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Acts of Kindness & Topsy’s Popcorn Giveaway

I remember the moments well… our family squashed in among the crowds of people anxiously awaiting the Kansas City Country Club Plaza Lighting Ceremony. I was young, so could usually be found either hiding behind the backs of strangers, desperately trying to peek my head around them for a view or precariously sitting atop my dad’s shoulders, shivering as the cold, Kansas wind would hit my face.

It never failed. As the countdown to the lighting began, my heart would flutter with excitement. The moment… 5-4-3-2….and 1… was always so magical. No matter where you were standing, who you were nestled between, the sudden brightness of the beautiful light display would take your breath away.

After the ceremony we’d walk through the plaza, deciding where our dessert stop would be. The ice cream shop under the brightly lit star (with bubblegum ice cream) always won out, but after eating ice cream I longed to stop at the cute little popcorn shop with the long line of people wrapped all the away around the corner. “We aren’t waiting in a line that long for popcorn, Kristen.” Begrudgingly, I’d move on, but I was always so envious of the folks walking out of Topsy’s with the giant tins of popcorn in their hands.

Fast forward many years later and I’ve been lucky enough to have experienced Topsy’s popcorn many, many times. When my mom became a school teacher, Topsy’s popcorn tins were a common gift from her students. As I grew up and moved into a professional, office role, clients were often adorning my office space with tins of popcorn. I never tired of Topsy’s popcorn.

My friends at Topsy’s gifted our family with a big tin of popcorn this week. As my 5 year old was eating it she exclaimed “When I grow up, I’m going to buy twenty-five hundred of these every year.” Needless to say, we are all fans.

Topsy’s wants to share a 6.5 gallon tin with someone this year, and I thought we would do an “Acts of Kindness” type giveaway. Receiving a tin of popcorn is such a fun treat. This time around the giveaway is not going to you…but to someone YOU want to surprise! It’s your chance to pass on some holiday kindness on behalf of Topsy’s and Dine & Dish. To enter, simply leave a comment on this post telling me whose day you would want to brighten by sending a tin of Topsy’s popcorn. For additional entries:

  • Tweet the following: ” I want to brighten someone’s day by sharing a tin of Topsy’s popcorn from Topsy’s & @dineanddish http://su.pr/2gwwHv ” Leave a separate comment on this post letting me know you did this.
  • Visit Topsy’s website and leave a comment here letting me know which flavor or flavor combination of Topsy’s you would choose.

All entries must be received by midnight CST on Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011. Winner will be chosen via Random.org and will be notified via email (must have a valid email address).

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Topsy’s. All opinions expressed are my own.



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  1. A wondeful idea!! I’d love to surprise my coworkers. They deserve a little treat for the holidays. Since they are always thinking about food, I think this would cheer them up.

  2. Topsy’s caramel/cheese/buttered popcorn would be my choice!

  3. Oh, this is so fun, Kristen! I’d love to send this to my friend Laura who has been battling cancer for the last 11 years. She’s basically homebound and her parents have given up their retirement to care for her. They would love a special treat!

  4. tweet, tweet. :)

  5. Robin Whiting says:

    I would love to surprise my next door neighbors and their two adorable little girls!

  6. My cute mom’s day!

  7. I tweeted: I want to brighten someone’s day by sharing a tin of Topsy’s popcorn from Topsy’s & @dineanddish http://su.pr/2gwwHv

  8. Definitely cheese!

  9. Even though I do not know Bridget, I vote that her friend Laura who is battling cancer and her parents who are taking care of her should receive the tin of Topsy’s.

  10. I vote for Bridgets’ friend Laura who is battling cancer and her family who is taking care of her. What a sweet gesture.

  11. Hi, I’d like to send my sister something to cheer her up. She has been found to have at least 3 life-threatening conditions, and has to make scary decisions about them…I think the caramel, cheese and cinnamon sounds great!

  12. I’d like to send the tin of Topsy popcorn to my grandparents to brighten their day.

  13. Topsy’s caramel/cheese/cinnamon popcorn would be my choice!

  14. I would surprise my daughter since she just had surgery and could use a pick-me-up. My choice would be caramal/cheese/butter.

  15. I would love to send some to my dad for his upcoming birthday!

  16. I like the buttered/cheese/caramel combo!

  17. Oh how I miss the Plaza lights! Growing up in Kansas City, the lights and Topsy’s were two of my favorite traditions. Topsy’s popcorn tin at Christmas (my favorite was always the cheese popcorn), and Topsy’s limeades in the summer in Prairie Village.

    I would love to brighten my parents’ day with a tin of Topsy’s, I know they miss it too!

  18. I’ve never seen an actual tree lighting ceremony – it DOES sound magical!

  19. Naomi Dice says:

    I would love to brighten my parents day. Now, even though all the children have moved out, i still want them to know how much we love them.

  20. I love this idea! Cute trip down memory lane as well, I’m so glad you got to try Topsy’s :D


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