January 19th National Popcorn Day

If you want a healthy snack, consider popcorn. Of course that does not include putting a lot of butter and cheese on it, which naturally makes it better. Popcorn apparently has been around since at least 3,600 BCE with factions found in Mexico. (Shows how long popcorn can last!) Though there are a lot of popcorn holidays, this one was created in 2016 or maybe 2015, no one seems to know nor do I think anyone really cares! And it’s not really a National Day, it just sounds better to call it that!

How to celebrate – Make some popcorn, Go to the movies. Make your own new topping for your popcorn!

December 2nd Business Of Popping Corn Day

If you are as old as I am you can remember popping corn over a stove or fire in a special tin pan. It was fun once it started popping but not something you could make a living with. So C. Cretor & Company made their own popping corn machine so he could make enough for larger parties and conventions. He invented a steam operated machine that popped corn for him in 1885. He received the patent for it in 1893 and went on to maker a successful business with his machine that could also roast peanuts, roast coffee beans and bake chestnuts. Why does this fall on December 2nd? Who knows, who cares, but we celebrate the business of popping corn today.

How to celebrate – Pop some popcorn. Roast some chestnuts. Buy a popcorn popping machine to keep the tradition alive.

March 11th Popcorn Lover’s Day

You can’t go to the movies without wanting popcorn. (That is if you can even get in the theater) Popcorn has become a world wide treat that if you serve without all the butter and extra toppings isn’t all that bad for you! Of course, most of us like it that way. Today was created by Bob Matthews of Rochester, NY in 2012. It is always the 2nd Thursday of the month to celebrate Bob, and his wife, having popcorn every Thursday as a snack. The original date was in January but somehow it got changed to March, maybe the popper wasn’t working right.

How to celebrate – Have some popcorn! Try out all the new salts and flavorings you can add to popcorn these days. Have popcorn while watching you favorite home movies.

January 19th National Popcorn Day

The origins of today apparently started over 9,000 years ago when corn was first domesticated in what would today be Mexico. Popcorn itself did not come along until later, probably by accident, no one seems to really know.

Popcorn was first commercially sold under the names of ‘Pearls’ and ‘Nonpareil’ and mentioned in John Russell Bartlett’s dictionary in 1848. It became a popular treat, particularly during the depression when cheap snacks were often served as complete meals.

By the 1890’s, Charles Cretos invented the popcorn popper, making volumes of popcorn available at one serving. In 1938 Glen W, Dickson put these poppers into his movie theaters for additional income and to give theater goers a snack while watching the movie. With the volume of people going to the movies, the snack spread quickly as other theaters added the product to their appeal.

During World War 2, when sugar was not available, popcorn grew in popularity yet again. Today popcorn is considered a healthy snack when not enhanced by all the flavorings people have found to put on popcorn.

How to celebrate – Enjoy some freshly popped popcorn today! Make it a movie night by either going to the theaters or just in front of your own television. Create your own new flavoring for your popcorn.

April 7th Caramel Popcorn Day

Popcorn is always a good snack, and in most cases, it’s a healthier snack as well. Of course that means not adding a lot of salt and butter, even though it makes it so much better. Perhaps add caramel and make it even less healthier, but oh so,so,so much better. Cracker Jacks got it right though, caramel popcorn and peanuts, two of America’s favorite treats combined (and of course that treasured surprise!) It seems that salty/sweet snacks have drawn great interests as of late (they probably always did but we lacked the way to combine them). Today is the day to enjoy yourself, forget the diets and health foods, and have some caramel popcorn.

How to celebrate – Have some caramel popcorn. Learn how to make your own caramel popcorn. Buy some Cracker Jacks.

March 8th Popcorn Lover’s Day

This is Popcorn Lover’s Day. A natural treat that can be served healthy, or unhealthy at your choice. Corn itself was domesticated in Mexico as far back as 9,000 years ago. No one really knows when popped corn came about but probably not that long afterwards, and probably by mistake.

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The term, popped corn, is first mentioned in John Russell Bartlett’s “Dictionary of Americanisms” in 1848 though it had been around long before that. During the great depression it was a cheap source of food, sometimes having to serve as a meal instead of a snack.

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And today, we can hardly imagine going to the movies and not having a popcorn treat to munch on  while being entertained. It has also been used to decorate Christmas trees with and to keep fingers warm on those cold winter nights.

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We’ve learned to flavor it, adapt it and make it more interesting over the years. It does have multiple uses, smells great while cooking (Or popping) and when not topped with salt and butter, a good diet food. But that salt and butter make it oh so good!

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The day was created by Bob Matthews on January 6th, 2012 in Rochester, NY. It was placed on the second Thursday of March as a day of celebration… but you don’t need to wait until then to enjoy it.

How to celebrate – Have some popcorn today. Try and come up with your own original flavoring for popcorn. Find a new and unique way to serve popcorn to your friends and family.

January 19th National Popcorn Day

The origins of today apparently started over 9,000 years ago when corn was first domesticated in what would today be Mexico. Popcorn itself did not come along until later, probably by accident, no one seems to really know.

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Popcorn was first commercially sold under the names of ‘Pearls’ and ‘Nonpareil’ and mentioned in John Russell Barlett’s dictionary in 1848. It became a popular treat, particularly during the depression when cheap snacks were often served as complete meals.

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By the 1890’s, Charles Cretos invented the popcorn popper, making volumes of popcorn available at one serving. In 1938 Glen W, Dickson put these poppers into his movie theaters for additional income and to give theater goers a snack while watching the movie. With the volume of people going to the movies, the snack spread quickly as other theaters added the product to their appeal.

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During World War 2, when sugar was not available, popcorn grew in popularity yet again. Today popcorn is considered a healthy snack when not enhanced by all the flavorings people have found to put on popcorn.

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How to celebrate – Enjoy some freshly popped popcorn today! Make it a movie night by either going to the theaters or just in front of your own television. Create your own new flavoring for your popcorn.

March 9th Popcorn Lover’s Day

Well, if you love popcorn, today is your day! And who among us does not enjoy some form of popcorn? The nice thing about popcorn is you can make it healthy as well. Most of us don’t though, we add butter and salt and then who knows what! And it’s not exactly the sort of snack you can cook and keep to yourself. The scent will draw people from miles away… well maybe just rooms, but you get the picture.

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And who can go to the movies and not get popcorn? Of course it will set you back a small fortune but who cares… it’s a tradition! It also goes with sporting events and at Christmas when many use it to make popcorn strings to hang on their Christmas trees.

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Popcorn made Orville Redenbacher a very wealthy man. Now that popcorn is micro-waveable (and yes I know that’s not a word) we can enjoy our treat even faster! Remember Jiffy Pop? You had to stand at the stove and pop it over a burner. Waiting forever for that aluminum foil top to grow three times the size it should have been! My father actually grew Jiffy Pop popcorn in Illinois along the Mississippi River.

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Add a caramel drizzle and a few peanuts and you get Cracker Jacks! But you’ll have to provide your own prize unless you buy the original. And today, you can flavor popcorn with practically any flavor you want which kinda seems to defeat the purpose of eating popcorn in the first place if you are going to make it taste like something else.

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Popcorn Lover’s Day is always the second Thursday of March, this year it’s the 9th. It was created by Bob Matthews in 2012.

How to celebrate – Have some popcorn! See if you can come up with a new flavoring for popcorn. Create your own arts and crafts item using popcorn as it’s main source.