A popcorn fundraiser that makes sense
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It is estimated that Americans eat 13 billion quarts, or 52 billion cups, of popcorn every year. That’s an average of 168 cups of popcorn per person per year! Of those 13 billion quarts, somewhere around 30 percent is consumed in schools or theaters—which means a popcorn fundraiser is prime money raising territory.
How Popcorn Became a Fundraiser
Oddly enough, the modern discovery of popcorn originates from a location in New Mexico called the “Bat Cave.” Kernels were found, along with some ears of corn, that could be carbon dated back 5,600 years. Eventually, depictions were found in Mexico from 300 A.D. of a god wearing popped kernels on headpieces and clothing.
It is now believed that Native Americans popularly consumed popcorn, and eventually colonists caught on and began to combine it with molasses as a sugary treat. What a rich history for a school fundraising favorite!
Popcorn became essential during the Great Depression, when street vendors in Chicago could mass-produce it for virtually no cost. The real explosion of popcorn came with the movie industry, however. Those same street vendors tended to crowd around areas with large amounts of people, specifically theaters.
Even with the introduction of the television and Netflix, movie theaters nowadays remain synonymous with popcorn (you’re probably rolling your eyes at the costs they bear as well). Eventually, microwavable popcorn came along, and slowly but surely the popcorn market leaned more towards residential consumption. Now, popcorn fundraising products are a staple in elementary, middle and high schools.
Today, popcorn holds strong as a low-calorie snack that can easily be combined with toppings and flavors to create a more interesting experience alongside that classic air-popped crunch. Many people use popcorn as a snack to keep a rumbly tummy at bay, which means your sales aren’t limited to the neighborhood. Sporting events and after school activities are great opportunities to bolster school fundraising sales.
Popcorn Fundraiser Ideas for Schools
Our gourmet popcorn comes in a wide variety of sweet and savory flavors, from caramel to white cheddar. We even carry flavors like pecan almond crunch and 'Texas Two Step' which combines caramel and jalapeño cheddar. If you want to test out a batch before buying in bulk, you can always purchase a case of assorted flavors so you don’t have to immediately commit to any one flavor…you know, for testing.
The Gourmet popcorn fundraiser is one of the more profitable options available for schools. Suggested selling prices range from $2 to $10 per bag of popcorn, starting at 40% profit. But, if you buy additional cases, the profitability grows. When you buy 10 cases of cheddar cheese for example, each case of 24 bags will profit you $120. If you’re planning a larger school fundraiser, bulk purchasing is perfect to help you meet your goals fast. Check out 40 unknown popcorn facts.
Some great popcorn fundraising ideas could include a school carnival, an outdoor day, spirit day for high schoolers, or setting up a concession stand at a game. Finally, if it's superb quality, extraordinary taste, or even name recognition that you're after, one of our Deanan® popcorn fundraiser products is definitely in order.