More Fun Popcorn Facts

3 Oct

More Fun Popcorn Facts

Popcorn is not just a delicious healthy food that is consumed by millions of Americans every day, popcorn as a food and as a story is deeply woven into the American cultural psyche. Native Americans have been eating roasted corn and popcorn for thousands of years, and within a couple of generations many European-origin Americans also adopted the tradition. That said, popcorn didn’t really become a full-fledged public craze and reach significant levels of commercial production until after the Civil War.

Odd Facts About Popcorn

  1. The 17 billion quarts of popcorn consumed by Americans every year would fill an empty Empire State Building 18 times.
  2. Popcorn is the official snack of Illinois. The state even has an annual “Popcorn Day”.
  3. Popcorn kernels have been known to pop more than three feet high in the air.
  4. There are nearly 1,600 kernels in 1 unpopped cup of popcorn.
  5. Unpopped popcorn should not be stored in the refrigerator. The refrigerator will dry out the moisture in the kernels. Without the moisture, popcorn will not pop. The ideal place to store popcorn is in a cool, dry cupboard.
  6. The Guinness World’s Record largest popcorn ball was more than 12 feet in diameter and weighed over 5,000 pounds. The giant popcorn ball included 2,000 pounds of corn, 40,000 pounds of sugar, 280 gallons of corn syrup and 400 gallons of water.
  7. One ancient method for popping corn involved heating sand in a fire and then stirring kernels of popcorn on top of the hot sand.
  8. Two tablespoons of unpopped kernels produce around quart of popcorn for a cost of around 25 cents.
  9. Nebraska produces more than 250 million pounds of popcorn per year—the most of any U.S. state. That represents over 25% of all the popcorn produced in the U.S. every year.
  10. Unpopped popcorn kernels are often called “spinsters” or “old maids.” Good quality, fresh popcorn should result in 98% popped kernels with less than 2% spinsters
  11. Orville Redenbacher is the best-selling popcorn in the U.S. and the world. Orville R. began growing popping corn in 1919 at the tender age of 12.
  12. One cup of plain popcorn only has 31 calories.
  13. The oldest known popcorn popper is a shallow bowl with a handle and hole on top was designed around A.D. 300. The first commercial popcorn-making machine (steam-driven) showed up 1,500 years later at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago.
  14. American businessman Charles Cretors created a commercial popcorn machine in 1893. He developed an automated machine that could pop popcorn and apply flavorings/seasonings uniformly.
  15. Perry Spencer, an American electronics researcher, invented microwave popcorn in 1945. When he stopped briefly in front of a device called a magnetron tube in his lab, he noticed that the tube had half-melted a chocolate candy bar he had in his pocket. A few additional experiments showed the microwaves emitted from the magnetron tube were ideal for heating up the water.

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