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How COVID-19 is Changing Halloween

Local governments across the country are announcing plans for modified Halloween celebrations, including trick-or-treat. While the specifics vary from location to location, here are a few of the changes to Halloween 2020 that you’re likely to see in your area.

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Popcorn by Any Other Name

We’ve touched on some varieties of specialty popcorn in previous entries, but there are two that you can easily make—or at least approximate—at home: caramel corn and kettle corn. Neither requires special equipment, and the only ingredient you might not have on hand is the appropriate popping corn (but even that can be substituted in a pinch). We’ll take a look at what goes into making each and, hopefully, inspire you to try one or both for yourself.

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The Best Popcorn Popping Oil

Popcorn may have one of the simplest recipes in the culinary world—corn kernels, oil, and heat—but there’s enough wiggle room in it for some popcorn to turn out better than others. The variety and quality of kernels certainly have an impact on the finished product, as does the source of heat. But the single most important variable to great popcorn is the popping oil. For movie theater-style popcorn, coconut oil like our Real Theater Popping Oil is king for several reasons.

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A History of Popcorn

In our Fourth of July entry, we looked at the history of popcorn in the United States. That post touched on some of the larger stories behind our favorite snack, but it’s worth a more in-depth look. Archaeologists have found definitive historical evidence of popcorn across North and South America, some of it dating back 4,000 years or more. Interestingly, the ways that ancient humans used popcorn don’t differ all that much from the ways we use it today.

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Tips for Perfect Popcorn

In our previous entries, we’ve taken a closer look at the types of common popcorn kernels and oils. Now it’s time to discuss turning those two ingredients into popcorn—or, more specifically, the equipment you’ll need to do so. While a pan on the stovetop may be the most traditional method, it’s far from the safest or most efficient. That honor goes to the myriad of popcorn machines available today. But how do you decide which one meets your needs?

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A History of Toppings

Now that we’ve taken a look at most of the ingredients (and variables) that go into popcorn, it’s finally time to go over making the snack for ourselves. In this entry, we’ll go over a few tips for getting the best results from your kernels in a popcorn machine and on the stovetop.

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A Buyer's Guide to Popcorn Machines

In our previous entries, we’ve taken a closer look at the types of common popcorn kernels and oils. Now it’s time to discuss turning those two ingredients into popcorn—or, more specifically, the equipment you’ll need to do so. While a pan on the stovetop may be the most traditional method, it’s far from the safest or most efficient. That honor goes to the myriad of popcorn machines available today. But how do you decide which one meets your needs?

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The Most Important Snack in America

This Fourth of July may be different than most. Municipal governments are scaling back—or outright cancelling—parades and fireworks displays to slow the spread of novel coronavirus. Many of those same state and local officials are encouraging residents not to host their own crowded cookouts and parties for the same reason. But the morale boost and sense of togetherness that Independence Day brings may be exactly what we all need right now.

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Completing the Home Theater Experience

Our last two entries covered some of the basics of popcorn, but that’s not the only essential ingredient in the perfect home theater experience. There are other snacks to consider, of course, but also smaller touches like the way snacks are served—a plastic or ceramic bowl from the kitchen cupboard just won’t cut it—and the ambiance of your theater. As always, this is less of a comprehensive overview and more of a peek at what’s possible beyond a beautiful screen and a popcorn machine.

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FAQ: Popcorn Kernels

One of popcorn’s most endearing and enduring qualities is the simplicity of the recipe: corn kernels, oil, and heat. We touched on some of the different popping oil options in a previous entry, and now we’re ready to tackle some of the most frequently asked questions about popcorn kernels. This won’t be a comprehensive roundup of all things corn kernel, of course.

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BackJack Chair Buyer's Guide

BackJack floor chairs are known for the health and space-saving benefits they offer owners—both of which are well documented on our website. But sorting through the myriad options to find the perfect BackJack chair for your specific needs can be daunting. We’ve put this guide together to explain the frame and material options available on our floor chairs.

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The Impact of COVID-19 on the Box Office

Novel coronavirus has disrupted almost every aspect of our lives, and those disruptions are expected to carry into the short-term future. This is especially true of the entertainment industry, where long-standing production and release schedules have been thrown into total upheaval. Theaters large and small remain closed.

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