Celebrate Popcorn Day
National Popcorn Day
Who knew there was a holiday to celebrate popcorn? Well, there is! It's National Popcorn Day. The exact date to celebrate National Popcorn Day is in dispute. Some say National Popcorn Day is January 19, while other sources cite Super Bowl Sunday as the day. Either way, celebrate Popcorn Day by eating some popcorn. Hey any excuse to eat more popcorn works for me! How about you? Will you celebrate National Popcorn Day this year? (Photo credits: blessedmombygrace)
Celebrate Popcorn Day
How do you celebrate Popcorn Day? You make and eat popcorn or course! There are many different ways to make popcorn. You can use microwave popcorn which comes ready packaged in paper bags to pop in the microwave, air-poppers to make healthy popcorn with no oils, stove-top popcorn poppers, and electric popcorn poppers. We prefer our air-popper so that we can make the healthiest version with the least calories. Of course, the kids like me to add oil and salt to their after it is popped. At our house, every day could be Popcorn Day!
We love our Presto Orville Air Popper!
This Popcorn Popper has a well-deserved spot on my busy kitchen counter. With seven kids, popcorn is the perfect low-cost, quick and easy snack. This air popper makes a large bowl of popcorn in just minutes! You can add butter or oil and salt once the popcorn is popped.
Eating Popcorn is Good for you!
- Popcorn is a whole grain food.
- Air-popped popcorn has only 31 calories per cup, Oil-popped popcorn has only 55 calories per cup.
- Popcorn contains fiber and provides the roughage your body needs in your daily diet.
- Popcorn provides energy-producing complex carbohydrates.
- Popcorn contains no artificial additives or preservatives, and it is sugar-free.
- Popcorn is naturally low in fat and calories.
- Popcorn is the ideal between meal snack since it satisfies and doesn't spoil the appetite.
The history of Popcorn
The earliest known signs of popcorn were discovered in 1948 in an archeological dig in New Mexico, USA, known only as the "Bat Cave." Many kernels, a few which were popped were discovered amidst layers of trash and other remnants. The kernels were so well preserved that they would still pop. (This was demonstrated by dropping some into hot oil and popping them.) Carbon dating revealed the kernels to be approximately 5,000 years old! Popcorn was probably and important part of life in ancient America. In a cave in southern Utah, researchers found surprisingly fresh-looking 1,000 year old popcorn. A corn god wearing a headdress of popcorn was found painted on a 1,700 year-old funeral urn in Mexico. Europeans learned about popcorn from the Native Americans. Native Americans brought popcorn to the first Thanksgiving. Popcorn was very popular in the United States from the late 19th century to the early 20th century. During World War II sugar was rationed and popcorn became a very popular national snack. Today the average American eats about 70 quarts of popcorn a year.
More Popcorn Poppers - Which kind do you prefer?
Great electric popper. This model doubles as a nut roaster too. Once the popcorn is done, you can invert it and serve it in the top of the popper.
Your favorite popper
How do you want your popcorn popped?
Popcorn is Super Snack!
Popcorn is a whole grain, making it a good-for-you, healthy snack that is naturally low in fat and calories.
Celebrate Literacy with Popcorn Books - Use National Popcorn Day to get your kids reading!
There are some great books about popcorn to read with your kids! Make sure you make some popcorn to eat while you are reading! Check out your local library for some great titles such as The Pippity-poppity Popcorn Book by Victor E. Cheer, Corn is Maize: The Gift of the Indians by Aliki, If You Take a Mouse to the Movies by Laura Numeroff, and The Popcorn Book by Tomie DePaola.
The Popcorn Song - Swedish Chef Style
Ready to Celebrate?
Will you celebrate National Popcorn Day?
Popcorn Coloring Sheets - Fun for kids and adults alike
Here are some fun coloring sheets featuring Poppy, the cartoon Popcorn Kernel.
- Poppin Poppy
Here's a fun picture of a popcorn kernel popping corn!
- Penmanship Poppy
Poppy is ready to write!
- Bike Riding Poppy
Hey Popcorn kernels need exercise too!
- Rockstar Poppy
Who knew Popcorn could sing?
- Math Whiz Poppy
Popcorn can help with your homework!
- Bookworm Poppy
Popcorn reads too.
- Popperific Poppy
Poppy in all his glory.