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Ballpark Popcorn Crunch

Contributed by: NAPSA

(NAPSA) - It's that time of the year again when Americans join together to celebrate their favorite crispy, crunchy snacking treat ...popcorn! Don't let October pass without celebrating National Popcorn Poppin' Month.

Each fall, popcorn lovers celebrate the harvesting of this nutritious and versatile snack. As farmers head to the fields to harvest their crop, families and friends are expected to join in the celebration by gobbling up more than 17 billion quarts of this naturally fun treat. That's 58 quarts per man, woman, and child.

What makes popcorn so popular? It's fun and versatile. Topped with your favorite sweet or savory topping or eaten just plain, it's a wholesome and tasty treat.

Here are a few quick and easy ways to celebrate National Popcorn Poppin' Month at your house this year:

  • Have a popcorn party. Create a popcorn bar with sweet and savory toppings and let your guests create their own popcorn taste sensation.

  • Edible art. Create shapes for the fall harvest season (Jack-O-Lantern, Indian Corn Ears, Halloween Kitty, etc.) using popcorn recipes found at www.popcorn.org, and then eat them!

  • Try a new popcorn recipe each week during October.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 quarts unsalted
  • popped popcorn
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Directions:

Cream together butter and brown sugar till light and fluffy. In a separate bowl, toss popcorn and walnuts. Add creamed mixture to popcorn and nuts. Combine until coated. Spread on a large baking sheet in a single layer.

Bake in 350 oven for 10 minutes or until crisp.

Serving Size: Yield: 3 quarts


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