Tuesday 22nd September 2020
The Great Taste Awards 2020...
The results are in and we're blooming delighted to announce we've been awarded a further 18 Great Taste Awards this year, making us the proud winners of a whopping 67 Great Taste Awards and officially the best-tasting popcorn brand! What a way to mark our 10th birthday year!
Hailed as the “Oscars of the food and drink world”, the Great Taste Awards are awarded by the Guild of Fine Food every year based on extensive independent, blind taste tests. They are considered the world’s largest and most trusted food and drink awards.
In case you didn’t already know, all of our gourmet popcorn is lovingly created by Joe and his team of skilled pastry chefs in our London kitchens, following months of tireless experimenting and taste testing. To ensure our gourmet popcorn is always the very best-tasting we strive to do things differently! Although we can’t divulge all our secret processes, here’s some of the points that set us apart:
1. Firstly, we only use the finest all-natural ingredients including fresh creamy butter and moreish British Sea Salt flakes
2. Secondly, all of our gourmet popcorn is handmade with love, care and attention in small batches by our team of skilled pastry chefs.
3. Thirdly, Joe’s unique "flavour-sequencing" process allows us to lock in flavours so that they flourished on the palate at different intervals as you munch of our gourmet popcorn! If you fancy learning more click here.
Fancy treating yourself to our officially great-tasting treats? Shop our 2020 Award-Winners by clicking here!
See below the list of this year’s winners (minus a few which actually haven’t launched yet – keep your eyes peeled for these!):
2 Gold Star Winners
Salted Caramel Popcorn – our most popular flavour. It’s a marvellous contrast of sweet & salty, which is universally loved by all!
Judges said: What a heady nose of butter and caramel. We could happily eat our way through a ton of this popcorn… The butter (oh the butter!) is gorgeous helping to make this a deeply indulgent and delicious popcorn.
White Chocolate & Raspberry Popcorn – this indulgent treat is perfect for lazy afternoons curled up on the sofa!
Judges said: The texture is deliciously fresh, light, crunchy and airy. The popcorn dissolves, almost melts in the mouth like old-fashioned candy floss. Very clever!
Orange Chocolate Caramel Sauce – this zesty indulgence is wonderful drizzled in brownies or enjoyed straight out of the jar with a spoon!
Judges said: A smooth and glossy looking sauce with a divine viscosity, gently falling off the spoon. Salty, sweet, chocolate and orange, goodness. It’s a truly enticing and tempting treat.
1 Gold Star Winners
Dark Chocolate Popcorn Bites - Truly tantalising, expect to bring your taste buds a new and deliciously decadent experience combining intense dark chocolate and a glorious popcorn crunch!
Judges said: Each one looks delicate and inviting with an aroma of dark decadent chocolate and buttery caramel. The two different textures are a wonderful idea and really do work well.
Vegan Salted Caramel Popcorn - Our most popular and loved flavour, now in Vegan form for those who enjoy indulgence and a plant-based lifestyle.
Judges said: Overall, the coating manages to be quite buttery even though we know that they are vegan which is very clever.
Vegan Toffee Apple & Cinnamon Popcorn - Devilishly tasty with an aromatic cinnamon finish. For those who enjoy both indulgence and a plant-based lifestyle.
Judges said: This is an impressive product which has been expertly executed and has a sense of fairground fun.
Vegan Coconut & Cacao Popcorn - An exotic coconut crunch with a delightfully rich finish. This tropical treat is specially crafted for those who enjoy both indulgence and a plant-based lifestyle.
Judges said: Clever execution that could have gone so wrong but is actually, spot on. The salt, caramel, coconut and cacao flavours were well judged and delivered a lovely taste experience.
Caramel & Belgian Chocolate Popcorn - a nod to the craftsmanship and traditions of the Belgian chocolatiers, this smooth treat is perfect enjoy curled up on the sofa.
Judges said: Fresh and toasty corn blends with a gentle caramel sweetness and comforting milkiness... This is a wonderful example of how a lightly sweetened popped corn should taste!
Maple Syrup & Roasted Pecan Popcorn - Satisfyingly sweet with a nutty pecan crunch! It makes the perfect autumnal treat!
Judges said: A deliciously crunch-and melt-in-the-mouth popcorn with a slight chew that makes you want to dive back for more.
Cheddar Cheese & Chilli Popcorn - A rich tangy dream, that also packs a fiery punch! It makes a wonderful addition to your cheese board!
Judges said: Very natural and inviting in appearance. A delightful balance of tangy mature cheddar and red chilli pepper work well!
Gourmet Popping Kernels - Specially selected by Joe to create the fluffiest, spongiest and tastiest gourmet popcorn perfect for hand coating in our famous caramel.
Judges said: With children, these would be so much fun and with no strong flavours inherent in the corn, these lend themselves to any flavours you might care to add!
Browse our 2020 Award-Winners by clicking here!
Friday 31st July 2020
The Quintessential Taste of a Great British Summer!
Roll up, roll up! Our brand-new, limited-edition Eton Mess Gourmet Popcorn is here! Created by Joe to celebrate the quintessential British summer.
Enjoy the classic Victorian dessert now reimagined in popcorn form and transport yourself to memories of picnics in the park, cricket by the seaside and of course afternoon tea in the drizzle.
Handmade in London by Joe and his small pastry chef team using wild strawberries, fresh double cream and indulgent white chocolate, this quintessential treat is the perfect summertime nibble!
Don’t dilly-dally! This fruity limited-edition won’t be around for long, so make sure you grab a pouch (or two!) before it’s gone!
A Summer Shopstopper!
No dessert evokes a perfect British summer’s day quite like a classic Eton Mess!
So, to celebrate the launch of our new limited-edition popcorn, we’ve decided to put our own stamp on the quintessential, Victorian pudding. Creating a fruity, light dessert with a glorious popcorn crunch, consisting of fresh strawberries, fluffy meringue and of course our brand-new Eton Mess Popcorn!
It’s a summer showstopper perfect for al-fresco dinner parties!
Friday 12th June 2020
Say It With Popcorn This Father's Day!
Father’s Day is just around the corner (it’s Sunday 21st June - in case you need to set a reminder!). This year spoil your “Top Pop” with an unforgettable gift from our Father’s Day Shop, brimming with our most popular gifts and limited-edition treats designed for Dad. Hurry... order your Father’s Day gifts by Tuesday 16th June at 11:59pm for guaranteed delivery before the big day!
Wish him a happy Father's Day in style with our one-of-a-kind Father's Day Popcorn Cards, complete with your own personalised message and a Salted Caramel pouch!
Or show Dad he’s a bar above the rest with our Gourmet Beer Collection. Featuring three “hoppy” flavours, all handmade in our London kitchens using 29% real beer!
Tell Dad He's "Top of The Pops!"
Tell Dad just how special you think he is with our three limited-edition Father’s Day gift jars! Each one features a thoughtful message sure to make your Top Pop’s day, including “You’re the Best Pops!” and “There’s No Butter Pop Than You!”
Each Father’s Day gift jar is lovingly filled with your gourmet popcorn flavour of choice and comes complete with a decorative ribbon and personalised gift tag!
Wish Him A "Hoppy" Father's Day!
Give your popcorn lovin' papa the ultimate indulgence this June, with our Father's Day Selection Box. Featuring 6 snack packs of our pub-inspired flavours, beautifully wrapped in our signature gift box. This exclusive gift box is sure to make your Dad well and truly HOPPY this Father's Day!
Joe's Top Father's Day Picks...
BrewDog Madras Curry with Black Onion Seed & Lime
Perfect for Dads that love IPA! This exclusive BrewDog popcorn is infused with Madras spices, Black Onion Seeds and tangy lime!
BrewDog Goats Cheese & Black Pepper Popcorn
Perfect for Dads that love Pale Ale! This exclusive BrewDog popcorn boasts subtle hints of black pepper followed by creamy, French goats Cheese.
Ultimate Gourmet Popcorn Selection
For the Dad who enjoys great taste! This beautiful gift box features a selection of our most popular flavours. Including our famous Salted Caramel, award-winning Toffee Apple & Cinnamon and zesty Orange Chocolate!
Gourmet Popcorn Subscription Service
The Gift That Keeps On Giving! Treat Dad to our Gourmet Popcorn Subscription and every month he'll receive 8 packs of our gourmet popcorn delivered straight to his door!
Thursday 28th May 2020
During this bonkers time, we believe there is no better way to unwind then a movie night in! To celebrate this, our first Joe & Seph’s outdoor campaign has gone live on four digital screens across London for the next three weeks! We know plenty of you won’t see them in real life, but we thought it was important to say… fellow popcorn lovers, be sure to stay safe and savour those delicious movie nights in!
If you are venturing around London (at a social distance of course!), you can POP by to see our outdoor campaign at the following locations:⠀⠀
◊ Trinity Road, Wandsworth, SW18 2QX⠀
◊ Hammersmith Broadway, Hammersmith Road, W6 8AZ⠀
◊ A13, Newham Way, E6 6JF⠀
◊ Canary Wharf, Aspen Way, E14 5SP
When it came to create our first ever campaign, given the uncertain time understandably we were a little nervous. Due to COVID-19, we designed the entire campaign completely in house without any fancy agencies and after plenty of tweaks here and there, we’re really proud of the finished result! As a small family business, for us this is a real milestone so we’d love it if you let us know your thoughts here.
We wanted to create a positive, relevant and yet light-hearted message, which supports government guidelines by encouraging our fellow popcorn lovers to stay safe and highlights the enjoyment, comfort and relaxation that comes from a movie night in! Thank you to Ocean Outdoor for your patience and helping us pull together our first campaign during these topsy turvy times.
Sunday 24th May 2020
ATTENTION ALL! During these slightly bonkers times, we know a lot of people are joining the TikTok club while we've all got a little more free time on our hands! Not wanting to miss out, we're delighted to announce the launch of our brand-new TikTok account! POP there now to discover the Ultimate Iced Coffee recipe and to keep up to date with our latest creations be sure to give us a follow! Click here for Iced Coffee Heaven now!
Wednesday 13th May 2020
As a small family business, we know how important it is to support the communities that surround and help us as much as possible!
We're proud to have partnered up with Blue Light Card to offer 10% OFF for our NHS, Emergency Services, Social Care Workers & Armed Forces on our website!
This special group keep us all safe and certainly deserve all our support - thank you! To redeem your 10% off please visit Blue Light Card's website here!
Friday 8th May 2020
Drum roll please… we’re delighted to introduce our Official Pusheen™ Popcorn collaboration! Featuring the famous tabby cat’s three favourite snacks in delicious, gourmet popcorn form, including: moreish Cookies & Cream, spicy Gingerbread and cheesy Mozzarella & Tomato Pizza!
If you aren’t familiar with Pusheen, let us introduce you… she's a sassy, friendly cartoon cat, famed since 2010 for her Facebook stickers. She loves to nap and snack and is on a mission to bring smiles and laughter to people all around the world - which we think sounds pretty PURR-FECT right now!
This lockdown, treat yourself or make someone special smile from afar with our new, PAWSOME Pusheen popcorn!
Wednesday 29th April 2020
We're so proud to have partnered with @LionsgateUK for their #LionsgateLive charity initiative raising money for the NHS and film industry in response to COVID-19!
For the next four weeks, #LionsgateLIVE will stream an exclusive blockbuster on Saturday at 6pm for FREE! Learn more here... https://lionsgate.live/uk/
To celebrate we've created three exclusive Gourmet Popcorn Bundles, for you to munch your way through during each Saturday night streaming session! For each Lionsgate Popcorn Bundle enjoy 10% OFF + FREE UK Mainland DELIVERY. Plus, for every bundle purchased, we'll donate 10% to film industry employees furloughed during COVID-19.
Want to order yours? Enter code LIONSGATELIVE and click the link here... https://www.joeandsephs.co.uk/lionsgate-live
Order by Tuesday 11.59pm for guaranteed delivery before Saturday's LIVE! (UK Mainland Only)!
Tuesday 21st April 2020
It’s an absolute privilege to announce that this year we have been honoured with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade - what a way to commemorate our 10th birthday year!
Why did we win a Queen’s Award?
This year, Joe & Seph’s is one of just 220 organisations to be recognised with a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise throughout the UK. We’re honoured to be recognised for excellence in international trade, having tripled our overseas sales in the last three years.
As a small family business started from Joseph’s kitchen table in 2010, after many years of hard work and burnt pans we’re absolutely over the moon to now be recognised for helping put Britain on the map for fine food around the world!
This award has been made possible due to the a-MAIZE-ing commitment of the J&S team! Consisting of 60 fun-loving popcorn fanatics, our team carefully handcraft, pack, distribute and sell our award-winning popcorn all from our North London kitchens.
What a Queen’s Award means to us?
Co-founder of Joe & Seph’s, Adam Sopher comments: “We launched Joe & Seph’s in 2010 during the recession and quickly learnt to focus on quality, innovation and customer service. I’m very proud that it’s these attributes that have set us apart as and led to our Queen’s Award success!
It is an overwhelming privilege to now be recognised by the Queen’s Award for Enterprise on our 10th anniversary year! I would like to thank every one of our customers, supporters and suppliers, as it’s you who have made this all possible. We look forward to continuing to showcase the best of British to the world into the next decade and beyond!”
What are the Queen's Awards?
The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious business awards in the UK. All winners are approved by both the Prime Minister and Her Majesty The Queen!
The awards were first established in 1965 and since then over 7000 companies have achieved a Queen’s Award.
The awards celebrate the success of exciting and innovative businesses which are leading the way with pioneering products or services, delivering impressive social mobility programmes or showing their commitment to excellent sustainable development practices.
Thursday 2nd April 2020
We know the world’s a tad topsy-turvy right now, but we’re hoping this EGGclusive announcement will help spread a little Easter cheer…
Joseph has been CRACKing on for months experimenting in our London kitchens and we’re delighted to finally unveil his latest Easter creation…our Chocolate Popcorn Mini Eggs!
The first of their kind, each Mini Egg features two pieces of our famous Salted Caramel Popcorn hand placed in a silky, milk chocolate egg!
These new indulgently moreish treats are available in two eggciting formats:
- Mini Gift Box - ideal for those bored by traditional Easter Eggs
- Pouch - perfect for adding a little crunch to this year’s Easter egg hunt!
We CARROT wait for every-BUNNY to try them! HOP below to order yours before Monday 6th April midday GMT for guaranteed Easter delivery!
Saturday 21st March 2020
During this uncertain (and slightly scary!) time, we just wanted to say a massive HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all you a-MAIZE-ing mums out there! We hope you are able to spend the day with your loved ones, making sure you know just how special you are! We're spending today celebrating Jackie, our very own “Mother of Popcorn”, who along with her husband (Joe) and two sons, founded Joe & Seph's nine years ago!
To celebrate Mother's Day our lovely friend Frances Quinn has created the ultimate bunch of flowers using our award-winning gourmet popcorn and caramel sauces! Completely edible and totally delicious, click here to see how this masterpiece was created! If you want to guarantee your place in Mums good books this Mother's Day, then why not give some of our favourite recipes below a whirl!
Nothing says "thank you Mum" like homemade cupcakes, especially when their topped with our White Chocolate & Raspberry Popcorn Bites! This divine @LittleLuxuryFoods recipe combines luxurious light sponge with a tangy fruit topping and what's more is easy peasy to make! Go on, give it a whirl...
This delectable Banoffee Loaf recipe by @laurenloves2talk is perfect for tcelebrating all the a-MAIZE-ing Mums out there this Morther's Day! Handmade with love using our heavenly Banoffee Pie Caramel Sauce and Gourmet Popcorn, they are sure to impress.
Thursday 19th March 2020
During these uncertain and slightly bonkers times, we wanted to give you a little update from us!
Our online shop www.joeandsephs.co.uk is still operating as usual, so if you are struggling to get to the shops and wanted to stock up (did someone say movie night?), our full gourmet range is available online, with FREE UK DELIVERY on all orders of £12 or more! As a small, family business we appreciate your enduring support so much!
Needless to say, it’s very challenging out there for so many small businesses like us, with sales disappearing and events being cancelled. If you are stocking up, please try and support your local small businesses on the high street and online – lots of us have quite a bit of stock!
Secondly, we’ve taken strict measures to ensure the safety of our team and are still able to operate as usual. So, if you are at home and fancy a quick chat you can still call or email us as normal or get in touch on our social media accounts! We’d love to have a chat to you, whether that’s to update you on your most recent order or discuss our many weird and wonderful flavours! Please stay safe and don’t forget to wash those hands . Love Joseph, Jackie, Adam and J&S team
Saturday 22nd February 2020
Good news fellow popcorn lovers Pancake Day is next Tuesday! As the only day of the year when it's perfectly acceptable to devour pancake stacks for breakfast, lunch and dinner, naturally we’re big fans!
Here at Popcorn HQ, we believe a pancake stack isn't complete without a delicious topping! This Shrove Tuesday create pancake perfection with our award-winning Caramel Sauce range. Featuring 15 wonderful flavours from classic Salted Caramel to boozy Gin & Tonic, there is a caramel sauce for everyone!
If you are looking for a little inspiration for pancake perfection this Shrove Tuesday, here's a few of our ultimate pancake recipes! Happy stacking!
Wednesday 19th February 2020
Joe & Seph's are shaking up the snack category one kernel at a time with officially the best tasting popcorn and caramel sauces around (45+ Great Taste Awards) and after a huge year of growth, we're looking for a new marketing superstar to join our small, but mighty team!
This a marvellous role for someone who wants to be involved with every aspect of marketing and take a giant leap in responsibility. We are looking for a creative person with a talent for producing engaging written and visual content. We also need someone with tons of initiative, who can think up clever ideas to best promote our brand both digitally and at events!
We're a fun team of only 14 people in the office but a further 30 who handcraft and pack our popcorn. We're currently based in Staples Corner (near Brent Cross) in North West London and will soon be moving to our own sparkly, new offices close by!
WHO WE'RE LOOKING FOR:
We are on the hunt for someone energetic, creative and bubbly, with tons of enthusiasm. You don't need lots of experience, but you do need to be highly motivated, super organised and passionate about both marketing and food! You'll be helping us with:
- Support the Brand & Marketing Manager on the company's marketing strategy.
- Take ownership in the management and creation of signage, POS and marketing collateral. Assist on big product launches and PR campaigns.
- Assist the Brand & Marketing Manager in creating new, exciting products.
- Manage our external designers, photographers, printers and creatives.
Social media and communications:
- Responsible for setting the strategy for Joe & Seph's Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn account (combined following of over 50k). This includes creating engaging content, digital ads and progress reports.
- Responsible for the day-to-day management of Joe & Seph's social media accounts. Including proactively engaging with followers, scheduling content and liaising with brand partners.
- Develop and maintain our influencer marketing programme
- Support the Brand & Marketing manager with updating and maintaining our website.
Events & Samplings:
- Take ownership of our consumer & trade events and our in-store samplings
- Organise all consumer events to increase brand awareness and engagement, ensuring events are staffed with brilliant people and well stocked. Building a team of Brand Ambassadors who will represent Joe & Seph's
- Support the sales team with trade events. Making sure the look and feel of the stand meets brand guidelines and objectives.
- Later in the year looking at developing our experiential and field marketing
- Respond to incoming correspondence across phone/email/post.
- Manage and maintain our Events Room inventory
IDEALLY, YOU ALSO NEED TO HAVE:
- 1-2 years relevant work experience preferably in a food & drink brand.
- A degree level education, preferably in marketing
- Some basic design skills (Adobe Indesign/Photoshop/Illustrator)
- Knowledge and experience using mainstream social media platforms
- Excellent attention to detail and organisational skills, with the ability to multi-task.
- Marvellous copywriting skills, including spelling and grammar!
- Competitive salary dependent on experience
- Free breakfast every day
- Monthly team social events
- Opportunity for formal training
- Lots of Joe & Seph’s Popcorn
Please click the link here to apply
Friday 17th January 2020
Our favourite day of the year is almost here! This Sunday is officially National Popcorn Day! For the LOVE of popcorn, we want to say thank you to everyone for your a-MAIZE-ing support!
We’re celebrating the weekend by giving you the chance to try our award-winning & expanding range with tasting around the UK! See the full details below...
Selfridges Oxford Street
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Whole Foods Kensington
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Saturday 18th January
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Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge
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Harvey Nichols Birmingham
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Whole Foods Piccadilly
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John Lewis Oxford Street
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Thursday 16th January 2020
We’re delighted to kick off 2020 by introducing the newest member of the Joe & Seph’s family: WHITE CHOCOLATE & RASPBERRY POPCORN BITES! An exquisite combination of luxurious white chocolate, tart raspberry, our famous caramel and a satisfying popcorn crunch!
Created by Joseph to celebrate the marvellous feedback our Milk and Dark Chocolate Popcorn Bites have received. His newest creation hand places our fruity Raspberry & Caramel Popcorn in a luxurious, melt-in-your-mouth white chocolate cup - for our most indulgent taste experience yet!
White Chocolate Popcorn Bites are:
- Exquisitely indulgent
- Handmade in Great Britain
- All-natural ingredients & Gluten free