October is National Popcorn Poppin’ Month!

Americans love their popcorn. In fact, between 16 and 17 billion quarts of popcorn are consumed each year in the United States. For over 30 years now, we’ve celebrated the wonders of popcorn in October with National Popcorn Poppin’ Month. Though the event has been celebrated for over a few decades, October was officially named National Popcorn Poppin’ Month in 1999, by then Secretary of Agriculture, Dan Glickman.
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Let's Make Popcorn Garlands!

Christmas tress originated in Germany in the 1500s. When German families immigrated to the United States, they brought the Christmas tree tradition with them. Like many "American" traditions, the Christmas tree started somewhere else and was eventually blended into popular culture. It wasn’t popular to have a Christmas tree in the United States until the mid-1800s when Queen Victoria of England was pictured in a US newspaper with Prince Albert and their children decorating a royal tree. Queen Victoria inspired an entire cultural revolution (the Victorian era) during her reign, including the adoption of the Christmas tree! Trees were originally decorated with homemade ornaments and candles, including popcorn garlands.
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Easy Homemade Popcorn Treats – Fun for the Whole Family

We all know and love those sweet crispy rice squares made out of cereal and marshmallows. They’re chewy, slightly crunchy, and oh so fun to make and eat. Did you know you can make similar treats with popcorn? By substituting popcorn for the rice cereal (you know, the one with the sound effects) you can create gooey, sweet, and crunchy treats that are perfect for any occasion!
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Try Popcorn as a Healthy Snack!

When you think of healthy snacks, what usually comes to mind? Is it celery sticks and rice cakes? Believe it or not, popcorn can also be included on your healthy snack list. Here are a few reasons why you should consider having popcorn as a healthier snack alternative to other crunchy snacks like crackers, potato chips, and pretzels.
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