It's just after midnight here in Los Angeles and I'm sitting up late worrying about my little Sally dog in the doggie hospital. Still, even when worrying you have to eat sooner or later. Earlier today my son Tom bought me a couple of Big Macs after we went to visit Sally the the doggie hospital, but they are wearing off and I'm trying to decide on a late night snack to stick into my tummy before bed.
I have several options. There are some frozen dinners in the freezer and some Chef Boyardee cans of stuff in the cupboard that I could heat up.....but....no. Not going to hit the spot. There is also a full box of Raisin Bran there too, but I'm not really in the mood for that, though cereal is great late at night too.
What there is in the cupboard is the saviour of late night snacks, microwave popcorn! I mean, what's not to love? It's easy to make, tastes great, is cheap and even Harry the dog likes a few kernels for himself. A big bowl goes down great without being heavy or too filling. Not an over-eating nightmare in the bowl.
I come from a long line of Snyder men popcorn lovers. My grandfather (on my dad's side switched off between a bowl of popcorn every night or eating smooth peanut butter from a jar with a spoon (he hated dentures), but always one or the other every single night. My dad got to the point where he grew several varieties of popcorn on his own and always had a dozen or so large jars of it on the shelves in his basement to choose from. It was surprising when an evening went by with out him popping up a batch of one kind or another from the time I was a kid until the day he went into the hospice to die. Even there he asked for and got popcorn on a regular basis.
In a few minutes I'm going to toss a bag of microwave popcorn in and enjoy an extra butter version of Orville Redenbacher's finest. Still, I'd like to know that, with all of the new and fancy late night snacks, that I'm not alone in loving one of the original and (IMHO) one of the best of all, popcorn.
So, popcorn. Hell yes or hell no? If not, then what is your late night snack?