Recently, a friend of mine shared this image. He didn’t realize that this was still available for sale.
I can’t remember the last time that I had some of this but I don’t have fond memories. It seemed that it was overly dry and sweet. I don’t recall if being available in town but something that we saw if we made a trip to London. It always seemed like a lot of packaging for a little popcorn.
Popcorn has always been part of my life. On Saturday nights, when we watched Hockey Night in Canada, we would pop some. If we wanted some, we had to make our own. We had this old pot and you’d put it on the stove with some oil in it and three kernels of popcorn. When one of them would pop, we were allowed to pour in the half cup of kernels and the pot was sealed with a piece of tin foil. Things would just pop and it was fascinating to see them pop into the tin foil and eventually just lift the foil a bit to let you know it was done. Thinking back, I realize now that the half cup was indeed science and not just dumb luck.
That same pot would come with us on camping trips and we’d pop over an open fire. It had a somewhat smokier taste to it! Other people had a mesh device for popping corn over a campfire.
Over the years, popcorn has always been there. After swimming at the town pool, we often would get the gift of a bag of Cheesie popcorn and would be pretty much orange by the time we got home. We’ve made popcorn in a frying pan and, at university, there was this big deal – a hot air popper. If you liked your popcorn really dry, this was for you.
Probably the tastiest popcorn is available at movie theatres where you get them in $20 tubs drowning in butter and flavoured to your liking.
Nowadays for us, popcorn comes in little paper pouches that go into the microwave. Our microwave actually has a popcorn setting but it’s a little long for a typical bag of Compliments popcorn. I like the popcorn a little toasty; it reminds me of camping I guess, but I’m reminded I’m not the only popcorn eater in the house.
But the very best popcorn these days around here is sold in a bag. It’s called Popper’s Kettle Corn, made and sold by a small business in Harrow. Recently, it’s become available in the grocery store but traditionally, we buy them at the Farmer’s market or in gatherings like the Harrow Fair. Sadly, that won’t happen this year.
What are your feelings about popcorn?
- how far back does your memory of popcorn go?
- did you ever enjoy any of that sweet popcorn candy?
- if you make your own at home, how do you make it these days?
- have you ever chipped or broken a tooth by chewing down on an unpopped kernel?
- do you have any family traditions or superstitions about the popping of popcorn?
Please take a moment to share them in the comments below.
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