Just as eating at home or our vacation home, the vast majority of meals at the campsite were homemade from scratch, much the same as they were when we were camping with our kids so many years ago. Even the majority of snacks our kids enjoyed while camping were homemade or simply fruit. Homemade trail mix was one of their favourites as was popcorn. The year we camped in tents, I bought Jiffy-pop for one of the kids' snacks. They loved popcorn, a regular snack at home, usually made in an air popper. With no hydro, I reasoned that Jiffy-pop would be a good substitute. It was and the kids loved watching the foil lid puff up! The following year we bought a tent trailer so popcorn was made in the trailer or in a popcorn popper over the fire. I never did go back to buying Jiffy-pop but the kids still remember that little bit of magic.
The kids fired up the Coleman and while a pot of coffee was brewing for the adults, the Jiffy-pop cooked on the other burner. The grandkids waited patiently in anticipation. True to form, within minutes the magical puffed up lid appeared giving the sign the popcorn was almost ready to serve.
These days, I make popcorn at home using an electric Whirly popcorn popper. The grandkids love watching the popcorn pop large, tender morsels that aren't tough or dried out as air poppers can cause. We are planning on getting back into camping so popcorn will be a staple snack when camping. I'll go back to using a popcorn popper over the campfire when camping. Still this brought back pleasant memories of our very first camping trips!