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reindeer games and holiday fun

while rudolph may not have been allowed to play in any of the other reindeer games,  he is certainly welcome to join in ours!

make the holiday’s pop this year by adding some fun to your snacking traditions. whether you’re stringing katy’s kettle corn into a decorative garland or roasting chestnuts over an open fire, take a minute to enjoy these fun, brain-busting holiday word games.

let the holiday words pop of the page in this festive word search. can you find them all?

holiday wordsearch

don’t click here! these are the holiday word search solutions.

search over the river and through the woods for clues that will help you solve this holiday crossword puzzle:

holiday crossword

quick look away! these are the crossword solutions.

did you solve all our reindeer games? let us know by tweeting us @popchips or posting on our facebook page!

for more holiday fun, crafts and recipes, click here.

DIY holiday bows and ribbons

’tis the season to be snacking and wrapping! so after you’ve enjoyed a bag (or two) of your favorite popchips flavors, re-use the bags to add a little ‘pop’ to your holiday packages. just follow these easy steps…

popchips holiday packaging

you will need:

  • empty bags of your favorite popchips flavors (one 3oz or 3.5oz bag is enough for one bow and ribbon for one medium-sized gift box)
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • glue
  • tape

bowmaterials

 

directions:

1. enjoy snacking and sharing on our limited time holiday popchips flavor – salted caramel

2. cut the empty bag along the seams so you have one flat sheet

3. measure and cut 13 strips: four 1×6, four 1×5, and five 1×4. set one of the 1×4 strips aside (this will become the center of your bow)

4. cut the rest of the bag into inch wide strips and set aside (this will become the ribbon)

5. twist each short strip into a loop by lining the ends up together and stapling. you should end up with four loops of each the 1×6, 1×5, and 1×4 strips. twelve loops total

6. glue two loops of the same size (i.e. two 1×6 loops) together to make a figure eight shape. you should end up with two 1×6 figure eights, two 1×5 figure eights, and two 1×4 figure eights

7. criss-cross the two 1×6 figure eights to look like a bow and glue together. add tape if necessary to secure them together. repeat with the 1×5 figure eights and then with the 1×4 figure eights. you should now have three bows, descending in size

8. glue the little bow into the medium sized bow alternating the loops of each one. then glue the medium sized bow into the larger bow, again alternating the loops of each.

9. using the 1×4 strip you set aside make a circle by holding the ends together and taping. glue down this circle into the very middle of your bow.

10. using the long strips you set aside to create the ribbon around your gift by taping them down around the sides.

11. tape your bow on top and rejoice in your creative accomplishment!

bowsteps

jillian michaels’ holiday snacking tips

health and fitness expert, jillian michaels, dishes her top tips for snacking wisely this holiday season…

jillian michaels' holiday snacking tips

mind your munchies – going to a holiday soiree at night? opt for popchips instead of fried chips for lunch that day. or order the grilled chicken lettuce wrap versus the fried taco shell and add an extra scoop of guacamole instead of cheese that day.

pre-party – to reduce cravings, enjoy savory snacks packed with protein – such as a small bag of almonds, veggie sticks with hummus or popchips – before you head to holiday parties.  when you arrive, the spread won’t seem as difficult to resist.

toothpick trick –  it’s easy to be trapped by mindless eating at holiday soirees as the mini meatballs, mozzarella balls and fudge gets passed around. one trick is to utilize the toothpicks.  every time you snack, hold onto the toothpick as a tangible reminder of how much you have consumed.

let it snow…

oh, the weather outside is frightful, but our snacks are so delightful! and since san francisco doesn’t snow – we’ve decided to make our own! this holiday season, we have discovered the silver lining to a snow-less city…literally! whether you live in a winter wonderland or a tropical paradise, these DIY snowflakes, crafted from empty popchips bags, will surely add some festive flair to your holiday decorations. so let it pop!

snowflakesfinished

you will need:

  • 1 share bag of popchips (we used original)
  • scissors
  • tape

snowmaterials

directions:

1. snack on your popchips until the bag is empty.

2. cut along the seams of the bag to make one flat sheet.

3. cut six 5 inch x 5 inch squares out of the bag.

4. start with one square and fold it in half to create a triangle.

5. fold the two bottom corners together to make a smaller triangle (use tape if you need help holding the folds in place).

6. using the same bottom two corners, take one and fold it until the point lines up with the center of the triangle. repeat on the other side.

7. snip off the top with the two points to create a flat line.

8. now it’s time to get creative! cut into both sides of the triangle to create a snowy pattern.

9. unfold your snowflake and repeat with the other squares you cut earlier.

snowsteps

and don’t forget to share them with us too! pin, tweet, instagram and post your crafty creations using #popchips

limited edition holiday bags

’tis the season to be snacking! and we’re getting into the spirit with our very first limited edition holiday flavor: salted caramel popcorn.

alongside our festively dressed sweet potato bags, our salted caramel popcorn chips are sweet, salty and exclusively available at u.s. target stores through december 31, 2013.

popchips' limited edition holiday flavors
so whatcha waiting for? hurry into your local target and go on a popping spree for our limited edition bags while supplies last!

popchips' limited edition holiday flavors

popping up in zipcar near you?

popchips are, of course, the ultimate road trip companion. so why not load your car up to the brim? that’s exactly what our friends at zipcar did!

zipcar popped full of popchips

look out for cars popping up this week in philadelphia, dc, baltimore and new york, and take your guess on how many popchips can fit into a ford focus hatchback!

one zipcar member and one non-zipcar member in each participating market will be awarded $100 in driving credit plus a popchips swag bag. the contest runs from monday, november 18 to sunday, november 24.

zipcar and popchips giveaway

crunch the numbers: tweet your best guess to your local zipcar handle (@zipcarphilly@zipcarnyc@zipcarbmore@zipcardc) using #zippop or enter on site at a live event (dates listed below).

baltimore: tuesday, november 19 at 33rd and st. paul st. near johns hopkins university from 11:00am – 3:00pm.

dc: wednesday, november 20 – parked by the hottest food truck in dc in farragut square.

philly: wednesday, november 20- on drexel university campus right by the drexel rec center from 11:00am – 3:30pm.

new york: friday, november 22, at sarah lawrence’s homecoming from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.

snackers are winners. the snacker who submits the closest number without going over wins. winners will be announced monday, november 25, on twitter.

questions? check out the popchips-zipcar contest rules and regulations and more info: zipcar.com/partners/popchips

just dance 2014: pop & unlock exclusive katy perry dance

we’re hitting the dance floor with ubisoft, and offering our movers and snackers the chance to snack like a popstar, and dance like one too! and by popstar, we mean katy perry!

that’s right! now through march 2014, purchase specially marked bags of popchips to unlock an exclusive katy perry dance in the new just dance® 2014!

pop and unlock just dance 2014

from target, to safeway, a&p, stater bros., harris teeter, albertson’s, acme, shaws, food emporium, shoprite, and more, we’ve popped 2.5 million specially marked packages of popchips (including katy perry’s signature flavor, katy’s kettle corn) into stores throughout the u.s.

plus, starting november 29, 2013, fans can purchase popchips at any of the participating grocery stores and redeem a coupon for $5.00 off just dance 2014 at any u.s. best buy location.  now that’s music to our taste buds!

so do the dougie, moonwalk, or whatever your move-of-choice is, over to participating stores, and pop and unlock more information here: http://www.justdancegame.com/popchips/