and sweet to some more fabulous flavours that we just happen to boast here at Empire, the choice seems endless but that’s maybe why it’s loved so much. Unfortunately not everyone looks for the best quality when it comes to popcorn, instead opting for microwave popcorn but you might have heard recently that microwave popcorn is proving to be quite unsafe. After recent studies, shocking evidence has come to light that highlights not only the dangers that could affect us on the outside but some rather startling evidence to suggest our health could be at risk massively. The most common discovery is the link between cancer and microwave popcorn.

Whilst there may be no hard evidence behind the rumour that suggests popcorn contains chemicals proven to cause lung cancer, there is a chemical used within the bags themselves that’s not exactly friendly. This non stick coating that’s painted on the inside of the popcorn bags decomposes when it’s placed under heat and begins to produce a compound named Perfluorooctanoic acid or C8 for short. It’s been associated with increased risks of certain cancers (including liver and prostate cancer) so much so that environmental agencies now class it as an official carcinogen. The most frightening thing of all is the fact that this isn’t that recent a discovery. Way back in 1993 an article in the Journal of Occupational Medicine reported that factory workers exposed to it had increased cancer mortality.

Whilst it might not be a cancer, the link between microwave popcorn and lung disease is just as worrying. A chemical called diacetyl is used within the flavouring of microwave popcorn to give it the butter flavour we all know and love. Sadly, as much as it creates a nice enough buttery taste, it also gives rise to bronchiolitis obliterans or as it’s known amongst the factory workers ‘popcorn workers lung’. A study carried out in 2007 reported the lung condition resulted from scarring of small airways in response to the chemical irritant diacetyl. Whether it poses as big a risk to ordinary consumers remains to be seen however there was a case where a total of $7.2 million was awarded to a man who claimed his love of microwave popcorn led him to develop popcorn lung. Although this is merely one of only a handful of cases throughout the world, you still need to ask yourself is it worth the risk?

Aside from the horrendously dangerous chemicals that are added to microwave popcorn, we also have the huge amount of fat, salt and other preservatives to contend with. An average bag of butter flavoured microwave popcorn can contain anywhere around 24grams of fat, roughly 600 milligrams of salt and a whopping 600 plus calories. Although it might beat a large box of popcorn that you’d normally eat at the cinema that can contain around 60 grams of fat, it’s still a far cry from the healthy snack we’re told it is.

In addition to the ingredients it contains that have been proven to be less than beneficial, there are two other aspects of microwave popcorn that consumers have to contend with before getting their hands on it. These include burns and tooth damage. The process of microwaving the bags of popcorn causes a lot of steam to accumulate in the bag. This has actually been known to cause severe burns not just to the hands but to the face too. When a freshly microwaved bag of popcorn is open, the steam bursts out and it’s at this point where it becomes dangerous. Unless you angle the bag away you risk causing damage to your corneas like the many other cases there have been in the United States. There have also been a number of cases where people have had their hands burned when trying to open the bags. Without warnings on the bags, this becomes quite a risk with a potential for serious injury.

Tooth damage is another major problem amongst lovers of microwave popcorn, as most bags will unfortunately have a few unpopped kernels. Those hard pieces can chip, crack and even completely break teeth as well as vulnerable fillings. They’ve also been known to become stuck between teeth causing gum irritation too.

In spite of these rather horrific findings when it comes to microwave popcorn, it needn’t mean you can no longer enjoy your favourite snack and it needn’t mean you can’t enjoy it as a healthy snack either. A single serving of popcorn has twice the polyphenols of most fruit and vegetables so we’d say it’s imperative you still enjoy it. The key to enjoying healthy popcorn without the risks and perils is simply to avoid microwave popcorn and opt for our delicious gourmet treats instead. Here at Empire we supply a variety of different hand-made gourmet flavours of popcorn from sweet to savoury. We offer traditional flavours as well as a number of exotic and different ones for you to try. On top of this we also supply unpopped kernels if you want to pop your own from fresh, the choice is yours. We’re proud to use healthier rapeseed oil as well as only additive free fine sea salt in our popcorn and know that it’s this and our green friendly popping processes that make it not just healthy but delicious too. 

If you’d like to try some of our amazing hand-made popcorn that’s free of dangerous additives then contact us today. We’re happy to deliver UK wide straight to your door, ready for the perfect Christmas movie night indoors.

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Our popcorn evokes the very best memories

Monday, 15 December 2014 13:48:48 Europe/London

Popcorn memories

For the majority of the population, popcorn is merely a snack to be enjoyed at the cinema but for others it’s something quite different. When the word popcorn is mentioned an entirely new manner of feelings and memories are evoked. Yes popcorn is mostly associated with the late night showings of the funny romantic comedy you see with your girlfriends or the edge of your seat thriller that actually had you too engrossed to comfort your date. For some however the delicious flavour of popcorn isn’t just limited to the movies. For some it has and always will be that extra special tasty snack that was bought from the local supermarket and stocked their cupboards.

Late evenings after dinner was when the magic happened. The popcorn would be brought out in great big huge bowls that were big enough to cover your entire head. They were filled with the fluffy white snack and if you were lucky there’d be a bowl each. There you’d stay until the very last minute before bed slowly making your way through the giant heap of salted or sweet goodness. For these popcorn eaters the snack didn’t just mean a tasty treat, for them it was their wine. The popcorn signalled down time. It told them it was time to sit back, relax and put thier feet up. The popcorn came out and the joggers came on, feet were raised, slippers enveloped their weary feet and that was it, time to think no more.

Some people surprisingly don’t seem to remember popcorn on their own because whenever they ate it, it would come hand in hand with a delicious fix for the sweet tooth. The beautiful sight of candyfloss being woven around the stick when you were a child was mesmerising. These were extra special treats that only ever came out at the fair. In one hand an oversized bucket of popcorn and in the other a stick of candyfloss. The excitement and thrill they felt then comes back every time they eat it now. Each taste takes them on a wonderfully vivid trip down memory lane as if it were yesterday.

Here at Empire we want you to enjoy popcorn in the only way it should be and that’s with your very own rituals. Whether it’s a snack at the cinema, a late after dinner snack or a cheeky end of the week treat that gets everyone talking about times past. The beauty of it is too, with our delicious gourmet popcorn you can now start creating new and exciting memories all over again with a different flavour each time. Just think of wonderful summer evenings in the garden with bowls of Sea Salt popcorn or winter nights in front of the fire with Spicy Thai.

If you’d like to see the wonderful array of flavours we have on offer then just take a peek at our website. Here at Empire Popcorn and Confectionary Company we just know you’ll fall in love with our wonderful flavours.


Follow your nose towards our wholesale popcorn

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 17:21:10 Europe/London

Follow your nose towards our wholesale popcorn

It’s a common scene in the office today isn’t it? One of your colleagues walks along the aisle with a hot bag of popcorn and leaves behind them a floating trail of delicious buttery smells. As the trail expands you sniff deeply and your mouth waters. Just like a child to the Pied Piper you follow the smell straight to the source: a bag of our wholesale popcorn and you want some.

Great tasting popcorn is down to delicious ingredients

So what exactly is in the aroma of our delicious popcorn that entices people so much? Experts suggest a multitude of things from complex processes in the nose and brain to the food industry’s success at manipulating our sense of smell. Here at Empire however we simply believe it’s down to the delicious ingredients we use when making our fresh popcorn. When it comes to the aroma of our favourite snack, the human nose has a rather impressive ability to detect the complex mixture.

The way in which the aroma gets our attention is just as fascinating especially now it’s been proven that our nose can detect some of the odours that bake off popcorn at concentrations lower than one part odour for every billion parts of air. It’s no real surprise then that as the brain can distinguish among 10,000 kinds of aromas, all within a fraction of a second that we find ourselves immediately drawn to the delicious sweet smells of Empire Popcorn.

Our tendency to immediately crave popcorn once we’ve smelt it might have something to do with the positive memories we associate with it for example, the cinema. Food scientists believe that we always have pleasure at the cinema whether we see a scary movie, a tearjerker or a romantic comedy. This is always accompanied by the sweet smell of popcorn and this positive experience is reinforced over the years.

Great memories with great tasting popcorn

It could also have something to do with memories you’ve created yourself at home such as sitting together on the sofa with a bowl of popcorn or maybe even sitting around the kitchen table with a bowl for everyone to share. Our brains don’t give names to each odour, instead they simply lump them together with experiences likes this. The conversations, the laughter all reinforces this as a positive experience meaning when we smell the sweet aroma again it immediately triggers these memories.

Here at Empire we use the best ingredients possible to make sure the best aromas come off of it. Whether you order sweet popcorn, buttery popcorn or even wholesale popcorn like our strawberry sweet and hot Madras, you’ll fall in love each and every time. You can even buy unpopped kernels to create your very own toppings and your own aromas if you wanted to. 

Why do we provide the best popcorn supplies in the UK?

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 10:41:48 Europe/London

Why do we provide the best popcorn supplies in the UK

Here at Empire we’re very proud of not just our amazing quality popcorn supplies but the reputation we’ve gained for great customer service while providing our healthy eco friendly snack. In this day and age when most customer service is simply dealt with via an electronic questionnaire and nothing else, we find it vital that we still offer our customer service line for when customers want to speak to us direct.

There really is nothing so frustrating as when you wish to leave a review or even a complaint about a product yet can’t get through to someone. Here at Empire Popcorn and Confectionary Company, we not only take your calls direct but we also deal with each and every query with the urgency you think it deserves.

We absolutely love to hear your reviews about our products and find it even more exciting when fans of our gourmet flavoured popcorn or delicious candyfloss phone to ask if we’d consider stocking yet more incredible snacks. The fact that you enjoy the service you receive so much that you’d like to keep all of your Internet snack purchases solely with us is a huge compliment.

On top of this we’re incredibly passionate about sticking to certain green policies with our snack preparation. We only have one planet so it’s best we look after the one we have as much as we can. To help with this we use rapeseed oil in all of our popcorn manufacture processes. This is for the simple fact that rapeseed oil is far less impacting on the rainforest than products such as palm oil or soy oil. We also only use an additive free fine sea salt that’s been soil association certified. This means it’s completely organic which means absolutely no harmful pesticides were used in the production of it.

On top of this we’re also huge supporters of recycling, especially within the local vicinity. We fully support locals who wish to use our popcorn product waste because surprisingly enough it makes fantastic wild bird and poultry feed so why throw it away when it can be used again?

It’s for reasons such as this that we see the great reaction to our flavoursome products as the icing on the cake. Whether you’re trying one of our traditional flavours such as sweet popcorn or salted, or perhaps you’re throwing caution to wind and tantalising your taste buds with something new like our spicy Thai, we enjoy hearing all about it. It’s your fantastic reviews and continually returning custom that shows us why we provide the best popcorn supplies in the UK. If you want to hear what other people have got to say then take a look in our ‘About’ section where you’ll find fab reviews for all of our products.

Buy popcorn online from us here at Empire

Thursday, 13 November 2014 10:56:15 Europe/London

Buy popcorn online from us here at Empire

Buy popcorn online from us here at Empire and take a step towards better health

When it comes to our health there are certain buzzwords that we all recognize as good. Low fat for example, good fats are another and then there’s the ever-popular antioxidants. Well when it comes to antioxidants, did you know that popcorn might actually have certain fruits and vegetables beat? A recent study has suggested that just one serving of the light and fluffy stuff has more antioxidants than an entire days worth of fruits or vegetables. This is based on the average persons diet. Could this mean that if we buy popcorn online we could in actual fact be taking a big step towards better health with great taste along the way.

This recent study by author Joe Vinson has now brought about the suggestion that popcorn may now be the ultimate snack. Popcorn is the only snack that’s 100% whole grain. Compare this with foods that have been labeled whole grain and only have 51% whole grain present and it’s easy to see why it’s leaps and bounds ahead straight away. Simply put, more whole grains mean more health benefits as whole grains contain not just more antioxidants but essential fiber that some fruit and vegetables lack.

Antioxidants are something that play a rather protective role against the horrid diseases in life such as cancer and heart disease to name a few. They can help fight free radicals, which are produced by the body in response to smoke and radiation exposure. This just backs up the theory that the more antioxidants we have, the better. Even the annoying bit of popcorn that always gets stuck in your teeth is good for you. Named the hull, did you know it actually has the highest concentration of antioxidants and fiber which will inevitably make you think twice when you next consider spitting it out.

Here at Empire, we provide high quality popcorn supplies made from the best ingredients possible. We’re also more than aware that in order to keep it a healthy option snack food that you might need to stick to certain flavours. As with anything, it’s what you do with it that determines its health value so sweet popcorn as an everyday snack might not work.

Sea salt and cracked black pepper however would be far better, allowing a sweet treat at the weekends or even a spicy one depending on your mood. You could even go that step further and buy unpopped popcorn from us and simply flavour it yourself. To keep it super healthy, mist with healthy oil along with herbs and spices and this will give flavour without the calories and fat. For the best popcorn supplies in the UK, buy popcorn online from us here at Empire.


UK’s leading popcorn manufacturers Empire Popcorn

Monday, 3 November 2014 12:30:33 Europe/London


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