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Games to Arrange at Your Child’s Party

GamesAre you getting anxious about your child’s upcoming birthday party? Are you worried about what types of games you’ll have available to the kids? If so, don’t panic, we’re here to help! First things first– the best way to begin planning games for a child’s party are by keeping two things in mind:

 

  1. What is the age range of the children?

 

Taking into consideration the age and attention span of your child’s friends and family members will help determine which games are most suitable. Generally, younger children they love things silly and messy. This is a great age for crafts, obstacle courses, silly string and water balloons.

 

For older children, physical and challenging activities are great ideas. Obstacle courses that are more in-depth and games that require thinking, reasoning and problem solving will surely be popular.

 

  1. Keeping games simple increases fun for the kids.

 

As the old adage goes, less is more. Provide children with some structure and space, then let their creativity take over.

To help spark your own creativity and get you thinking about party games, here are some favorites:

 

Pin the tail. A party favorite of kids and has been for years.

 

Piñata. Kids will have a blast cracking open the piñata and scooping up the candy.

 

Minute to Win It. Based upon the popular TV show, you can create minute long challenges suitable for every age.

 

Egg drop/balloon toss. Each member gets an egg to toss to a partner as they compete to be the last group standing.

 

Sack races. Another classic, children hop to the finish line in what is always a close race. The game is fun for both children racing and adults watching.

 

In addition to planning exciting games, why not surprise your party guests with a delicious treat of popcorn, cotton candy or snow cone made in any of our quality machines? Contact us for concession rental ideas!

 

 

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The Best Additions to Popcorn

Popcorn Popcorn is great on its own, but for the more adventurous among us, there are several other things popcorn can be mixed with in order to create some interesting– in a good way– flavors.

As a snack, popcorn seems to go well with various little candies, including Skittles, M&Ms, Reese’s Pieces, Raisinets, Junior Mints, Sour Patch Kids, and other items you’d typically find at a movie theater candy counter. You can buy candy bars like Kit Kats or Hershey’s chocolate bars and combine those with popcorn, too.

Do you have any caramel sauce or marshmallow fluff in your pantry or fridge? If so, try mixing those things with popcorn.

If you want to try eating potato chips and popcorn at the same time, do it! Flavored chips can give your mouth some really amazing sensations. Why not throw in some chocolate chips and see how you like that, too?

For those who like cheese, try adding some parmesan cheese to warm popcorn; it’ll stick better if the popcorn is warm. Garlic powder is also something to sprinkle on top of popcorn if you like the taste of garlic. Fans of lemon can add lemon salt to their popcorn.

Though this may sound odd, it has been said that dill pickles go really well with popcorn, so it’s worth a try– you might like it.

When you want to experiment with popcorn combinations, black pepper and truffle oil has potential, as does dried cranberries and white chocolate. Or you can add olive oil and some lime juice.

What other foods should be “put out” at parties for people to eat, when popcorn is available? Well, pretzels, chips, crackers and Doritos are all good. Just to make things different, consider putting all of those together, mixed in one big bowl. It’ll surely get guests talking– and eating!

Got a party coming up and need popcorn? Call Miracle Strip Popcorn today at 850-864-1139.

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Funnel Cakes Will Enhance Any Occasion

Funnel Cake Funnel cakes have been around a long time, dating back to medieval times when Arabic and Persian people first developed yeast-risen dishes. The funnel cakes we know and love today came to America compliments of Dutch and German immigrants in the 1800s.

Generally, funnel cakes are made by pouring cake or pastry batter into hot cooking oil in a circular pattern. This concoction is deep fried until golden-brown. The process takes a couple minutes. The batter gets put through a funnel in order to truly make it a funnel cake. The shell is crisp while the inside is soft. All together, it’s a decidedly tasty treat.

People enjoy funnel cakes served with toppings like powdered sugar, cinnamon and chocolate sauce. Many fairs, carnivals and theme parks have funnel cakes as a popular food staple. Funnel cakes are essentially like the cousins of doughnuts and churros. They’re a great concession treat.

If you want to liven up a party, Miracle Strip Popcorn has all you need in order to make and serve funnel cakes. Besides typical toppings, consider offering caramel sauce, maple syrup or even ice cream to go with the cakes. Strawberries and whipped cream are good toppings, too. By offering a variety of toppings, each guest can fully customize their funnel cake to their liking. Make sure you have plenty of napkins on hand, of course, because these treats can get a little messy.

Miracle Strip Popcorn can supply you with Deluxe Pennsylvania Dutch Funnel Cake Mix, Gold Medal Old Fashioned Funnel Cake Mix, funnel cake pouring pitchers, and a 6-inch lift-off funnel cake ring to aid in the creation of these delicious concessions.

For more information about funnel cakes, please contact Miracle Strip Popcorn of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, at 850-864-1139. You can also email sales@mspopcorn.com with any questions you might have.

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Prepping for Halloween Festivities

HalloweenEvery October, Halloween happens. Some people love it, while others do not. For little kids, it’s a time to dress up in costumes and go around their neighborhood saying “trick or treat” as they get candy put into their bucket or bag.

Older kids and some adults like to dress up, too, and have parties. Whether it’s a Halloween party or a more G-rated “Harvest party,” one thing’s for sure: a good party needs fun foods like popcorn, sno cones and cotton candy from Miracle Strip Popcorn.

As for costumes, what’s hot for 2016?

A lot of ladies will go for the Harley Quinn look; she was a character in the popular film Suicide Squad. Be on the lookout for female Ghostbusters, too. Guess who is making a comeback? Wonder Woman. Other popular costumes for women this year include Supergirl, Rey from Star Wars, Pikachu, and Dory.

If you’re a guy, there are many superheroes to dress up as this year. There’s Captain America, Han Solo from Star Wars, Batman, Superman, and Deadpool. From the film Suicide Squad, you could consider going as Deadshot or Joker. Want to pay homage to Gene Wilder? Dress up as Charlie from Charlie & The Chocolate Factory. Another popular costume this year is the purple one for Prince, who sadly passed away.

On a happier note, unisex costumes for a Halloween/Harvest party this year include going as a Minion, Angry Bird, hippie, hot dog, banana or clown.

For those in charge of Halloween/Harvest parties this October, call Miracle Strip Popcorn and Concession Supply at 850-864-1139 to discuss your needs. Miracle Strip Popcorn is a full service supply, rental and retail center offering equipment, food, dry goods, cleaning supplies and delivery for the Florida Panhandle region. You’re welcome to visit the showroom at 918 Skipper Avenue in Fort Walton Beach to see what’s available to help make your party awesome.

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Who Should We Thank for Inventing Sno Cones?

Sno ConesIn the beginning, God created sno cones and saw that they were good. Isn’t that in The Bible? But seriously, folks, sno cones are an amazing invention– a godsend on a hot summer’s day, for sure.

When did the modern day sno cone come into being? Around 100 years ago, in 1919, there was a guy named Samuel Bert. He lived in East Dallas, Texas, which is definitely an area where it gets hot in the summertime. Samuel Bert was his given name, but people knew him better as “King Sammie.” He sold icy treats at the State Fair of Texas. King Sammie came up with the idea to crush ice and add flavored syrup to it. He smartly patented his ice crusher machine and used a wax cone to serve what became known as a sno cone.

Did you know that sno cones took over the world in the 1950s? Ok, maybe not the world, but they certainly were popular back then. For example, King Sammie’s stand at the state fair would easily sell more than a million sno cones per year in the 1950s. That’s a lot of ice and syrup!

People loved–and still love–that crunchy-yet-consistent feel of the cold ice on their lips on a hot summer’s day. Coupled with flavors like cherry or grape, it’s a tasty treat when the temperature rises above 80 degrees.

Besides state fairs, sno cones ended up becoming a popular concession treat at movie theaters and outdoor festivals. Oh, and they’re a hit at beaches, too.

Miracle Strip Popcorn and Concession Supply can hook you up with sno cone machine rentals and supplies. Catering to the Florida Panhandle area, Miracle Strip Popcorn can supply you with cups, spoons, and straws. Flavor-wise, how about strawberry, blue raspberry, cherry, grape or green apple? Sno cones are a big hit at parties and events. Call Miracle Strip Popcorn today at 850-864-1139 to satisfy your sno cone fix.

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What Are the Best Concessions for a Summer Party

Concessions A summer party is a great excuse to break out the delicious snacks, and we at Miracle Strip Popcorn have a ton of awesome options that you could feature at your party. Here’s a look at our summer favorites.

Sno Cones

What’s more appropriate for summer than your very own sno cone machine at your party? We offer a few different types of sno cone machines, as well as a shaved ice machine, plus all of the delicious flavor syrups you could imagine. You want one half grape and one half cherry? No problem!

Popcorn & Nachos

We also offer all you need for a fully functioning popcorn party. There are a few different sized poppers, plus the corns you’ll need to pop, and gallons of delicious buttery flavor.

If popcorn isn’t your fancy, how do you feel about nacho cheese? Check out our line of nacho cheese products, and really get the party started with some delicious cheesy chips and dip.

Cotton Candy

If there are kiddos coming to your summer party, why not have them spin their own cotton candy? We offer all the bits and bobs you’ll need, from the sugar to the spinning machines. Get ready for a sugar overload!

Lemonade

If you’re doing an outdoor party, your guests will get thirsty. Why not have a delicious hand-made lemonade station? The kiddos can enjoy sugary sweet lemonade, and the grownups can toss a little vodka in there to make it a party!

Funnel Cake

Funnel cake isn’t the easiest thing to manufacture, but if you offer it at your party it’ll surely be a big hit with all your guests. Miracle Strip Popcorn has everything you need, from fryers to cake rings to funnel cake mix.

Hot Dogs

No backyard summer party is complete without some hot dogs, and instead of firing up the whole grill, why not offer your guests a snack on an official hot dog grill? Whether you’re into corn dogs or regular dogs, we have what you need.

If you have any questions about our products, or are looking for some more summer party tips, contact us today!

 

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How to Throw Your Child A Memorable Birthday Party

Children's Birthday PartiesYour child’s birthday party marks a very special occasion. As they turn one year older, a party is definitely in order to highlight and celebrate their special day.

Planning a child’s birthday party is often a rewarding, but time-consuming task. You obviously want to make the day as special, unique, and fun as possible and there are easier ways to go about doing so.

Games:

As far as games go, kids love to play them, but they don’t like to sit at a table for too long waiting to play. Think of games that are quick, to the point, and are engaging for everyone. Water balloon toss, bingo, and small crafts are definite crowd pleasers.

Food:

Finger foods are a great idea for a child’s birthday party. They are easy to make and quick to eat.

Characters:

All kids have a love for a certain cartoon or other television character like Mickey Mouse and Spider Man. You not only can decorate around the famed character, but how about a surprise visit from one too? It’s as simple as a costume store purchase.

Lastly, there are other forms of entertainment that will surely bring smiles to the birthday boy or girl and his or her friends. For example, machines that make a variety of every child’s favorites are a definite hit.

We are referring to popcorn, cotton candy, and snow cone machines, for instance. Ideal for any type of party, these treats are 100% suitable for a child’s birthday party. Either as a mid-party snack or a take-away for the end, you can’t go wrong with these options.

At Miracle Strip Popcorn and Concession Supply we delight in bringing smiles to children’s faces at their birthday parties.  Contact us to learn how we can help to make your child’s birthday party a success.

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How was Popcorn Invented?

Popcorn Today many people enjoy the taste of popcorn, but few ever think about where it first came from, right? How was popcorn invented?

Popcorn comes from corn– a large grain plant first domesticated by people in Mexico about 10,000 years ago. How and why does the corn pop? Well, corn has little kernels that normally have hard outer shells. However, when you heat the kernel, moisture within the kernel gets steamy and bursts the outer shell. The soft inner flake inside the kernel is then released and you’ve got edible popcorn.

While popcorn probably existed thousands of years ago if and when our ancestors heated up their corn over fires, modern day popcorn in America got its start in the early 1800s. As the Midwest grew, with more and more people moving there to farm the land, corn became a major crop of the region. In addition, thanks to steel plows, the soil was “worked” to help make it suitable for crops like corn and more. Soon, the Midwest was full of farms. In the 1820s, popcorn became a commodity, sold as “Pearl” or “Nonpareil” in parts of the United States. It wasn’t until the 1840s that popcorn became pretty common as a snack for people, perhaps aided by write-ups in magazines of the time.

You know how every year it seems like a new bunch of words make it into the dictionary? Back in 1848, “popcorn” made it into Bartlett’s Dictionary of Americanisms. Since corn makes a popping noise when it pops, the name popcorn made sense… and still does.

Eventually the corn “popper” became popular. It was a device made of a box, wire gauze, and long handle. The popper allowed the masses to put kernels in a wire box and hold it over an open flame, making their own popcorn.

Of course, all sorts of variations developed, from “Cracker Jack” to the beloved “movie popcorn” sold in theaters.

Miracle Strip Popcorn of Fort Walton Beach rents and sells popcorn machines and carts, as well as the things that go along with making popcorn, like oils, seasonings, and packaging. If you would like to have tasty popcorn at your next event for guests to enjoy, call 850-864-1139.

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What Are The Best Options to Dip Soft Pretzels In?

Soft PretzelsNot too many people like to eat plain, unsalted pretzels. One of the nice things about soft pretzels is that you can dip them in different foods and tantalize your tastebuds.

Soft pretzels can be dipped in honey mustard, cream cheese, nacho cheese, ranch dressing, and/or marinara sauce. If you’re feeling adventurous, try dipping them in salad dressing, artichoke/spinach dip, or even peanut butter and chocolate sauce.

Have you ever dipped a soft pretzel into whipped cream? Try it! How about honey? Go for it. There’s always the tried-and-true butter/margarine to dip your soft pretzel into, which tastes oh-so-good, and if you’d like to mix things up a bit, dip it into salsa or chili!

Now some of the more unusual things people dip their soft pretzels into include lemonade and ice cream– not sure how that tastes, but it might be good. Pretzels are the rare kind of food that seemingly go well with “everything.” Simply made from flour and water, pretzels are easy to make, heat up, and serve. It’s no wonder they’re one of America’s most popular snack foods.

One thing’s for sure: soft pretzels and dips are a staple of events where people enjoy themselves. Almost everybody likes pretzels.

Miracle Strip Popcorn of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, supplies festivals, charity fundraisers and parties with all sorts of supplies and rentals to ensure guests have a great time eating fun foods like pretzels, popcorn, cotton candy, sno cones, funnel cakes and ice cream.

When you’re having a promotional event in the Florida Panhandle region, Miracle Strip Popcorn is your one-stop fun foods shop. From stands to machines, supplies to packaging, and all the way to clean-up, Miracle Strip Popcorn can make your event awesome. Call 850-864-1139 or email sales@mspopcorn.com to plan your fun foods event today.

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How to Make Your Child’s Birthday Party Special

Child's Birthday PartyWhen you think about it, you’re only a “kid” for about twelve or so birthdays of your entire life. Since you’re just starting out in life, it’s important to really enjoy those birthdays because they help set the tone for the rest of your life. Think back to a particular birthday you celebrated as a kid that was amazingly awesome in every way– what made the party extra special?

Kids generally love balloons, animals, costumed characters, and sugary foods and drinks. These things can enliven a child’s birthday party, for sure. Kids also love feeling recognized by everyone else as the special person of their day, so little things like giving them a birthday shirt, button or crown with their name on it to wear for their party can mean a lot to them. Even something like a “chair of honor” for them to sit in on their birthday makes them feel special.

A particularly fun thing to do at your kid’s birthday party is to have guests hide their presents and then have the birthday kid look for them. This can help make the party quite fun, especially when the guests give clues to the presents’ whereabouts.

Now a kid’s birthday party is best when it includes some things they don’t normally get to experience in their daily lives. With that in mind, Miracle Strip Popcorn helps make parties “the best” by offering cotton candy machines, shaved ice/sno-cone machines (especially good for warm Florida days), and other concession products like candy apples, nachos, caramel corn and funnel cakes.

Miracle Strip Popcorn of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, is just a phone call away at 850-864-1139 or you can email sales@mspopcorn.com to ask about the various fun food supplies available to help make your child’s birthday party extra special this year. From equipment to cleaning supplies, Miracle Strip Popcorn can deliver all your party snack bar needs.