Happy National Caramel Popcorn Day!
Here at Popcornopolis we love this day, and to honor it this year, we decided to take a look back at how this delicious treat came to be. While we might like to take all the credit for the invention, caramel corn has actually been around for more than 120 years!
As the story goes, in 1893 Frederick and Louis Rueckheim came up with the idea to cover popcorn with molasses to sell at the World Fair in Chicago. Unfortunately, the molasses proved to be a little too sticky for customers to enjoy. The brothers returned to their factory, tweaked the recipe and came up with a drier, crispier recipe. Caramel popcorn was officially born.
Thanks to the Rueckheims, we now have a popular game day snack, a national holiday, and best of all—the ultimate expression of caramel corn—made right here in the Popcornopolis kitchens!
Enjoy National Caramel Popcorn Day and these fun Caramel Facts...
• The first caramels were hard candies dating back to the 17th century, made by American settlers who used sugar and water. Eventually, it was thought to add milkfat to change the consistency. Affordable and with long shelf lives, caramels became a household staple!
• The word caramel was first recorded in the English language in 1725. Its roots are from the French and Spanish word “caramelo.”
• Milton Hershey’s first business was the Lancaster Caramel Company. He learned to make chocolate while he was looking for a coating for his caramels.
• Today, caramel's main ingredients are butter and sugar.
• National Caramel day is April 5. Is it a coincidence that National Caramel Popcorn day is the 7th? We think not.