Check out these fun popcorn facts
Warning: Corny yet pop-ular facts lie ahead
- Americans consume some 16 billion quarts of this whole grain, good-for-you treat. That’s 51 quarts per man, woman, and child.
- Compared to most snack foods, popcorn is low in calories. Air-popped popcorn has only 31 calories per cup. Oil-popped is only 55 per cup.
- Most U.S. popcorn is grown in the Midwest, primarily in Indiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky and Missouri.
- Most popcorn comes in two basic shapes when it’s popped: snowflake and mushroom. Snowflake is used in movie theaters and ballparks because it looks and pops bigger. Mushroom is used for candy confections because it doesn’t crumble.
- Popping popcorn is one of the number one uses for microwave ovens. Most microwave ovens have a “popcorn” control button.
- How high popcorn kernels can pop? Up to 3 feet in the air.
- The world’s largest popcorn ball was created at the Indiana State Fair. It weighed 6,510 lbs., stood over 8 ft. tall, and measured 24.9 ft.in circumference.
- If you made a trail of popcorn from New York City to Los Angeles, you would need more than 352,028,160 popped kernels!
- The oldest ears of popcorn were found in a New Mexico cave in 1948 and 1950. Ranging in size from a penny to 2 inches, the popcorn ears were estimated to be about 4,000 years old.
- In colonial times, Americans ate popcorn for breakfast. They mixed it with milk, sugar and cream.
- Percy Spencer, the inventor of the microwave oven, also received a patent for microwave popcorn. Today, most microwaves have a ‘popcorn’ button on them.
- Agricultural scientist Orville Redenbacher revolutionized the popcorn industry by discovering the first genetic improvement in popcorn in 5,000 years. Redenbacher’s ‘snowflake’ kernels expanded more than 40 times their original size when popped, rather than the normal 20, resulting in lighter, fluffier popcorn.
- The first people to discover popcorn might have been the Aztec Indians in the 16th century; they used it as food, and for decorations, necklaces and ornaments.
- The Guinness Book of Records reports that the world’s largest popcorn ball measured 12 feet in diameter and weighed 2,000 pounds.
- The largest popcorn festival is the Marion Popcorn Festival. This festival attracts over two hundred thousand people.
- Christopher Columbus allegedly introduced popcorn to the Europeans in the late 15th century.
- Unpopped kernels are called old maids or spinsters.