Today is National Popcorn Day, at least according to Cuisinart. Just in time, too, since the SuperBowl is only a couple of weeks away. This will give you time to practice up your favorite popcorn snacks to serve at the neighborhood party.
Here are some interesting factoids for you:
- Did you know that when the Bible used the term "corn" it was probably really referring to what we call barley today.
- The oldest ears of popcorn ever found were in New Mexico and are estimated to be about 4,000 years old.
- 16th century Aztecs used popcorn in their ceremonies, even dancing a 'popcorn dance'. It was used for decoration in headdresses, necklaces and ornaments placed on statues.
- Cobo, a Spaniard from 1650, wrote of the Peruvian Indians, "They toast a certain kind of corn until it bursts. They call it pisancalla, and they use it as a confection."
- During the Depression, popcorn sold for 5 or 10 cents a bag, and was considered an affordable luxury.
- Americans today consume 17 billion quarts of popped popcorn each year.
- The average American eats about 54 quarts annually.
Now, you might think that the only way to fix popcorn is to pop it up and slather it with butter and salt. Not that there's anything wrong with that, however, you are certainly limiting yourself. There are lots of recipes at Popcorn.org; they even provide a PDF book of recipes that is 141 pages long for you to download. And it's free! You'll find everything from Coconut Curry Cashew Popcorn (go ahead, say that three times fast!) to White Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn Bark to Brown Sugar Lollipops.
Download: Popcorn Recipe Book
Want more? Really? Try this recipe for Southwestern Popcorn from Cuisinart.
And if you'll check out this week's grocery ads, Safeway offers a coupon for PopSecret Popcorn for just $1.49 a box, limit 4.
Do you have a favorite popcorn recipe? Share it in the comments below.