National Popcorn Day!

| January 19, 2013 | 43 Comments

Family eating popcornSometimes 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?

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  1. denise smith says:

    popcorn is one of my favorite treats we love to eat it while watching movies at home together also we string the popcorn for our tree. thanks so much

  2. MD Kennedy says:

    I love popcorn and would never make it with a microwave as I am also a purist. A good way way is stove-top with peanut oil, or best is with a Whirly-Pop!

  3. ANN*H says:

    I didnt know there was a popcorn day. Popcorn is mostly for football games and movies time at our house. Tho when we are hungry for a snack this will suit us too. There are lots of great popcorn recipes online. I have saved alot of them to give a variation to the popcorn.

  4. lisa says:

    What won’t they make a holiday for? I wonder if sales actually pick up?

  5. Rama says:

    Wow! never heard of this, thanks for the info 😉

  6. San says:

    I love popcorn but didn’t know there’s such a day to celebrate it.

  7. Maddie K. says:

    Oh I LOVE popcorn. I make a big bowl of airpopped popcorn a couple times a week and toss a little salt on it and chow down on it. I love that whenever I make it my daughter comes out and asks for some. Sometimes I’ll put some parmesean cheese on it too. I didn’t know that there was a day to celebrate popcorn. Who knew?

  8. Jennifer Mae Hiles says:

    Oh popcorn table tennis sounds like fun! You have such neat ideas. I have never made popcorn in anything but a microwave and to be honest, I don’t even know how! Time to google and learn, lol.

  9. RonLeyba says:

    Popcorn, why you so good! Kids will surely love any popcorn given day!

  10. Donald Poole says:

    What a great idea. Of course, I don’t need a holiday to eat popcorn. Of course, I choose only organic popcorn as most commercial popcorn is genetically modified and produces a pesticide even after ingesting it. Yuck!

  11. Karen H in NC says:

    Now this is a holiday I can get behind! One of my favorite snacks is popcorn. Love it!

  12. Gabrielle Evans says:

    love popcorn!

  13. Ally says:

    Big fan of this holiday! I think we normally end up playing popcorn ping pong anyway, just because we get silly!

  14. Holly Trudeau says:

    Awesome, these are my favorite kind of holidays, food themed ones 😉 Think I’ll celebrate with my Skinny Pop and a movie tonight, thanks for letting me know of this yummy “holiday” 🙂

  15. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    We love popcorn in any form. Food-themed holidays are always good ones. It is strange to see how many weird holidays exist about which I knew nothing.

  16. Tammy S says:

    We love popcorn. It is one of my go to snacks for my kids. It is healthy and easy to make. I didn’t know about national popcorn day. Thanks for the post.

  17. Nicci Tapp says:

    Yey! I love popcorn so much. It’s delicious all year round. 🙂

  18. Sarah L says:

    Oh, no, I missed it! Have to celebrate it tomorrow instead. I’ll watch a good movie and enjoy it.

  19. She says:

    String it during the holidays and eat everyweek after that. Never heard of a popcorn day because it’s good anyday, but thanks.

  20. Crystal Warren says:

    Someone in our small town has put up a little homemade kettle corn stand in a small parking lot. I am officially addicted to it and am trying to figure out an alternate route to the grocery store so I won’t have to pass it (and stop like I always do)

  21. Stephanie Larison says:

    My daughter is a popcorn addict, I think she gets it from my mom and my grandpa. I never got into popcorn, but my daughter has some at least 3-4 times a week.

  22. Janet says:

    Popcorn has to be my family’s favorite snack. We eat it at least once or twice a week. I had no idea there was a National Popcorn Day.

  23. Dorothy Boucher says:

    my favorite snack, love my popcorn 😉 @tisonlyme143

  24. Cathy says:

    one of my snacks is popcorn

  25. pamela mooty hopper says:

    I love popcorn, but I can’t eat much of it at a time. I am diabetic and popcorn is high in carbs.

  26. Julie Wood says:

    I love popcorn! It is a healthy snack and I always eat some every week. It is nice to know that there is a National day for Popcorn.

  27. Chrystal D says:

    I love snacking on popcorn…and it’s a healthy snack too!

  28. Heather says:

    We love popcorn! Missed this so I think I’ll have to pull a re-do on National Popcorn Day this weekend.

  29. kelly nicholson says:

    i thought popcorn day was such a stupid

  30. Sherry b says:

    Love this kind of holiday – most of us love popcorn!

  31. Renee says:

    did not know there was a popcorn day. I love me some popcorn.

  32. Bidisha Banerjee says:

    I also love Popcorn.

  33. Kayleen Considine says:

    I LOVE popcorn. We have this kettle corn topping that I like to sprinkle on top. My hubby likes the chipotle topping, but I prefer the sweet rather than spicy.

  34. Christina Kelbel says:

    I do love popcorn with lots of butter and sea salt and sometimes parmesan cheese. Cool post thanks.

  35. laurie nykaza says:

    We eat popcorn almost everyday! There are so many different toppings you can add to it to. I just bought for my sons birthday the Cinema pop corn machine it looks like the one at the theater and the kids love watching it pop

  36. Kate F. says:

    There are so many “National __ Days” now!

  37. Anita Leibert says:

    I never knew about National Popcorn Day! lol It’s so funny all the “National” days there are! I’m not much into popcorn, but I learned something new today!

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  39. Karen Hand says:

    Despite having a national popcorn day, any day is a good day to take part in consuming this delicious treat. It only brings back memories from my childhood about a lady on our street who used to spend hours making popcorn balls as treats for Halloween. All the kids in the neighborhood used to flock to that one house for the special treats. Just talked myself into partaking in this treat now. Thanks for the review.

  40. Joan says:

    I love fun themed days like this!

  41. almanyc says:

    how did i miss this? i’ve been thinking of trying out a caramel bacon popcorn recipe- it could be good for super bowl sunday. kettle corn is gross to me, but bacon!

  42. charj says:

    Popcorn is my favorite snack. I did not know there was a National Popcorn Day.

  43. Chrystal D says:

    I love adding sea salt, LOTS of butter & cheeses to my popcorn!

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