Everyone loves popcorn. Of course, most of us eat it as a snack or while watching a movie. But did you know that Colonial American settlers served popcorn for breakfast?
When Native Americans first introduced New World settlers on the East Coast to popcorn, it was provided as a peace offering for meetings between tribal leaders and colonial dignitaries. Natives in some areas of the Americas also made necklaces and headdresses using popcorn, much as people later strung together the fluffy food for hanging on a Christmas tree.
Iroquois are probably the tribal people most accountable for popcorn becoming a breakfast food. After popping the corn, they boiled it in water to a thick, oatmeal-like consistency. They then added cream, sugar or maple syrup. Other Native Americans ground popcorn into a fine powder for compact travel meals, much like modern camping foods or those used by astronauts. When hungry, the natives would just add water and eat while continuing their travels or as they sat around a fire.
Once introduced to this bountiful and portable corn treat, settlers incorporated it into their daily diets, too. Mothers added cream to freshly popped corn and served it as an all-American breakfast cereal. Later, as other condiments and spices became more accessible, cinnamon and sugar were dusted lightly on top to sweeten the morning meal.
In the mid-19th century, cereal magnate John Harvey Kellogg’s wife Ella enjoyed popcorn ground up and served with cream as her breakfast. She was said to have enjoyed puffed corn at mealtimes throughout each day. Her husband was purported to have said, “Popcorn is easily digestible and to the highest degree wholesome, presenting the grain in its entirety and hence superior to many denatured breakfast foods which are found in the market.”
Modern Cereal with Old Fashioned Flavor
Popcorn is easy to prepare for breakfast and is equally easy on the waistline. Jody’s Popcorn has several flavors perfect for morning consumption. Cinnamon D-Lite is a light version already dusted with cinnamon and sweetness, just as the settlers enjoyed. Cinnamon Toast and Rich Maple are probably the ultimate breakfast popcorns and Old Fashioned Kettle Corn and Breast Cancer Research Kettle Corn are tasty, too.
If you want to add some sweetness to whichever flavor of Jody’s Popcorn you select for your first daily meal, add a little sugar, cinnamon sugar or low calorie sweetener. Pour cold milk into your bowl of popcorn, even adding raisins, apples, almonds, walnuts, pecans, fresh fruit slices, berries, coconut flakes or whatever else suits your palate.
There are so many Jody’s flavors you can enjoy for your morning meal, Colonial American style! Give it a try this autumn and enjoy a moment of flavor and tradition which dates back to the very beginnings of the American lifestyle.
If going camping among fall colors, take along Jody’s Popcorn as a trail snack, road trip treat, breakfast food and for whenever you need something to satisfy well-earned hunger. Jody’s Popcorn is portable, flavorful, fun and loved by everyone.