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National Popcorn Day

January 19

When is National Popcorn Day?

National Popcorn Day happens on Friday January 19, 2024.

National Popcorn Day: A Kernel of Fun on January 19th

Pop! Pop! Pop! It’s that time of year when we celebrate the snack that jumps right into our hearts (and sometimes unexpectedly out of the bowl). National Popcorn Day on January 19th is not just any other day — it’s a day to honor those little kernels that have exploded into our culinary and cultural lives in such a big way.

A Pop of History

Did you know that popcorn isn’t just a product of modern movie theaters? This puffed perfection has been around for over 6,000 years! Ancient popcorn was discovered in New Mexico, and evidence suggests that this snack has been popping around since the first Thanksgiving. So, when you grab that next handful of popcorn, remember you’re munching on a piece of history!

The Great Popcorn Parade

Not all popcorn is created equal. There’s a whole world of popcorn types to explore:

  • Butterfly Popcorn: This is the classic popcorn that most people are familiar with. It has “wings” that are perfect for catching all your favorite toppings.
  • Mushroom Popcorn: These round, puffy pieces are sturdy and don’t break as easily, making them ideal for gourmet coatings like caramel or chocolate.
  • Colored Popcorn: Yes, popcorn comes in different colors! While they all pop up white, the kernels themselves can be blue, red, or even black.
  • Hulless Popcorn: For those who can’t stand getting hulls stuck in their teeth, this variety has very thin hulls that shatter upon popping, making them less noticeable.

Let’s Get Popping!

Here are some fun ways to celebrate National Popcorn Day:

  1. Popcorn Tasting Party: Gather some friends and pop up a variety of flavors. From savory garlic parmesan to sweet kettle corn, there’s a flavor for everyone.
  2. DIY Popcorn Seasoning: Mix up your own seasoning blends. Ranch, taco, or cinnamon sugar? The sky’s the limit!
  3. Popcorn Movie Marathon: Watch movies known for iconic popcorn scenes, or simply enjoy your favorite flicks with a giant bowl of buttery goodness.

Popcorn Crafts and Games

Who said popcorn is just for eating? Get crafty with popcorn art, stringing it into garlands or glueing it onto paper for some popcorn masterpieces. Or, if you’re feeling competitive, set up a popcorn tossing contest — who can catch the most in their mouth?

A Kernel of Creativity

For the foodies who love a culinary challenge, why not try incorporating popcorn into your meals? Popcorn-crusted chicken, anyone? Or how about a popcorn-infused chocolate bark for dessert? The possibilities are as endless as they are delicious.

National Popcorn Day is the perfect excuse to let your creativity pop and enjoy one of America’s favorite snacks. So, heat up those kernels and let the celebration begin!

When does National Popcorn Day happen next year?

National Popcorn Day will happen on the following upcoming dates:

  • Sunday January 19, 2025
  • Monday January 19, 2026
  • Tuesday January 19, 2027
  • Wednesday January 19, 2028
  • Friday January 19, 2029


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