It’s National popcorn day!

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Popcorn – it’s an American tradition and this is its day…..

I have to admit that I didn’t know there was a National Popcorn Day until I saw it in my Publix FamilyStyle magazine, but in today’s world, there’s a day for everything so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. This post is in honor of the beloved snack of movie-goers everywhere.

So help celebrate and have some popcorn today! 

The popcorn producers claim that their product is a healthy, whole-grain treat. And it is, if you air pop it and don’t add any salt or butter. But come on, who wants to eat popcorn like that?! I remember years ago I used to air pop the kernels to use as packing material when shipping cookies.  And it is still great for that purpose.

But there’s nothing like popcorn smothered in butter and salted down.  I can’t believe I just said that.  Me – who lost 25lb last year with the help of MyFitnessPal! And in spite of the calories in “the “buttered-down” version and the high price it commands at the local theater, it still seems to be a “must have” while enjoying your favorite flick.

In all fairness, it can be a healthy treat.  According to  Popcorn.org , if you air pop it, a 1 one cup serving has 31 calories and if you pop it using oil, you’re looking at about 55 calories in that one cup serving. For more of their nutritional information, visit them here.

But there are ways to be creative with popcorn in the kitchen. When my  oldest daughter was in grade school, one of her favorite treats to make and bring to school was Popcorn Cake, so here’s my contribution to this day set aside to celebrate popcorn. Thanks, Cara, for making popcorn into a family memory!

Cara’s Popcorn Cake

Melt over low heat:

  • 1 stick margarine
  • 1 lb marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

Mix in larger container:

  • 3 quarts air-popped corn
  • 1 lb M & M candies
  • 1 1/2 cups peanuts

Mix the liquid and candy/popcorn/nut mixture together.  Pack into a buttered angel food cake pan.  Cover with wax paper.  Let stand over night.  Cut with sharp knife and enjoy with your kids or grandkids!

Have fun with this recipe or maybe you have another creative way to cook with popcorn!.  If you do, please share your recipes or your popcorn memories…..

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5 responses to “It’s National popcorn day!

  1. When I was in culinary school, my night time restaurant class we had a salad that incorporated candied kettle corn that was popped to order for the salad. This is a great idea for National Popcorn Day, use popcorn in a way you hadn’t thought of before.

    • That’s just the kind of comment I like! That actually sounds pretty good – kind of like the same sweetness that dried fruit adds to a salad. Very good idea. thanks for visiting, Jon!!

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