• Jace Shoemaker-Galloway

National Caramel Popcorn Day

If you are a popcorn fan, you’re in luck. It’s National Caramel Popcorn Day! Depending on who you ask, some folks celebrate this sweet and salty food holiday, also referred to as Caramel Popcorn Day, on April 6, while others celebrate it on April 7. Then again, some may prefer to celebrate on both days!

Not to be confused with National Popcorn Day in January or Popcorn Lover’s Day in March, today celebrates the ooey gooey sticky treat that’s fun to eat! Who can resist the sweet combination of caramel with the salty crunch of popcorn?

Caramel Popcorn History

Caramel popcorn has been gobbled up since the 1890s when brothers Frederick and Louis Rueckheim introduced their molasses-covered popcorn at the World’s Columbian Exposition. But their concoction was too sticky so back the drawing board they went. After a bit of tweaking, the perfect combination was created and Cracker Jacks were the result! And by the way, that secret recipe used in the 1890s is still the same one used today!

Whether you prefer plain, buttered, kettle, loaded with cheese or smothered in chocolate, American’s love their popcorn. According to The Popcorn Factory, the go-to place for gourmet popcorn since 1979, Americans consume 16 billion quarts of popcorn annually. Now that’s a lotta popcorn!