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6 Gifts for Chocolate Lovers

On April 30th, Paint It Milk Chocolate and It’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Time! popcorn flavors go out of production for the summer, and that gives us a major case of the bummers.

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So, we went out in search of chocolate that could withstand the high temperatures that have traditionally accompanied this season in the past and are still maybe going to make an appearance this year even though there’s no evidence to suggest it… which really just makes us need chocolate more than ever. Grab something off the list below for your favorite chocolate lover, or treat yo’self!

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The best kind of confusion is the kind where you can’t tell if you’re in your bathroom or a confectionary.

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Perfume
If you can’t eat chocolate, why not smell like it and ensure that everyone around you suffers the same unsatisfied cravings?

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Image via: Demeter

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Journal
Write down all your chocolate feelings in an aptly themed notebook.

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Image via: EmbellishMyWorld

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Candles
Light the eternal flame of your undying love for chocolate and let that baby burn!

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Image via: tastydessertcandles

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Get down with your (Breaking) Bad self and this science-y chocolate molecule pendant.

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Image via: Nikola Jewelry

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Beach Towel
The only thing melting at the beach will be other people’s faces when they get a load of this sweet towel.

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Image via: Blooming Vine at Cafe Press

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7 Ways to Find Time for Snacking

We live in a busy world where there’s always one more thing to check off the to-do list and never enough time to do it. With at-home workout regimens promising results in increasingly short amounts of time, we figured it was only natural that we create a popcorn program just as convenient for the guy or gal on the go.

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  1. We all know that we should drink a glass of water upon waking. But what if that water were popcorn? Snacking solved.
  2. Maximize your shower by starting with a mouthful of popcorn. Not only are you now multitasking, you’re also diligently chomping. Rinse and repeat.
  3. Little-known fact: the space beneath the driver’s seat of your car is meant for snack storage. A family bag of popcorn will fit (with a bit of effort) in most models. Your commute is now a popcorn pursuit. Inspiring.
  4. Dresser drawers — who needs them? Snacks.
  5. It may be frowned upon to crack open an item from your cart and munch your way through your grocery list, but what if you brought a bite from home? One of our jars should get you through produce and the frozen food aisle.
  6. Fanny packs. You get it.
  7. Potpourri smells nice, but you know what tastes better? Popcorn. Distribute jars of popcorn throughout your home for convenient consumption.

Now there’s no excuse to skip the snacking you couldn’t find time for before. Tell us your snacking secrets in the comments!

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9 Ways To Avoid Sharing Your Popcorn

Sharing is caring, but sometimes the thing you care about most is popcorn. We know the sharing struggle is real, so we’ve compiled a list of highly questionable but effective tactics for bogarting the bowl at your next social gathering.

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  1. Don’t invite anyone.
  2. Invite them but institute a strict BYOP (bring your own popcorn) policy.
  3. Physically block attempts to breach your bowl.
  4. Sneeze on it.
  5. Say you dropped it on the floor before they arrived.
  6. Stash it in your bedroom and keep “forgetting things” in there.
  7. Eat all of it before your guests show up.
  8. Hide it in a container for a much less delicious snack, like creamed corn.
  9. Double Good has your back…with family bags — enough to share.

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Celebrate

Happy National Caramel Popcorn Day?

Greetings, party people. We hope you didn’t miss National Hug a Newsperson Day yesterday, but if you did, fear not! There are plenty of upcoming national holidays for you to celebrate.

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For starters, yesterday was National Caramel Day, and today we observe National Caramel Popcorn Day. Believe it or not, we didn’t even make these up, but we know just how to celebrate — with a big bag of Caramel Diem, In a Caramel Nutshell, Chi-Town Chow Down, or Easy Peasy Caramel Cheesy. And if they are taking suggestions for national holidays, we’d like to propose Fill Your Bathtub with Popcorn Day and Chase Your Popcorn with Coffee Day.

We know it’s hard to fit all of these wacky festivities on your calendar, but we recommend picking the ones that sound most fun to you and finding a reason to celebrate every day. We hope you’ll be joining us in strict observance of No Housework Day!

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Trend Alert: Pop-Decor-n

Have you ever thought to yourself, “Wow, my living quarters are so spacious! If only there were a way to fill all this unused space”? Of course you have! Especially you city dwellers out there with the lofted beds, tiny closets, and roommates. But have no fear, because we’re here with a plan that’s both aesthetically pleasing and utilitarian: popcorn.

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They say all good things must come to an end, but the hardest goodbye every year is the one we say to It’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Time and Paint it Milk Chocolate as they retire for the season. But what if we didn’t have to say goodbye? What if the solution has been here all along and it’s called interior design?

For example, couches aren’t important. What’s truly important is popcorn in mass quantities. Obviously, you’ll still require a spot for sitting and Netflixing and entertaining, but wouldn’t you really make a splash if that spot were constructed entirely from bags of chocolate-drizzled popcorn? We think so. Not to mention the bonus points for not needing to get up (which would probably prove difficult anyway) to retrieve a snack for your guests.

If you feel like building a couch out of popcorn is a little too bold for your taste, you could start by replacing some other useless items around the house. Ovens: who needs ‘em? Nightstands: pointless. Bathtubs: really just another name for storage space. With a little imagination and a lot of popcorn, the options are limitless!  

Get your supply of It’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Time and Paint It Milk Chocolate before they go out of production at the end of April. Don’t worry, they’ll be back come fall. In the meantime, you can look forward to our summer faves Holla-peno and Sweetie, You Salty.

Popcorn Pairings

We go together like…coffee & popcorn

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Bonnie & Clyde
Beans & rice
Dolce & Gabbana
Peas & carrots
Simon & Garfunkel

Some things are just better together, but it’s only recently come to our attention that we’ve been missing out on maybe the most epic pairing of all time: popcorn & coffee. It turns out that this duo has been a thing for a super long time. It’s even a ceremonial tradition in Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee and, apparently, great ideas.

Here are a few of our favorite brews from local Chicago roasters served up with the perfect popcorn sidecar.

Dark Matter’s Unicorn Blood + It’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Time
We all know coffee is magic, but Unicorn Blood magics even harder. With notes of peanut butter and chocolate, it’s almost too obvious to pair it with It’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Time. But we did it anyway, and you’ll be glad we did.

Gaslight’s Cajamarca + In a Caramel Nutshell
This Peruvian coffee boasts notes of cranberry, raisin, nougat, and walnut. So basically, a squirrel’s fantasy blend. Serve up a steaming cup with a side of In a Caramel Nutshell and you’ve basically got yourself a deconstructed protein bar.

Groundswell’s Fazenda Vale de Lua Brazil Espresso + Little Kettle That Could
With notes of toasted cherry, old-fashioned butterscotch, and chocolate, this sweet roast deserves a comparable sidekick sidecar, so go ahead and give the Little Kettle That Could a spin!

La Colombe’s Sumatra Kerinci Honey + Caramel-Diem
This lush roast gives off notes of gogi berry, brown sugar, and star anise, which sounds hella cozy. We recommend enjoying this brew from inside a blanket fort with a big bag of Caramel-Diem stuffed inside your snuggy.

Passion House’s PH Blend + Fruity Fruity Bang Bang
Cherry pie, lemon curd, shortbread, and candied oranges give this little bean a big bang. Pair it with the colorful kernels of Fruity Fruity Bang Bang to compliment those technicolor dream notes.

Halfwit’s Kula Peaberry + Paint It Milk Chocolate
This blend hits all the right notes of fig, molasses, and dark chocolate, so pair it with another artsy ally — Paint It Milk Chocolate. Together, these two are a gastro masterpiece.

Tell us your favorite popcorn-coffee combo in the comments!

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Double Good Kids Foundation in Action

A popcorn factory outside of Chicago may not be the place you’d expect to find a group of dance instructors working out routines and laughing excitedly across tables. But that’s what happened. For two perfect days, dance instructors from different parts of the country gathered at Double Good to learn how to better serve kids with special needs in their communities.

It all started with you…

It’s through your purchases of Double Good popcorn that this amazing day came to be. Because of your generosity, The Double Good Kids Foundation was able to bring six dance teachers together to certify them to work with kids with special needs in their communities through Wingman for DanceRhythm Works Integrative Dance, and the National Dance FoundationThey’ll be following in the freshly made footsteps of instructors and studios that have already begun offering curriculum for kids with special needs.

Meet Tricia

Tricia Gomez is the Global Director of  Rhythm Works Integrative Dance, a program that encourages skill development and self-empowerment for kids with special needs by providing inclusive dance classes and instructor training. “I help teachers open their doors to students of all abilities,” Tricia said.

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“I teach them how to work with students, with their parents, with their therapists. We see kids who weren’t able to walk down the stairs. Now they’re just easily going down the stairs. Simple, basic things that most people take for grantedthey’re achieving these things now.”

Meet Ian


Ian Hockley is the founder and project director of Dylan’s Wings of Change. That organization quickly grew to include Wingman, a youth leadership program designed to foster inclusive communities for all kids.

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“Dylan’s Wings of Change is a foundation dedicated to my son Dylan. He was six years old, and he was killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook back in December 2012. We started the foundation because we wanted to help other children like Dylan. He had autism. He was a very shy little boy. He communicated in his own way, so it was often difficult for people to understand what he was saying, and he couldn’t always understand what they were asking him to do. So, he would find himself excluded. But if another child, or maybe an adult would take the time to really listen to him, then he could get involved.”

Ian explains, “let’s help other foundations that want to help children who are struggling with these conditions get involved in activities, and get so much more out of life.”

Meet Jessica

As Wingman took off in schools, Jessica Michaels, a dance instructor noticed a need for this type of training within the dance community. She connected with Ian Hockley, and together they launched Wingman for Dance.

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Jessica explains: “Wingman for Dance provides tools and activities for students to experience the feeling of being empathetic, understanding, and teaches strengths and weaknesses. Wingman for Dance helps demonstrate through experiential learning that we can all be more inclusive and understanding of other people. When you put both of our programs together, you get all vantage points of how to really, truly become an inclusive studio.”

The dance instructors applied for the Rhythm Works and Wingman scholarship through National Dance Foundation’s Chance to Dance Scholarship. The National Dance Foundation works to promote inclusion, kindness and community in the dance world. We want to especially thank Cathy Graziano from NDF.  It was a pleasure working with Cathy to interview and identify these instructors.

Congratulations to Rhonda Moore, Ashley Deets, Amy Mullauer Peters, Christina Kistler, Bri Dowell, and Courtney Garcia for completing their Rhythm Works Integrative Dance and Wingman for Dance training. The Double Good Kids Foundation was honored to sponsor your scholarships.

…and that’s just the beginning. 

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We started the Double Good Kids Foundation to provide the equipment, education, and opportunity for kids with special needs to get all the benefits that sports and extracurricular activities provide. So again, we want to thank you for making that happen. Every time you buy our popcorn, you’re helping kids with special needs, and that’s Double Good.

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Popcorn Pairings!

Every Spring, the flowers and the trees and our spirits rise from the dead, but this year we get a bonus apparition. As of March 1st, the most feel-good ghost story of all time is available on Netflix: Ghostbusters.

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Ya’ll know what this means! We’re bringin’ it back to basics and filling our bowls with classic buttery goodness. Do we believe in Bill Murray? You Butter Believe It. And we’re not the only ones; it turns out that most of his lines were ad-libs. So, in the famous words of Dr. Peter Venkman, “I love this plan! I’m excited it could work! LET’S DO IT!”

Fun Fact: The film was originally titled Ghost Smashers, although we think Ghost Poppers would have been just as good.

Want more popcorn pairings? See what we nosh while we watch Willy Wonka.

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😴 Catch Some Zzzz’s — National Public Sleeping Day

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Unfortunately, it can’t be National Popcorn Day every day. We asked. But nap queens rejoice, because today is an officially sanctioned day of rest… in public.

National Public Sleeping Day has been around since 2011, and it’s probably the only holiday you can sleep through without missing a thing. Catching some z’s on a park bench? Sure. Snoozing on the job? Done. Getting some shut eye in rush-hour traffic? Probably not.

But this holiday is good for more than just laughs. According to the Centers for Disease Control, sleep deprivation is so common among adults, it’s considered an epidemic. So, if you’re feeling a little drowsy while reading this, do the patriotic thing and slip into the American dream.

Sleep well, friends.

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Popcorn Snow-sports-a-thon Mania!

Happy snowsportathon! If you hadn’t heard, it’s that time again when teams from all over the world descend on that place to compete in those games. And that, folks, is how you avoid a copyright violation. Let’s just meet our popletes…

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Cornelius Popolopolous burst onto the ski scene hot and fresh. The crowd ate it up.

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Pair skaters Andre and Popnelope were poised to take the gold in the finals with a show-stopping routine. But in an overzealous overhead lift dubbed “the air popper,” Popnelope was carried away on the wind, accidentally winning the ski jump competition.

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Meet the members of our popsled team, Poplo, Poptrick, Popdexter, and Barb. Official popsled rules state that each team and their sled must weigh a minimum of 463 lbs. With a sled weighing 463 lbs, they puffed up their chests and came in at… 463 lbs.

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Never having competed in curling and not really understanding the rules, Cornrad and Poppy were confused by instructions to “sweep” the “house” and instead stayed home to vacuum.