Popcorn – WHO doesn't love it!?!

(How many of you have started out trying to eat ONE kernel at a time and end up stuffing your face!!)


Americans stuff their faces with about 13 billion quarts of popped popcorn each year.

The average American eating around 42 quarts.


BUT, did you know that popcorn has been around for A LONG TIME?

Yes...at popcorn.org, I found out that in 1519, “Cortes got his first sight of popcorn when he invaded Mexico and came into contact with the Aztecs. Popcorn was an important food for the Aztec Indians, who also used popcorn as decoration for ceremonial headdresses, necklaces and ornaments on statues of their gods,”


WHO KNEW that before cornflakes, the Kellogg family was promoting popcorn as a breakfast food. Quoting John Harvey Kellogg about popcorn “easily digestible and to the highest degree wholesome, presenting the grain in its entirety, and hence superior to many denatured breakfast foods which are found in the market.”


What do the Depression and popcorn have to do with each other?

Well, times were tough and popcorn was an inexpensive treat that most all could afford. Popcorn was the one confection that increased during the Depression at the movie theaters. Some theaters didn't want to offer popcorn because of “the mess it made”. So, vendors started selling popcorn close to the theaters and soon the movie theaters acquiesced and started selling popcorn in-house. Those that opted not, went out of business.


During the 1950's with the advent of television, popcorn went into a slump. That is, until people started eating popcorn while they watched television. And of course, in the 1980's when microwave popcorn hit the market, it opened a whole new high.


Just in time for Halloween, we have a recipe from weelicious.com, for Popcorn Trail Mix.

It's egg free, dairy free & gluten free!


Ingredients

4 Cups Popcorn, popped

1/2 cup chocolate chips

1/2 cup dried cherries or cranberries

1/2 cup roasted mixed nuts, almonds, walnuts, or peanuts


Preparation

1. Place all of the ingredients in a bowl and combine.

2. Place mixture into individual treat bags.

3. Serve.


Blog provided by: Karen Foster RD, LD

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