It’s National Popcorn Day!

Hello it’s me again, Hattingdon. Today January 19, 2018 is National Popcorn Day and I just had to pop in (so to speak, snort!).

I love a good snack. One of my very favorites is popcorn. I am still on my New Year’s diet and watching every extra “treat” but I’ll be having some popcorn balls a bit later.

In the meantime, look at the festive hat Vivian made for me for National Popcorn Day. It has a flapper vibe but look how she decorated it, with a red and white stripe brim — reminiscent of popcorn boxes you get at the cinema —with a row of popped corn across the front. Don’t I look simply delicious? And no calories!

Zea Hattingdon® design created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell.
Zea Hattingdon® design created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell.

Oh, the design name is Zea (which is part of the classification name for the type of maize popcorn is made from). I liked Poppin better but oh well. Sigh. Here I am!


Popcorn has been enjoyed for thousands of years. The Aztecs used it in their necklaces, ornaments, and HEADDRESSES. Now, popcorn on your hat.

In the late 1800’s, Charles Cretors, a candy store owner, made a new machine that popped corn with steam. In 1893, Mr. Cretors took his popcorn wagon to the Midway of Chicago’s Columbian Exposition and introduced the public to his new corn product. By 1900, he had horse-drawn popcorn wagons traveling the streets of Chicago to sell popcorn. I wonder what hats the horses wore to sell popcorn?

Of course, there is nothing better than watching a movie and eating popcorn. Evidently, the movie theaters started selling popcorn in the Great Depression because it was a great way to bring in moviegoers.

Now, with a microwave oven and home theaters, everyone can enjoy popcorn and a movie at home.

Today you can eat plain popcorn, lightly salted, caramel, buttered, and so on. But the best is the old fashioned way. Make popcorn balls with molasses, and set them on the window sill on a cold night to set up. Anyway you try it, you like it. Learn more »

Source: National Day Calendar


In 2018, January 19th is also the 5th anniversary of National Day Calendar. Celebrate with our office favorite, Jody’s Gourmet Popcorn, take a photo and share on social media using #NationalPopcornDay.

Later popcorn eating alligators.


Hattingdon in black cartoon font.

This has been updated.



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