Hope Wissel

Saturday Spotlight: Popcorn for the People

This past week at a vendor event I had an opportunity to meet some volunteers for this AWESOME non-profit.  I will say their popcorn is pretty yummy too!

The mission of this group (as stated on their website) is:

We believe in the empowerment of individuals and communities
We provide meaningful & lasting employment for adults with autism and other developmental disabilities.
We create employment through popcorn! Every tin you purchase provides at least an hour of meaningful employment.

When people are empowered they are more responsible, more creative, take bigger risks and embrace accountability. That’s why we choose to employ individuals who are intent on overcoming challenges to be at their very best. We also think they make better popcorn because of it.

Here is their story….  It all starts with Sam

Sam is a high functioning 24 year old with autism. He wants to travel, have fun and work like everyone else. “You may not want to work” he often says “but you have to work.” Armed knowing that the unemployment rate is 80-90% in the autistic population, we asked ourselves: where can a bright, energetic young man who views the world a little differently find work, fulfillment and happiness? Just when we were beginning to think the options were grim we spotted Sam gleefully tossing popcorn into his mouth while laughing at Monty Python. We decided to combine America’s favorite snack food with Sam’s passion and unique world view to create popcorn with a difference. We invited other workers with disabilities to join the popcorn revolution. Soon after, we opened our first location in New Jersey to an unexpected influx of media attention. We joined forces with Agnes, a star chef and mother of an autistic child. While Agnes experimented with new flavor profiles, Sam cooked the popcorn. With friends, family and co-workers as our tasters, the word spread and demand grew. Before we knew it, armfuls of tins were flying out the door. We invited other workers with disabilities to join the popcorn revolution and soon after we opened our first location in New Jersey. With such an overwhelmingly positive response we decided it was time to bring Popcorn for the People to the rest of America.

100% of the profits from Popcorn for the People goes to Let’s Work for Good.
Let’s Work for Good is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit social enterprise with a mission to provide meaningful and lasting employment for adults with autism and developmental disabilities.  

Check out some of these YUMMY flavors:

Cookies n Cream, Dark Chocolate Expresso, Chicago Baked Cheddar Cheese,        Buffalo Wing, X-treme Carmel, Joshua’s Kettle Corn, Apple Carmel, White Cheddar,        X-treme Carmel & Chocolate, Thin Mint, Salt & Vinegar

Support this AWESOME organization while enjoying yummy popcorn.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Tasty Tuesday Recipes

Tasty Tuesday Easy Dark Chocolate Mug Cake

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For those of use who are NOT baking like a mad woman this holiday season and just want a little something sweet.

Do you long for something sweet but you can’t be bothered to make an ENTIRE cake or pan of brownies? I love this solution I found online….

A Dark Chocolate Mug Cake is the perfect answer and beyond easy to whip up in under 10 minutes. No oven required! Check out the easy steps below to see how easy it actually is. It serves one or two, depending on how sharp your sweet tooth is.  I love it with a sprinkling of powdered sugar or ice cream! Some days just require cake and ice cream, am I right?

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup dark chocolate
  • 3 tablespoons milk (I use almond milk)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons flour (I use almond or gluten free flour)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

Directions:

Place the chocolate and milk in a 16 ounce mug and microwave for 45 seconds. Stir to combine.

Add the vanilla, oil, and sugar and stir to combine.

Whisk in the eggs, flour and baking powder and mix until smooth.

Let sit for 5 minutes.

Place the mug on a paper plate and microwave for 75 seconds.

The mixture will rise up like a souffle and then fall once out of the microwave (hence the paper plate to prevent any spillage)

Doesn’t it sound YUMMY?  What is your simple, quick and easy solution for your sweet tooth?  Remember to share your recipes with us

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!