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Popcorn Lover's Day – March 9, 2023

Popcorn Lover’s Day, celebrated on the second Thursday in March, is a dream come true for all popcorn fans. Do you want to know how? Because you get to eat your favorite snack all day! This means you can choose any taste you want. Salted popcorn, buttered popcorn, caramel corn, and even kettle corn are examples of this. The goal is to consume anything and everything that appeals to you. So, what are you holding out for? Begin popping your favorite snack with friends and family and start nibbling right away. Make sure that the day is one you will remember for years to come.

History of Popcorn Lover's Day

Popcorn is a snack that has been around for thousands of years. It may be traced back to the Native Americans since the oldest popcorn discovered is over 4000 years old. Around 1948, the oldest popcorn was discovered in a bat cave in West-Central New Mexico. However, popcorn served numerous functions at the time. Due to their cultural worth, they were ingested, used to decorate headdresses and deity images, and were even discovered in South American burial sites in Chile. Some Native Americans thought that spirits resided among popcorn kernels, became enraged when roasted, and then fled. It’s safe to say, the ‘popping’ sound is responsible for the narrated superstition.

When the region was colonized, popcorn was known as ‘parching corn,’ ‘rice corn,’ and ‘popped corn.’ In the 1820s, the term popcorn was devised. It was not only eaten but it was also used to decorate the Christmas tree. While organically cooked popcorn had its advantages, it did not gain popularity or develop a distinct flavor until it was marketed.

Cracker Jack began selling popcorn in 1896, and it quickly became a staple at all baseball games. Following that, the mobile popcorn machine was invented. Popcorn became a mainstay at fairs, parks, and streets as a result of the innovation. Popcorn was also quite cheap, and people could buy it even during difficult times like the Great Depression.

In the early 1950s, as television became more popular, fewer people went to the theaters, and less popcorn was consumed. Percy Spencer found that microwave popcorn could be made, and by the early 1980s, numerous companies were making microwave popcorn. Golden Valley Foods was one of the first to make it in 1971.

Popcorn Lover's Day timeline

The 1700s
The First Breakfast Cereal

Colonial women make the first breakfast cereal by pouring milk and sugar over popped corn.

The 1880s
The Popcorn Cart

The mobile popcorn cart is invented by Charles Creator.

1970
The Brand

The Orville brand of popcorn is launched.

1971
The First Microwavable Popcorn

Golden Valley Foods launches the first microwavable popcorn.

Popcorn Lover's Day FAQs

What are the benefits of popcorn?

Eating popcorn has several health advantages. Popcorn includes phenolic acids, a form of antioxidant, in addition to being high in fiber. Popcorn is also a whole grain, a type of food that has been linked to a lower risk of diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension in humans.

How do I get all the kernels to pop?

Take a few seconds to gather the unpopped kernels as you reach the bottom of the bag of popcorn. Put them in a jar or container, and before you know it, you’ll have enough unpopped kernels to make a batch on your own. Place the unpopped kernels in a paper bag and microwave them. It’s crucial to note that because they’ve previously been exposed to heat, popping them in the microwave may require less time. Put some kernels in a paper bag, microwave it for a minute, and you’ll save at least a minute on the regular popping time.

Can popcorn make you gain weight?

Eating popcorn may help you consume fewer calories and lose weight.

Popcorn Lover's Day Activities

  1. Make homemade popcorn

    Make popcorn at home using one of your favorite recipes to commemorate the occasion. This could mean extra butter and salt for you!

  2. Go to the movies

    Since movies and popcorn go hand in hand, one of the best ways to celebrate the day is to head to the cinema and munch away on the delicious snack.

  3. Buy popcorn

    Don’t have the time and energy to cook? Head to the store and purchase your favorite brand of popcorn to snack on

5 Fun Facts About Popcorn

  1. Gluten-free

    Popcorn is completely free of all major allergens.

  2. Popcorn production

    Nebraska produces the most popcorn out of all the states.

  3. The reason behind the name

    The name was derived because of the noise made when they burst open.

  4. Distance when popping

    When being popped, popcorn kernels can reach up to three feet in distance.

  5. Popcorn is prohibited

    In 1949, popcorn was temporarily banned from movie theaters for being a loud snack.

Why We Love Popcorn Lover's Day

  1. It increases popcorn sales

    Popcorn sales grow as a result of the holiday. This benefits the economy since many businesses make a lot of money.

  2. Reminds everyone what a great snack it is

    Admit it, we grew up munching on popcorn during every movie and T.V. show we watched as kids. The day just reminds us why the snack is so loved.

  3. Tells us about the history

    Popcorn Lover’s Day also provides an opportunity of narrating the history of popcorn, and how it came to be a commercial success

Popcorn Lover's Day dates

YearDateDay
2022March 10Thursday
2023March 9Thursday
2024March 14Thursday
2025March 13Thursday
2026March 12Thursday

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