Those of you who are close to my age (40’ish) might remember the series that came on Sunday nights called Mutual of Omaha Wild Kingdom? If not, but you have seen shows like “Life”, you might be familiar with scenes of ravenous hyenas engulfing its meal and picking apart every last morsel until there is nothing left but some fur and bones? Vultures do the same thing. This is the scene that I imagine in my mind when I make Trails End popcorn for my family. They devour the bowl of popcorn like a flock of ravenous vultures or starved hyenas.
My whole family loves popcorn. Its the perfect snack. Its low in fat and calories (depending on what kind you buy), its filling and satisfying. Not to mention it tastes great too. Even our dog loves popcorn.
Popcorn is also a very versatile snack. You can top it with butter, cheese, caramel, ranch dressing and a variety of other toppings. Or you can enjoy it plain. I give my children popcorn as a snack with their school lunches. Its a very hearty snack that doesn’t get easily crunched in the lunch box.
I know that local Girl Scouts sell cookies. Sadly there are no Girl Scouts in our family, nor do we know of any Girl Scouts so we have been missing out on our Thin Mint cookies for ages. We don’t have any Boy Scouts in the family either. I was unaware that the Boy Scouts sell popcorn to help raise funds for their troops. Best of all 70% of the sales from the popcorn goes towards local Boy Scout troops.
The Boy Scouts sell a brand of popcorn called Trails End. I have never heard of it until now.
The Trails End popcorn is made with Canola Oil which is supposedly better for you then other types of oils. Canola Oil has the lowest saturated fats compared to other oils like Sunflower, Corn, Peanut and Coconut oils.
Did you know that 93% of Canola Oil is composed of beneficial polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats that supply Omega-3, Omega-6 and Omega-9 fats? The Omegas are very important and are a vital nutrient. Canola Oil can also help lower bad LDL levels which can ultimately help prevent coronary disease and heart attacks. I’m NOT saying if you eat food made with Canola Oil will prevent heart attacks. What I mean is that its a HEALTHIER option compared to the other oils.
Canola Oil is also sourced from North America and does not contribute to deforestation. Trails End and the Boy Scouts also strive to protect our environment by using as little packaging materials as possible.
So you now know that the Trails End popcorn the Boys Scouts sell is a better for you option, but how does it taste compared to other popcorn more readily available at your local grocery store? Think back to the first paragraph of this post. That should give you some idea.
The first time I made the popcorn I made it for me and my husband to share. My kids had already had their snack. Our daughter came out of her room asking why it smells like a movie theater in our home. I told her it had to be the popcorn. My husband agreed with her. The popcorn scent filled our home and it did indeed smell just like a movie theater.
I have never known my husband to really comment on popcorn before. I know he is grossed out by chocolate covered popcorn. He tried it once and was totally grossed out by it. Aside form that whenever I make popcorn, no matter what brand, he doesn’t really comment on it. My husband let it be known that he LOVED the Trails End popcorn.
Even though both kids had already had their snacks we let them try the Trails End popcorn too and they could not get enough of it. Every night after that they asked to make the popcorn for their snack and requested that I give them the popcorn with their school lunches.
The Trails End buttered popcorn tastes just like FRESH movie theater popcorn but without the ooey gooey globs of butter that you find on theater popcorn. Its also the perfect balance of butter and salt.
One thing that really stands out to me with the Trails End popcorn is that it tastes fresh. Unlike other microwave popcorn which sometimes taste stale when you pop them, this popcorn tastes really fresh.
You don’t need to have a Boy Scout in your neighborhood to enjoy the great taste of Trails End popcorn. You can purchase it online and upon check out you can list your zip code and a percentage of the sale will go towards a troop in your local area.
The Boys Scouts as you know is a wonderful organization that helps young boys learn responsible citizenship, character development, and self-reliance through participation in a wide range of outdoor activities, educational programs. Its also a great way to make life long friends.
To learn more about the Boy Scouts please visit www.Scouting.org.
For more information about Trails Ends products please visit www.TrailsEnd.com. Trails End also has a special military donation program. For either $30 or $50 you can purchase popcorn and other products which will be shipped to service men and women to enjoy and either $21 or $35 will go back to your local Boy Scouts (depending on the amount of the donation purchase).
I think purchasing the special military donation package would make a great holiday gift for both service men and women and for the Boy Scouts. For $30 or $50 many people would benefit from it.
I am able to giveaway four boxes of Trails End popcorn (one box per winner – four winners in total). Each box contains 18 individually packaged microwave popcorn packets.
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This giveaway is open to US residents and will end on December 6, 2010 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winners will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winners will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply with a name and mailing address (no PO Box) or a new winner will be chosen.
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*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own.
Each bag contains 0 grams of transfats, 2 grams of saturated fat and a decent 260 calories.