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Unique Popcorn Facts!

Aug 24, 2008
America loves popcorn. We eat 16 billion quarts per year. Every man, woman and child enjoy 65 quarts of popcorn each. Popcorn is a whole grain snack with only 55 caloies per cup. If you use an air popper it has 31 calories. Popcorn is a good snack for you too!

Zea Mays Everta is popcorn's scientific name. Popcorn is a member of the grass family. It is a type of maize or corn. There are 5 types of corn. They are Flour, Dent or Field, Flint, Sweet and popcorn. The moisture in the kernals makes it pop. That level of moisture is between 13 to 15 percent.

There are 2 different types of popcorn. They are Snowflake and Mushroom. The Snowflake is usually used in concession popcorn poppers. The Snowflake pops up soft and fluffy. The Mushroom variety is mostly used in candy making. It holds up to handling and takes candy coatings better. There are over 700 different types of popcorn.

In the early1700's, kettle corn was introduced. It was popped in large cast iron kettles. The settlers would use rendered lard and whatever sweetner they had on hand. Mostly molasses, honey or sugar cane.

Kettle corn is one of hottest ways to make money with popcorn. Thats why you see it being made at county fairs and farmers markets. It is one of the few products that has a low overhead and a high profit margin. Your initial investment can usually be recouped in a couple of shows.

Microwave popcorn was first discovered in 1945. Perry Spencer discovered that popcorn would pop when placed near a mocrowave. Mr. Spencer led the way to development of the microwave oven.

Some of the oldest known popcorn was found in Bat cave in west New mexico in 1948. The ears of popcorn were as small as a penny to over 2 inches long.

Popcorn became very popular during the great depression in the 1890's. Popcorn was sold in bags for 5 to 10 cents each. Some street vendors would push their gas and steam powered poppers around following the crowds selling popcorn. Very few peole could afford this luxury. People would start their own popcorn business to help their families during the lean years.

Popcorn sales dropped off in the early 1950s, when the t.v. became popular. Movie theater attendance also dropped too. So did popcorn consumption, when the public started eating popcorn at home. Home poppers were first introduced around 1925.

January 19 is National Popcorn Day! October is National Popcorn Popping Month!April 7th is Caramel Popcorn Day!

Native American tribes would pop the popcorn right on the cob. They would spear the corn cob with a stick and roast it over an open flame. This would cause the kernals to pop right on the cob.

The English colonists ate popcorn at the first Thanksgiving feast in Plymouth, Massachusetts. It was brought as a gift by the chief's brother. The colonists ate the popcorn with milk and sugar. This is the first known breakfast cereal.

Popcorn is low in calories along with apples,pears, cheese, nuts and plain yougurt. It is listed as a sugar free snack by the American Dental Association.

For weight control, The American Diabetes Association uses popcorn as a bread exchange. It provdes the the necessary roughage and fiber to aid in digestion and the overall health of the body.Popcorn provides 1.3 grams of dietary fiber needed.

The unpopped kernals are called "old maids" or "spinsters". Good popcorn should produce less than 2 percent of "old maids". Popcorn kernals will start popping at the temperature of 347 degrees. Popcorn can pop as high as 3 feet.

Popcorn has more protein, phosphorus and iron than potato chips, an ice crean cone, pretzels or soda crackers.

Popcorn is enjoyed in many different flavors in different parts of the world. Sweet popcorn is loved by Germany,Luxemburg, Switzerland and Belgium. The rest of Europe prefers salty popcorn. Americans enjoy it with salt and butter and a host of sweet coatings. The japanese eat their popcorn with seaweed or shrimp flavorings. The rest of Europe prefers salty popcorn.
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