Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Popcorn Recipes & Tips for National Popcorn Day

January 19th is Popcorn Day. Though we can't seem to find any origin to this declaration, some sources think it ties in with the Super Bowl. Makes sense I guess, parties, food, snacks, popcorn just fits right in! Popcorn has been enjoyed for much longer than you would think though. Many native tribes used it not only for eating, but for making celebratory necklaces. Ah yes, glorious popcorn!

So let's celebrate Popcorn Day by making some tasty treats! Try one of these recipes, or visit our site for more popcorn recipes.

Butter Pecan Popcorn
Caramel Corn
Cranberry Popcorn Balls
Honey Butter Popcorn Balls
Red Hot Popcorn

Popcorn Tips & Recipes

by Amanda Formaro

Popcorn has been around for a lot longer than many of us thought. Did you know that natives used to spear corn cobs on large sticks and cook them over an open fire? The kernels would pop and stay on the cob, making popcorn on the cob! I'm still a little amazed at that one and would love to try it myself one day.

For now though, I'll stick with the good old fashioned method of popping corn. After all, you can't buy cobs of corn ready for popping, but you can buy bags of it, and relatively cheap too. There are a couple of different fool proof ways of making homemade popcorn:

Microwave Paper Bag Method
Believe it or not, all you need is a brown lunch bag, some unpopped popcorn kernels, and some tape or staples. Open the brown bag, pour in enough kernels to cover the bottom of the bag completely. It's alright if a few of the kernels overlap, just make sure you cover the bottom of the bag. Next, fold the top of the bag closed and either tape or staple (they will not spark) it shut. Place the bag on its side in the microwave and cook it just like you would store bought microwave popcorn. Because all microwaves vary, the time it takes to cook your popcorn is going to be individual to your oven. Generally between 2 and 3 1/2 minutes will do it.

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