The Poetry of National Caramel Popcorn Day on Food Porn Friday

National Caramel Popcorn Day, Food Porn Friday, National Poetry Month

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Today on Food Porn Friday, we are celebrating the poetry of caramel popcorn as we celebrate National Caramel Popcorn Day. Instead of taking the easy way out by going to your local market and buying some boxed caramel flavored popcorn, why not make this easy snack yourself?

This recipe for Skinny Caramel Popcorn from the SparkPeople Cookbook is an ideal snack to make that would complement any book of poetry.

Skinny Caramel Popcorn

Submitted by: CHEF_MEG | This recipe is fromThe SparkPeople Cookbook!

This lightened-up version of caramel popcorn is our favorite tailgate treat.

Number of Servings: 18

Ingredients

    • Cooking spray
    • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup light-colored corn syrup
    • 1/4 cup butter
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 12 cups air-popped popcorn (6 T kernels)

Directions

Preheat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Coat a large jelly roll pan or baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
– Combine sugar, corn syrup, and butter in a medium or large heavy-bottomed saucepan; bring to a boil over medium heat.
– Cook 4-5 minutes, stirring 3-4 times to scrape down the sides of the pan and keep the mixture from bubbling up.
– If you have a pastry brush, dip it in cool water and use it to brush down the sides of the pan. Be careful; the mixture will burn you if it boils over.
– Remove from heat; stir in vanilla, baking soda, and salt.
– Place popcorn in a large bowl; pour sugar mixture over popcorn in a steady stream, stirring to coat.
– Spread popcorn mixture into prepared pan.
– Bake at 250 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
– Remove from oven; stir to break up any large clumps.

Cool 15 minutes. Serve at room temperature. Let the popcorn cool completely before storing. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week. Serving size is about 2/3 cup.

Happy #NationalCaramelPopcornDay on #FoodPornFriday during #NationalPoetryMonth!

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I had no idea it was National Popcorn Poppin Month!

National Popcorn Poppin Month, Popcorn

As I was getting comfy, since the temperature dropped outside to look at one of my favorite TV shows, I discovered that throughout the month of October we celebrate National Popcorn Poppin Month. Blew my mind! I had no idea that popcorn had a national commemoration. National Popcorn Poppin Month became official when Dan Glickman who was the Secretary of Agriculture in 1999, proclaimed October as the month to celebrate this food observance in.

Because of the popcorn harvest which takes place each fall in the Midwest, this is the reason why the month of October was chosen for this food observance. Popcorn was first discovered by the native Americans, who believed that the popping noise was that of an angry god who escaped the kernel. Popcorn or popping corn is a type of corn which explodes from the kernel and puffs up when heated. Special varieties are grown to give improved popping yield. Some wild types will pop, but the cultivated strain is Zea mays averta, which is a special kind of flint corn.

Popcorn was very popular in the 1890s, until World War I. As corn crops became more depleted during this war, nuts were used instead of corn. During the Depression, popcorn was a luxury at 5-10 cents a bag. When some of the other businesses failed, the popcorn business thrived.

So there you have it, another reason for celebrating food during this harvest season. So grab your favorite flavor of popcorn and enjoy a nice movie tonight! What better way to celebrate National Popcorn Poppin Month!