It’s National Popcorn Day!

Is popcorn perhaps t.h.e. best comfort food.
Celebrate National Popcorn Day with Menu Shoppe “finds”.
There’s even a national exhibit on Popcorn from the Special Collections of the National Agricultural Library.
Did you know that nearly all of the world’s popcorn is harvested here in the U.S., with 25 states growing the crop.
…and from the official popcorn website…  even more recipes and tips
Cheesy Popcorn Bread
4 cups popped popcorn
1 cup yellow corn meal
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 cup 2% milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup shredded jack or pepper jack cheese
1 (4 ounce) can mild, diced green chilies, drained, optional
Preheat oven to 400º F. Spray an 8-inch square baking pan with cooking spray; set aside.
Process the popcorn in a blender or food processor until finely ground. Pour ground popcorn into a large bowl and stir in corn meal, sugar, baking powder and salt until blended. Beat egg, milk and vegetable oil together in a small bowl and stir into popcorn mixture just until blended.  Scatter cheese and chilies, if desired, over batter and stir just until evenly distributed. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes or until lightly browned at edges and tester comes out clean. Cut into squares to serve.
Peanut Butter Cup Popcorn
2 bags of popcorn (or about 20 cups of popped popcorn)
2 c. honey roasted peanuts
3 c. peanut butter chips
2/3 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 Tbsp. vegetable shortening or oil
Place the peanuts popped popcorn in a very large bowl. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the peanut butter chips and vegetable oil or shortening and heat for 2-2 1/2 minutes or until smooth, stirring every 30 seconds. Drizzle the melted peanut butter chips over the popcorn and peanuts and toss to combine. Spread the popcorn onto a wax paper-lined baking sheet. In a Ziploc bag, heat the semi-sweet chocolate chips until just melted and smooth  Cut a small corner in the Ziploc bag and drizzle the chocolate over the popcorn. Allow to stand long enough to become solid ( transfer the pan to the fridge or freezer to enhance ) and then break the popcorn into small pieces and enjoy!
for best ready made gourmet popcorn…
Ready for 200 flavors???
Kernel Encore Popcorn of Orlando, FL features that many flavors beyond imagination:  Amaretto, Brandy, Kahlua, Cappuchino, Butterscotch, Cotton Candy, Marshmallow, even Pomegranate and Watermelon. More than a half dozen of chocolate and strawberry varieties too.

The Popcorn Palace of Chicago  For over 15 years, has been committed to serving the best popcorn anywhere….in 27 flavors

Nutty: Pecan Praline, Macadamia Butter Crunch, Carmel Nut, Blueberry and Peanut Butter Drizzle…Sweet and savory kettle corn is hand drizzled with melted, premium white chocolate and creamy peanut butter.
Candied: Cinnamon Spice, Coconut, Fleur de Sel and Rainbow…featuring cherry, grape, apple and lemon.
Savory:  Chipotle Cheese, Jalapeno, Curry, Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper, or Pink Himalayan Salt and Pepper…the essence of hand-mined Himalayan Pink Salt + crushed pink peppercorn that add unique savory fragrance and flavor
Original:  Air-Popped, Butter or Softly Salted.
In Atlanta, its Top Corn
Featuring a variety of flavors including Green Apple, Cinnamon, Cajun Cheese, and of course, Georgian Pecan Cluster.
If it’s on the menu…the Menu Shoppe has it covered.
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