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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. I would send one to my dad, he loves them and could use some cheering up :)

  2. I’d love to send one to my friend. She’s been a little distant lately and I’d love to remind her how much I still love her family. Thanks!

  3. Caramel and cheese sounds the best!!

  4. I tweeted! Thanks again!

  5. I would send a tin to my mom. She’s always sharing yummy treats with me!

  6. and I would choose the caramel pecan flavor.

  7. I would give this to my friends in the Bay area who I won’t be seeing this Thanksgiving.

  8. Flavor-wise, I’d go with the classic cheese/caramel/buttered combo!

  9. I’d send the buttered popcorn to the Raleigh Food Shuttle kitchen so that the people eating there could have an unexpected treat this holiday season.

  10. I would love to send this to my sisters!

  11. Leigh Card says:

    What wonderful memories you brought back! Our family loves Topsy’s too and we all had our favorites. I would like to gift this to my Dad. He would enjoy the popcorn and would also like sharing it. He lives in an senior community and I bet he would be one popular guy, if he had a tin of Topsy’s popcorn. He would like the buttered, cheddar and caramel kind. That way everyone would be happy!
    Thank you,

  12. 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

  13. I prefer the cinnamon flavored popcorn

  14. I want to brighten someone’s day by sending a tin of Topsy’s popcorn to my friend of 10 yrs. She was terminated from her job about 2 wks ago due to new management.

  15. My Mom’s! She LOVES popcorn and has been going through a lot of health problems lately and hasn’t been able to eat nuts or popcorn but she is starting to feel better and this would make her day!

  16. I would try out the Pretzels/Cheese/Buttered flavor combo!

  17. I like the caramel,cheese and buttered combo! Sounds really good and would make a great present.

  18. Elaine Henry says:

    I would brighten the day of Tenoche the “computer savvy” four year old son of my friends at Net Plaza Internet Cafe.

  19. Elaine Henry says:

    My choice would be the Topsys carmel/cheese/cinnamon Snowlake popcorn tin.

  20. I would love to get the caramel, cheese and buttered combo to give to my fellow teachers to enjoy!


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