Sunday, August 17, 2008

Retro Popcorn


This might show my age but I remember Jiffy Pop being the best, most delicious popcorn around! It was such a treat when my Mom would buy it and we couldn't wait to make it. Putting it on the burner of the stove and shaking it around until the popping stopped and the foil was stretched and filled with wonderfully, buttery tasting popcorn. Yum! It was the best! So when Adam brought some home from a Young Adult camping trip the kids could not wait to make some because they had never had it before. Sorry only microwave popcorn in this house. Now mind you I was upstairs when, with their Dad showing them how to do it, made up a batch of it. I have got to tell you though that when I came downstairs the family room and kitchen were filled with smoke which indicated to me that the popcorn was not going to be that good. I believe it was overdone, there is definitely a technique to Jiffy Pop. So the boys excitedly opened up the foil and tried a few pieces of the dark yellow popcorn and pretty much gagged! Matthew stated that "it was nasty" and Zack said that "it was like eating a cigarette!" Yuck! I think that they will take their microwave popcorn anyday!
Just to set the record straight though I did make up some tonight and mine turned out much better, it was at least edible but it still was not the great tasting stuff I remember from my childhood. It was such a let down. I think that they have come a long way with popcorn!!

7 comments:

Scott said...

I think you are so funny. I totally remember jiffy pop and I have tried it several times since I got married and every time it turns out like "eating a cigarette" (that was so funny of Zach to say). I think it was oine of those things better in memory than in person.

Jo said...

Now how does Zack know what eating a cigarette is like??? Hmmm... something to wonder about. Just kidding. I know your boys are perfect. I hate it when childhood memories are tainted like that. Although, I do have some fond memories of Jiffy Pop too!! Ah! Good Times!

Suzanne said...

LOL! Cigarette flavored popcorn pretty much describes the failure to shake the popcorn. Our last attempt ended similarly. I prefer the microwave popcorn for the ease of execution.

Lori said...

The commercials of Jiffy Pop popcorn was what created the wonderful memories. On the commercials the aluminum foil stretched and rounded so perfectly and the popcorn was never burned. It never really happened for us in person, but I kept wanting to buy Jiffy Pop so I could have perfect popcorn just like the happy commercial kids.

Rachel said...

Jiffy Pop? You are old aren't you!!!

McB's said...

I have been looking all over for that stuff to make but never mind, lol. I tried one of my moms recipies when Danny and I got married and it was nasty and totally destroyed my memories of that meal that I remember just loving! I was so excited to make it for him and it completely bombed!!! Oh well, just don't go back to the past and leave the memories to memories.

Pam said...

Ha Ha You are so mean Rachel! I will not have you over next time we make up some Jiffy Pop....cigarette flavored.