Monday 5th December 2016
CHRISTMAS IS ON ITS MERRY WAY!
Tis the season to gift popcorn! What better way to show your appreciation for the ones you love this Christmas than to give them the gift of popcorn?! Our little elves have been hard at work creating fabulous popcorn-filled delights, perfect for Secret Santa, stocking fillers and Christmas hampers!
POUCHES & SNACK PACKS
GIVE THE GIFT OF POPCORN!
With over 40 varieties available on our website there is a flavour to suit every pallet, something for the Gin & Tonic lover in the family all the way to the Marmite enthusiast, we have it all! Our festive favourites range from Orange Chocolate to Mince Pie (try warming this one up in the oven for something a little different) and Mint Chocolate which makes the perfect after dinner treat!
Our gift selection ranges from popcorn-filled tubes and Kilner jars to Christmas stockings filled with ten varieties of popcorn! Our Giant Christmas Cracker is also a must have this season and puts that finishing touch on to a festive table display. Popping open when pulled apart you can enjoy six snack packets of our delicious salted caramel popcorn, six gold hats and of course six terribly funny Christmas jokes…for a crackin' good time on Christmas Day!
Our ten indulgent caramel sauces from Sticky Toffee to Salted Caramel are great for stocking fillers and are sure to go down well with the recipient!
The recently launched Brandy Butter sauce is a must have when Christmas pud is served, it’s the perfect accompaniment and we won’t judge if you dive straight in with a spoon! If this has got you feeling saucy then shop our full range of sauces here!
We wish you all a very merry (and popcorn-filled) Christmas!
Friday 2nd December 2016
DON'T LEAVE IT TOO LATE!
For those of you who have a habit of leaving your Christmas prezzies to the last minute, we wanted to make you aware of our final order dates for guaranteed delivery in time for Christmas...
Any orders received after these dates we'll still do our best to get them to you in time, but we can't guarantee they will arrive by the 25th December. As our elves are a little busier at this time of year, we might take a little more time processing and dispatching your order, so please allow for an extra day or two for your popcorn to arrive. If you have any special requirements then please do get in touch and we'll do our best to help!
USA/ Canada: 11th December (sent via TNT)
Europe: 11th December if under £40 (sent via Royal Mail) / 18th December if over £40 (sent via express courier)
UK non-mainland - 18th December (sent via Royal Mail)
UK mainland - Wednesday 21st December at 1pm (sent via FedEx)
SEASONAL CLOSE DOWN
Please note that our offices will be closed from Saturday 24th December – Monday 2nd January inclusive for a break from popping! Any orders placed during this period will be picked up when we return in the new year and dispatched that week. During this time we can't guarantee that we'll be able to respond to any queries although we'll do our best to pick up any urgent queries.
Head to our popcorn shop to explore our range of flavoured popcorn and caramel sauces now...
Tuesday 25th October 2016
We’re back at BBC London Good Food Show this November and it's a very special event for all of us at popcorn HQ as it's where Joe & Seph's began 6 whole years ago...
We made a whopping 40kg of popcorn in the family kitchen which we packed in to giant tubs to then HANDPACK the individual bags to order (something we will never attempt to do again!)
Fully expecting to return with a car full of leftover popcorn, we spent the journey to the show on the phone to local hospitals and restaurants to see if they had any need for some leftover gourmet popcorn but thankfully for us it seemed to go down very well... we sold out entirely before the end of day two!
Here's Jackie on our somewhat makeshift stand back in 2010...
If you're planning to go to the show, please do pop by our stand (PV56) and say hi - we'll have lots of new flavours to try including our Double Chocolate Popcorn, Marmite Popcorn and old favourites like Mince Pie, Salted Caramel and Goats Cheese & Black Pepper. We'll also be showcasing our brand new Brandy Butter Caramel Sauce, and our GIANT cracker!
See you there.
J & S x
Wednesday 31st August 2016
This summer we have been all over the UK having a ball at various shows. We kicked off the Summer with Taste of London in Regents Park – mighty fine food, drinks, company and music. It's one of our favourite shows, and a great place to taste some of the best dishes from London restaurants, and explore what's going on in the world of food and drink.
A couple of weeks later we were set up and ready to go at British Summer Time Festival - an awesome 11 day festival in Hyde Park, London with some of the best artists in the world performing.
We were lucky enough to see Stevie Wonder, Jamie Woon, Carole King, Pharrell, Take That, Olly Murs, Ella Eyre to mention a few - a couple of whom came and visited our marquee to try some of our popcorn!
We finished off August north of the border in Edinburgh, Scotland for Foodies Festival. We had a great time, and surprisingly the sun even decided to join us for the first 2 days! Unfortunately the Sunday was cancelled due to high winds which we were obviously gutted about, although it did give us a chance to explore the delights of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival!
Friday 19th August 2016
COCONUT & CHIA POPCORN IS HERE!
It’s been a few months since we launched our Marmite Popcorn and don’t you worry we have been busy as ever in our kitchens creating new wonderful flavours for you to enjoy and to add to our collection.
We've blended smooth caramel with delicately desiccated coconut and crunchy chia seeds to create the newest addition to the Joe & Seph's family, Coconut & Chia Seed Popcorn.
It's a light, sweet and crunchy popcorn, perfect for those long summer days.
Wednesday 10th August 2016
This August we are really excited to announce that we have teamed up with our lovely friends Molly & Harriet over at the Secret Linen Store.
The two sisters run a fantastic brand that is honest & transparent offering beautiful, well made bedding and accessories directly from source to your home. We think they make the most beautiful, fantastic quality bedding in all sorts of colours, shapes & sizes so we jumped at the chance to get involved, you guys should too!
As the ladies say ‘You spend a third of your life in your bed, so make it somewhere special’!
If you like the idea of some scrumptious popcorn, delicious caramel sauces and a cosy night in you can enter the competition here:
As part of the partnership, every J&S internet order throughout August will have an exclusive discount code for the Secret Linen Store...
Tuesday 2nd August 2016
This August, our friend Frances Quinn (2013 Great British Bake Off Winner) put on a series of complimentary workshops called Quinntessential crEATes - a series of workshops all about showing what is possible when you combine art, design and food.
We spent a delightful evening with Frances and a few other guests at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel creating art with our Chocolate Caramel Sauce and popcorn (which incidentally made for an excellent snack whilst doodling!) - thanks for having us!
You should definitely check out Frances' website (francesquinn.co.uk) - her deliciously creative bakes include everything from a "Banoffee Pie Chart"to "Olympic Medal Biscuits", and is bound to inspire you to get creative in the kitchen!
If you find yourself feeling inspired to get baking, check out our Caramel Sauces, and visit our recipe ideas page to get the taste buds tingling!
Thursday 7th July 2016
We are delighted to announce that we are partnering with the wonderful Nomad Cinema team this year, as their official popcorn supplier.
The Nomad Cinema is a roaming pop-up cinema that gives back as they donate 100% of their profits to The Sustainability Institute – a pioneering environmental and education charity in South Africa. They’re doing wonderful things so please show them some love!
They have an amazing selection of films this year, all in interesting venues around London, with everything from The Big Lebowski at Grosvenor House ("This aggression will not stand, man!") to Jurassic Park in Bushy Park ("Roaaaaaaarrrr"), so make sure you check out what movies are being screened and get your hands on some tickets here. Furthermore, if you upgrade to a "Magic Carpet" ticket, you might also get a little something something courtesy of Joe & Seph's too...
We're going to be running some competitions so keep your eyes peeled on our social media for free ticket giveaways and other fun goings on...
Monday 4th July 2016
We really have been spoiling you with new flavours recently and this week is no different!
We have had to keep this a big secret for a while, so we are absolutely thrilled to finally announce that to celebrate the highly anticipated release of Steven Spielberg’s The BFG film this Summer, we have created a brand new Limited Edition Frobscottle Popcorn.
Our Frobscottle Popcorn is a whizz-popping blend of caramel, fruity raspberry & refreshing mint and you can check it out here:
Frobscottle is a drink found in the Giant Country where the BFG lives - the Frobscottle bubbles go down instead of up and drinking too much can result in a severe case of the "whizz-pops"!**
The BFG might say it is “bunk-doodling, glummy, glumptious bugwhiffles” (that’s giant language for inspiring, tasty, yummy stuff!)
We'll be selling it for a limited time on our website, as well as in Cineworld, Curzon, Empire, Scott Cinemas and some Picturehouses, as well as Selfridges. Let us know what you think of our Frobscottle popcorn on social media using #frobscottlepopcorn!
**Joe & Seph's Frobscottle popcorn does not cause whizz-popping. If you experience consistent whizz-popping, please consult a Doctor.
Saturday 11th June 2016
So, you might have seen that in May we launched the first official Marmite popcorn – it’s one of our proudest partnerships to date and something we’ve been excited about launching for months now!
We’ve been working with Unilever UK, who own the licence for Marmite, on this project for nearly two years now since the day we first got in touch to the launch date on the 27th May 2016.
We’ve always loved coming up with new flavours for our popcorn, always on the lookout for new ideas (many of which are suggested by our lovely fans on social media and at shows!), and creating a Marmite popcorn is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time as it is such an iconic British brand and we knew it would taste fantastic on our corn.
After putting together a very detailed commercial proposal, we were naturally delighted when Unilever selected Joe & Seph's to create the first official licenced Marmite Popcorn and got cracking with the challenge straight away! This involved a number of meetings with Unilever's licencing and technical teams, before we began experimenting in the kitchen to try and get the perfect balance of Marmite flavour. After this we set about completing all of the technical specifications, working with our designers to create the packaging, speaking to our customers to sell the product, as well as creating a marketing and PR plan for the launch – so it’s a fantastic feeling to finally see it on the shelves!
We’ve loved seeing the reaction so far (which has been largely positive – thankfully more seem to “Love it” than “Hate it”!), and are delighted to have been featured in the Telegraph, Mashable.com and the Metro newspaper as well as a huge reaction on social media. Thanks so much for your support!
We hope you’ll enjoy our Marmite popcorn- which you can check out right here. Let us know what you think using #MarmitePopcorn or emailing us [email protected]!
Friday 1st April 2016
It’s with great pleasure we introduce you to our brand new flavour, Spaghetti Bolognese Popcorn!
Inspired by Joseph’s frequent trips to Italy, we've infused our smooth caramel with beef mince, fruity sun-dried tomatoes, Parmesan, oregano and fresh basil, to recreate this classic family favourite on a piece of popcorn.
Tuesday 22nd March 2016
Our wonderfully talented chefs in the kitchens have created a gigantic popcorn Easter egg, but don't worry we have warned them not to eat it all in one go...
To celebrate this indulgent holiday we wanted to give you the chance to win a bundle of our popcorn. All you have to do is guess how many pieces of popcorn make up this giant treat...
Simply head over to our Twitter & Facebook pages on Thursday the 24th for your chance to win.
Tuesday 1st March 2016
You know what they say, "Teamwork makes the dream work", so last week we embarked on a team challenge, competing in the bi-annual Hotelympia 10k Race.
Arriving slightly apprehensive and rather chilly, 9 brave Joe & Seph'ers from the office, kitchens and warehouse took on the elements and came through victorious as we picked up the overall team winners medal, knocking our good pals Fresh Montgomery of their perch!
Special mention to our resident runner bean Sophie, who was the fastest female in the race, finishing in a cool 41.16 minutes - outstanding effort! Must be all that popcorn fuel...
We will be back in two years time to defend our title, but first, a quick lie down...
Monday 29th February 2016
With Mother’s Day on the horizon we thought we would shine a spotlight on the mother of Joe & Seph’s, Jackie Sopher.
As a family run business Jackie works side by side with her husband Joseph and two sons, Adam and Paul, which quite frankly is an achievement in itself! But more than that Jackie has very much adopted a maternal role to the kitchen & warehouse teams she looks after, and on her last birthday was described as the ‘best boss ever’!
So, who is the Mother of Popcorn?
Jackie, who is now more commonly known for her sell out QVC performances wasn’t always the TV star that she is today... Her professional career began at Texas Homecare where she was a successful buying assistant, however what Jackie prides herself on most is her role as mother to 3 children, Adam, Paul and Louise.
In 2010, she set up Joe & Seph’s with Joseph and their eldest son Adam and haven’t looked back since!
What does Jackie do at Joe & Seph’s?
It’s probably easier to list what she doesn’t do to be honest! Much like her household, Jackie keeps things running at Joe & Seph’s. She looks after the warehouse, kitchens and distribution teams, making sure the popcorn is popped, packed and shipped on time and tasting great, so it is fair to say there is never a quiet day for Jackie! When she isn’t solving HR related matters or managing stock levels, she is also busy looking after payroll and paying the bills. So between finance, stock control and staff management it is fair to say Jackie is at the very heart of the business and that is exactly where we want our mother of popcorn to be. And to think she manages to do all of this in 6 inch heels…
We asked Jackie to comment on what life is like working with her two sons and she told us that she “must be the envy of all mothers out there. She feels extremely privileged to be able to spend every day with the people that matter to her most. It makes her job that much more important and something she really cherishes.” N’aaww.
A Few Facts:
· Favourite Popcorn Flavour: Goat’s Cheese & Black Pepper
· Favourite part of the job: Going to shows (and getting my hair done for QVC!)
· Least favourite part of the job: paperwork!
· Most memorable Joe & Seph’s moment: Being invited to the Houses of Parliament
· Celebrity Crush: George Clooney…obviously.
Thursday 25th February 2016
With Mother's Day just around the corner we have teamed up again with the talented Frances Quinn to create the ultimate edible bunch of flowers! This is the perfect treat to show your Mum just how much you appreciate her and bound to land you on her sweet side...
Have a peek at the video by clicking here.
Wednesday 24th February 2016
Interestingly whilst Hallmark seems to get the majority of credit for the creation of Mother’s Day, the actual earliest history dates back to the Ancient Greeks who dedicated this spring festival to honour the goddess Rhea, who was the matriarch to many of the goddesses in Greek mythology.
So we say this year treat your mother like the goddess she is (or at least give her the day to revel in the glory). From Strawberries & Cream Popcorn to Salted Caramel Sauce, we have the perfect treat to show Mum your appreciation and love!
Tuesday 23rd February 2016
We have teamed up with Scottish brewers Brewhive for a competition this month – check their website blog for details on how to win a tasty beer + popcorn bundle. They’re also kindly offering all Joe & Seph’s customers 33% off and Free P&P until the end of March when ordering on their website, if you enter the code JS2016 at the checkout.
Tuesday 2nd February 2016
This year Pancake Day falls on Tuesday the 9th of February, so not long to go until you have an excuse to tuck into a warm stack of pancakes for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (but who’s counting?). If you are looking for a way to seriously improve your pancake game, we have got you covered. Our range of Caramel Sauces are ideal for drizzling over your pancakes to truly make them delicious!
From our award winning Salted Caramel to our slightly cheekier Gin & Tonic we have a flavour caramel sauce to suit everyone.
*Warning: You may be tempted to eat the sauce straight from the jar, we advise saving some for your pancakes
Monday 18th January 2016
Statistically, Monday 18th January (a.k.a. “Blue Monday”) is the most miserable day of the year – it’s cold, wet, and the joys and over-indulgence of Christmas and New Year are a distant memory. The lucky thing is that our alcoholic flavours are filling the void of dry January because Gin & Tonic popcorn doesn’t count as drinking right?!
If you have caught a case of the January blues, popcorn happens to be a winning cure (we’ve done the research), so we thought we would help make today a little bit brighter by giving you an exclusive code to nab yourself a free bag of popcorn, if you spend £15 or more on our website.
Simply enter the code LUCKYDIP in the voucher code box at checkout and click “apply”, and we’ll add a free “lucky dip” flavour of popcorn to your order
This code will be valid until the 1st of February 2016. Full T&Cs in our FAQs, here.
Friday 1st January 2016
We recently teamed up with the lovely Frances Quinn, Great British Bake Off royalty, to produce a video of her creating one of her delicious recipes using our Salted Caramel Popcorn. The recipe of choice came straight out of her brilliant new cookbook ‘Quintessential Baking’. Frances uses our Salted Caramel popcorn to create her amazing Lillipopcorn pops and then tops them off by dipping them in our Salted Caramel Sauce...Yum!
You can watch the chef in action by clicking here!
Frances Quinn's Lollipopcorn pops using Joe & Seph's Salted Caramel Popcorn! from Joe & Seph's Gourmet Popcorn on Vimeo.