National Popcorn Day

 By: Danica L. – New Face of Gluten Free

January 19th is National Popcorn Day and a great excuse to appreciate this inexpensive, fiber-filled snack. Popcorn (movie theater style aside) is frequently touted as a healthy snack—for instance, 3 cups of air-popped popcorn contains about 90 calories (~150 calories for oil-popped) and 3.5 grams of dietary fiber*. However, whether you’re looking specifically for “health food” or just a sweet or salty treat, popcorn is a great gluten free snack for any time of the day.

I prepare popcorn most frequently using the stove top method. This way you’ll know exactly what went into your snack. To make basic popcorn at home, just follow these steps:

  1. Simply pour canola or olive oil into the bottom of a 3-4 quart pot so that it just covers the bottom.
  2. Place three unpopped kernels in the pot and cover the pot with a lid. Put this pot on medium to high heat and wait until the three kernels pop before adding enough unpopped kernels to cover the bottom of the pot entirely in a single layer.
  3. Replace the lid and let the popping begin!
  4. I will frequently shake the pot to make sure all the kernels get access to the hot oil below. You’ll know to remove the popcorn from the heat when the popping noises slow down and then completely stop



You can enjoy this popcorn as is, use it in one of the recipes below, or create your own concoction!

Caramel Popcorn

  • 2 quarts popped corn
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. light corn syrup
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda


Combine butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, salt, and vanilla extract in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 2 minutes, then stir thoroughly. Microwave for another two minutes.

If the mixture is bubbly and slightly darker than before, add baking soda and stir. Quickly pour this mixture over your popcorn and stir immediately, attempting to coat the popcorn evenly.

(Cooking time may be slightly different for different microwaves. Before you add the baking soda and pour the mixture over the corn, it should have boiling bubbles but should not be a dark brown to black color with a burnt smell.)


 Simple Herb Popcorn

  • 2 quarts popped corn
  • 1 Tbsp. melted butter (or use oil spray)
  • ¼-½ tsp. Oregano
  •  ¼-½ tsp. Sage
  • A dash of salt


Pour melted butter over the popcorn and mix well. Sprinkle each of the herbs and salt over the popcorn, stirring between each addition.



5 responses to “National Popcorn Day”

  1. ProtecMaf says:

    And, we, as popcorn machine manufacturer, are particularly proud to contribute to the appreciation of this National Popcorn Day. We are in this business so many years that we know all about Popcon and we can say that people are aprreciating each day more thsi snack as well sweet than salted. We are about to launch a new Popcorn maker for a very low price : families will have access to a very great new machine to appreciate the popcorn recipes at home. Stay tune !

  2. Carol says:

    I’ve been making the caramel recipe for years. Try this, instead of the corn syrup, use maple syrup, or molasses. You may be surprised at the results.

  3. Rosa says:

    all sounds delicious, but how about something for us diabetics???

  4. Kara Ferris says:

    What? There’s a National Popcorn Day??? I can’t believe it, I’ve got to start the celebrating!
    Here’s a fantastic popcorn recipe that is gluten free, healthy and delicious, full of anti-oxidants! 🙂
    Pop your popcorn using coconut oil, then spread it out on the counter on top of waxed paper. Melt Trader Joe’s 72% dark chocolate in your microwave on high, 30 seconds at a time, stirring then returning to micro until melted. Using a rubber spatula, scoop up chocolate then drizzle over popcorn, alternate directions, use as much as you want, the more the better. Sprinkle generously with sea salt. Using rubber spatula and a large spoon, stir popcorn, turning and sliding around wax paper until popcorn is covered evenly. You can either wait for the chocolate to dry or stand over the counter and shove it in your mouth while it’s still warm. Either way, you are bound to get messy but it’s well worth it. Watch out, it’s also addictive.

  5. How fun is this: national Popcorn day! I will try out the caramel corn but will replace the butter with soy margarine due to our food allergies.

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