So many schools participate in candy fundraising. Let’s face it, candy’s been around for a long time, it’s loved by millions and it sells extremely well. People simply enjoy the taste and it’s inexpensive.
But with lots of organizations already selling candy in a very crowded marketplace, are there other viable options that can make your group’s fundraiser more distinctive?
Ultimately, the goal is to sell a product that most people can still identify with but will make your group unique. Groups should be looking for creative alternatives and one product worth considering is popcorn.
The advantages of popcorn fundraisers over candy make it a great choice because:
1. Popcorn is More Nutritious
Depending on how it’s cooked, many consider popcorn to be a health food. Basic popcorn is high in protein, minerals and vitamins. For centuries corn has been a primary staple in our diets because it is rich in nutrients. Popcorn also supplies us with more iron than eggs, roast beef, peanuts or milk. Calcium can be found in greater abundance in popcorn than in many other foods as well. And popcorn actually has more antioxidants than fruits and vegetables and is gluten-free.
On the other hand, popcorn may not be as nutritious once ingredients like caramel, cheese or cinnamon are added.
Since many schools have restricted the selling of candy due to health concerns, popcorn becomes a viable alternative.
2. Popcorn Still Tastes Great
Like candy, popcorn is universally popular. Many have grown to love the tantalizing taste of well-seasoned popcorn. Most however, don’t realize that popcorn can also be good for you.
3. Popcorn Fundraisers are More Distinctive
Like candy, popcorn is popular but it is still considered a unique enough product to get people’s attention. It seems that everyone is already selling candy. Let’s face it; candy is a safe bet because it sells. On the other hand, popcorn seems to stand out more to buyers.
4. Candy and Popcorn Similarities
Candy and popcorn do have similarities in that:
- Both are affordable. Students can sell to their peers as well as to family and friends
- Both come in a wide variety of flavors