Web Wise: Poppin’ for Popcorn

By Troy Corley

Pop into the month of October by celebrating one of the most popular and most American of snacks – popcorn. National Popcorn Poppin’ Month heralds this versatile treat – initially enjoyed by the early Native Americans and Colonists and still a favorite today’s families.

About 17 billion quarts of popcorn are eaten in the United States every year. Head to the National Popcorn Board’s Web site  to learn about this national obsession. The board’s “Encyclopedia Popcornica” is poppin’ with history and facts. Discover more about the history of this ancient food at the National Agricultural Library site. The Microwave Cooking site offers a unique history of microwave popcorn.

Popcorn is so historically and scientifically significant that educators can create whole lesson plans around the food, such as the lesson plan found at the Education World Web site. What kid could resist doing a geography, math or writing lesson and then being rewarded with a bowl of popcorn? So be sure to sign up for the Popcorn Board’s free teacher guide, too.

Can you say Cracker Jack®? Click on to the history and trivia of this caramel-coated popcorn confection introduced at Chicago’s first World’s Fair in 1893. If you buy a box of Cracker Jack, kids can use the secret decoder prize to play games on the site. The decoder is one of 23 billion prizes included in Cracker Jack boxes since 1912.

Pop in to more fun at the Jolly Time site. This popular brand of popcorn’s Kids Club offers plenty of games, corny jokes, crafts and recipes. Surf to eHow’s site for a step-by-step guide to making popcorn balls using the stove, or to Recipe Goldmine for an easy microwave version.

Have a poppin’ good time!

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