January 19, Popcorn Day

Why Do We Celebrate National Popcorn Day?

Why Do We Celebrate National Popcorn Day?

Before finding out why do we celebrate popcorn day, let’s learn a little about the history of popcorn.

This tasty snack has been consumed in Mexico since the pre-Hispanic period, and it has been found that besides being a delicious treat, popcorn was even used for arts and crafts in ancient times, as Aztecs used popcorn as a decoration for clothes and ceremonial embellishments, there’s also evidence of popcorn consumption In North America with Native Americans.

The National Popcorn Board, which is a non-profit organization and a Research & Promotion Program funded by U.S. popcorn processors to raise awareness of popcorn as a versatile, whole-grain snack, decided that this tasty snack deserved its own day of recognition and celebration, and thus National Popcorn Day was born!

In 1988, magazines and other publications announced that National Popcorn Day was placed on January 31, presumably to coordinate it with that year’s Superbowl, but for uncertain reasons, in 2003 a newspaper in Texas gave the indication that National Popcorn Day was moved to January 19, and the date sticks until now.

What Is Popcorn Called in Other Countries?

Today there are as many ways to prepare popcorn as there are names to call it. Whether you like them sweet, salty, or even spicy, ask for popcorn like this when you visit these countries in Latin America:

Mexico: Palomitas
Venezuela: Cotufas or gallitos
Brazil and Bolivia: Pipocas
Ecuador: Canguil
Colombia: Crispetas or Maíz Pira
Chile: Cabritas or palomitas
Panamá: Millo
Paraguay: Pororó
Perú: Canchitas

What Is Popcorn Called in Other Countries?

How to Make Homemade Popcorn?

It´s always tricky to get as many kernels as possible to pop when making homemade popcorn. Here we tell you how to make popcorn from scratch and prevent them for burning. You can also give your popcorn a special touch by sprinkling paprika, grated parmesan cheese, or even your favorite chips, you name it… your imagination is the limit.

Before you start, make sure the inside of the pot is completely dry, otherwise the oil will sputter


  • 1/3 popcorn kernels
  • 1 tablespoon butter or more to taste
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Your choice of topping


  • Heat the oil in a saucepan on medium high heat
  • First, put 3 or 4 kernels into the oil and wait for them to pop
  • After they pop add the rest of the kernels
  • Cover the pot, remove from heat and wait 30 seconds
  • Return the pan to the heat and once the kernels start to pop, gently shake the pan
  • When the popping slows, remove the pan from the heat
  • Add your favorite topping or just add salt to taste, serve and enjoy!

How to Make Homemade Popcorn?

Sunset World Hotels Celebrate National Popcorn Day

Sunset World hotels in Cancun and the Riviera Maya prepared special activities to celebrate National Popcorn Day; guests and members participated in fun games, contests, and popcorn tastings.
How are you going to celebrate National Popcorn Day?

Happy Popcorn Day!