20 Delicious Facts About Popcorn That Will Absolutely Blow Your Mind
Let’s all be honest here, there are very few things better than a fresh batch of buttery popcorn. It’s the main reason why sitting in a movie theater in the same position for about 90 minutes is actually tolerable.
Popcorn ranks high on the list of many people’s favorite snacks and condiments like Nutella, chocolate, pizza and bacon.
The best thing about popcorn is the different types that exist. If you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, you might go with caramel-covered popcorn.
If you’re looking for that traditional salty and buttery mix, you might go with a classic movie theater-style butter and salt batch. And if you’re trying to make everyone around you jealous, you’ll break out the chocolate-covered popcorn!
Yes, it exists, and if you haven’t had it, you should try it as soon as possible.
Despite our deep love for popcorn, a lot of us don’t know that there are a few awesome and little-known facts about the delicious treat. Check them out below!
Americans consume approximately 17 billion quarts of popcorn annually which is enough to fill the Empire State Building 18 times.
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Popcorn kernels have the ability to pop up to three feet in the air.
Believe it or not, popcorn contains more protein than any other cereal grain.
Based on volume, popcorn is America’s favorite thing to snack on.
Un-popped kernels are nicknamed “spinsters” or “old maids.”
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The fall season is the peak time for popcorn consumption. Second in line is the winter season.
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A cup of plain, unbuttered and unsalted popcorn tallies up to just 31 calories.
The most ideal popping temperature for a quality batch of popcorn is about 400° to 460° F.
More than 200 million boxes of Cracker Jack popcorn are consumed every year in America alone.
Americans consume more popcorn than any other country in the entire world.
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A majority of the popcorn consumed around the world is originally grown in the US.
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Just around 70 percent of popcorn sold in the US is consumed in homes. The remaining 30 percent is consumed in movie theaters, stadiums/arenas and schools.
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There are approximately 1,600 popcorn kernels in a single cup.
Popcorn is the official snack of Illinois. Because of this, they’ve held an official “Popcorn Day” since 1958.
Back in the ancient times, people would prepare popcorn by heating up sand in a fire and then stirring the un-popped kernels of popcorn in the hot sand until they popped.
There are six major corn/maize types: pod corn, sweet corn, flour corn, dent corn, flint corn and popcorn.
When it comes to movie theaters, for every dollar spent on popcorn by moviegoers, approximately 90 cents is profit.
Corn is the second largest crop in the entire world, and the largest in America.
The official scientific name for popcorn is: Zea Mays Everta.
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Popcorn has been sold in theaters dating back to as far as 1912.
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