While you are snacking on your favorite flavor of popcorn have you ever wondered if popcorn is healthy or what temperature is the best temperature to pop popcorn? Besides being a delicious snack perfect for any occasion, popcorn has an interesting history, and there are loads of fun facts about popcorn to make the snacking experience even better!
- Popcorn is over 5000 years old.
- The first commercial popcorn machine was invented by Charles Cretors in 1885.
- Nebraska produces the most popcorn in America, around 250 million pounds per year.
- Microwaveable popcorn was invented by Pillsbury in 1982.
- Popcorn is a healthy GMO-free and gluten-free snack.
- January 19th is National Popcorn Day.
- The hull of some varieties of popcorn shatters when it pops so it looks hull-less.
- Popcorn can reach up to 3 feet in distance when popping.
- In 1949, popcorn was temporarily banned from movie theaters for being too loud of a snack.
- During the World War II sugar shortage, Americans ate 3x more popcorn.
- America’s Favorite Gourmet Popcorn pops our popcorn at 400°F, which is the ideal temperature for popping popcorn.
- The unpropped popcorn kernels at the bottom of a popcorn bag are called old maids.
- Popcorn kernels are 4% water, and the water causes popcorn to pop when heated up.
- Popcorn has three common shapes: rice, South American, and pearl. Pearl is the most popular popcorn shape.
- In the 1800’s, popcorn was often eaten as a cereal with milk and sugar.
- Popcorn is a popular North American Christmas tree decoration. Popcorn is threaded onto a string and used as garland.
- When popcorn pops in a round shape it is called mushroom popcorn and popcorn which pops in unpredictable shapes is called butterfly popcorn.
With these fun facts, you can enjoy a bag of America’s Favorite Gourmet Popcorn and impress your friends with all sorts of popcorn knowledge!