NATIONAL CARAMEL POPCORN DAY
Each year on April 6th, National Caramel Popcorn Day conjures up memories of fairs, sporting events, and fun snacking.
In January, we celebrated National Popcorn Day. Now, we add delicious caramel popcorn to the calendar, one of America’s favorite snacks. For many people, this chewy or crunchy caramel popcorn treat is an all-time favorite.
Combining popcorn and molasses began in the early 1800s. However, caramel was prevalent as well, and with the production of Cracker Jack, the popularity was ever-increasing. Invented by Frederick Rueckheim, the popcorn merchant dabbled with creating a new snack. An immigrant from Germany to Chicago, he enlisted his brother, Louis, to help. After adding molasses and nuts, their snack was ready for an introduction to the masses.
Like many famous foods, Cracker Jack gained popularity on the stage at the 1893 World’s Fair. Other foods to grab the public’s attention at similar expositions include cotton candy and the ice cream cone. While they weren’t invented there, nor did they make their debut, they sure did capture the imagination and make a lasting impression there.
However, in 1908, something happened to connect Cracker Jack and baseball permanently in the American psyche, while also launching the business into high gear. A young entertainer by the name of Jack Norworth penned a catchy tune referencing Cracker Jack and the American pastime. The song “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” not only caused sales of the snack food to soar but the fans of the game continue to sing the song at every game.
There are many commercial brands and forms of caramel corn available in grocery stores, cinemas, and convenience stores. There are also specialty brands available in stores, gift catalogs, and online.
HOW TO OBSERVE #CaramelPopcornDay
- Enjoy your favorite kind of caramel popcorn.
- If you’re making some, don’t forget to make extra for others, too. The bigger the batch, the better.
- We even have a recipe for you to try. Caramel Sauce
- Stop by your favorite treat shop and pick up some caramel corn. While you’re there, give them a shout-out, too. It’s a great way to support small businesses.
- Another fun way to celebrate is by singing “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” and watching one on TV. Tune into an old game until the season starts up again.
- Use #CaramelPopcornDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL CARAMEL POPCORN DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this tasty snack food holiday.
Caramel Popcorn FAQ
Q. Which kind of popcorn is best for making caramel popcorn?
A. There are two basic kinds of popcorn kernels. One is the butterfly and the other is a mushroom. The butterfly popcorn pops up light and fluffy with little wings. The mushroom popcorn pops into a sturdy, fluffy, and mounded top. While either type of popcorn will make delicious caramel corn, the mushroom kernels hold up better to the weight of the sweet and gooey caramel.
Q. Can anyone make caramel popcorn at home?
A. Making caramel popcorn at home doesn’t require any special tools. Most people have what’s required on hand, so just about anyone can make caramel popcorn at home. Adult supervision is required when children are helping. Be sure to protect them from the hot sugar as you make the caramel.