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What is Popcorn?
Popcorn is a seed that does something nifty when heated.
There are four kinds of corn. The sweet corn we all love in summertime, dent corn (field corn) that is grown mainly for livestock feed and some food products, Flint corn (best known as Indian corn) used mostly for decoration around harvest time, and popcorn, which is a type of flint corn but has it's own unique characteristics. Popcorn is grown specifically for popping. You cannot pop sweet corn, for instance, and you wouldn't want to eat field corn.
History of Popcorn
Popcorn dates back thousands of years. An interesting bit of history can be found on the website Popcorn . org.
Today, Americans consume over 13 billion quarts of popcorn each year, which translates to about 42 quarts per person.
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Popcorn is also a favorite around holidays, especially Christmas, as a food, as gifts and as decorations. Who hasn't strung popcorn as a kid to put on the Christmas tree?
Cute and Clever Popcorn Gifts
Crocheted Popcorn Playfood
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Hand crocheted by Kyra of Cottage Grove, Minnesota, it can be found in her Etsy Shop called "The Bossy Princess".
|Funny Socks for Popcorn Lovers|
These popcorn socks make the perfect gift for any Popcorn Lover!
Cute socks for popcorn lovers created by Wine A Little Gifts on Etsy.
The Popcorn website has a large variety of popcorn recipes to suit any occasion. Some delicious-looking recipes are available on the Popcorn website under Recipe Portal.
A Super Bowl Popcorn Snack
Caramel Pretzel Nut Popcorn
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This tasty favorite from AllRecipes would be perfect for the upcoming Super Bowl Sunday or for a weekend of watching any favorite televised sport.
Take 8 cups broken salted pretzels, about 20 cups of popped popcorn and 4 cups of dry roasted peanuts and place them all in a large paper bag (or VERY large bowl).
Meanwhile, combine 3 cups of brown sugar, 3/4 cup light corn syrup and 1-1/2 cups butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook - stirring constantly to melt the butter and dissolve the sugar - until mixture comes to a boil. Continue cooking at full boil for 5 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in one teaspoon salt, a teaspoon of baking soda and 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract. The mixture begins to foam when you add the baking soda, so you need to use a long spoon to stir.
Immediately pour the sugar mixture over the popcorn, peanuts and pretzels in the bag. Shake until coated evenly.
Preparing Perfect Popcorn
Stovetop Popcorn Tips:
- Step 1: Pour enough vegetable oil to just cover the bottom of a pan, turn on medium high heat. Allow pan to warm. The best popping temperature is between 400 and 460 degrees F. Oil burns at 500 degrees. If your oil starts to smoke, it's too hot.
- Step 2: Add enough kernels to cover the bottom of the pan single layer, shake to coat the kernels with oil, and cover with lid (too many kernels will “blow” the lid).
- Step 3: Corn will begin to pop within 3 minutes. When the popping slows, listen until you can count 2 seconds between pops. Turn off heat and remove pan from stove-top. Lift the lid to allow steam to escape away from your face. Steam may burn and remaining kernels may continue to pop.
- Step 4: Add additional flavors, herbs, or spices and enjoy.
*If you prefer microwave popcorn for a quickie snack, simply follow the directions on the package.
More Times to Celebrate Popcorn
October is known as National Popcorn Month
(c) National Popcorn Day Review written by Wednesday Elf
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