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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.

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5 Salty Things To Do On Valentine’s Day

Well, it’s here. Valentine’s Day. And it’s fine. We’re fine. Really. It’s pretty much a mystery how this day came to be associated with love and flying babies anyway, so why not grab a friend, kick convention, and savor the day being salty together? Mix and match from the choices below to create your own romanceless adventure.

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If you’re a procrastinator, spend the day taking down your Christmas tree. If you’re a forward thinker, skip this saint’s day and head straight to the next: St. Patty’s. Is there a vegetable less alluring than cabbage? No. Eat lots of cabbage.

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If the only heart you want to see this holiday is anatomical, the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago is holding an after-hours tour showcasing human skulls, bonesaws, and other macabre marvels. This is just one of many morbid alternatives out there for the cynics among us. We can’t think of a more appropriate time to attempt axe throwing, batting cages, or self-defense classes.

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Speaking of axe throwing, maybe try it with some supervision at Bad Axe in Chicago. But, hey, if a haphazard weapon toss isn’t your thing, how about glass blowing, calligraphy, self-hypnosis, or trapeze? Check out Dabble for a wide range of local classes you never knew existed. Come on, girl. Treat yo’self.

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Stock up on your favorite thing and relish the fact that you don’t gotta share it with nobody. We recommend egg rolls, jelly beans, and — duh — popcorn.

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The cutesy decor at most bars and restaurants is enough to make you lose your appetite, but there are plenty of sarcastic shindigs being thrown. Chicago pro-tip: Simone’s is hosting an anti-Valentine’s-Day bash featuring angsty music and apathetic vibes. Yes, we’ll probably be there.

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5 Sweet Things To Do For Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day just a week away, if you haven’t started draping everything in pink doilies, you’re behind. But have no fear; there’s still time! So break out the glitter glue, friends! Let’s get down and flirty with this list of things to do for Valentine’s Day if you’re feeling sweet on it.

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Pay homage to the precocious cherub with the mostest and throw about some love-themed decor that would make him proud. Options include paper chains, silk scarves, any & all things heart-shaped, and that old-but-omnipresent standby, glitter.

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As it turns out, the celebration of St. Valentine had no romantic connotations until a poem by Chaucer in the 14th century. So take a page out of his book (not literally — there’s a word for that) and write someone you love a gushy poem.

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If poems aren’t your thing, try your hand at a short-but-sweet valentine. The US Greeting Card Association (imagine being on that board) estimates that 190 million valentines are exchanged every year. This is where that glitter glue from above will really come in handy. The sparklier, the better.

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In 1886, the heart-shaped box of chocolates was invented. And that’s so last yesteryear. Let us in on the celebration and show the special people in your life you know their favorite flavor with a Valentine’s Day popcorn gift box.

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Really spread the love around with random acts of kindness. This day is about the depths of love, and there’s no shortage of the stuff. Oh, and don’t forget to add pink food coloring to everything you consume.

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Groundhog Day Power Play

Happy Groundhog Day, friends! But… is it really? Or is it possible that the Groundhog’s reign has gone on too long? Let’s investigate.

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We have the Germans to thank for this tradition that dates back to the 1700s, when the first settlers landed in Pennsylvania. For more than 300 years, the Groundhog has been unchallenged as our inaugural animal weatherman.

We’d like to propose a new representative, and we’ve got just the little guy for the job: the Penguin. *Disclaimer: He is also the brand ambassador for our Waddle You Do for Cookies popcorn.

Living up to 20 years in colonies of thousands or even millions of buddies, the Penguin is a highly social animal that could perhaps put that whole shadow thing to a vote. Democracy, anyone? And that’s just the tip of the iceberg; the Penguin has a spine on its tongue, which we assume serves to give his words extra backbone and moral fiber.

Lights, camera, action, folks! Look who’s already dressed for success in a snappy tuxedo. In 2018, the Penguin is the animal weatherman we all deserve.

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Pineapple Chili Poptail / Mocktail Recipe

The rest of the world may have celebrated National Popcorn Day last week, but we celebrate it every. single. day. As we were poppin’ bottles and getting into our daily jubilee, it dawned on us: couldn’t the whole world use a little more celebration? So, we’d like to invite you to raise your glass with us… because, why not?

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To fill our cup, we have a recipe from local legend and entirely fictional chef, Wolfgang Pop. Known for his unconventional and ingenious pairings, he exploded onto the culinary scene with flying kernels and has created the recipe below especially for us.

Pineapple Chili Poptail Mocktail

  1. To start, make a spicy simple syrup. Combine 1 cup of water, 1 cup of sugar, and 2 chopped serrano chilis in a small pot. (Hint, for less spice, cook the chilis whole or slice one side. The more your cut into the chili, the spicier the syrup.)
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil for one minute before removing from heat. (Note: Don’t have a timer? That’s OK. We recommend singing Happy Birthday 6 times. This also serves to pump up the party spirit.)
  3. Once the syrup has cooled, pour it through a strainer to remove the chili chunks.
  4. Pick your favorite glass and fill it with ice and 1oz of serrano chili simple syrup. Make that cup half full with some pineapple juice, then a splash of sparkling water and stir.
  5. To complete this party potion, top it off with a skewer of In Queso Fire popcorn. With jalapeno lighting the fire and sharp cheddar putting it out, this popcorn is the perfect pairing.

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Netflix and Ch …ocolate

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Hear ye, hear ye! A new study that we just made up has proven that the movie-watching experience is enhanced by the right snack. Since Netflix is all about turning off our thinkers, we’ve taken the guesswork out of it and dreamed up the perfect pairing:

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The snozberries may taste like snozberries, but have you tried the chocolate-drizzled popcorn? Eat right along with the golden-ticket holders as they munch their way through the chocolate factory. The best part of all? You don’t have to leave your couch to do it. Charlie’s grandparents would be proud.

Fun Fact: Peter Ostrum, who played Charlie, never acted in another film again. Instead, he moved to upstate New York and became a veterinarian.

Now, let’s test your Wonka knowledge. 

Q: Which room did the tube that Augustus got stuck in lead to?
A: The Fudge Room

Q: What is the occupation of Violet Beauregard’s father?
A: Car Salesman

Q: What did Mrs. TV think the musical lock was?
A: Rachmaninoff

Q: What was the 3 course meal in the gum that Violet chewed at the factory?
A: Tomato Soup, Roast Beef, Blueberry Pie

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National Popcorn Day

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On this glorious day known throughout the land as National Popcorn Day, we celebrate the greatest snack of all time. How do we know it’s the greatest? Well, because science.

In a cave in New Mexico known as the “Bat Cave” — a place that sounds super dope for a dance party — scientists discovered popcorn kernels that carbon dated back to 3,500 BC. This could mean popcorn and mummification were invented around the same time, though on opposite sides of the world and definitely not by the same person.

So, we’d just like to give it up to popcorn for being our ride or die for the last 5,600 years and the most delicious snack since before sliced bread.

Happy National Popcorn Day from all of us at DoubleGood!

tl;dr: Ancient Batman may have invented popcorn. #fakenews

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Sheila Trost & Energizers Dance sell $27,000…in 4 days.

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The Dream Center itself was a dream come true. It was built in 2004, but for the 13 years prior, the Energizers dance team had practiced anywhere they could find the space, like the town hall in Hartford, WI or school gyms. Designed to suit the needs of dance teams for students 2 years and older, the Dream Center is also home to a daycare and a kindergarten.

Sheila Trost is the founder, artistic director, choreographer, as well as a teacher at the kindergarten. We call her the Dreammaker. The Dream Center was something Sheila dreamed up to offer kids big opportunities in a small town. Her goal is to create champion people, not just champion dancers, and to that end, they’ve won five world dance championships.

To get as many talented kids to these competitions as possible, they ran a Double Good fundraiser, raising 13,500 dollars. “The thrill of the competition was really exciting for the kids in our program,” Sheila said. “If you’re on a team, you have to be a team player, and when they knew the kids their money would support, it inspired our community.”

Favorite Flavor: Easy Peasy Caramel Cheesy. Or anything with cheese on it because we’re from Wisconsin.

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Crimson Heat Raises $31,000

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If you are a parent with a child in competitive sports, you know first hand how quickly expenses can pile up. With a season that runs year-round, fundraising has become an integral, often frustrating norm within cheer and dance households. Gym owner Veronica Burton of Crimson Heat shares her story, and how together the kids of Crimson Heat raised $31,000.

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Crimson Heat made their first home in a 1500-square-foot facility outside of Washington D.C. Today, they light up two facilities more than six times that size. It all began with Veronica, the OF (original firestarter). A cheerleader in her youth, she loved the sport and credits it with making her the upbeat, awesome person who now runs both Firehouse gyms where Crimson Heat turns up.

The team was founded with the goal of nurturing talented athletes, confident kids, strong families, and cohesive communities. But with new uniforms, travel costs, and competition fees, cheerleading is a pricey sport. They needed to find a way to lighten the financial burden so that more kids could get in on the fun.

Presenting a new challenge to their athletes, Crimson Heat initiated a Double Good fundraiser with a competitive twist. “We’ve always been a tight-knit family, but I saw my gym come together in a way that was so amazing to watch,” Veronica said. “Everyone was rooting for each other, and there was a sense of pride because we had all these programs competing with one another for something good.”

Favorite Double Good flavor: In a Caramel Nutshell