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Sunday, June 30, 2013

JOLLY TIME Pop Corn Review and Giveaway


Enter to win 1 of 3 coupons for a free box of JOLLY TIME Pop Corn
I've been off microwave popcorn for some time, munching instead on pre-popped/bagged popcorn. (It is free at the office) An opportunity arose recently with Tomoson.com where I had the chance to try out the latest JOLLY TIME Pop Corn made with Smart Balance Oil. What follows is a review and then a giveaway for you to win some of your own.


I was able to try both their regular Butter flavored and Butter Light flavored varieties. There is a 30 calorie per serving (75 calorie per bag) difference between the two, pre-popped. Only 15 calories difference per cup popped. Both are made with Smart Balance Oil which tries to balance the polyunsaturated, monounsaturated, and saturated fats, avoiding trans fats. While the Butter flavored started with 6 grams more fat pre-popped, after popping, there is only 1 gram of extra fat in the "full" butter-flavored variety. It is enough of a difference, though, where I clearly preferred the Butter flavored. The difference in flavoring is derived from the amount of corn oil versus palm oil. There is more palm oil in the light option. I guess I like the corn oil flavoring more. Was the light version bad or fake tasting? No. I just had a preference for the regular.

Nutrition Facts

Butter Flavored Nutrition Facts
I have one big complaint about the product, and that is the Nutrition Facts box. The serving size is listed as 4 cups popped, with the whole bag offering 10 cups popped, or 2 1/2 servings. The calories listed though are for only 1 cup popped (2nd column). You need to multiple the calories by 4 to figure out the calories per serving, and by 10 if you happen to eat the whole bag by yourself. I don't know if they take into account the unpopped kernels in calculating expected yield, so that could reduce the whole bag calories some. Naturally, I initially just multiplied the calories by the # of servings in the bag to get an expected calorie count per bag. Boy was I wrong.

Overall, I liked the flavor of the Butter better than the Butter Light. Enough to keep me away from the bagged varieties? I don't know yet. I have a few more bags left to pop to sample and see who wins.

JOLLY TIME Recipes

Interested in spicing up your popcorn? The JOLLY TIME web site has a recipes section, too. I'm going to try the Zesty Buffalo Style Popcorn, which adds some Cajun seasoning to the mix. They might even have some 4th of July party ideas for you there.

JOLLY TIME Giveaways

In addition to the giveaway below, be sure not to miss their Nurture a Healthy Lifestyle campaign on Facebook. There, you can enter to win one of 75 coupons for free JOLLY TIME Pop Corn and a weekly prize, too.

As far as the giveaway here goes, it is 18+ and US-only. It ends 7/14/13 at 11:59 pm EDT. There will be just one winner who gets all three coupons. The coupons are good on the 9 oz. packs and expire 12/31/13.
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Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

122 comments:

  1. I would like to make the Sundae Shoppe Popcorn Treats.

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  2. Zesty Buffalo Style Popcorn

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  3. the newfangled popcorn granola snack sounds great.
    Gigi(rafflecopter)

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  4. I would like to try the Healthy Creations

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  5. I'd like to try the recipe for Vanilla Hazelnut Heaven.
    Thanks!

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  6. I'd like to try the Sundae Shoppe Popcorn Treats.

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  7. Vanilla Hazelnut Heaven

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  8. Haystacks using Almon butter for Peanut butter!

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  9. I really need to try Peanut Butter Cups-who doesn't like something like that? Sounds so delicious!!

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  10. I'd like to try that Crowd Pleaser Popcorn

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  11. I would like to try this recipe -

    Fruit ‘n Nut Nosh

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  12. I'd try the Yummy Yogurt Popcorn.

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  13. This parmesan popcorn looks yummy

    http://www.jollytime.com/recipes/show?article_id=4116

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  14. I'd like to try the peanut butter cups!

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  15. The Haystacks sound pretty good to me, at least as the first recipe I try out

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  16. I would like to try Caramel Apple Crunch.

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  17. I want to try the Sundae Shoppe Popcorn Treats

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  18. Would like to try zesty buffalo style popcorn

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  19. I'd like to try Yummy Yogurt Popcorn!

    heatherp626@msn.com

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  20. Caramel Apple Crunch

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  21. carmel and chocolate apple popcorn

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  22. I would try sundae shoppe popcorn treats

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  23. maybe the Caramel Almond Popcorn Clusters recipe

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  24. I'd love to make the Dulce De Leche Popcorn Balls!

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  25. I would like to try the Popcorn S'mores.

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  26. I would like to try Jolly Time's Crowd Pleaser Popcorn recipe:

    http://www.jollytime.com/recipes/show?article_id=3441

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  27. zesty buffalo style popcorn

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  28. I'd like to make the Spicy Cajun Popcorn - thank you.

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  29. I want to make Crunchy Popcorn Salad

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  30. That looks like a really good recipe for cheesy popcorn.

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  31. I'd want to try the Haystacks!

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  32. My kids would love the Sundae Shoppe Popcorn Treats.


    Love3570@aol.com

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  33. i'd like to try the Nutty Popcorn Fudge

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  34. I would like to try Popcorn Party Cake

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  35. I'd like to try the Sundae Shoppe Popcorn Treats.

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  36. I would like to try the haystacks

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  37. I'd like to try the Double Chocolate Popcorn Balls recipe.

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  38. i would like to try the peanut butter cups

    misterjim74 at gmail dot com

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  39. I'd like to try the Pick Up Sticks recipe.
    jtmagmom73(at)gmail(dot)com

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  40. Love to try the Popcorn Marshmallow Balls.
    brand242003@yahoo.com
    brandy graham (name on rafflecopter)

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  41. I'd like to make the Zesty Buffalo Style Popcorn.


    Desiree Dunbar
    desireedunbar@hotmail.com

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  42. Sweet ‘N Spicy Popcorn sounds pretty good to me.

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  43. I want to try the Caramel Apple Crunch!

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  44. I would like to make the haystacks.

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  45. Sundae Shoppe Popcorn Treats

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  46. I would like to try the haystacks.

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  47. would try the Double Chocolate Popcorn Balls

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  48. White chocolate popcorn crunch sounds amazing

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  49. I would love to try yummy yogurt popcorn!

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  50. I would love to try the Caramel Almond Popcorn Clusters

    rtrexel@gmail.com

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  51. The newfangled popcorn granola snack sounds great
    Diane Baum
    esldiane@gmail.com

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  52. I'd like to try making the Cheesy Popcorn Cornbread- I love popcorn and I've never tried a recipe like this one before

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  53. Zesty Buffalo Style popcorn sounds good.
    ericacarnes(at)gmail(dot)com

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  54. The recipe I would most like to try...is the Peanut Butter Cups.

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  55. Caramel Apple Crunch.
    Brittney House BBrittBrat1398@yahoo.com

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  56. Id like to try the crowd pleaser or the popcorn crunch.

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  57. Piña Colada Popcorn
    dolniaks at consolidated dot net

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  58. The Popcorn Granola Snack Bars recipe.

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  59. I'd like to try that Crowd Pleaser Popcorn

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  60. I would like to try the Fruit ‘n Nut Nosh.

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  61. I would love to try the Caramel Apple Crunch.

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  62. the zesty buffalo style popcorn sound so yummy!! :)

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  63. The Peanut Butter Cup recipe sounds good.

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  64. I would like to try the recipe popcorn s'mores

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  65. I would love to try the Rainbow Popcorn.

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  66. I would like to try the Popcorn Granola.
    Laurie Emerson

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  67. I would love to try the Sundae Shoppe Popcorn Treats.
    KMillheim609@aol.com

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  68. My family would love the recipe for the Popcorn S'mores.

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  69. Double Chocolate Popcorn Balls

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  70. Caramel Almond Popcorn Clusters.

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  71. I'd love to try the peanut butter cups!

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  72. the Sundae Shoppe Popcorn Treats

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  73. Zesty buffalo style sounds yummy

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  74. Dulce De Leche Popcorn Balls

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  75. I would try the crowd pleaser popcorn

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  76. The Sundae Shoppe Popcorn Treats would be my recipe of choice!

    theyyyguy@yahoo.com

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  77. Would love to try the Strawberry Bars!!

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  78. I'd like to try the Dulce De Leche Popcorn Balls!

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  79. I'd like to try the pina colada popcorn recipe!

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  80. Zesty Buffalo Style Popcorn


    FunkyColdMadena@hotmail.com

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  81. Sweet Garam Masala Kettle Corn

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  82. The Peanut Butter Cups sound yummy.

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  83. Lime Pickle popcorn sounds intriguing.

    kelleyc76(at)live(dot)com

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  84. I would most like to try the Macaroni and Cheese recipe.

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  85. I would love to make the S'Mores
    vikki.billings@yahoo.com

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  86. I would like to try the Zesty Buffalo Style Popcorn because my family loves the wings.

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  87. Popcorn Granola would be my choice of recipe that I'd like to try!

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  88. Caramel Apple Crunch! lexbaylor17 (at) gmail (dot) com

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