Field Notes from Koch Agronomic Services

National Popcorn Day

Chuck Zimmerman

The Popcorn BoardWe’re coming up on National Popcorn Day, which is January 19. You’ve got to love food celebration days. It gives us an excuse to eat it. But then that’s the whole purpose, right?

National Popcorn Day is celebrated at the end of January, although its exact date is a matter of debate. Many sources report it as January 19; others claim it takes place on Super Bowl Sunday. How, when, or why it began is a mystery, according to the Popcorn Board, a non-profit organization. “We’re often asked about the origins of this day and wish we had some insight, but it remains a puzzle,” said Wendy Boersema Rappel, spokesperson for the Popcorn Board. “Some other individual or organization with obvious good taste began this tradition some time ago and we’re glad they did.”

Herbed Popcorn Chili and Soup TopperTo celebrate it The Popcorn Board is encouraging you to try out Herbed Popcorn Chili and Soup Topper:

Yield: 4 cups

4 cups air-popped popcorn
Butter or original flavor cooking spray
1/4 teaspoon parsley flakes
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon Cajun Creole seasoning or chili powder

1. Place popcorn in a large, clean paper bag. Spray popcorn lightly with cooking spray, about 5 quick sprays. Sprinkle parsley, thyme, basil, oregano and Cajun Creole seasoning onto popcorn. Close bag and shake to distribute seasoning.

2. Sprinkle on chili or soup at serving time or serve as a snack.

Ag Group, Corn