Popcorn is a food that almost everyone can enjoy in some shape or form. From being covered with butter at the movies to being made into little balls and handed out on Halloween, this versatile treat is enjoyed by thousands. April 6th is dedicated to the sweeter side of this treat; caramel popcorn. The buttery sweetness of caramel combined with the crunch of popcorn with just a hint of salt creates a delectable snack that people just can’t stop eating. To make this dish even greater, there is a wide variety of mix ins you can add. Salty snacks such as peanuts, cashews, and almonds are often added to this dish, making it even more irresistible. The stickiness of the caramel also allows the popcorn to be formed into balls, which makes for easier eating. With just a drizzle of chocolate on top these popcorn balls become even more delicious. Today is a day to indulge in this treat. For most people this involves simply buying a bag from a store. For the more brave this is a day to experiment in your kitchen.
One simple way to experiment without taking too much of a risk is to buy a bag of caramels from the store along with plain popping corn. Pop the popcorn and then heat the caramels in a double boiler. When the caramels are melted, pour them over the popcorn. Make sure to shake the popcorn to prevent it from sticking in the process. Simple, delicious, and you get the added bonus of accomplishment from making it yourself.
History of Caramel Popcorn
Caramel popcorn is a relatively new invention. The first batch of caramel popcorn was made 150 years ago. During this time, there was a wide variety of patents being processed in the United States that pertained with adding candy to popcorn. This treat has become very popular since its creation, and most specialty shops insist on always having it in stock. Popular brands such as Cracker Jack have further helped the popularity of this treat. When the treat was first invented, it was common to see popcorn vendors on corners of busy streets, selling this treat to the many people passing by. Eventually, this treat became popular among the carnival crowd and it has become a staple food for carnival vendors.
How to Celebrate Caramel Popcorn Day
Like most things, Caramel Popcorn is better with friends. After you’ve mastered the basic recipe listed above, the best thing to do is to grab a few friends to celebrate this holiday. Have everyone try their hand at making caramel popcorn or see who can make the best variation. If you need some inspiration, there is a wide variety of recipes such as gingerbread caramel popcorn and honey caramel popcorn. If worst comes to worst, you can always pick up a bag of Cracker Jack and enjoy the sweet, salty goodness that is caramel popcorn with peanuts. Today is a day to eat as much caramel popcorn as you’d like, just be sure not to get your sticky fingers on something or someone!