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Coming Our Way — Popcorn Day

By Staff | Jan 24, 2020

What’s not to like about popcorn? Whether you pop it at home or get some from the Riviera downtown, popcorn is really a great snack.

From time to time we receive information from the National Popcorn Board. They have informed us that Sunday,?Jan. 19, is National Popcorn Day. Here’s what they have to say:

“National Popcorn Day is celebrated at the end of January, although its exact date is a matter of debate. Various sources report it as January 19; others claim it takes place on whatever day the “big game” falls on. The Popcorn Board is often asked about the origins of this day; unfortunately, we do not know how or when this celebration began. Some other individual or organization (with obvious good taste) began this tradition.”

If you know of the origins of National Popcorn Day, e-mail the Popcorn Board at: edu@popcorn.org.

Popcorn Day Activities

Stringing Popcorn: These can be hung outside for birds to eat. Need: sewing needles, string, popcorn.

Popcorn Air Hockey: Can you “volley” the kernel back and forth 20 times without letting it fall? Need: flat surface (table), straw (to blow), coffee stirrers (as paddles) or hands (as paddles).

Popcorn Relay Race. Need: popcorn, spoons.

Popcorn Basketball: Can you flick a piece of popcorn into the basket? Need: popcorn, baskets (i.e. muffin tins, small cups), backboards (wall, cardboard)

How many words can you make from this phrase? “Fresh hot popcorn”, “Popcorn tastes good”, “I like popcorn”, “Hot buttered popcorn”

These activities, and more, were sent to the Popcorn Board by Leslie F, a teacher from Concord, Illinois.

Here is a yummy sounding popcorn recipe:

Maple Bacon Popcorn Mix

(Best served warm) Makes: 2 Quarts


8 cups popped popcorn

6 slices thick-cut bacon

1/4 cup pure maple syrup

8 cups popped popcorn

2/3 cup pecan halves,

coarsely chopped

2/3 cup dried cranberries

2 tablespoons butter or


1/4 teaspoon coarse ground

black pepper

1/4 teaspoon maple extract


1. Preheat oven to 400F. Line jellyroll pan with foil. Place wire rack in pan. Arrange bacon in single layer on rack. Bake 15 minutes until ends of bacon start to curl.

2. Remove and reserve 2 tablespoons of the bacon drippings. Brush bacon with 2 tablespoons of maple syrup; bake 15 minutes until browned. Cool then coarsely chop bacon.

3. Combine popcorn, pecans and cranberries in large bowl.

4. Combine butter, black pepper, maple extract, remaining 2 tablespoons maple syrup and reserved bacon drippings. Cook over low heat until butter is melted. Drizzle over popcorn mixture and mix thoroughly.

5. Spread popcorn mixture in jellyroll or roasting pan.

6. Bake 5 minutes. Toss in bacon pieces. Serve warm.