Gimme Back My Popcorn
THIS, TO ME, IS THE PERFECT SNACK
A LOOK AT MORE POPCORN MEMORIES
I mean, there I was in 1983, enjoyed my delicious homemade popcorn that I made on an electric stove, and the next thing I knew, the big popcorn companies obviously weren't satisfied with the big profits that their product brought them every year.
So they up and changed their product.
Remember the embarrassing debacle that the Coca-Cola Corporation caused in 1985 when "they," not customers, decided that Original Coke, the product that grossed billions for their corporation world-wide, every year, needed changing.
I ask you, "why this lunacy?"
After customers distanced themselves from Coca-Cola, the same "genius"-minded higher-up's said, "hey, we need to go back to basics." What a novel idea, boys and girls. Go with what works. I wish God had given me such high-intelligence.
But He didn't.
All I knew is that from 1962, the first taste I ever had of pure, American-made popcorn until today in 2012, I have loved the old timey, unpopped popcorn out of the plastic bag with a fiery passion. And I see no decline in my love for this delicious and healthy food item coming any way soon.
Why should I?
Popcorn is loaded with protein. And it takes a strong-willed person to just eat three or four kernels of hot popcorn and quit. I will go as far as to say that anyone who just eats these few kernels of hot popcorn might need to see a professional for some needed-therapy.
I was blessed with a special sense of appreciation for popcorn. I've loved it over the span of my 58 years of life, therefore, "I" am in no need of any therapy.
I didn't stray from my "pathway of success."
I stuck to the basics. When Orville Redenbacher's first wave of new and improved popcorn hit the market, I stuck to my Pops Rite in the plastic bag with free packet of seasoning and continued to pop my corn anytime I chose. Even my wife and daughter became fans of "my" popcorn recipe (that I will share momentarily).
First, please allow me to share some simple-but-astounding facts about popcorn.
Popcorn is a wonderful diet supplement if you are on a strict diet and cannot have sweets, breads, or other fun foods.
Popcorn is considered a "universal food" that is enjoyed by all peoples of all part of the world.
Popcorn, contrary to capitalists, was discovered by the American Indians. And like their lands, "we" somehow got that from them too.
Popcorn is a perfect "ice-breaking" conversation food at parties.
Popcorn is more-affordable than most candies you see in stores today.
See? These are only a few reasons why I am a "popcorn fantatic."
I can testify to the fact that "I" lost a total of 81 pounds during the year of 1983 eating only a diet of popcorn at dinner, and drinking gallons of fresh water during the day. Oh, how I counted the hours at my job just longing to get home to pop myself a bowl (or two) of fresh popcorn.
Speaking of how "I" made my own popcorn long before the Hamilton Beach Hot Air Popcorn Popper (remember those?), I will now share with you my "special" popcorn recipe.
I used a regular aluminum steer, or commonly known as a pan. I covered the bottom of the pan with Wesson vegetable oil with two pats of Blue Bonnet margarine.
When the oil and margarine were at a boil, I added the popcorn seasoning on top of the boiling oil and margarine and let it mix for about ten seconds.
Then I added my popcorn and swished the pan around and around until all of the popcorn kernels were covered. Then I put the lid on the pan and waited until I heard the first pop. I moved the pan back and forth on the eye of the stove until the popcorn was popping with the rhythm of a machine gun. This, by the way, is a good sign that you are about to get a full-bowl of popcorn with few unpopped kernels.
When the popcorn was almost finished popping, I took the pan off of the stove eye and let it finish popping on its own. My "special" way of popping rendered a full-bowl of hot, buttery and pre-seasoned popcorn that I barely got to eat thanks to my wife and daughter simply "going wild" for my own popcorn recipe.
But alas, some things have to change.
The same can be said for popcorn. Enter the faster, and so-called tastier microwave popcorn introduced by Orville Redenbacher. Oh, I give this man credit. His kernels "were" bigger and fluffier, but still, as I was eating this popcorn under protest, "I" knew that it came from a microwave, not my trusty old aluminum pan.
And since microwave popcorn has invaded our kitchens, companies are now manufacturing popcorn in so many flavors that "I" find myself missing "my" regular, old fashioned popcorn in my aluminum pan. I just cannot keep up or cope with how the "popcorn giants" have changed my all-time favorite snack.
I am equally-concerned that in the years to come, that I will never be able to forgive them for taking a perfect snack like popcorn and changing it so much that I am afraid that future generations will ask us, "grandpa, grandma, what are these pictures on your television? Our mom and dad said it was something "you" enjoyed called "popcorn. Can you please tell us what popcorn is?"
For the sake of my grand kids, and yours, I am abstaining from buying any microwavable, super-fast, popcorn from anyone.
My old aluminum pan and I will stand alone to keep the memory of "real popcorn" alive for future generations of snackers.