19th january - popcorn day
It may or may not surprise you that there a national day dedicated to popcorn. Yes that’s right, a whole day dedicated to that crunchy, chewy, popped snack we all know and love.
Celebrating this special occasion can be as simple as buying a bag of ready popped popcorn from the shop, where you can now find numerous different flavours ranging from almond butter flavour to sour cream and chive. Or you may not want to just eat it but instead make decorations by stringing it together to create popcorn garlands.
Whether you want to devour it or decorate with it, making your own at home is, by far, the best way to enjoy it. Freshly popped corn is warm, tastes delicious and fills the house with a nostalgic smell that reminds you of going to the cinema or fairground. It’s simple to prepare, quick to cook and from a modest amount of corn kernels you can make heaps of popcorn. The best part? Being able to flavour it with anything you want!
However, if you’ve tried making fresh popcorn at home you will know it isn’t always easy to do if you do not have a specialist device. Attempting to microwave corn or cook it in a pan on the stove can lead to unpopped kernels sitting at the bottom and, more often than not, some parts end up getting burnt and ruining the taste of the whole portion.
A solution to making perfect popcorn at home is by using a popcorn maker like our POP50. Using just hot air to heat and pop the kernels, this popcorn maker will not burn anything and will pop every single kernel.
The best part of using the POP50? Unlike other popcorn cooking methods, this unique popcorn popper machine doesn’t require oil or butter to prevent the corn sticking; the hot air circulation pushes the corn up and out over into the bowl beneath within seconds of being popped and so ensures that no corn gets stuck or burnt.
Because no oils are needed, the outcome is an insanely healthy, low calorie popcorn snack which is absolutely packed with natural fibre. It is the ultimate guilt-free treat!
And as the corn is popped plain, just as it is, you then have the opportunity to add any flavour or topping that takes your fancy or just enjoy as it is.
🥄 40g of popcorn kernels
Ranch Popcorn Seasoning
½ tsp dried dill, ½ tsp dried chives, ½ tsp garlic powder, ½ tsp onion powder, ¼ tsp salt, ¼ tsp pepper
Dorito Popcorn Seasoning
2 tbsp nutritional yeast, ¼ tsp garlic powder, ¼ tsp onion powder, ¼ tsp cumin, ¼ tsp paprika, ¼ tsp chili powder, ¼ tsp salt
Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn Seasoning
2 tbsp powdered sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon, ¼ tsp salt
Switch on the popcorn maker
1. Using the measuring scoop, add around 40g of popcorn kernels into the cooking chamber.
2. Place the lid on top.
3. Switch on the machine to let the popping commence.
The bowl will quickly fill up with popped corn. Once all of the kernels have been cooked, turn off the machine, remove the lid and then carefully remove the bowl.
If you want to add flavouring or seasoning, now is the time to do it. To add a dry seasoning, use a spray of oil over the popcorn before adding the seasoning - this will ensure the ingredients stick to the popcorn and won't fall through to the bottom of the bowl.
The removable collection bowl doubles up as a serving bowl, so simply top your popcorn with your chosen flavour and enjoy!