October is National Popcorn Poppin’ Month, a harvest time celebration of one of America’s oldest snack foods. As farmers head into the fields to gather crops, families and friends gather to honor this ever popular treat, and with good reason.
Having been long regarded as a sign of good times, popcorn has found a new appreciation by today’s green and lean consumer. Celebrated for its farm-to-table simplicity, popcorn is also non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free and naturally low in fat and calories, which makes it an easy fit for the dietary conscious. And it’s cheap. A quart of popped popcorn costs as little as 15 cents.
Add in popcorn’s irresistible smell, taste, and seemingly magical seed-to-snack transformation, and it’s easy to see why Americans eat some 13 billion quarts each year. With so many different ways to eat it—from gourmet popcorn shops, ready-to-eat, mail order, stovetop and microwave—popcorn always fits the mood or occasion.
Pop up a bowl and join the Popcorn Poppin’ Month celebration. For a special Halloween treat, try the following recipe courtesy of the Popcorn Board. And celebrate this special month any day of the year with a popcorn treat like the ones you’ll find here.
- 12 cups popped popcorn
- ¼ cup light corn syrup
- 2 tablespoons butter or margarine melted
- 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
- 1 cup mini marshmallows
- 1 tablespoon water
- ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (optional)
- Several drops orange food coloring
- ½ cup toasted pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds
- Assorted decorations for “eyes” and “mouths”
- Place popcorn in large bowl; spray lightly with cooking spray.
- In large saucepan, combine butter, confectioner sugar, marshmallows and water. Stir until mixture is melted and blended. Add pumpkin pie spice and food coloring, mixing well.
- Pour mixture over popcorn, stirring until well coated. Add pumpkin seeds; stir to coat.
- Shape ¼ cup of mixture into oval. Add decorations to look like “pumpkin heads”.