National Popcorn Day

National Popcorn Day

Today is National Popcorn day and what a fun way to spend it with these unusual Popcorn recipes while watching Pixar Popcorn on Disney +. You can find our review on Alexneznamy.com

Whether it’s salted and buttered at a movie theatre, kettle corn at a state fair or a caramel popcorn ball at holiday time, we devour the stuff. And we’re far from the world’s first popcorn fans: Archeologists have found traces of popcorn in 1,000-year-old Peruvian tombs.

It’s been said that popcorn was part of the first Thanksgiving feast, in Plymouth Colony in 1621. According to myth, Squanto himself taught the Pilgrims to raise and harvest corn, and pop the kernels for a delicious snack. Unfortunately, this story contains more hot air than a large bag of Jiffy Pop. While the early settlers at Plymouth did indeed grow corn, it was of the Northern Flint variety, with delicate kernels that are unsuitable for popping. No contemporary accounts reference eating or making popcorn in that area, and the first mention of popcorn at Thanksgiving doesn’t appear until a fictional work published in 1889, over 200 years later.

 French explorers wrote of Iroquois popping tough corn kernels in pottery jars filled with heated sand. The Iroquois nation spread throughout the Great Lakes region, so it’s likely that settlers to upstate New York, Vermont and Quebec were the earliest European-American popcorn makers. By the mid-1800s, popcorn was beloved by families as a late-night snack in front of the fire, or at picnics and sociables. But mass consumption of the treat didn’t take off until the 1890s, after a Chicago entrepreneur named Charles Cretors built the first popcorn-popping machine.

Cretors was a candy-store owner who purchased a commercially made peanut roaster so he could offer freshly roasted nuts at his shop. But he was unhappy with the quality of the machine, and began tinkering with it. A few years later, Cretors had designed entirely new machines, powered by steam, for both nut roasting and popcorn popping. The steam ensured all kernels would be heated evenly, for the maximum number of popped kernels, and it also enabled users to pop the corn directly in the desired seasonings. By 1900, Cretors introduced a horse-drawn popcorn wagon, and the era of the popcorn eaters began.

Of course, the majority of Americans now get their popcorn from a microwave, not a horse and buggy. The first patent for a microwave popcorn bag was issued to General Mills in 1981, and home popcorn consumption increased by tens of thousands of pounds in the years following. Today, Americans eat about a million pounds worth of (unpopped) popcorn a year, including ones with a fun spin.

So instead of doing things traditionally, we get a little wild up in here and found some of the best most creative recipes with popcorn.

Circus Popcorn – Strength and Sunshine

MONSTER POPCORN – SPOOKY HALLOWEEN RECIPE – Highchair Chronicles

DARK CHOCOLATE POPCORN BALLS – Vegan Blueberry

EASY S’MORES POPCORN – Dancing through the Rain

HOMEMADE SALTED CARAMEL POPCORN RECIPE – Amy Casey Cooks

Valentine’s Day Chocolate Popcorn – Drugstore Divas

Bacon Caramel Popcorn – A Bride on a Budget

DIY Halloween Popcorn Balls In Under 30 Minutes – Confessions of Parenting

Chocolate Toffee Popcorn – Confessions of Parenting

Coconut Nutella Popcorn – Saving Talents

How to Make Pink Popcorn – The three Snackateers

OREO FUNFETTI POPCORN – We Aren Not Martha

Cookie Monster Popcorn – Two Kids and a Coupon

Red Hot Candied Popcorn – Mom’s Test Kitchen

Christmas Popcorn – The Zhush

Cheddar and Caramel Popcorn – Spoon Fork Bacon

Gingerbread Popcorn – A Plantiful Path

Unicorn Popcorn – Crayons and Cravings

Candy Popcorn – Crayons and Cravings

Cake Batter Popcorn – Crayons and Cravings

Easy Caramel Popcorn – Artsy Fartsy Momma

Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Popcorn – Artsy Fartsy Momma

Savory Harvest Popcorn – Food Meanderings

Kool Aid Popcorn – Tikkido

Homemade Fiddle Faddle – Mom’s Test Kitchen

I'm the mom to Matthew, which we run and own Matthew's Kitchen. I'm 27 and studying to be a pastry chef. I love to cook and bake but my passion is in the pastry arts. Matthew is a 5 year old who began cooking when he was 1. Through the years he has not only gained valuable skills but has grown his palette. Together we want to share our passion for food with you and your family
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