Saturday, January 19, 2013

Happy National Popcorn Day – Yum!!


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By Terry Orr
Popcorn is one of good for you snack’s – that you can enjoy anytime and anywhere.  I keep a good supply of Movie Time Popcorn from Trader Joe’s on hand.  It is already popped, in a bag and can generally make it last for two and sometime three servings.  We also keep a nice supply of microwave popcorn and Bob Scout popcorn.
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There seems to be an endless list of different ways to prepare your favorite popcorn toppings and flavors – from butter, salted, caramel, chocolate, cheese, and just about anything you can imagine.  My favorite is little to no salt and a very little butter flavoring.  Still have a sweet-tooth for Cracker Jacks a couple times a year.
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According to punchbowl.com - Americans eat about 16 billion quarts of popcorn each year (about 51 quarts per person), which makes it one of the most popular snacks in the country. It is also one of the oldest.

From popcorn.org – Some Fun Facts about popcorn:
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·        Compared to most snack foods, popcorn is low in calories. Air-popped popcorn has only 31 calories per cup. Oil-popped is only 55 per cup.

·        Of the 6 types of maize/corn—pod, sweet, flour, dent, flint, and popcorn—only popcorn pops.

·        Popcorn is a whole grain. It is made up of three components: the germ, endosperm, and pericarp (also know as the hull).

·        Most U.S. popcorn is grown in the Midwest, primarily in Indiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky and Missouri.

·        Many people believe the acres of corn they see in the Midwest during growing season could be picked and eaten for dinner, or dried and popped. In fact, those acres are typically field corn, which is used largely for livestock feed, and differs from both sweet corn and popcorn.

·        The peak period for popcorn sales for home consumption is in the fall.

·        Most popcorn comes in two basic shapes when it's popped: snowflake and mushroom. Snowflake is used in movie theaters and ballparks because it looks and pops bigger. Mushroom is used for candy confections because it doesn't crumble.

·        Popping popcorn is one of the number one uses for microwave ovens. Most microwave ovens have a "popcorn" control button.

·        How high popcorn kernels can pop? Up to 3 feet in the air.

·        The world’s largest popcorn ball was created by volunteers in Sac City, Iowa in February, 2009.  It weighed 5,000 lbs., stood over 8 ft. tall, and measured 28.8 ft. in circumference.

·        If you made a trail of popcorn from New York City to Los Angeles, you would need more than 352,028,160 popped kernels!

So good ahead – buy a bag or pop your favorite popcorn today and celebrate this enjoyable snack.

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