National Popcorn Day is observed annually January 19th.
This time-honored treat can be sweet or savory, caramelized, buttered or plain, molded into a candied ball or tossed with nuts and chocolate. However, it is enjoyed, enjoy it on National Popcorn Day, January 19th.
(From www.nationaldaycalendar.com) The use of popcorn dates back all the way to the 16th century, where popcorn was used in headdresses worn during Aztec ceremonies honoring Tlaloc, their god of maize and fertility. Early Spanish explorers were fascinated by the corn that burst into what looked like a white flower.
Popcorn started becoming popular in the United States in the middle 1800s. It wasn’t until Charles Cretors, a candy-store owner, developed a machine for popping corn with steam that the tasty treat became more abundantly poppable. By 1900 he had horse-drawn popcorn wagons going through the streets of Chicago.
Click HERE to read more about the history of popcorn.
Today, Americans consume 13 billion quarts of popcorn a year, more than any other country in the world. A majority of the popcorn produced in the world is grown in the United States. Nebraska leads the corn belt in popcorn production.
Enjoy your favorite popcorn, take a photo and share on social media using #NationalPopcornDay.
Click HERE for some yummy popcorn recipes.
Marcy’s favorite is Cinnamon Heart Popcorn. It’s made with cinnamon red hot candies. Perfect for Valentine’s Day! Click HERE for the recipe from CL Field.
Kelsey’s favorite is Peanut Butter Popcorn. It’s made with brown sugar, peanut butter and marshmallows! Yummy! Click HERE for the recipe from Amy M Teets.