you're looking for something to do today then get ready for a crunchy
one because today's National Popcorn Day! If you've never
popcorn before, then you are truly a minority... Let's get
into celebrating National Popcorn Day!
WHY IS THIS A
Well if you can honestly say that you've never eaten
before then you might be wondering why this is a holiday in the first
place. But the truth is, most people end up eating popcorn in their
lives on more occasions than they can count. Popcorn was
discovered by Native Americans in North America; there's evidence of
its use even as far back as 3600 B.C. in New Mexico! Now that's a
long-lasting traditional treat! And when the English came to
North America in the 16th and 17th centuries, they learned about
popcorn from the Natives. Fast forward to the Great
and you'll notice that one business in particular was booming; the
popcorn business! Why? Because it was so cheap! A bag of popcorn would
only cost you somewhere around a nickle or a dime in those days, so
while other businesses failed the popcorn industry stayed alive.
how exactly does popcorn "pop"? Well, each kernel has a tiny bit of
moisture and oil inside it and when you heat it past the boiling point,
the moisture turns to steam inside the hull. That outer
the hull, is actually moisture-proof, but the inside is a solid starch.
And as the moisture turns into steam, it softens up the starchy insides
until the hull breaks from the pressure. The hull breaks so
quickly that the change in pressure causes the insides to turn into a
foam. And as the foam quickly cools it turns into the crunchy popcorn
you know and love. There are a variety of ways you can pop
own popcorn like putting it over a fire, using pressure, using steam,
air popping it or even by using your trusty microwave. It also comes in
a variety of flavors; too many to name actually! But it
matter how you pop it or what flavor you choose, I'm sure there's a
reason why most of you serve up this treat every time you sit down for
a movie. Maybe it's because you love it ;).
So how can you celebrate today? Why not have a movie night?
Invite your friends and family over for a movie or two and pop up a
bunch of popcorn for everyone to enjoy. Go all out and make a
variety of different flavors so people can pick and choose which
popcorn to stuff in their mouth. Some common choices are butter, kettle
corn, salted, caramel, cheese and of course plain.
on the flavor you decide to go with this can actually be a pretty
healthy treat. It's packed with fiber, low in fat and calories and
actually has a good amount of protein. But maybe you don't
to make your own popcorn today... well go out and buy a bag that's
already popped for you! This will open you up to a world of new flavors
and probably keep you from sitting on the couch while you eat it.
I hope you have a great day today... I can already hear the