The Popcorn Song

The Popcorn Song

It is amazing how many songs and videos there are about Popcorn.  My new favorite is the “the Popcorn song” by Planet Custard Songs for Children.  I mean seriously how can you not appreciate a dancing Popcorn Kernel dressed as a Colonel???  So, with that in mind lets take a moment and look at this historically awesome treat.

As a matter of fact, popcorn is over 5,000 years old.  The oldest ear of popcorn was found in a bat cave in Mexico in 1948.  It is considered to be over 5,000 years old.  I must pause here and ask about this bat cave.  I mean are we talking Bruce Wayne Bat Cave or Vlad the Impaler Bat Cave?  What do bats need popcorn for anyway and how do they pop it?  This whole fact just opens up too many questions.  Probably aliens are involved.  The Aztecs used popcorn during ceremonies, which I am sure was WAY more popular than throwing virgins into volcanos.  This makes me wonder how much popcorn could you pop in a volcano??? 

It seems that all these ancient people invented and used popcorn in many ways, but Americans have by far made it popular.  Consider this, Americans eat approximately 17 BILLION (yeah with a “B”) quarts of popcorn every year.  Popcorn is the official snack of Illinois, and we even have a National Popcorn Day, January 19th.  I feel slighted since my birthday is December 19th and that National Day is Hard Candy Day ?.  At least this explains why I love the “Hard Candy Christmas” by Dolly Parton.

As we move into the Fall is important that we should take a moment to note that the most popular time of the year to eat popcorn is Autumn.  So, we are in peak popping season.  But don’t be shy about eating it in anyway.  For one Both the American Dietetic Association and the American Diabetes Association say that popcorn can be exchanged for bread for people on weight control diets.  Secondly, Popcorn has more protein than any other cereal grain. It also has more iron than eggs or roast beef. It has more fiber than pretzels or potato chips.  Basically, popcorn is a healthy, GMO-free and gluten-free snack.  So, Pop and eat free of guilt (unless you bathe it in butter, that stuff will stop your heart)

For me though, I have to admit like all foods, popcorn is tied to some of my best memories.  I remember many years ago while on a date at the movies the girl I was with reached over and dumped her M&M’s into the popcorn.  I was borderline furious…. then I ate it and salty and sweet has forever had a special place in my heart even if that date does not LOL.  I cannot think of any other kids growing up in the 70’s that cannot remember with fondness the absolute horror of sitting around threading sewing needles through popcorn to make garlands that ALWAYS fell apart.

We can talk forever about this snack, but why?  When this video ( Says it all.  Enjoy and let’s all Pop to the Top!!!