January 31, 2013

National Popcorn Day

"Every once in a while, someone will mail me a single popcorn kernel that didn't pop. I'll get out a fresh kernel, tape it to a piece of paper and mail it back to them." - Orville Redenbacher

It's National Popcorn Day!

When the Aztec and Peruvian Indians were eating popcorn in the 1500s during certain ceremonies, I’m sure not one of them stopped to think, “Someday, they’re going to make fiery red colored, buffalo chicken wing and bleu cheese dressing flavored popcorn.” Maybe someone did, but... probably not.

Fast forward a couple hundred centuries, though, and really are making egg nog, margarita, dill pickle, hot chocolate with marshmallow, and key lime pie flavored popcorn just to name a few. And why is it such a strong industry? Because (as you can see) popcorn has evolved as the times have. During The Great Depression, it was only five cents per bag making an affordable snack for most poor families. In the 1950s, folks stopped going to the movies because of the introduction of the television and popcorn consumption plummeted. As soon as the microwave hit homes and popcorn became readily available directly from people’s kitchen, popcorn became (and has remained) very popular again!

Today is the day to celebrate this salty... buttery... sometimes sweet... sometimes neon green colored (I’m lookin’ at you, Key Lime Pie Popcorn) snack that has been with us through the past century.

Happy National Popcorn Day!