We humans like to get ahead. That’s why palms are read, spring fashions displayed in winter, and technologies stalked years before their debut. It’s also why as soon as January 1st hits, people decide they should predict what’s going to be trendy in the upcoming year. Generally, we at KingofPOP.com don’t pay attention to these sorts of things (we know popcorn’s a great idea no matter what year it is) but it seems in 2013, popcorn may play an even bigger role than we thought.
According to food critics, chefs, and restaurateurs, this year is going to be HUGE for popcorn. (Really – we’re not making this up and we didn’t pull these projections out off some article on the 50th page of a Google search.) This is widespread. Popcorn graces hundreds of different lists as the new “it” snack from credible sources like Huffington Post, Fox News, The Washington Times, and Food Republic. Yep. Move over potato chips and sayonara pretzels – popcorn’s time is here.
Why, exactly, are people suddenly reaching for fluffy, crunchy, delicious popcorn? Well, unlike other snacks, popcorn packs in antioxidants (even more than some fruits and vegetables), is high in dietary fiber, low in fat, and rich of complex carbohydrates. But it’s not just good for you – it’s delicious too. Without butter and salt, popcorn’s plain taste gets it in the door of basically any recipe. In the upcoming year, be prepared to enjoy your favorite snack on top of ice cream, as a substitute for croutons in your salad, and as a granola replacement for breakfast. People are even adding it to soups instead of crackers and giving cake a little extra crunch.
It’s been a big year. We’ve had an election, the Summer Olympics, Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, and the debut of Gangnam Style. But, of course, you probably knew all of that – you were around. So instead of summarizing the events of an entire year you remember like it was yesterday (because it basically was), we’ll fill you in on some 2012’s worst POPculture you may have missed: these atrocious flavors of crunchy popcorn gone wrong.
1. Burgundy Wine Cheddar Cheese
Oh, you fancy now, popcorn. This elegant flavor allows you to explore alluring aromas, complex palates, and extra sharpness like you’ve never been able to before. So, if you’re prepping for a dinner party, no need to go overboard on the cheese and cracker plates or pour glasses of perfectly paired vino – simply disperse this posh pop onto a platter! Man, will your friends be impressed.
Skip the stop at Starbucks – you can now snack on your daily fix! Joining the list of bizarre caffeine-infused foods (a trend we hope to see decline in 2013) is our beloved popcorn. But unlike buzzing waffles and pick-me-up oatmeal, popcorn seems pretty random to be infused with caffeine. Do many of us munch on popcorn in the morning on our way to work? I think not.
Brrrr, baby it’s cold outside! That means it’s the perfect time to grab some blankets, plop down on the couch, get comfy, and watch some holiday classics. So, here’s a list of our top 5 favorite seasonal flicks to keep you in the holiday spirit. And remember: no movie is complete without POP!
1. It’s A Wonderful Life
What it’s About: A small-town business man, George Bailey, considers himself completely unsuccessful and wishes he’d never been born. With the help of an angel, George sees that his life is pretty dang amazing, because he’s touched the lives of everyone in his beloved town, saving it from a bleak fate.
Cheer Factor: Critics may dismiss It’s A Wonderful Life for being too fluffy, but there is a reason it’s remained popular for the better half of a century: it’s the perfect holiday movie.
POP Pairing: A classic movie needs a classic popcorn, so we’re pairing this Capra film with our Holiday Classic Tin.
Deck those halls with boughs of pop (fa la la la la la la la la). No, but really – popcorn’s great for all sorts of festive holiday decorations. Why does it work? Well, for starters, it looks like snow, is easy to use (especially for kids), and greatly contrasts against the red and green hues of the season. So before you go out and spend a small fortune on holiday décor, check out these crafts that make great use of our favorite snack!
Alright, I can’t take credit for this one. It’s totally Martha’s, but that doesn’t make it any less cute. Start with a flimsy paper plate and cut out the center. Then take a long string of dental floss (about 3 feet), tie one end onto the paper plate, and thread the other end through a needle. String the popcorn onto the floss and wrap it around the plate. When you’re done with one complete popcorn string, tie it discretely. If you can still see the plate underneath, go ahead and wrap another string of popcorn around it. When you can no longer see the paper plate, loop a ribbon through and glue a bow to the top. Voila – a super cute wreath (it’s actually pretty surprising how adorable it is).
Of course you’ve seen this one before, but I couldn’t very well leave it out. It is a classic. Plus, like the wreath above, it’s super easy and creates a lovely treat for critters, should you choose to hang them on trees out of doors. Taking thread (or floss, if you prefer) and needle, string on day-old popcorn. (Stale popcorn is harder, so it won’t break as easily while you’re working with it.) And for a little extra color, don’t forget to add cranberries and/or raisins.