Clarksville, TN – Here’s food for thought: Popcorn, discovered in the Americas thousands of years ago, has been enticing people for centuries with its mythical and magical charm.
Today, it’s also praised for its nutritional and economic value, while its alluring aroma and taste help make popcorn such a popular treat that Americans consume some 16 million liters of it a year, or about a liter per person per week.
Consider these corny facts:
- October is National Popcorn Poppin’ Month.
- Popcorn is naturally low in fat and calories.
- Air-popped popcorn contains about 30 calories per cup
- Sauteed oil only has 55 per cup.
- Popcorn is a whole grain. It has three components: the germ, the endosperm, and the pericarp, or shell.
- Of the four main types of corn – sweet, dent, flint, and popcorn – only popcorn appears.
- Popcorn needs 13.5-14% humidity to pop.
- Popcorn forms one of two basic shapes when popped: snowflake and mushroom.
Green Halloween Zombies
Yield: about 7 pieces (4’2 x 3’2 inches each)
2% popped popcorn pints
6 tablespoons butter or margarine
3 cups mini marshmallows
4 tablespoons lime gelatin powder Red gumballs, candy corn, strips of flat green candy (or fruit leather), green sugar sprinkles
Place the popcorn in a large bowl and set aside. Melt the butter over medium heat in a medium saucepan. Stir marshmallows into butter until melted. Stir in gelatin powder until evenly colored.
To decorate: press two gumballs into each skull to form “eyes”. Press the candy corn into the skull to form “teeth”. Use scissors to cut candy strips and press on top for “hair”. Sprinkle with sugar sprinkles.
Let the “zombies” harden for about 20 minutes before wrapping them individually in plastic wrap (or serving immediately).
For more popcorn recipes, tips and information and Popcorn Poppin’ Month in October, visit www.popcorn.org