Happy Centennial Celebrations for two products that go so well together!
Morton’s Salt and “Jolly Time Popcorn!” Although popcorn has been around
for many more than 100 years, the first time that it was labeled and sold was as,
“Jolly Time Popcorn.” The little girl on the Morton’s Salt is looking still young
for her 100 years representing her company!
Workers at the “Jolly Time” factory have packaged millions of pounds of non-
GMO kernels from local owned farms in Mid-West U. S. A. Popping corn was
considered a treat to be made in a pan on the stove, sometimes over a fire or in
a special popcorn ‘cooker’/popper. My grandkids probably would recognize
the air popper I have and microwave popcorn their parents pop for them.
Then, some people decided that it was not ‘good’ for us, since we tend to cover
it (smother it!) with butter or melted margarine.
Finally, as many food situations evolve or do a complete turn-around, we are
embracing popcorn once again! Yeah! I like to use my ‘air popper’ and add
parmesan cheese or Bragg’s yeast that is cheesy tasting. You can find it in the
health food aisle, I read about it in Prevention Magazine, along with hearing
about it from my youngest daughter, who sprinkles it on broccoli or cauliflower
for added nutrients and flavor.
I sure do love movie theater popcorn, caramel corn or popcorn balls. I like
that they have now decided popcorn is “healthy for us,” with its three good
Let’s be jolly and jovial while celebrating 100 years of this delicious popcorn!
In 1914, the Morton Salt girl looked like Shirley Temple. She is so cute, in her
pictures, as her logo still lives on their website. In this American icon blue
and white picture, she holds her umbrella in one hand and her upside down
box of salt, in its circular canister, is sprinkling salt behind her.
In 1941, the Morton Salt girl now resembles Dorothy, with her hair in braids
and yellow is now included as ‘accents’ in the design on the ‘box.’
In 1956, the Morton Salt girl has a pinafore that seems like what may look like
an apron, with it being reminiscent of the little girl Lisle, in the “Sound of Music.”
Why an umbrella? Because. . .
“When it rains, it pours!”
Morton Salt is not supposed to clump.
Here are some of its favorable traits-
~Salt unlocks the flavor of foods.
~Salt has helped roads, sidewalks and driveways be safer. (Yes, there is a newer
kind of salt, but this is still given credit to Morton’s for its being always available
for these responsibilities.)
~Salt is in our water system, it flows into our baths, kitchens and pools.
~If you make a salt solution or sprinkle salt directly into cracks in sidewalks, you
can kill weeds and unwanted grass.
Have you ever played this ‘switch’ April Fool’s Day trick?
My brother put salt into the sugar bowl and sugar into the salt shaker. Boy, did
he get into trouble! My Dad did not want anyone to ‘mess around with his morning
The Morton Salt girl still has ‘new places to go,’
‘new friends to make,’
and ‘new stories to share.’
If you should wish to join those who are sharing, you may check out this:
Someone told me this sweet ‘joke’ that is really just a special treat since it
goes with the little girl with the umbrella. Susie’s mother was waiting a
block away from the school. She stood on the corner and watched her
kindergartener approaching, both mother and daughter had their umbrellas
open. Every few steps, Susie’s chin would raise, her eyes looking up at the
sky, she would give a big grin, then continue walking. When she reached
her Mommy at the agreed upon location, she gave her a big hug.
Susie’s mother asked her, “Susie, why were you looking up at the sky,
then it seemed like you were smiling at the sky?”
Susie answered, “Because God was taking my picture!”
(Her mother smiled and agreed, that was such a better outlook at the
startling bursts of lightning, like a ‘flash’ going off on a camera!)
When I mentioned to this woman, Chris, at work about my celebration
post for the two ingredients, popcorn and Morton’s salt, she immediately
thought of this appropriate ‘story’ or ‘joke.’
I found two light-hearted quotes for this celebratory post:
Albert Einstein is credited for saying,
“Life is like riding a bicycle.
In order to keep your balance,
You must keep moving.”
Samuel Butler brings some smiles to my face with this one,
“The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool
of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you,
but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
I could not resist reminding you of that hauntingly pretty, but
oh so meaningful song, “100 Years.”
It captures how we feel time is flying by and so fleeting…
“I’m 15 for a moment,
Caught in between 10 and 20,
And I’m just dreaming
Counting the way to where you are.
15, there’s still time for you,
Time to buy and time to lose,
15, there’s never a wish
Better than this
When you only got 100 years to live.”
(The next section has a child on the way…)
“I’m 45 for a moment,
The sea is high
And I’m heading into a crisis,
Chasing the years of my life.”
Sung by Five for Fighting, who is actually John Ondrasik, 2003.