National caramel corn day
April 6th, 2012
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Sweet, slightly salty and ultimately snacky - April 6 is National Caramel Corn Day!

As if yesterday's caramel celebration wasn't enough, the creative American spirit really shines in our homegrown confection of caramel corn.

Popcorn has never tasted better than when its covered in a caramel candy syrup. Hot, sugary candy is mixed with popcorn and then allowed to cool. The end result is a sweet, chewy snack that will satisfy multiple cravings. You can also toss nuts into the mix for an extra crunch factor.

A nostalgic favorite, caramel corn has been around since the 1890s. When Cracker Jack was introduced at the Chicago World's Fair in 1893, people ate up the strong molasses flavor. It reminded them of, but wasn't entirely related to, kettle corn, a colonial predecessor.

If Cracker Jack ain't your thing or you'd like to pop up some sweet corn, making your own caramel corn isn't difficult. Paula Deen's caramel corn recipe, which comes from her Grandma Paul, is great, whether you're making it for just a few friends or the whole gander.

If caramel corn isn't enough for you, it is also National Hot Cross Bun Day. What a Good Friday indeed!

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