Craft Beer, It’s Clear, Is Here To Stay

It’s no secret that the craft beer scene is growing in the U.S. In 2015, the number of operating breweries grew by 15% in the country, and nearly all that growth came from craft brewers, who now make up about 12% of the overall beer market. The craft brewing market in this country is now worth $23.5 billion, which doesn’t sound like that much, but it is a lot bigger than it was just a few short years ago. There are a number of ways to try craft beer or to get your fix if you are a connoisseur.

Just about every craft beer company out there has its own tap room where it serves its own beer to customers. In fact, for some very small brewers, it’s their only method. This is because most states have laws regarding distribution. Craft brewers that want to serve their beer elsewhere, even in another craft brewer’s tap room, have to go through a licensed distributor, which can add a large additional layer of costs. When getting beer from the tap in a craft brewery, you can get it by the g Continue reading

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Paper Ice Cream Cups Can Be a Great Dessert for Any Party or Event

If you are planning any kind of event or party, one of the most important things that you need to get right is the food. A lot depends on the kind of food that you serve at a party when it comes to making a success of it. Serving food that your guests can really enjoy can significantly enhance the appeal of an event or a party and can make your guests feel wanted and at home. There are a few failsafe, tried and tested things that you can do to ensure that you have just the right party menu and one of the things you can do in this regard is to include the right frozen desserts. Frozen treats like ice cream cups, gelato, and frozen yogurt cups rank among the most popular desserts in the country and can significantly enhance the appeal of your menu at any party or event.

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A Look At The Growth Of The Coffee Industry In the United States

From plain white paper cups to wooden stir sticks for coffee, there is a lot that the typical coffee shop, whether it’s an independent shop or even a chain shop, must stock. But all types of coffee shops, from those that use plain white paper cups to those that use ceramic cups or even small paper cups with lids, have become hugely and widely successful no matter where you might go in the United States – as well as in many places far beyond it as well. In fact, independent coffee shops alone, those that are not run through a chain coffee shop owner, have begun to generate as many as twelve billion dollars in sales just over the course of one single year in the United States alone, let alone in other places all around the world. Chain coffee shops have often proved to be hugely successful as well, and come sometimes even be found as frequently as on every corner, or so it seems. All in all, the retail value of the market for coffee in the United States has now risen to be worth more tha Continue reading

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6 Ways to Market Your Frozen Dessert Establishment

Frozen desserts are a popular treat for a number of reasons, in fact Americans consumer ice cream more than 28 times per year, meaning the demand isn’t going anywhere. This can mean that opening a frozen dessert establishment can be extremely beneficial for those who do so, but only if the required work is put into it. There were more than 2,000 frozen yogurt stores by the end of 2013, which means if you’re willing to enter into the market you have to figure out a way to make yourself stand out from your competitors. Read below to get some tips to help a new establishment make a name for itself.

Free WiFi

If you provide free Wifi for your guests, they will tend to stay longer. This means they will typically order more from your establishment. Free WiFi not only draws customers, but it also entices them to sit and stay for a while. This means that they will frequently come ba Continue reading

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Fun Facts About Popcorn That Are ‘Butter’ Than a Movie

Popcorn is one of those delicious snacks that most people can’t help but eat a whole bowl of (or bag, box, bin, whatever you put yours in). Whether you like to air-pop your popcorn in an air popper, stove top with some oil, or just a microwavable bag, popcorn is truly a unique snack.

Not just as a late night movie aid, but also in history and production as well. Here are some fun facts about popcorn that’ll have you poppin’ out of your seat.

  • Popcorn is relatively low in calories compared to most snacks. One cup of air-popped popcorn only has 31 calories, and one cup of popcorn popped in oil has 55 calories.
  • Out of all six types of corn, only popcorn actually “pops.”
  • January 19 is National Popcorn Day.
  • Roughly one billion pounds of popcorn are grown every year in the United States.
  • April 6 is National Caramel Popcorn Day.
  • October is National Popcorn Poppin’ Month (yeah, popcorn gets a whole month).
  • Popcorn is considered a whole grain and made up of three parts, including the hull.
  • In order to pop, popcorn needs between 13.5% and 14% moisture.
  • The reason popcorn pops is that it has a thicker hull than other types of corn. Pressure from heated water builds inside the hull until it eventually bursts, leaving the soft, good stuff.
  • The number one use for microwaves is to pop popcorn, which is why most microwaves have a “popcorn” button.
  • “Popability” refers to the percentage of popcorn kernels that pop.
  • Popcorn comes in two shapes once it’s popped: mushroom and snowflake. The popcorn you eat at movie theaters is usually snowflake while mushroom is used in candy confections.
  • Most popcorn is grown in the Midwest, particularly Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, Illinois, Iowa, and Kentucky.

That’s a lot of facts about popcorn, and definitely not all-inclusive.

The best thing about popcorn? You can get it almost anywhere.

Besides being able to walk into a popcorn store and leave with the flavored popcorn of your choice, you can also order gourmet popcorn gifts online from awesome websites. There’s a whole popcorn market you can be a part of. Need a gift idea? Get popcorn. Want to try hundreds of different popcorn flavor? You have to start somewhere (tip: start with dill pickle).

Want to purchase a popcorn gift, or maybe start your way down the list of flavored popcorns? Check out all the different kinds of flavored popcorn listed on our website.

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Beer Drinking Continues to be a Favorite Past Time for Many Americans

As it turns out, your youngest son’s 21st birthday coincides with the opening of your new sports bar. It has been a dream of yours for years. In fact, both you and your husband have been saving and making plans for this new business adventure for the length of your marriage. The fact that your son’s birthday can help you celebrate the opening of the new place can help you make sure that this is a night to remember.
With custom designed vacuum sealed growlers to commemorate the night and the event, you are determined to find a safe way to help your son celebrate this special birthday and for you to help your customers remember their new most favorite sports bar. Offering the growlers for sale after that first night should also serve as a way to make sure that customers who were not able to make it in on that f Continue reading

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Where to Find Advice and Equipment for Beekeeping for Beginners

We’ve all heard the phrase, busy as a bee. And it’s true that the small insects spend their entire lives working. The life of the hive, and of nearly all wild plants depends on their work. About 30% of all planted crops also depend on bees for pollination. This makes bees the essential pollinators, responsible for the continuation of life on earth. As bee numbers dwindle, more and more people are taking up beekeeping. As a result, there’s plenty of advice on beekeeping for beginners available online as well as thorough local beekeepers associations.

The essential pollinator
Bees are, quite simply, responsible for maintaining the life cycle of plants, both wild plants and those grown by humans. As the essential pollinators, they play a crucial role in the reproduction of plants. This means that our food supply depends on them. Without bees, there would be practically no plants, and an end to life as we know it, since all land-based life chains are based Continue reading

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What Are Micro Greens And Can I Grow My Own?

Eating micro greens is a great way to get some extra nutrition and flavor into your diet, but getting started growing and using your own can feel like a daunting task. There are, after all, many micro green varieties and a lot of confusion about the difference between a micro green and a sprout. Here’s everything you need to know about micro green varieties and the best ones to try growing at home.

Micro Greens Vs. Sprouts

A micro green is harvested as a very, very young growth off any edible plant. It is typically between one and one and a half inches long and includes stems and leaves. Micro greens have been around for nearly three decades, and they are rated for sale on a scale of one to five, with five being the best. (Anything less than three is usually not sold). Sprouts are germinated seeds, or an infant plant stem, often germinated in water and harvested only four to six days after sprouting. Microgreens are harvested later in the plant’s growth stage when the first Continue reading

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I Want To Become A Beekeeper What Equipment Do I Need?

What’s an ingredient you just can’t live without, for whatever reason?

For some it’s a good pinch of salt on every meal, because no dinner or breakfast is the same without it. For others it might be their favorite organic lotion to keep cracked knuckles and dry elbows at bay. Honey, a delicious gift that enters our lives in one way or another, remains a favorite of many. It can be drizzled over your oatmeal, mixed into a hot drink or incorporated in a DIY lotion when winter comes back into the fold. Is it at all surprising more and more people are starting to get into the art of maintaining a beehive?

Should you be considering the beekeeping basics, or just want to learn more about the insect that gives you so many reasons to celebrate, look no further than below.

Did You Know?

Bees are fascinating creatures. Not only do they supply us with the ingredients we need for our flavored honey straws and bee pollen supplements, they boast incredi Continue reading

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All About Peanut Oil: Your Questions Answered

Peanuts are among Americans’ most beloved foods, but you may not use peanut oil nearly as often in your home-cooked meals. That said, you’ve likely enjoyed many a restaurant dish without realizing it’s the peanut oil that makes it taste so satisfying. This is one of those ingredients that improves the eating experience while providing a lot of health benefits. Let’s learn a bit more about peanut oil uses, nutritional value, and other concerns with this FAQ post.

Is peanut oil as healthy as olive oil or vegetable oil?
Some people assume that peanut oil is somehow less healthy than other kinds of oils, but that’s not the case at all. This vegetable oil is naturally free of trans fats, free of cholesterol, and low in saturated fats. It is high in unsaturated fats (just like olive oil is), but that’s actually a good thing for your health. The monounsaturated fats it contains are those “healthy fats” or “good fats” you often hear about!

This peanut product contains other important nutrients, too. It’s a good source of vitamin E and of phytosterols, both of which benefit heart health. When you use peanut oil for frying, you’re making one of the healthiest choices you can make. Because this oil can be used at a higher temperature, your food will contain less oil residue, making it better for you overall. Peanut oil won’t absorb flavors from the food you cook along with it, meaning that everything tastes better. This can encourage healthier choices over all.

Is peanut oil safe for those with peanut allergies?
This is one of the most common questions asked about peanut oil uses and safety. Research has found that highly refined peanut oil does not cause an allergic response in those with severe peanut allergies. That’s because this type of peanut oil has its allergic proteins removed during the refining process. This research is backed up by the FDA Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act which state that “highly refined oils and ingredients derived from highly refined oils are excluded from the definition of ‘major food allergen.’”

With that said, you should always consult with your doctor before incorporating peanut oil into your diet if you have even a mild allergy. For all consumers, peanut oil can safely be stored for six months to a year as long as the bottle is capped tightly and is kept away from light and heat.

What are some popular peanut oil uses?
There are some who swear by using peanut oil for hair restoration or even skincare as home remedies. But the most popular peanut oil uses stem from the kitchen. As we mentioned earlier, peanut oil is ideal for frying. If you want to achieve a crispier, tastier, and healthier fried chicken or even a Thanksgiving turkey, peanut oil is the way to go.

That’s certainly not the only way this oil can be used, though. You can substitute peanut oil for just about any other vegetable or olive oil in a recipe you love, whether it be in your homemade granola, on top of grilled vegetables and seafood, or as a salad dressing base. The possibilities are nearly endless with peanut oil.

Are there different types of peanut oil
There are different kinds of peanut oil. Refined peanut oil, as we mentioned above, removed the allergic component of peanuts and is bleached and deodorized during the refining process. This is the kind of peanut oil you’ll often find in fast food restaurants and popular chains. Gourmet peanut oil is considered a specialty oil. This non-refined oil can often be found in roasted varieties, which adds a nutty, aromatic quality to dishes. Keep in mind that some oils are blended, while others are 100% pure. You’ll want to go with a 100% peanut oil if you want to reap all the benefits this ingredient can provide.


“Organic Peanut Oil” - The Peanut Institute

“Peanut Oil Health Benefits” - The Peanut Institute

“Peanut Oil: One of the World’s Traditional Healthy Oils” - The Peanut Institute

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