JANUARY 19, 2019 | WORLD QUARK DAY | NATIONAL POPCORN DAY
WORLD QUARK DAY
On January 19th, World Quark Day officially celebrates quark and its many benefits. Quark is a European superfood staking its claim on supermarket shelves around the world. Quark is a delicious high-protein, low-fat alternative to soft cheese and yogurt that can be used for baking, cooking and blending.
There are no limits to the uses of quark. Whether the menu calls for sweet or savory, hot or cold, quark cheese is extremely versatile. Replace cream cheese or sour cream with quark and enter the world of healthy, low-carb, low-fat culinary delights. Experience quark smoothies, cheesecakes, dips and spreads, and be surprised by its incredible versatility.
Learn about quark’s many possibilities as a home remedy and beauty product that millions of Europeans have benefited from for centuries.
HOW TO OBSERVE
- World Quark Day encourages you to learn how to easily integrate quark into your day, from breakfasts and smoothies to low-carb lunches, delicious dinners, and guilt-free desserts.
- Become familiar with the many ways that quark can be used to promote good health and try out any of the hundreds of recipes and remedies that support a healthy, natural lifestyle.
- Share your quark experiences, whether you’re enjoying it while traveling or you’re eating it at home. Share your personal experience with other quark fans from around the world and learn from others how you can #quarkupyourlife. Spread the word and wisdom of healthy eating and living by using #WorldQuarkDay and #quarkupyourlife on social media.
World Quark Day was first introduced by the Queen of Quark, a healthy eating enthusiast and author, born in beautiful Bavaria, Germany. Her mission is to share quark’s countless benefits, through her blog and on social media, connecting with Quark fans from all over the world to support clean eating habits via www.queenofquark.com.
In August of 2018, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed World Quark Day to be observed annually on January 19th.
NATIONAL POPCORN DAY
National Popcorn Day is annually observed January 19th.
This time-honored treat can be sweet or savory, caramelized, buttered or plain, molded into a candied ball or tossed with nuts and chocolate. However, it is enjoyed, enjoy it on National Popcorn Day, January 19th.
The word “corn” in Old English meant “grain” or more specifically the most prominent grain grown in a region. As maize was the most common grain in early America, the word “corn” was aptly applied.
As early as the 16th century, popcorn was used in headdresses worn during Aztec ceremonies honoring Tlaloc, their god of maize and fertility. Early Spanish explorers were fascinated by the corn that burst into what looked like a white flower.
Popcorn started becoming popular in the United States in the middle 1800s. It wasn’t until Charles Cretors, a candy-store owner, developed a machine for popping corn with steam that the tasty treat became more abundantly poppable. By 1900 he had horse-drawn popcorn wagons going through the streets of Chicago.
About the same time, Louise Ruckheim added peanuts and molasses to popcorn to bring Cracker Jack to the world. The national anthem of baseball was born in 1908 when Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer wrote Take Me out to the Ballgame. From that point onward, popcorn, specifically Cracker Jack, became forever married to the game.
Popcorn has another romance that may have had a slow start but eventually took off. Today, who can image going to the movies without getting a box of buttered popcorn. While popcorn itself was an economical choice for a snack food, the expense of installing a machine and venting the building properly didn’t seem worth the effort. If it weren’t for Glen W. Dickson, we would be purchasing our popcorn from a vendor on the street before taking in the show. Dickson put in the effort and expense of placing machines inside his theaters. After realizing how quickly he recouped his costs, other theater owners followed suit.
The next significant advancement for popcorn was the invention of the microwave. Magnetrons, a technology produced by Raytheon Manufacturing Corporation for the military during World War II, were later used to develop microwave ovens. Percy Spencer was the man who made it happen. Popcorn was one of his primary experiments during the microwave’s development.
Today, Americans consume 13 billion quarts of popcorn a year, more than any other country in the world. A majority of the popcorn produced in the world is grown in the United States. Nebraska leads the corn belt in popcorn production.
HOW TO OBSERVE
In 2019, it’s the 6th anniversary of National Day Calendar. Take a photo and share on social media using #NationalPopcornDay.
Within our research, we were unable to determine the origins of National Popcorn Day.
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