We theme our parties around our favourite things, like our birthdays, Christmas, and popcorn! Here are our five tips to throwing a party truly worthy of the popcorn-obsessed.
1. Get the snacks in…
If you’re handy in the kitchen, these popcorn blondies will make you friends and make sure you’re the host with the most:
2. Make lower-cal cocktails!
Even better, give your guests the tools to make their own cocktails. Mess = fun, right? Here’s our favourite mojito recipe:
Oh, and – not to nag – but we reckon that you’re better off if you drink aware.
3. Get a photo booth!
Because if you and your friends put on funny hats and nobody took a picture of it, did it even happen? We love a good photo booth. More and more as the night goes on, in fact!
For our Summer party, we’ve got a Showtime Photo Booth on hand to capture those need-to-remember moments.
4. Get the music right
This isn’t a rave, and it’s not a silver platter soiree. Pick the music volume appropriately!
As well as how loud it should be, you’ve got to think about the kind of music you’ll be playing. You might love the latest album from that indie band that loves to gaze at their shoes and shuffle about stage, but if it doesn’t get your mates in a happy, chatty mood it shouldn’t make the playlist. We’re going to have to put our foot down on this one 😉
5. Get more snacks in…
No one likes soggy buffet leftovers, so a store of snacks for your guests to take home is always a good idea. Just a few subtle suggestions…
We’re loving this naughty treat for binge watching a new series… it’s better than anything Red could whip up (don’t tell her we said so!) Check out this amazing creation from our friend @thatcakeguyldn
170g salted butter (melted)
170g light brown sugar
110g granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
350g plain flour
200g caramel or white chocolate chips
150g honey roasted peanuts (optional)
Metcalfe’s salted caramel popcorn
Salted caramel sauce (shop bought or homemade)
Combine butter and sugars.
Add the egg and vanilla.
Fold in the flour, followed by the chocolate chips (and peanuts).
Pour batter into a lined 8″ square tin.
Cover the surface with salted caramel popcorn, push down slightly.
Drizzle with caramel sauce.
Bake at 160 degrees for 20-25 minutes until just golden.
Allow to cool before serving OR serve warm with vanilla ice cream and extra popcorn!
I had just graduated from my performing arts degree in Cambridge when I was diagnosed with a rare type of ovarian cancer. I had my heart set on establishing my career and meeting new people, but everything had to go on hold as I recovered from surgery and focused on my health.
It was a very hard time, but one of the first people to support me was CLIC Sargent, who gave me a grant to spend however I wanted. It really made me emotional to see such pure generosity and trust.
Then I got involved in the charity’s music programme, travelling to a residential trip in Wiltshire. At first I wasn’t sure about going to events with other people who’ve had cancer, but it was really worthwhile. I enjoyed every moment – we can joke together about cancer because we understand it. There isn’t that awkwardness.
I was very excited when the music programme organisers offered me the chance to be one of the CLIC Sargent singers, touring a series of gigs across the UK at Christmas, including performing at the Royal Albert Hall.
The support, encouragement and overwhelming feedback we received after each performance was incredibly moving and I could feel that we were a part of something truly special and inspiring for everyone who came along and showed their support.
Speaking publicly about my own experiences with cancer has always been difficult for me. I was in complete denial at the time I was diagnosed in 2013 and refused to tell anyone around me. The last thing I wanted was for my new life in London and all of the friends I had made to associate me with cancer and see me as an ill person, someone to pity.
Over time, I have become more confident with this part of my past. I feel so proud and fortunate to have achieved what I have with my health and career, despite the hurdles thrown at me. I feel empowered and empathic to others who have gone through similar experiences, connecting paths with so many inspiring people.
I want to thank everyone who has supported this charity, making it possible for CLIC Sargent to do what they do, and they certainly do amazing things.
I was 20 years old when I was diagnosed with testicular cancer. I had been uncomfortable for a while and a part of me knew that it was likely to be something serious. But when I got the news it was still a real shock.
After going through surgery I was told that the cancer had spread and I was going to need intensive chemotherapy treatment. They gave me some really heavy stuff and it really hit me hard. I was being ill so often and I couldn’t get out of bed for long periods of time.
It was a really hard period of my life. I was just about to go to university and this was supposed to be the prime of my life. Everyone around me was enjoying their lives and going out and having fun and I couldn’t do anything at all. I could just go to the hospital or lie in bed.
Music ended up being my way out. I would listen to some heavy music when I was going through a bad patch and it helped to keep me level. But then I found out that the chemotherapy hadn’t been as successful as they would’ve liked, meaning I was going to need a major operation. That took a long time to recover from. Then it was case of getting back on my feet. But that wasn’t so easy.
The hospital felt like the only world I knew. I had been surrounded by treatment and support for two years. Suddenly you have to just step out of this bubble and that is a very hard thing to do. The support I received from CLIC Sargent staff was always great. They were always there for you and happy to help in any way they could.
I was directed to the CLIC Sargent Music Programme. I was invited along to a workshop, where I could meet different musicians who had been through something similar to me and work on songwriting and performing. It was just a brilliant experience.
Having cancer has certainly changed me as a person. I appreciate things a lot. I say yes to things that I might not have said yes to before. Most importantly I’m loving life now. I have to thank charities like CLIC Sargent for helping me get to that point and thanks Metcalfe’s for supporting them.
Feeling fitter than ever and hearing the words “You have Hodgkin’s Lymphoma” was one of the most confusing moments of my life. How could this be? I was 23, a complete fitness fanatic and full of life. On Wednesday 16th March 2016, I made a promise to myself that I would stay strong and fight this nightmare until I was well again.
Cycle two of chemo I sat on the ward at St Bartholomew’s Hospital glaring at the top of St Pauls from the huge window, the sky was blue with only a few clouds and the only noise was from the nurses calling their patients into be seated. As the patients came into the room I would always wonder what cancer they had? Was it curable? How did they get to the hospital? Were they looked after when they returned home? I felt concerned for them or was I just being nosey?
On this particular day I was feeling fed up. Fed up of chemo, the pain, the sickness and the dreaded hair loss was underway at this point. My boyfriend and I were discussing the amount of money we had already spent travelling to and from the hospital as well as paying for the parking expenses. Unfortunate for me the hospital was quite a distance, but I was willing to do anything to get myself well again. Travelling on a train would have been cheaper, however I couldn’t face the public and could never predict the next lot of sickness.
Coincidently I was introduced to Laura from CLIC Sargent on the same day. After explaining my financial situation she explained I could be entitled to a small sum of money that could help with petrol or parking. She also put me in contact with other charities that support young adults with cancer financially. Not only did Laura take a weight off my financial concerns, she was always a phone call or email away and encouraged me to attend events held by CLIC Sargent and other charities including Look Good Feel Better make-up workshop held at UCLH.
I am truly grateful for the support CLIC Sargent provided me with at such a challenging time of my life. You can never put a price on your health, but having a little support to get me to my appointments helped a great deal.
I was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma Cancer last September at the age of 23. It felt so cruel, but once I remembered how much worse It could have been I decided to buckle up my shoes, put on my big girls blouse and get on with it.
Fortunately I’ve never experienced a serious illness before so didn’t really know much, this is where I met superwoman who also goes by Jude Rowlands, what a hero! She made sure I wasn’t too afraid to get out and about, she arranged my wig fittings and pointed me on my way to a lot of things I wouldn’t of even thought twice about. She has also helped me make new friends who are in a similar situation as myself.
I would like to say a HUGE thank you to CLIC Sargent for everything they have done and continue to do for me. I would also like to say thank you to Metcalfe’s Skinny as without generous people like them charity’s like CLIC Sargent may cease to exist, which for me would have made a massive impact in how I coped with my cancer.
Being diagnosed with cancer as a young adult is shocking to say the least. One minute you’re worrying about a-levels and university and whether or not that bright blue eyeliner really suits you; the next you’re thrust into a world of blood tests, hospitals, and what seems a revolving door of medical professionals all looking at you like you’re a brand new baby panda at a zoo.
I had been initially diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia when I was 12 but after 3 years of remission and ‘normal life’ I suffered a relapse at the age of 18, just on the cusp of adulthood. Because my cancer was blood related and I needed a bone marrow transplant I had to spend up to 6 weeks at a time in hospital. Luckily this turned out to be a less scary and daunting environment to be in than what I expected. Due to the advice and support I was given by CLIC Sargent. My CLIC Sargent social worker at Belfast City Hospital: Laurena Kane simply couldn’t do enough for me, she was so friendly and understanding it almost felt like I had a second mother! Through her and another of the social workers – Simon Darby – I found out more about the organisation and all the great work that CLIC Sargent does for children and young people with cancer right across the UK.
Since then I have stayed active with the charity by being a part of their ‘Young Persons Reference Forum’ where we give our opinions and discuss the directions in which the charity is heading (the meetings are usually in London so it’s a nice experience to get to go over.) I am also a part of their online community where young people who have had cancer can talk to others in a similar situation which is great as it helps to know that you are not the only one going through it, even though it may feel that way. I have also helped with naming and planning ‘Amy’s House’ CLIC Sargent’s ‘home away from home’ in Belfast.
CLIC Sargent have helped me develop and grow as a person in so many ways and I would really like to thank Metcalfes Skinny for all their support that they give to the charity as they really do help children and young people through most likely the toughest time of their life.
We’ve teamed up with pug loving puntastic illustrator Gemma Correll to create a bespoke print. You may recognise Gemma and her merry band of misfits from her Instagram or one of the myriad books, zines or greetings cards she has appeared in. Now it’s time for you win one of Gemma’s hilariously brilliant prints! We promise it will only require a small bit of pop-participation!
It’s very simple, all you need to do is tell us the most wackiest way you would pop Metcalfe’s kernels. The adorable Brian won the first print but don’t worry! There’s one more illustration up for grabs and to get you inspired here’s Brian’s winning entry – how cute!
HOW TO ENTER:
So you need to think about how you would pop it, we mean reaaaaaaally think about. Remember the more off the wall and outlandish, the better. It could be a fantastical flying contraption that pops kernels, or roller coaster g force or maybe it’s through the power of emotions or like our ad, the power of song! You tell us and we will pick the best entry for Gemma to illustrate.
We’re throwing open the doors and giving popcorn fans a little glimpse of how our Popping Experts do their thing!
Our bouncy butterfly popcorn is made using VERY unusual energy sources… check it out:
You can see our ad on TV, social media and video on demand! Plus, you can win an amazing signed print by artist Gemma Correll if you can come up with the most inventive way of popping our Metcalfe’s kernels. Mosey on over to the competition here.
Today is pancake day! Before you mix, flip and smother your pancakes with delicious toppings, we have an indulgent rainbow recipe from our friends Healthy Chef Steph and Chessie King that will tantalise your tastebuds and make your culinary creations the envy of Instagram!
Here’s Steph and Chessie’s guide to creating a stack of delicious rainbow pancakes – full ingredient list below.
Ingredients (makes 6-7):
1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
2 tsp baking powder
A pinch of salt
2 tbsp white sugar
3/4 cup almond milk
1 large egg, beaten
2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
Good quality food colouring
1 – 2 meringue nests
Metcalfe’s Skinny Sweet ‘n Salt
Steph and Chessie aren’t the only ones getting creative for #pancakeday, check out some of your pancake creations using Metcalfe’s Skinny popcorn:
We’re completely over the moon, totally delighted, super pumped and really excited to be able to say: We did it!
With your help – you popcorn-loving lovelies! – we’ve smashed our fundraising target for CLIC Sargent and will be working with them for another 2 years.
We’d aimed to raise £30,000 for the charity starting in 2014, but instead raised a monumental £51,839.
CLIC Sargent are the leading cancer charity for patients aged under 25, and money is raised from sales of of Metcalfe’s Sea Salt popcorn – charity packs which carry the CLIC Sargent logo.
Our Managing Director, Ashley Hicks said “At Metcalfe’s we feel passionate about giving something back and are delighted to support CLIC Sargent and the vital work they do for young cancer sufferers. We look forward to continuing our partnership and raising even more funds for them over the next two years.”
Rachel Kirby-Rider, Director of Income and Engagement at CLIC Sargent, said: “Everybody enjoys a snack, but to eat a bag of popcorn and know you’re helping to fight for lives struck by cancer is even better. We are over the moon that our partnership with Metcalfe’s skinny is set to continue.”
As if you needed another excuse to snack on popcorn!
If you wanted to donate directly to the wonderful guys at CLIC Sargent, you can do so here.
“Disco Yoga, the most fun I’ve had when wearing gym gear possibly ever”
So says Liz Darke, our intrepid and bendy reporter, who went to check out the exercise class that’s firmly planted itself on our list of ways to own 2017.
Here’s how it went down:
“Walking into the wood-panelled space at the Soho private member’s club, I could tell that this exercise class was going to be nothing I’d ever done before.
Sure, I’ve tried yoga, and I’ve attended Zumba, which prides itself on participants working up a sweat to a soundtrack of top party tunes, but with a ceiling decked in disco balls, yogis “glittering up” on the sidelines, and party lights swirling the room, I knew I was in for something special here.
Run by yoga instructor Sarah, who’s been teaching traditional yoga classes for a decade, and her DJ friend Rosie, Disco Yoga is the perfect mix of powerful yogic stretching and feel-good fun. The classes take place at different venues across the capital throughout the year, as well as at a handful of UK festivals in summertime.
As a total newbie to the concept, it was interesting to hear Sarah (dressed in a shimmering metallic silver catsuit, may I add!) explain how the idea first arose. The workout was born during one of her regular classes, when the playlist accidentally jumped to a disco banger.
The accident was, however, received with great excitement by her students. As a result, Disco Yoga dawned. Sarah teaches every session, and Rosie is by her side spinning the songs throughout.
The class begins with some slow songs as a warm up, but the pace increases and all of a sudden we’re downward-dogging to the likes of The Bee Gees, Sister Sledge and Chic. Lots of the moves are modified to include a few claps and John Travolta-esque finger points, and Sarah encourages partakers to “get their wiggle on” and “shake it” as much as their heart desires.
Singing along is recommended too – trust me, you won’t be the only one bursting into song as the chorus to ‘Car Wash’ kicks in. The class is perfect for beginners, whilst seasoned yogis will still enjoy its fun factor and have the option to increase the intensity for many of the positions involved.
To wind things down, the music drops its pace once again, which, in all honesty, is greatly welcomed after forty minutes of simultaneously bending, bum-wiggling and belting out lyrics. The class then finishes with a relaxing meditation, but that doesn’t mean the party’s over.
Once back on your feet, it’s then time to hit the bar for a superfood cocktail. Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are on offer, and each one goes by a puntastic title such as ‘Raining Zen’, ‘Kale and The Gang’ and ‘Blame It On the Blueberry’. In the mood for a little booze, I opted for a delicious ‘Goji Yogi’ packed with goji berries, orange juice, carrot juice, lemon and a pouring of vodka.
After sinking my cocktail, the boogie night had finally come to an end. But feeling the buzz of endorphins (and a little alcohol), I was ready and raring to do the hustle all the way home.”
Follow the girls on Instagram at @discoyoga.uk for their upcoming events and daily disco musing.
Are you looking to jazz up your Christmas tree or create a unique gift for a friend? Why not create your own blingtastic gold leaf popcorn tinsel?
Over the years we’ve seen everything from gold leaf walnuts, cherries, strawberries and now popcorn! YES! Gold leaf is no longer reserved for decadent interior designers (we’re looking at you Laurence Llewelyn Bowen) or bourgeoisie TV chefs who want to add a splash of decadence to a dish.
Now it’s your time to (sparkle and) shine.
So here’s what you need:
2 sharing bags of your favourite Metcalfe’s Skinny (one to eat, one to make gold leaf tinsel!!)
Edible gold leaf
Gold thread or cotton
2 x small craft paintbrushes
1) Load up your favourite box set or Christmas film (suggest Home Alone) and pop open a bag of Metcalfe’s Skinny.
2) Thread the needle with gold cotton and carefully thread the popcorn until you have your desired length (Hint: The bigger the tree, the longer the thread!).
3) Lay the length of popcorn out, every five to ten kernels pick a single piece of popped corn on the string and carefully apply a light layer of sugar water with your wet brush.
4) Take the other dry brush and gently press on your gold leaf – leave to dry for two hours. Voila! Your tree is ready to be dressed.
You can also use the method to create gold leaf popcorn for cakes and confectionary 🙂
No-one ever expects to be diagnosed with cancer, but it can seem a little harder to swallow when you’re still a teenager. At this time of your life, your biggest dilemma should in theory be what to wear to tonight’s party, or maybe on a slightly more serious level, when to fit in revision for your GCSEs. But some teenagers have to deal with issues that affect their future even more than exam results do.
In 2011 I was 15, and was also told I had Hodgkins Lymphoma. Straightaway the hospital environment became my new routine, but thanks to CLIC Sargent this didn’t end up being as daunting as it so easily could have been. Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s social worker, Orlando Fuller, was permanently positive and approachable, and as I found out more about the charity as a whole I realised he represented everyone who works there.
I’ve recently been involved in CLIC Sargent’s One Day campaign, where young cancer survivors talk about their future hopes and dreams. I have plenty, and thanks to CLIC Sargent have found more platforms in which to achieve them. I’d love to thank Metcalfe’s skinny for their support, as it really does help young patients and survivors like me and so many others.
Film and popcorn are a natural pair, so we are super excited to be sponsoring the ‘Best British Film’ Category at this year’s National Film Awards!!
To celebrate the launch of our new Cinema Sweet popcorn, we will be sporting our glad rags and rubbing shoulders with the Best of the British film industry for a glitzy evening and red carpet worthy snacks!
Nominees for the category include; Spectre, Rise of the Footsoldier II, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Kingsman (The Secret Service), North v South, Macbeth, A Royal Night Out and Absolutely Anything.
Soooooooo……fingers crossed we’ll be sat near Daniel Craig!!
Voting for the National Film Awards 2016 is currently open until the 25th March, and all winners will be announced at the star-studded awards ceremony on 31st March and broadcast on Sky Showcase (Sky 261, Freesat 402, Freeview 254).
It’s an age-old stereotype that truck drivers tend to lead unhealthy lifestyles and have poor snacking habits, but we’ve learnt that the reality is the opposite!
Research tells us that nearly 61% of them are now saying no to ‘substandard’ motorway service station food and instead opting for higher quality, healthier options…enter new Metcalfe’s skinny Cinema Sweet popcorn!
We used this research to deliver an entire pallet’s worth of our new low-sugar popcorn flavour to all Eddie Stobart van drivers this January to support them in their quest for better snacking options.
The team at Eddie Stobart commented: “We are delighted to be working with Metcalfe’s skinny. Their range gives us what we need; convenient, delicious but better for you snacking options.”
Metcalfe’s skinny is delighted to announce it’s new business partnership with KETTLE® Chips UK!
The Metcalfe’s skinny team will continue to operate the company independently in partnership with the influential support of the KETTLE® Chips UK brand (a UK subsidiary of Diamond Foods).
And we couldn’t be more excited.
Our founder, Julian Metcalfe comments, “We are very excited about the opportunity to expand the Metcalfe’s skinny brand with the support and expertise of the KETTLE® organization. This is a positive step that we know will not only showcase the brand’s potential but will benefit our customers in the long term too.”
And a note from Ashley Hicks, Managing Director of KETTLE® Chips UK: “We are very excited to acquire an interest in Metcalfe’s skinny, which is an incredibly innovative, dynamic, fast-growing, premium brand appealing to ‘foodie’ consumers looking for lighter great tasting snacks.”
Don’t hate us for saying so, but we are loving January.
Despite how miserable it is outside.
Despite being back at our desks and not being in pyjamas 24/7.
AND despite the fact that we’re now eating ‘courgetti‘, when we all know it just isn’t the same as spaghetti…
We’re loving January because of our latest addition to the deliciously guilt-free Metcalfe’s skinny popcorn family, which has hit selected Tesco stores just in time to make all of the above more bearable!
We’ve just launched our newest popcorn flavour, Cinema Sweet: a unique sweet popcorn sweetened with natural stevia leaf extract, which means it has a whopping 67% LESS SUGAR than all other sweet varieties on the market. And still tastes absolutely delicious!
With only 93 calories per serving (and the equivalent sugar content to a measly one and a quarter Minstrels!!), put your boring apples down and join us in cutting down on your sugar consumption.
We like Christmas. And we know you like Christmas too. Some of you may not like all the fuss and the faff of the garish lights, the repetitive music, the cheesy knitwear and the crazy carol singers…but we KNOW you love the festive food. (If not, we’re judging you right now. Seriously how can you live with yourself?)
Turkey? Yes please. Mulled mine? Hells yeah. Mince pies? Oh baby. Stuffing? You know me so well.
The trouble is, pretty much ALL Christmas treats are, well, treats. They’re unhealthy, heavy, contain too much of those-things-you-shouldn’t-be-eating and generally make you feel like you’ve overdone it. And that’s before you’ve even taken a bite out of your first blanketed pig.
Not with us!! We’ve got another snack to add to the mix…but it’s deliciously guilt-free! Metcalfe’s skinny Cinnamon Sweet popcorn is the pure taste of Christmas without the guilt at only 117 calories a bag.
As you may have noticed…the Metcalfe’s skinny website has undergone a total revamp. Everything’s changed!
We’ve gone BIGGER, bolder, a little more colourful and a lot more fun!
And to add to the excitement we’ll be bringing you a healthy dose of regular blog content filled with all sorts of useful, fun, quirky (and at times slightly bonkers) news.
But this is just the beginning! Keep checking in to see what poppin’ (ahem).
We want your experience to be great, nay better than great, and who better to tell us how than YOU! So have a good look around and tell us what you think, simply POP us a line right here on the website!
Sadly our online shop has closed but don’t panic, we’ve decided to leave it to the experts! You can still buy all of our products online by simply selecting the ‘Where to buy’ sections on our product pages where you’ll be directed to the right place.
What’s that old saying? Out with the old and in with the newandbetterthanever. #nailedit.
Isn’t it about time we had something lighter, tastier and more exciting to snack on? Here at Metcalfe’s skinny HQ, we couldn’t agree more! That’s why we’re launching our nationwide campaign for better snacking in the UK (‘better snacking’ including our popcorn of course!)…and we’re inviting you to support the cause!
With our campaign #POPaganda, we’ll be POP-ping up all over London over the next few weeks calling on you to support our mission. Down with stodgy crisps and sugary chocolate bars, we want better snacks in our local stores!
Not only are we covering the London Underground with giant Metcalfe’s skinny POPaganda posters (take a look on your commute and snap the pack!) but we’ll also be dropping TOWERS of popcorn all around central London this week to bring better snacking to the people. Watch out for free samples outside your offices!
But that’s not all…because we’re so passionate about bringing better snacking to everyone in the UK, we’ve launched a Facebook poll so that you can get involved – click HERE and head over now to have your say!
We’ll even be hosting our very own snack amnesty so that you can swap your boring, unhealthy snacks with some lighter, tastier and better-for-you Metcalfe’s skinny popcorn, completely free of charge! And we’ll have our brand new ground-breaking popcorn flavour on offer before it’s available in stores! IT JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER!
Keep popping in on us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram to find out how you can get involved and support the cause. As ever we’ll have plenty of popcorn to give away for our best supporters, so get your political popcorn hat on and share to show you care…
We’ve teamed up with EatFirst Home, delicious chef-cooked meals delivered to your door at a time that suits you.
Their diverse and daily-changing menu has something for everyone: good-for-you, tasty, top quality dishes. All things we love!
And now accompanied by our very own Metcalfe’s skinny Sweet ‘n Salt popcorn! Freshly popped butterfly popcorn with a sweet and salt flavour combination that’s incredibly more-ish! With 115 calories per bag, it’s the perfect accompaniment to an EatFirst Home evening meal. A sweet treat you won’t feel guilty about!
The lovely folks at EatFirst Home are offering £5 off your first meal with code HOMESMET2, so snap the offer up quick!
That’s right folks, summer is officially here. It might not quite be strip-down-to-your-bikini-in-the-local-park weather, but there are plenty of fun things to do now that this happier, care-free side of the year is upon us!
We’ve pulled together the top 10 tips for taking it easy this season:
1. Make your own fruit ice lollies. They’re so much tastier when you’ve made them yourself! (Tip: Try freezing with whole pieces of fruit in them for a really impressive result).
2. Drink copious amounts of Pimms with lemonade, strawberries, orange segments and cucumber. And then drink some more.
3. Get a DIY barbecue going on any old patch of grass. Mmm I can taste the haloumi!
4. Make you own alcoholic ice cubes (no more diluted cocktails!)
5. Sit in the park and do absolutely nothing else. You heard us!
6. Play James May out of your phone/speakers in said park.
7. Free your toes! Time to get those sandals out from the back of the wardrobe…
8. Paint said toes in 10 different colours.
9. Invest in a Frisbee.
10. And last but not least, snack on some deliciously guilt-free Metcalfe’s skinny popcorn. Obviously.
Yes, we are aware that 50% of these tips involve eating/drinking…but that’s what summer is all about!
We’ve just signed up to the Nike Running Women’s 10km London on 21st June for the second year running. Come and get sweaty with us!
If you like running AND snacking (not necessarily at the same time, but we like you’re style if you do…), you can be a part of the exclusive Metcalfe’s skinny running crew at this years event. Be one of 10 girls representing your favourite popcorn to the finish line. Contact us now to snap up one of the limited places, right here on our website or on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.
You could be brushing leggings with the likes of Ellie Goulding!
We’ll be heading down with our delicious popcorn to fuel the girls and their supporters throughout the day, alongside some incredible music performances and other brand activations. It’s going to be EPIC.
To find out more about the event or to sign up your own crew, click HERE.
Fellow Chocolate Crackle lovers, we’re afraid to announce that our heaven sent drizzled kernels are temporarily coming off the shelves!
We’re sad to be losing one of the original popcorn family (it’s like saying goodbye to our very own Zayn…aaaaagggghhhhh) but rest assured Chocolate Crackle will be coming back soon.
The reason? Now brace yourselves popcorn fans because this is exclusive news for your eyes only ….. Metcalfe’s skinny have a VERY exciting (and of course delicious) flavour coming soon. Ssshh, don’t tell anyone!
Stay tuned on our website, Facebook, Twitter & Instagram pages to find out more about our new addition.
R.I.P.P (Rest In Popcorn Peace), dear friend. You will be missed. We await your return!
We all know January can be a depressing month but for foodies the start of the year is actually pretty exciting as we start to lay down our food trend predictions for the year. I’ve been swotting up and eating out (it’s a hard life) to bring you my predictions for 2015…
Barbecue – it’s freezing outside and I can imagine most of us are pining for the barbecue season! But this year we’ll be eating barbecue classics; ribs, burger and hot dogs all year round. Look out for smoky and barbecue flavours with an Asian and Korean twist too – we’re talking super hot & spicy but at least that’s one way to warm up this January!
Ramen – this delicious Japanese noodle soup is served in a deep bowl and the broth is flavoured with miso or soy sauce. Ingredients including spring onion, seaweed, egg and slices of meat are added to create a really satisfying meal. Move over stir-fries, ramen is going mainstream and fast becoming the nations favourite noodle dish. Lets get slurping!
Back to the future – arctic roll, baked Alaska, fish finger sandwiches and scotch eggs…our childhood favourites are back and they just got trendy! We’ll also start to see children’s food reinvented in adult form, cocktail cupcake and vodka ice pop anyone?
Health – healthy eating has been in the spotlight for a while but now its a MEGA trend tipped to be around for years! This year we’ll be going gluten free, eating fancy grains such as teff and freekeh. Vegetables are also big news this year – especially those ugly and knobbly ones that look a bit rude.
All this talk of food has got me seriously inspired so I’m off to think of some new and exciting product ideas for our Metcalfe’s skinny range! Happy eating everyone!
2015 is here. Sitting pretty, full of hope and promise for our ambitious New Year resolutions. Unfortunately there is still a niggling ideal that remains on my list year in year out: Eating healthily!
Every year I start the year with the same good intentions and every year comes a point were I barley remember them. But not this year! Why you ask? Well this year I work for Metcalfe’s skinny and we have a whole stock room here in the office full of delicious light snacks. So when the urge for snack gets too big I do not need to resist, I can just grab something from the back without feeling guilty. For the first time, I truly can have my cake and eat it!
Now I just need to get my running shoes out of the closet (big hurdle) and healthier new me here I come …
It has been one popping great year! Did you know that in 2014 we created 20 million bags of popcorn?!
Our whole team at Metcalfe’s skinny can’t thank you enough for all your support over the past year. We hope to continue to be bigger and better with more flavours on the way and more exciting news to share with you in early 2015.
Yes you heard correctly, Metcalfe’s skinny has landed a spot centre stage at Odeon cinemas! [Applause]
Metcalfe’s skinny have partnered with Odeon to bring all of you lovely cinemas go-ers a lighter, bouncier snacking option for the big screen! In a conscious bid to provide a range of better-for-you options, Odeon are making the move towards healthier food and drink offerings at their cinemas…and Metcalfe’s skinny made the cut. Now we’re available in selected Odeon cinemas!*
Let’s be honest, half the reason we go to the cinema is for the treats, and now they’re deliciously guilt free…
And that’s not all. With this lovely partnership comes some exciting things for our fans! Metcalfe’s skinny and Odeon will be giving away some POP-tastic exclusive cinema tickets and, of course, Topcorn galore! So if you’re fanatic about film and popcorn-possessed, check in regularly on our Twitter & Facebook pages for offers and ticket giveaways.
All of our delicious Topcorn flavours are now available in selected London Odeon cinemas.
For those of you who have been following this blog religiously you’ll remember that September was Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in the UK. For those of you who haven’t been following our blog, shame on you!
Here at Metcalfe’s skinny we’ve partnered with CLIC Sargent who do wonderful work in supporting young cancer patients and their families. Back in September, Anuj and I decided to raise money for this wonderful charity by cycling to Amsterdam.
We set off on Friday 26th September first thing in the morning. Over 12 hours and 90 miles later we arrived in a dark and cold Harwich. Our bodies were aching and I just wanted to go home but we knew we had to persevere on. An overnight ferry across the Channel followed and then first thing Saturday we were back on our bikes. Despite not being able to sit on my saddle for the whole of Saturday we eventually made it to Amsterdam in time for a hard-earned lunch.
We covered over 140 miles in a day and a half and raised £2,700 for CLIC Sargent. Both Anuj and I thankfully made it back to the UK in one piece (although both our bikes didn’t – mine was a victim of Amsterdam’s notorious bike crime and Anuj’s the victim of airline mishandling). That’s karma for you!
Last Friday we were joined in the office by two Schnauzer’s. Willoughby and Wickham (from Putney) spent the day strutting around the office hoovering up popcorn and claiming all the attention.
There was a distinct shift in atmosphere within the room (although this could probably be attributed to the Friday Feeling), but general consensus resulted in the request for an office dog. We haven’t heard the decision from our MD but we have our fingers firmly crossed!
Recently, pugs George and Pandora, Metcalfe’s skinny biggest canine fans, were caught on camera modelling next to a Metcalfe’s skinny bag. Word on the street is that 4 month old Pandora from Fulham chose CLIC Sargent Sea Salt as her favourite flavour!
If you have an office dog, tweet us a picture @metcalfesskinny we will have to admire yours until we get our own (hopefully!)
About a month ago I had the amazing opportunity to join our new product development team on a visit to South Korea for a Food Innovation Exhibition. We stayed in Gangnam… yes, as in ‘Gangnam style’. Gangnam means gang(river) + nam(south), as this area is south, of the Han River in Seoul. Sadly, no sight of Psy but there was a huge podium in the city centre were tourists could pose as Psy and have their picture taken.
South Korea is definitely a place to visit for the more inquisitive sort of foodie. AMAZING food and the locals were incredibly welcoming . We tried loads of street food including the infamous Tteokbokki, which is a popular Korean dish, made from soft rice and fish cake cooked in a hot chili sauce. Amongst many other interesting foods we also tried the traditional Korean barbeque – YUM! Not to forget the seafood sashimi, which included sea urchin roe, abalone, sea cucumber and sea squirt. Very interesting textures – definitely not for the squeamish!
One thing that surprised me was how much they love sweet potato! It’s everywhere, sweet potato chips, dried sweet potato and even a sweet potato donout! My personal favourite was the sweet potato latte, (a hug in a mug) which is made from a sweet potato puree. Absolutely delicious!
Okay so it’s not quite the 5th of November, but fireworks have been going off all weekend so I think we can be forgiven for being a teeny tiny bit early.
I recently found out that Ottery St Mary, a town in Devon, celebrate the 5th of November with something called ‘The Flaming Tar Barrels’. They soak 17 wooden barrels of various sizes in tar, set fire to them, and then take it in turns to carry the flaming barrels around the town! So whilst I enjoy a good bonfire, I’m not sure I’m quite brave enough for that!
For those of you with less of a pyromaniacal streak I recommend a tradition close to my northern heart – Parkin!
Parkin is a delicious sticky ginger cake which is traditionally served at bonfires in Yorkshire. It’s super easy to make, and perfect for a cold November evening.
225g/8oz self raising flour
110g/4oz caster sugar
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
200ml/7fl oz milk
110g/4oz golden syrup
Preheat the oven to 150C/300F/Gas 2. Line a 22cm/8in tin.
Sieve the flour, sugar, ginger and bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl.
In a small pan gently heat the butter and syrup until melted.
Beat the egg into the milk.
Gradually pour the butter and syrup into the flour and stir. The mixture will be thick.
Pour in the egg and milk and stir until smooth and pour into the lined tin.
Bake for about an hour or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean
Recipe Credit: Courtesy of James Martin on behalf of BBC Food http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/sparklinparkin_14517
This week saw our MD Robert travel to Dublin (not for high wires & Guinness this time…) for the annual One Young World global summit. The summit brings together the generation’s brightest and most passionate young people to debate and propose solutions to issues of universal concern. Past speakers at the event have included Bob Geldof, Richard Branson & Desmond Tutu.
Almost a year ago, Robert was approached by the founder Kate Robertson to chair a panel discussion on ‘the most successful, young entrepreneurs’ at this year’s summit. After reaching out to lots of bright young things (Leonardo DiCaprio unfortunately had prior commitments), Robert secured a highly esteemed panel including Jay Bregman (Hailo), Julien Callede (Made.com), Tim Davey (OneFineStay) & Michelle Phan (US YouTube sensation). The session was hosted by Barclays CEO Antony Jenkins, who himself is a passionate proponent of youth entrepreneurship.
It was a lively and informative discussion between the panellists, each of whom opened up about their own personal business journeys and the lessons that they had learnt in the process. The session concluded with each panellist offering their most important piece of advice. Robert’s was unsurprisingly related to persistence….well, we all know that is how he secured a meeting with Julian. Some might have called it borderline stalking, but he maintains it was just intelligent persistence!
Robert did himself and the team proud, and hopefully the delegates were able to take away some pearls of wisdom.
Last Thursday Metcalfe’s Food Company headed out for our epic, if a little late, summer party. We were on our way to Dublin for 2 days of team building, cultural tours (visiting the Guinness factory) and plenty of eating and drinking.
Friday was spent crossing high wires and zip lining in the autumnal Dublin weather (rain, rain and more rain). With lots of team encouragement, we all successfully completed the activities. Team built and bonded we then headed out to Ireland’s number one visitor attraction – The Guinness Factory.
The Guinness factory takes you through a journey of how Guinness is made and how the company exploded into what it is today; brewed in 49 countries worldwide with 10 million glasses of enjoyed every day around the world.
A section of the tour is dedicated to the history of Guinness advertising, starting with the ‘Guinness is Good For You’ campaign, moving on to a selection of their varied TV ads, a few our favourites include: Sea Horse and Surfers, Dancing Man, and Bring it Life.
Swedish fashion brand COS has collaborated with experimental Dutch artists Lernert & Sander on a fashion film exploring “The Sound of COS.”
The concept focuses on sound effects. The simple pop of a button, the zip of a jacket and the jingle of keys in a purse to recreate the noises that are made when people get dressed.
We absolutely love this smart but humorous ad. Superbly executed with a heightened attention to detail. The brilliant creative immediately draws your focus to the COS’ Autumn/Winter collection; in all its glory.
Scandinavian, minimalist, cool, sophisticated, well made… just like the brand. You can watch the full advert here
Our recent advert featured retro music but this has inspired us for the future. To see our popcorn friends strutting their stuff on the dance floor, click here…
[Images & video courtesy of COS / Designed by Lernert Engelberts and Sander Plug / Art directed by Fantastic Man co-founders Jop van Bennekom and Gert Jonkers / Styled by Hannes Hetta.]
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in the UK and in many other countries around the world. We are supporting our charity partner CLIC Sargent by wearing a gold ribbon to raise awareness for the wonderful work they do in supporting young cancer patients and their families.
Text to donate, host your own event or join in with a big bucket collection; there are loads of ways to get involved! To find out more click here
To celebrate our three-year partnership with CLIC Sargent, we have branded our classic Sea Salt popcorn, ‘CLIC Sargent Salt’. If you want to try some and support a great cause at the same time you can purchase our CLIC Sargent Salt here:
You know that old saying, variety is the spice of life? Well, we agree! Introducing to you our first ever variety pack.
Having too many delicious flavours to choose from is no longer a problem when they are all at your finger tips! Enjoy 6 delicious mini bags of Sweet n Salt, CLIC Sargent Sea Salt and our newest flavour White Cheese. Individually wrapped, these mini treats make the perfect addition to any lunch box or handbag.
Get your hands on Metcalfe’s skinny’s NEW Variety Packs HERE. It couldn’t be easier… Simply enter VARIETY at the checkout, munch and enjoy!
Love food? Love sunshine and hanging out with friends…..well you should probably come and join us at this year’s FEAST festival! We are delighted to be setting up camp in Battersea Park amongst other food and drink heroes from Friday 15th until Sunday 17th August.
This year’s show promises to be bigger and better than ever. Top chef demonstrations in the Chef’s Theatre; the finest drinks cocktails in the Drink’s Theatre, cookery lessons for all the family and much much more.
So if you are already a fan or don’t know us that well, come and see us for a chat and some yummy samples of the Metcalfe’s skinny range.
For more information on the show visit http://foodiesfestival.com/event/feast-battersea-park/
If there’s something we know at Metcalfe’s skinny, it is that laughter is a powerful and wonderful thing. That’s why we are honoured to be supporting CLIC Sargent’s Joke Appeal this month.
We are urging all you fun loving Metcalfe skinny fans to lighten up and help us raise a few laughs with CLIC Sargent. Simply visit http://thejokeappeal.com, upload your joke and get it sponsored by your friends.
Even our Founder Julian Metcalfe has been getting involved. Want to hear his joke?
Q. Why did the apple go out with a fig? A. It couldn’t find a date! Haha!
To celebrate our three-year partnership with CLIC Sargent, we have branded our classic Sea Salt popcorn, ‘CLIC Sargent Salt’. To support this wonderful charity you can purchase our CLIC Sargent Salt here:
Bossy boss? Post holiday blues? Well turn that frown upside down! Metcalfe’s skinny are here to lighten up your day, with our brand new Facebook app which launches today.
We have hand selected the funniest pics and videos available for you to share with your friends. Click here and check it out!
Turn off your emails and Lighten Up with Metcalfe’s skinny! Funny animals, YouTube bloopers…..we’ve got it all here. The only thing you will have to worry about is keeping a straight face at your computer (we may blow your cover….sorry!)
Remember Metcalfe’s skinny fans……share the joy, dance as if nobody is watching and laugh until your tummy is sore ….. Lighten Up!
Some people just want a little bit of popcorn sunshine in their life every day. That is why we are delighted to announce the launch of our new Sweet ‘n Salt multipack!
Six glorious 17g bags of our delicious best selling flavour and at only 78 calories per bag, it would be rude not to! Our new mini bags are perfect for popping into your handbag or lunchbox and make a perfect accompaniment with any lunch, mid morning or afternoon snack. That’s one a day for the working week and one left for a weekend treat!
Our popcorn is made from 100% natural ingredients and are high in fibre helping you satisfy those troublesome hunger pangs! No nasties, just delicious butterfly light goodness in every mouthful. Enjoy!
Find these delicious new multipacks in selected Asda and Sainsburys stores or click here to buy online!
Oh my Gouda! Good news popcorn fans; we have ‘popped’ out yet another taste-bud tantalising flavour to join our range; Metcalfe’s skinny Topcorn White Cheese flavour.
A first of it’s kind in the UK, this scrummy new flavour is made from a combination of real cheddar cheese and buttermilk. It has a creamy texture we know you will love! 114 calories and no nasties here… Our popcorn is made from 100% natural ingredients and is high in fibre keeping you feeling fuller for longer throughout those long afternoon hunger pangs! Enjoy!
Find these delicious new sharing bags in selected Tesco stores from this week or click here to buy online!
Wig Wednesday is just around the corner and we are getting excited!
On 21st May, people up and down the country will be donning weird and wonderful wigs to raise essential funds and awareness for CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families.
This week, we sent out some special edition Topcorn Tribe boxes to all our lovely members. We included a super stylish, hot pink wig so people could show their support for the cause. Take a look below at some of our fans modelling their new ‘do’…!
We hope you’ll join us in getting involved on Wednesday – don’t forget to tweet and instagram your wig selfies to @metcalfesskinny and @CLICsargent with the hashtag #WigWednesday!
For more information about the event and how you can get involved, head to Clicsargent.org/wigwednesday
That’s why we’ve teamed up with Penguin UK to give away 5 signed copies of the latest novel from Giovanna Fletcher, ‘You’re the One that I Want’. We’ll also throw in a box of our delicious Chocolate Crackle for you to nibble on between chapters.
To enter our prize draw, simply email email@example.com with your full name and postal address.
Winners will be selected at random. Competition closes 26.5.2014
Whilst being sweaty isn’t one of our preferred pastimes, with Nike’s ‘We Own The Night’ 10km run, running just became a whole lot more appealing. With great music and light shows around the course, you’ll hardly notice the kilometres fly by! Nike call it ‘the ultimate event for the fun and fearless.’ Tick and tick.
We are heading down with our delicious Topcorn to give some much needed sustenance to the runners and supporters throughout the evening. We would love to see you there, so if you’re up for a challenge and want to join in with the athletic activities, click here to register!
And if you’re STILL not convinced, try this for inspiration:
Metcalfe’s Skinny, (a.k.a Champion of Healthy Alternatives) has always been a lifelong friend of fitness.
Guilt-free, healthy snacks that keep cravings at arms length (and, after this weekend, very toned arms at that!) are what we’re all about.
That’s why from this Friday 28th-Sunday 30th March we will be exhibiting at Be:Fit, the Women’s Health and Fitness Festival, right in the heart of London at the Old Billingsgate…!
We’ve been carefully selected to strut our stuff alongside a host of health, fitness and lifestyle exhibitors. And strut our stuff we will.
We’ll be sampling our entire Topcorn range, all of which will be available for purchase on site, along with our lovely Metcalfe’s Skinny bags.
You won’t be able to miss us, geared up in our popcorn jumpers and singing the praises of our packets of popped pleasures.
You’ll also have the chance to enter our competition to become a member of our exclusive Topcorn Tribe, landing the winner a beautiful (and highly coveted) Metcalfe’s Skinny Gift Box.
As well as sampling some of our delicious flavours, you’ll be able to browse some beautiful yoga retreats, cycle in style, learn about the nutrients you never knew you were missing, and jog your sporty socks off.
So, in conclusion, Be:Fit is the place to be this weekend. We’d bet our popcorn leggings on it.
Whether you’re planning a hot date or a night out with the girls, what could be a better addition to the Valentine’s Day celebrations, than these adorable Le Creuset Sweet Heart ramekins? Perfect for cooking a romantic dinner, or serving up some popcorn for a movie night in.
With just a week to go to the big day, we are giving you the chance to win this set of beautiful Le Creuset Sweet Hearts. Presented in a stylish gift box, this set of 2 Le Creuset Stoneware Ramekins with lids (worth £30), are perfect for creating tantalising starters, mouth–watering puds or simply serving up a tempting portion of popcorn!
To enter our prizedraw to win the set, just email firstname.lastname@example.org with you name, address and one reason why you love Topcorn!
The Le Creuset Stoneware Sweet Hearts come with a 5–year guarantee. We will randomly select one winner on Monday 10th February and notify them by email. Please note that all entrants will be signed up to the Le Creuset newsletter.
We are delighted to be supporting CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people!
CLIC Sargent are dedicated to helping children and young people with cancer get the most out of life, by providing clinical, practical, financial and emotional support. We are so proud to have partnered with such a fantastic cause and to have the chance to contribute to some of the amazing work that they do.
Over the course of our three-year partnership, we have pledged to raise at least £30,000 for CLIC Sargent. To see some of the services that this money could help fund, click here!
To celebrate the start of our three-year partnership, we have rebranded our classic Sea Salt popcorn, “CLIC Sargent Salt”. For every pack of CLIC Sargent Salt Topcorn sold, we will make a donation to this brilliant charity!
Later this month, we will be holding a popcorn party at one of CLIC Sargent’s ‘Homes from Home’ to mark the launch of the partnership. Some of the young people supported by CLIC Sargent will be coming along, and we’re excited to announce that special guest Lydia Bright will also be attending!
If you would like to support CLIC Sargent by organising your own ‘Popcorn Party’, please contact Tom Hazelden on email@example.com.
To find out more about CLIC Sargent, visit their website www.clicsargent.org.uk.
To celebrate the launch of our first charity Topcorn, we are giving you 15% off all orders of CLIC Sargent Salt when you order form our online shop! Just enter SARGENTSALT at checkout!
We are looking for an intern to join the team at Metcalfe’s skinny for 3 months.
This is an opportunity to join one of the UK’s fastest growing food companies and work with an exciting and innovative brand. You will have the chance to work alongside the founder of the brand (the co-founder of Pret A Manger and itsu).
The role will be primarily within the Marketing department but there is scope to gain experience in other departments. The role will include: organising & attending sampling events, helping with our PR campaigns (writing press releases and liaising with journalists), conducting market research, general administrative tasks.
It is a great opportunity to gain exposure to many areas of business and be part of a rapidly expanding company.
If you are interested, you can view the whole job description here.
Detox getting you down? Don’t worry, we have the perfect solution! May we recommend this recipe for a nutritious smoothie that tastes just like our delicious Sweet Cinnamon Spice Topcorn! Just whack all these ingredients in a blender and hey presto, a waistline friendly breakfast to keep you going until Topcorn time!
¼ cup uncooked oats
1 cup milk, you can also use almond milk if you don’t want to use dairy
Dressing head to toe in popcorn? We can’t think of anything better!
That’s why we were delighted to stumble upon this popcorn jumper and leggings combination from www.mrgu.com. Ever since, we’ve been wearing them at events, shows, even just around the office…
Everywhere we go, people keep asking us, eyes wide with envy, where they can get their hands on the ensemble. So in response to public demand, this week, we are pleased to announce that the fabulous outfits are now up for grabs! Head to our Facebook page for a chance to WIN your very own!
And just in case this isn’t your sartorial cup of tea, this would make the ideal Christmas present for any popcorn lovers out there!
For more amazing designs & wacky prints, head to www.mrgu.com!
The ideal bobble hat to keep you snug throughout the winter months. Worth splashing out for.
2. Team Rudolph Jumper, ASOS, £32
A Christmas jumper that doesn’t itch with a kooky slogan to boot?! Count us in.
3. Topcorn (duh).
There is no question about it, a pack of Topcorn beats a squashed satsuma at the bottom of your stocking hands down.
4. Hair Spraychalk, Bumble & Bumble, £15.00
Why not experiment with a flash of colour in your hair this Christmas? After all, where’s your boss to tell you not to…?
5. Mint Green Wrapping Paper, Ifeelsmug.com, £2.50
We all know that sometimes, the wrapping is better than the present inside…so if you are giving a dud gift, at least make sure it steals the show under the tree!
6. Personalised Cookies, Bee’s Bakery, £14 for 12
Biscuits with your name on? What’s not to love?
7. Miss Pom Pom Fingerless Mittens, ASOS, £11
Forget drab and dreary, these mits will give winter a much-needed splash of colour!
8. Mojito Flavour Lip Balm, SweetCecilys.com, £2.95
Mmm mojito flavoured lip balm. You just wait, you’ll have your lips dancing on the tables.
9. Sparkly Hairties, Urban Outfitters, £6
Twinkle Twinkle Little Hairtie. A subtle sparkle is super chic.
10. Folder notebook, Couvertureandthegarbstore.Com, £20
Start January with a notebook to ensure (or at least attempt…) an organised start to the year. This one has pockets so you can keep your receipts and train tickets all in one place.
At Metcalfe’s skinny HQ, we all eat, sleep and breath popcorn. But we thought we would go one step further and find a way to drink it… Allow us to introduce Metcalfe’s skinny’s Topcorn Tipple.
2 tbsp sugar
½ tsp salt
2½ cups plain popcorn (popped)
120ml popcorn water
45ml butterscotch schnapps
15ml heavy cream
1) Popcorn Water – In a small saucepan, bring the water, sugar and salt to a boil over medium heat. Add the popped popcorn and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 5 minutes and strain mixture through a sieve, keeping the liquid and discarding what’s left in the sieve. Allow to cool.
2) Martini – place a handful of ice cubes into a cocktail shaker. Add the popcorn water, butterscotch ripple, vodka and cream. Shake well and pour into a chilled martini glass.
Who knew that a bag of popcorn could be such a source of fashion inspiration?!
Here are our top wardrobe picks for Autumn/ Winter inspired by Sweet Cinnamon Spice! From the practical satchel and sensible shoes to a statement coat and some oh-so-necessary accessories, here are our favourite finds of the season!
Let us know which ones tickle your fancy on Twitter, with #TopcornTrends.
Chocolate coloured satchel, £135, The Cambridge Satchel Co.
Bosworth Rosewood Sunglasses, £120, Finlay & Co.
Pentagonal ring, £12, COS
Caviar Manicure Luxe, £20, Ciate
Angora Jumper, £50, ASOS
Shag coloured lipstick, £15, MAC
Y.A.S. Henni Coat, £160, ASOS
Pom Pom Bobble Hat, £45, www.notonthehighstreet.com
4-pack rings, £3.99, H&M
Leather Ankle Boots, £79, Zara
Wooden iPhone case, £39, www.notonthehighstreet.com
Oh my gourd…it’s almost Halloween! Let the games begin…
For too long, our friends across the pond have held the title of ‘best at decorating things for the holidays…’. We are here to challenge that reign. Cue the first annual Metcalfe’s skinny Pumpkin Carving Competition!
In fact, the word ‘carving’ is a tad too restrictive…we encourage a broader approach. The Metcalfe’s skinny judging panel will accept pumpkins that have been carved, decorated or even baked. Just not eaten…
So head down to your nearest pumpkin dealership, choose your pumpkin wisely, and get to it! When you’re satisfied that it’s a prize-worthy pumpkin, send us a snap! The winner will receive a box of our spooky Sweet Cinnamon Spice Topcorn!
Send your photos in before noon on the 31st October so the judges can begin their deliberations…
Send your picture to firstname.lastname@example.org or post them on the Metcalfe’s skinny facebook page!
There is no doubt, that chocolate is one of the best discoveries of all time (respect to you, Columbus). So it’s only natural that there is a week dedicated to celebrating its deliciousness.
But in the history of cocoa, there is nothing so special as our very own Chocolate Crackle (we reckon). It’s made with a one-of-a-kind-and-totally-amazing machine which drizzles chocolately goodness over our crunchy and delicate air-popped corn. It’s the kind of contraption that wouldn’t look out of place in Willy Wonka’s factory. Imagine a calorie-conscious version of the Chocolate River. Mmmm…Chocolate River.
So to celebrate National Chocolate Week, we are giving you 15% off our delicious Chocolate Crackle.
Last month saw the launch of the Topcorn Tribe, where hundreds of beautiful Metcalfe’s skinny Gift Boxes, were sent far ‘n wide to superfans, competition winners, or just people who we think are great.
Here are some of the snaps that our ever-expanding tribe have taken. There was surprise, there was delight, and there were even a few curious pets poking their noses in the boxes.
For your chance to get your hands (or paws…) on a box, head to our Facebook page and enter our competition to become part of the Tribe! We’ll choose one lucky winner every Thursday so keep an eye out to see if you’re the latest member!
From skinny lattes to skinny topcorn, Autumn is the time to celebrate all that is delicious, warming and comforting. Downton replaces discos (that’s what the kids are calling it these days…right?), Al desko replaces Al fresco and the idea of going out when it’s cold and rainy is downright offensive.
Our advice? Stay in, stock up on skinny topcorn, and enjoy Autumn the civilised way…through a window….
Whether you’re throwing a party, or having a quiet night in, here is our ultimate step-by-step guide.
1. Stock up on topcorn
Head over to Tesco and pick up a sharing bag of topcorn as part of the Tesco ‘Big Night In’ promotion. You can get TWO bags for £2! Or, by that maths, four for £4, ten for £10…etc. etc. #ShamelessPlug
2. BRING BACK CONKERS!
Granted, it’s a tad early for prime conker season but WE’RE JUST SO EXCITED! Plus we need to starting training, and selecting our champion conkerers…After all, the Official Metcalfe’s skinny Office Conker Championships 2013 are just weeks away…
3. Get your craft on.
There’s something about Autumn that makes us want to grab a gluegun and start customising everything in sight. Glitter, feathers…you name it. This sequined pumpkin from www.psimadethis.com might be the most glamous autumnal DIY we’ve seen so far. And it goes without saying that we highly encourage homemade Halloween outfits.
4. Make your own topcorn!
Whilst we know that our seasonings are the very best (even if we do say so ourselves…), it’s always fun to experiment with new recipes. You never know, if you let us know how it turned out, we might try popping in our flavour factory…
Here is one we discovered on www.ablossominglife.com, and it’s pretty delicious.
Image source: ablossominglife
Pumpkin Spice Popcorn Recipe
Preparation time: 5 mins
Cooking time: 7 mins
Total time: 12 mins
⅓ cup popcorn kernels
3 tbs coconut oil
3 tbs brown sugar (optional: 1 tbs brown sugar for topping)
½ tsp pumpkin spice mix
Pumpkin Spice Ingredients:
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoons ginger
½ teaspoon allspice
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1. In a medium to large saucepan, place 3 tbs of coconut oil and 3 popcorn kernels.
2. While the oil is heating up, measure out the 3 tbs brown sugar and place in a bowl.
3. Once the popcorn kernels start to pop, add in the ⅓ cup of kernels and continuously move the pan over the heat.
4. After about 1 to 2 minutes stir in the brown sugar, cover, and continue to move the saucepan over the heat until the kernels start to pop.
5. Move the saucepan rapidly over the heat (be careful) holding onto the lid until the kernels stop popping.
6. Place in large bowl, wait for it to cool a bit, and top with pumpkin spice, salt to taste, and extra brown sugar (optional). Stir.
Let us know if you give this one a go!
5. Turn on the Great British Bake Off and relax…
Because we know that the Metcalfe’s skinny community love to chatter and tweet about our topcorn & rice cakes, we are rewarding everyone for their much-appreciated fandom.
If you have a rave review of one of our products, share it in the product review section on our website or share your thoughts in the recommendations section on our Facebook page, and you’ll be entered into a monthly draw to win a box of your favourite flavour of topcorn or rice cake!
We will be picking a winner at the end of October, so now’s the time to get your wax lyrical on!
It’s with heavy hearts that we bid farewell to London Fashion Week and London Fashion Weekend. The Metcalfe’s skinny team had a great few days sampling topcorn (…and looking fly in our popcorn outfits…)
As the first popcorn brand to bring Sweet ‘n Salt flavour to the UK, we are something of a topcorn trendsetter. We like to be ahead of the cravings curve and have our flavour finger on the pulse.
That’s why we love fashion. It’s always thinking ahead, predicting the threads we’ll be wearing in 5 years time and thinking up crazy hybrid clothes like jeggings and snoods.
So this year we are supporting London Fashion Week in a big way. Our topcorn will be backstage, front row, and in Goody Bags galore! After all, those models aren’t going to feed themselves…!
We are proud to be supporting The British Fashion Council, Orla Kiehly, Zoe Jordan, PPQ, MyFlashTrash, Temperley London.
We will also be at London Fashion Weekend from Thursday 19th – Sunday 22nd, providing sustenance to all our fashionista friends out on the food terrace.
There’s even be a chance to win a ticket or two for London Fashion Weekend. Keep an eye on the @MetcalfesSkinny Twitter this week for more details.
Excuse us while we open a bag of Wasabi Glaze and watch The Devil Wear’s Prada…
The Topcorn Tribe is our latest adventure in our mission to spread the word of our Metcalfe’s skinny topcorn.
The Topcorn Tribe is made up of people who we think are great. From bloggers to beekeepers, tweeters to triathletes, soldiers to super fans. And everything in between.
Each member of the tribe will receive a beautiful Metcalfe’s skinny gift box every month, full of our delicious topcorn. A free monthly treat to cherish, share & tweet.
And the best part is there are no strings attached. No small print. No 3rd ‘parties’ out to nab your details. All that we ask, is that you share it in some small way. Take a picture, send a tweet, spread the love.
As of this Monday 9th September, all of our fans will have the chance to become a part of The Topcorn Tribe. We will be holding a weekly competition on facebook, granting entry into the tribe for one lucky winner.
Stay tuned and check out our facebook page here for more details.
It’s that time of year again. Summer tans start to fade, trusty jeans replace bare legs, and shop windows are full of starchy school shirts and stationary sets.
That’s right…it’s Back To School time. And although the days of shopping for squeaky new school shoes may have passed, it doesn’t mean that the same new start can’t be enjoyed by grown-ups too.
September is an exciting time for Metcalfe’s skinny. We’re working on some great new flavours, we’re welcoming new team members, and we’re even expanding into new offices! Perhaps we are just giddy with excitement at the prospect of new pens and pencils, but we want to spread our Back To School spirit far ‘n wide.
So here are some tips to give you that ‘Back to School’ feeling.
1. Invest in a fluoro satchel.
We like things to be bright & colourful (you may have noticed from our packaging…). This fluorescent orange Cambridge satchel certainly ticks that box and will undoubtedly be the envy of your office.
2. Get organised with the Mailbox app.
This app might just change your life. At the very least it will help you organise your inbox and to-do lists. It even lets you ‘snooze’ emails. And it’s free.
3. Get some new stationary to liven up your desk.
Like these adorable ‘to do’ stamps. We think we would do a lot more if we had a stamp telling us to…
4. Start making GREAT pack lunches.
Buying lunch everyday can be pricey, and investing in a beautiful lunchbox might just make eating al desko somewhat more bearable. We are particularly taken with these colourful numbers from ‘Compleat’ that fold away once you’ve gobbled up the contents. Very practical. Very chic.
5. Get some patent leather shoes.
The finishing touch. Nothing provides more of that Back to School feeling than wearing in some ‘sensible’ patent leather shoes.
A round of applause for Tesco* who are now stocking our sharing bags!
Now you can get your mits on our Sea Salt, Sweet ‘n Salt and Heat ‘n Sweet flavours in bags that are big enough to curb the cravings of you and your friends.
It’s a well known fact that bigger is better. With 3 servings in one bag, think of all the possibilities. They are better for parties, better for popcorn fights (yes, we’re looking at you One Direction…) and they even make better pillows, should you wish to have a little nap at work….
Why not pick up a pack to share (or just scoff on your own…)?
There is nothing quite like the smell of freshly popped corn. At home, in the cinema, at the Metcalfe’s skinny factory…everything about it is delicious.
So when we saw a device that traps smells into a little bottle of perfume, we naturally imagined the possibility of popcorn perfume…and we cannot imagine anything better. Just a couple of spritzes and you’d smell like
Invented by Amy Radcliffe Madeleine, this is an ‘odour camera’ that lets anyone bottle their favourite smells in a perfume. The idea is that one day, we will be able to easily create smell ‘photographs’.
Hands up if you would like a bottle of Metcalfe’s skinny cologne?!
We are recruiting all Metcalfe’s Munchkins! If you have a toddler who’s topcorn mad then we want to know. Whether they like to eat it, cook with it, or just make a mess with it, send us a snap and they could feature on our facebook page…like this adorable popcorn poppet.
Wouldn’t the world be a better place if everybody received one of these little rays of sunshine from time to time?
We Are Goat, a London based design duo, make these beautifully designed cards, each with an uplifting message on. Each card encourages you to ‘pass it on’, in the hope that people will give them to a friend/ lover/ sister/ stranger, and spread some smiles. They have even travelled the world, passing on their whimsical encouragement to distant shores.
We received this one in the office today and boy did it make us happy. So much so that instead of passing it on, we kept it tucked away in a notebook…
They’re like the business version of Love Hearts and we want to collect them all. Like Pokemon.
Why not make your office/ university/ treehouse/ book club a little lighter and pass one on!
New research released today by Metcalfe’s skinny reveals that almost half (48%) of introverts are popcorn pickers. Extroverts have a preference to popcorn grabbing, with 2 in 5 people (40%) admitting to consuming this delicious snack mindlessly by the handful. Perfectionists, whilst a mix of grabbers and individual popped kernel eaters, were the least likely to be selfish with an overwhelming 98% of perfectionists willing to share their popcorn.
It also emerged from the study of 2,000 people, that this tasty snack is fast becoming a favoured snack of our nation. Over 72% of people surveyed consumed popcorn at least once on a monthly basis with over one in ten people (12 %) eating it weekly. Outgoing people were the biggest fans of popcorn with nearly 1 in 20 people (5% of extroverts) consuming this snack at least once a day.
Dr Ben Sessa, Consultant Psychiatrist, Bristol said “There are well-recognised links between eating habits and personalities. In general, slower eaters tend to enjoy routines and can be stubborn; often putting them and their needs before other people. Those who eat their popcorn a kernel at a time would be likely to fit into this personality set. In contrast to this, fast eaters are generally less selfish and put others first. It is unsurprising that they would be extroverted due to the more social nature of their behaviour.”
The survey also revealed a marked distinction in the popcorn eating habits of the two sexes. Women are 5% more likely to take a considered approach to eating this snack, consuming each popped kernel individually. Men on the other hand, tended to be 50% more chaotic and carefree than their female counterparts. They enjoyed throwing popcorn at their mouths and hoping for the best.
The research pulled up further interesting results about men’s sharing habits- they are more considerate than we give them credit for! A remarkable 96% of men would quite happily share their popcorn, the same percentage as women. Although overall eating habits differed amongst the sexes, their feelings associated with popcorn remained the same. Both men and women felt that popcorn left them satisfied and content (43% Male, 46% Female), the predominant reason being linked to taste (61% Male, 63% Female). Sweet popcorn was the statistical favourite flavour amongst both men and women, and across all personality types with 51%.
The survey also fortified the current trend against cinema popcorn. Only 1 in 4 people (25%) stated the cinema as their favoured location, the home now holds the top spot with 57%. Although this was the preferred eating environment across all personality types, introverts led this rebellion with 60% stating the home as their preference.
Dr Ben Sessa explained this trend, he said, “The rise of online entertainments and shopping allows one to be more individualised. One can regulate one’s environment with new technology and create a personal space, free from the intrusive trappings of other people. Home-based activities (such as buying popcorn from the supermarket and staying in) are now easier than ever to access. We are living in a culture where we spend far more time observing rather than doing. The passive absorption of multi-media culture gives us a greater excuse to stay in”.
Metcalfe’s skinny topcorn is proud to announce the latest innovative addition to the range – Sweet Cinnamon Spice!
Here at Metcalfe’s skinny HQ, we work tirelessly to bring you only the most delicious, mind-blowing topcorn flavours using only all natural flavourings, for a tasty treat – without artificial additives.
Metcalfe’s skinny topcorn Sweet Cinnamon Spice is completely unique to the UK market. Our team of research geniuses discovered that many people have experimented at home to create their own cinnamon popcorn, so now we’ve produced it ready to eat for a sweet treat that can’t be beat!
At just 117 calories per pack, it’s a great alternative to cakes and biscuits when you feel the need to satisfy your sweet tooth!
Unless you’ve been living under a rock you will be well aware that Beyoncé has embarked on her ‘Mrs Carter’ world tour. However, what you may not know is Beyoncé’s snack of choice to fuel her through her ground breaking performances is…. (drum roll please)…… Metcalfe’s skinny topcorn!
As shown in Beyoncé’s first ever documentary, “Life is But a Dream”, Beyoncé enjoys the delicious snack in between rehearsals! Metcalfe’s skinny topcorn provides the perfect pre and post workout snack. With an average of only 115 calories per pack and six innovative flavour varieties to choose from, Metcalfe’s skinny topcorn is the perfect choice for a tasty energy booster.
Kicking off her UK tour on 26th April, Metcalfe’s skinny topcorn is on hand to provide enough popcorn to all Beyoncé’s bootylicious fans to ensure that everyone can be a part of the topcorn phenomenon!
Because nothing goes together better than movies and popcorn, Metcalfe’s skinny topcorn is celebrating the release of ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2′ DVD, the final instalment of the nail-biting (not to mention neck- biting..) Twilight Saga. Now you can enjoy our special edition packs of Sweet ‘n salt skinny topcorn whilst watching the drama unfold in the most exciting of all the films. But whilst you might not have to choose between sweet or salt popcorn, you will still have to decide one thing: Team Edward or Team Jacob…?!
Look out for our limited edition packs in Tesco, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s, and have a chance to win exclusive prizes.
Prizes include a private screening to see The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 with 10 friends, PLUS a £100 of Lipsy vouchers each and more goodies!
After conducting a huge amount of consumer research, we found that putting our delicious wasabi flavouring on a slightly sweeter popcorn base improved the taste and texture and was an outright winner with consumers!
Metcalfe’s skinny Wasabi Glaze flavour topcorn is freshly popped butterfly popcorn with a unique Asian twist. The wasabi flavour adds a tangy, sweet, mustardy kick to the popcorn; that is sure to leave your taste buds feeling tantalised! At only 118 calories per pack, the evolved Wasabi Glaze provides a truly unique flavour sensation that’s guilt free and totally moreish!
With a growing army of fans (including Beyoncé), Metcalfe’s skinny topcorn’s selection of diverse flavours ensure that there really is a flavour to suit all taste buds!
Find Metcalfe’s skinny topcorn Wasabi Glaze in Waitrose NOW!
At Metcalfe’s skinny HQ, we love experimenting with new flavours. Every Wednesday we have a taste meeting to try new recipes and combinations, from the wacky to the sophisticated, the unusual to the classic.
But we’re a small team and we need your help to come up with the next flavour to tickle your tastebuds. Please send your suggestions to email@example.com. If we like it, we’ll make it, and you can help pop it!
As you are no doubt aware, tomorrow is National Popcorn Day. We hope you give it the commemoration it deserves. Popcorn is one of nature’s greatest inventions and life’s greatest joys, so celebrate it in style.
Make it, give it, eat it – heck, you could even take a bath with it. Just don’t forget the good times you’ve had with it.
All the times when you reached for a handful at the same time as your date and and awkwardly held hands, all the times where you got shushed for eating it too loudly, all the times where you pretended you were crying at the movie, but in fact it was because you had finished all the popcorn.