Sometimes I stumble upon a strange or obscure holiday and think that it would be something fun to celebrate with the kids, and today, National Popcorn Day, is no exception. Most people say that the holiday is observed on January 19, but some say that it’s whatever day the Superbowl is being held. I say, do whatever works for you! No one seems to know where the day came from or why it exists, but since popcorn is a tasty treat and healthy, besides, it stands that it’s as good a reason as any to celebrate. If you don’t have anything exciting planned today, here are some fun ideas for jump-starting your Popcorn Day celebration:
- Eat popcorn! This is a no-brainer, of course. The varieties of popcorn that you could make are nearly endless. Salt and butter are often favorite toppings. Or you could mix some sugar in with the oil and make kettle corn. You could make homemade caramel (or just melt down some caramel candies) to drizzle over the top, or sprinkle buttered popcorn with cheese powder for a cheesy snack. Try sprinkling with garlic powder, paprika, mustard powder or cinnamon sugar (not all at the same time). Make several different varieties and ask each person to vote on which type he likes best.
- String popcorn. You could alternate with a cereal like Cheerios or cranberries or raisins. Let the kids eat the snack, (turn them into necklaces or bracelets) or hang on an outdoor tree like a garland to feed the birds!
- Teach the kids how to make popcorn on top of the stove, if you usually use an air popper or microwave popcorn. My own kids were mystified when I was able to create popcorn out of what seemed like thin air when our microwave was broken! You could also look for a popcorn machine; these were on display at Christmas time, so they might be marked for clearance now. These are a hit at parties and when the kids have a friend over.
- Play silly popcorn games. How about popcorn table tennis (the popcorn is the ball… and it needs to take place in the air, since popcorn doesn’t bounce), popcorn “catch” (catch the popped kernels in a cone of paper), or guess-the-number-of-popcorn-kernels (fill a jar or bowl)?
National Popcorn Day is silly, to be sure, but it’s something the kids will remember doing when they get older. What are some ways that you can think of to celebrate this salty, sweet or savory snack?