Popcorn Fun for National Popcorn Day!

Popcorn Ideas | #snackidea | @mealplanmom

My family LOVES popcorn! It’s an easy and delicious after school snack for us or to eat anytime (I’ve even used it to put on top of soup). After using the microwave bag popcorn for a long time because of the convenience (I know now it’s not the greatest for you) I tried the old-fashion way of making popcorn from just kernels. My son LOVED it. Really loved it. So much so, I think he had it for an afterschool snack for at least two months straight! I just added a tiny bit of melted butter and a few shakes of salt and that’s all. I love that it’s a whole grain snack too. I purchased some fun popcorn containers at the Target Dollar Spot a few years ago that make eating popcorn just more fun too! (I’ve seen these containers off and on over the years, even as recently as a few weeks ago so check the one near you if you like!)

Since he was getting so into it I started looking around for some more ideas of how we could prepare the popcorn. I have an older microwave popper (kind of like an air popper) but since it’s made of plastic I wanted to see if there was a different way to pop. When I was growing up it was always a special treat for my dad to make stovetop popcorn. That’s a great way to use pots that you may already have on hand. Or you can get this WhirlyPop. A few of my friends have one and think it’s terrific. But if you still like the convenience of the microwave you can check out this glass popper or this one from Nordicware. I asked the question on my Facebook page and there were lots of great tips and reviews for some of these products as well. For now we’re just sticking with what we’ve got.

One way to mix things up is with different toppings. My sister-in-law recently mentioned that her family enjoys popcorn with a little bit of Penzey’s Sandwich Sprinkle. We tried it and it was good! I recently discovered the Popocorn Board’s website and it is FULL of wonderful recipe ideas, fun facts about and the history of popcorn, coloring sheets for kids and so much more! And if you need some more inspiration I recently pinned this list of topping ideas to my Pinterest boards. Looks like we’ll be doing a lot of experimenting this year with new flavors (and a lot of Penzey’s spices!)

Since we’ve started using more kernels versus the microwave bag popcorn, I’ve been on the hunt for organic popcorn. It’s actually not that much more expensive. So far I’ve only found it in my area at Whole Foods in the bulk bins (although last time I went, they didn’t have it) and at H-E-B. I was so excited to find two different brands there. One was their Central Market store brand and the other is JollyTime, a national brand that is nearly 100 years old! And it’s also a brand that most anyone can find (or ask your grocery store to carry!)

I was excited to find this organic popcorn from JollyTime at my regular  grocery store!

I was excited to find this organic popcorn from JollyTime at my regular grocery store!

While we’ve been enjoying popcorn at snack time recently, it’s something that has been enjoyed by families for generations while enjoying family fun nights. And with perfect timing for National Popcorn Day, Jollytime is petitioning Hasbro, the makers of the board game MONOPOLY to offer the option of a popcorn game piece. You see, Hasbro is currently running a consumer campaign to vote a current MONOPOLLY game token into retirement and add a new one. Since Jollytime and family fun nights have been going hand in hand for years, the CEO of Jollytime has started the petition. On behalf of the popcorn you’ve shared over a game with your grandma or the handfuls you’ve thrown at your sister, fight for the future of game night fun. Sign JOLLY TIME’s petition to Hasbro today by clicking here.

What’s your favorite way to enjoy popcorn?

Disclaimer: I have not been compensated for this post. It is purely coincidental that I had planned a popcorn day post and that I learned of the Jolly Time Monopoly petition so thought it would be nice to mention it!


  1. says

    How cool! I got my mom a vintage popcorn stand for Christmas that is fully equipped to make popcorn. She won’t let me though lol I hope you’ve had a great weekend!

    • Meal Plan Mom (Brenda) says

      My sister has one of those popcorn makers on a stand too! They like to make popcorn in it when they watch movies. Glad you enjoyed the popcorn ideas.

  2. Stephanie Y. says

    I didn’t know there was such a thing as National Popcorn Day, ha! I love popcorn too! After I had to give up dairy/butter, I was introduced to olive oil popcorn and it is sooo delicious! Even if I could go back to butter, I wouldn’t. I love the olive oil popcorn so much better :) and it’s so simple too! You can read more about it here: http://www.squidoo.com/olive-oil-popcorn

  3. melinda says

    Did you know you can make popcorn in the microwave with a lunch paper bag. Just a regular old lunch paper bag (not the bigger size) and 1/4 cup popcorn kernels. Fold the bag twice put it in the microwave for between 2 minutes and 2 minutes 30 seconds (until the popcorn kernels have about 3 seconds in between pops) and voila homemade microwave popcorn. add any toppings you like( i like fresh grated parmesan cheese).

    • Meal Plan Mom (Brenda) says

      Yep, I’ve tried that before! I should have mentioned it but forgot I guess. The only thing I didn’t like about it was the bags got really greasy (I think the ‘recipe’ I followed called for a little bit of oil). Plus, I’d like to avoid using bags just to have to throw them away. But I do love parmesan cheese on my popcorn–have been doing that for years and it is one of my favorites!

    • Meal Plan Mom (Brenda) says

      Laura, it works! It’s a fun way to pop but I like the idea of not having to throw away bags after each use–but it’s good in a pinch!

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