Popcorn Poppin'

Pumpkin pie, roasted pumpkin seeds, pumpkin spiced coffee… There’s no denying that the pumpkin dominates October when it comes to food, but there’s actually another food you should be paying attention to this month!

It may come as a surprise, but since 1999, when the department of Agriculture declared it, October has been National Popcorn Poppin’ Month!

In honor of this convenient and addicting  snack, here are some tips on how to make the most of National Popcorn Poppin’ Month, by making your popcorn even better!

Start popping better popcorn today!

  1. Store it properly for maximum pop. Since moisture is what actually makes popcorn pop, it’s important that you don’t let your opened popcorn dry out. Try using an airtight Tupperware container or glass jar to make sure your popcorn retains it’s ability to turn into delicious treat!
  1. That being said… if you’ve already let your popcorn dry out a bit, all is not lost! According to popcorn.org you can add moisture back into your popcorn with the right tools and a little patience.

– First, get a 1 quart jar and fill it 75% with popcorn

– Next, add a tablespoon of water

– Close the container and shake it up so the kernels absorb water

– Finally, wait two to four days for the kernels to fully absorb their moisture!

  1. Of course microwave popcorn is the best route for convenience, but if you choose to  further enjoy the popcorn experience by cooking it via stovetop, here are a few more helpful tips from popcorn.org

– 400-460 degrees fahrenheit  is the optimal popping temperature,

– Use about ¼ cup of cooking oil to your pan, and avoid Butter! Since it burns

– Test your oil’s heat by using only a few kernels first, if they pop or spin, it’s hot enough to add the rest!

  1. Try a creative flavor. You don’t need to settle for the traditional butter and salt combination to add a little variety to your popcorn. Old Bay seasoning is common in the northeast, and it’s a cheap and easy way to switch up your popcorn palette . If you’re looking for something sweeter,  here’s an excellent recipe for “Cookies and Cream” popcorn that will leave you wanting more! If you’d like to be more seasonal, try this Apple pie popcorn recipe for a fall inspired treat!

Don’t miss out on your chance to take advantage of a month dedicated to popcorn!

Stop by your local Sparkle Market for all of your popcorn needs!