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Popping good fun!

The enveloping aroma and satisfying crunch of popcorn is every snack-lovers dream. And this classic treat gets the chance to step into the spotlight on Jan. 19, National Popcorn Day.

Need some inspiration on how to celebrate with popcorn? Here are a few fun and easy ideas.

Spice it up: Dress your popcorn with a dash of chilli powder and some lime juice to spice things up.

Sweeten the deal: Melt some dark or milk chocolate and drizzle over warm, freshly popped popcorn to satisfy both those sweet and salty cravings.

Make it your own: Throw in some pretzel bits and your favourite movie theatre candy for a fun and personalized treat.

Popcorn is a convenient snack and a source of fibre that pops up in just minutes so you can spend more time celebrating and snacking with family. Make sure to have this 100 per cent whole grain and gluten-free snack on hand for those family movie nights and after-school fuel-ups.

POPCORN TRAIL MIX

Popcorn is a classic favourite that can be enjoyed in many different ways. This simple popcorn trail mix recipe is easy to make and packed with 100 per cent whole grains as a source of fibre for on-the-go snacking.

Ingredients:

  • No-stick cooking spray
  • 1 bag (82 g) Orville Redenbacher simply salted microwave popcorn
  • 2 cups (240 g) granola
  • 1 cup (120 g) quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 1 cup (120 g) dried cranberries
  • ½ tsp (2.5 mL) ground cinnamon
  • ½ (60 g) cup sunflower kernels
  • ½ tsp (2.5 mL) honey
  • 1/3 cup (40 g) butter, melted

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 300F (14°C). Prepare popcorn according to package directions. Remove all un-popped kernels. Place popped corn in large bowl. Add granola, oats, dried cranberries and cinnamon; toss together. Set aside.
  • Spray a mixing spoon and a shallow baking pan with cooking spray.
  • Mix together sunflower kernels, honey and butter in small bowl. Pour over popcorn mixture and mix well with spoon. Spread mixture evenly in the pan.
  • Bake 30 minutes, stirring once halfway through time. Cool 20 minutes before breaking clumps apart with spoon. Store in tightly sealed container up to one week.

POPCORN & A MOVIE

Bring back the old favourites for your next night in, enjoy some quality time together and make it a memorable one with these simple tips and tricks.

Prep your space: Before you start, do a little prep work to make the space fun and inviting. Change up your living area to make it feel cozy for the whole family. Try building a fort with bed sheets or putting up a tent indoors and make sure lots of blankets and pillows are on hand for ultimate comfort.

Poll your movie picks: Between different age groups and personal tastes, it can be hard finding a movie you can all agree on, so create a voting system where each family member states their choice and draw straws for the winner. Plan ahead so people can get excited about the final choice. Once you pick, get your kids to make up tickets for entry into the movie. Kids love crafts, and this is a perfect activity to keep them busy around dinnertime.

Keep snacking simple: You can spend more time with your family and less time in the kitchen with easy snacks. It’s no movie night without popcorn, and microwave popcorn is a wholesome, convenient snack that takes minutes to make.

SHOW YOUR LOVE

Expressing your love doesn’t need to be reserved just for Valentine’s Day. Show you care with little touches that will let that special someone know you are thinking of them. Whether it’s your significant other, friend or family member, personal gestures like writing a note or warming up their car can let them know they are special to you.

If you are planning a night in, make movie night pop by subbing a bowl of popcorn for a special treat like these salted caramel popcorn bars. They are a delicious blend of sweet and salty, perfect for a night on the couch with your favourite person.

SALTED CARAMEL POPCORN BARS

Ingredients:

  • No-stick cooking spray
  • 1 bag (82 g) Orville Redenbacher simply salted microwave popcorn
  • 40 small pretzel twists, coarsely broken (1 cup broken pieces)
  • 2 tablespoons (30 mL) unsalted butter
  • 20 caramels unwrapped
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) water
  • 1/8 teaspoon (1/2 g) salt
  • 3 cups (360 g) miniature marshmallows
  • ¼ cup (30 g) peanut butter

Directions:

  • Spray large bowl, rubber spatula and 13×9-inch (33×23-cm) baking dish with cooking spray. Prepare popcorn according to package directions. Remove all unpopped kernels and place popped corn in large bowl. Add pretzel pieces to bowl.
  • Melt butter over medium heat in medium saucepan; add caramels, water and salt. Heat 5 minutes or until caramels melt completely, stirring occasionally. Add marshmallows and peanut butter; heat 1 to 2 minutes more, stirring until blended.
  • Pour caramel mixture over popcorn mixture. Toss with rubber spatula to coat.
  • Press into baking dish; cool completely. Cut into 24 bars.

SATISFY YOUR CRAVING

Prone to feel that urge of panging hunger coming home from work or school?

These wholesome popcorn bars are easy to make, can satisfy your cravings and are perfect for the whole family.

CHEWY POPCORN BARS

Ingredients:

  • No-stick cooking spray
  • 1 bag (82 g) Orville Redenbacher buttery flavour microwave popcorn
  • 2 cups (240 g) quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 1 cup (120 g) dried cranberries (or raisins)
  • 1 cup (120 g) dry roasted peanuts
  • 1 cup (120 g) firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup (250 mL) honey

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 300F (149C). Spray 13×9-inch (33×23-cm) baking pan with cooking spray; set aside.
  • Prepare popcorn according to package directions. Remove all un-popped kernels. Place popcorn in large bowl; top with oats, cranberries and peanuts.
  • Combine brown sugar and honey in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat for 6 minutes or until mixture comes to full boil and sugar is dissolved, stirring occasionally.
  • Pour syrup over popcorn mixture and toss gently to coat evenly with syrup. Place mixture in pan.
  • Bake 20 minutes, stirring once midway through baking. Remove from oven; lightly press popcorn mixture evenly in pan. Cool on rack about two hours or until set. Cut in 24 bars. Store in tightly sealed container.

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