My beloved popcorn popper broke, it got me thinking a lot about popcorn. So I searched the internet and here is what I found!


pop·corn  (ppkôrn) KEY


    1. A variety of corn, Zea mays everta, having hard kernels that burst to form white, irregularly shaped puffs when heated.
    2. The edible popped kernels of this variety of corn.
  1. A small piece, as of polystyrene, used in quantity to protect items during packaging and shipment.

-Popcorn is scientifically known as Zea mays everta.

-Popcorn is a favorite treat in homes across the world. It is one snack food that can be sweet or savory. It can be made almost any way you desire. There is no doubt that popcorn is one of the top snack foods in the world for many reasons. Here are some facts about this beloved treat that are sure to entertain and amuse everyone:

- Marion, Ohio, USA is home to the world's only popcorn museum. This small town also hosts an annual festival to honor the snack food.

- Popcorn is actually a frozen explosion. As the outside of the kernel heats up the moisture inside expands and causes it to explode. Once exposed to air it quickly cools and freezes as a piece of popcorn.

- Only specific corn can become popcorn because it must have a certain moisture content to be able to pop.

- The oldest ears of popcorn were found in New Mexico. They were discovered to be around 2,000 years old and were still of good enough quality to be popped.

- Popcorn comes in a large variety of flavors. Almost everything imaginable has been combined with popcorn, from cayenne pepper to chocolate to cheese.

- Popcorn is the official snack food of the state of Illinois. It become the official snack food due to an elementary school project.

- A popped piece of popcorn is called a flake.

- Americans eat 16 billion quarts of popcorn each year.

- Popcorns are listed by the American Pediatrics Society as one of the top foods that children under one year old should not eat because it poses a choking hazard.

- Popping popcorn is one of the main uses for microwave ovens. It is such a popular task that most microwaves have a button for it. Popcorns actually aided in the invention of the microwave because the idea came when trying to pop popcorn using microwaves.

- Popcorns can pop up to three feet in the air.

- Almost all of the popcorn in the world is grown in the United States, specifically the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa,

Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska and Ohio.

- Popcorn was invented in Mexico.

- Native Americans used popcorns, not only as a food, but as jewelry.

- Popcorn is a common decoration for the Christmas holiday season. It is drawn on string with berries to make a garland.

You didn't realized there were so many fun facts about popcorn, didn't you? :)

Really neither did I,

 I said oh so sarcastically....