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!)
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!