Fun Facts

Did you know…

Popcorn contains fiber, providing roughage the body needs in its daily diet.

Popcorn is low in calories, only 31-55 calories in one cup of unbuttered popcorn, and when lightly buttered, one cup still only has 133 calories.

Popcorn has no artificial additives or preservatives, and is sugar free.

Popcorn contains energy-producing carbohydrates.

Popcorn is ideal for in-between meal snacking since it satisfies and doesn’t spoil an appetite.

Popcorn inspires creativity. While there’s no doubt hot buttered popcorn is pleasing to any palate, popcorn also can be enjoyed when combined with seasonings, spices and other foods like raisins, fruit, nuts, caramel and cheese providing a nutritious, delicious snack.

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Biblical accounts of “Corn” stored in the pyramids of Egypt are misunderstood. The “Corn” from the bible was probably barley. The mistake comes from a changed use of the word “Corn”, which used to signify the most-used grain of a specific place. In England, “Corn” was wheat, and in Scotland and Ireland the word referred to oats. Since maize was the common American “Corn”, it took that name and keeps it to this very day.

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The folklore of some Native American tribes told of spirits who lived inside each kernel of popcorn. The spirits were quiet and content to live on their own, but grew angry if their houses were heated. The hotter their homes became, the angrier they’d get, shaking the kernels until the heat was too much. Finally, they would burst out of their homes and into the air as a disgruntled puff of stem.

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Americans today consume over 17 billion quarts of popped popcorn each year. The average American eats about 54 quarts per year.

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In 1519, Cortes got his first sight of popcorn when he invaded Mexico and came into contact with the Aztecs. Popcorn was an important food for the Aztec Indians, who also used popcorn as decoration for ceremonial headdresses, necklaces and ornaments on statues of their gods, including Tlaloc, the god of rain and fertility.

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The oldest ears of popcorn ever found were discovered in the Bat Cave of West Central New Mexico in 1948 and 1950. Ranging from smaller than a penny to about 2 inches, the oldest Bat Cave ears are about 4,000 years old.

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Popcorn’s ability to pop lies in the fact that the kernels contain a small amount of water stored in a circle of soft starch inside the hard-outer casing. When heated, the water expands, creating pressure within, until eventually the casing gives way, and the kernels explode and pop, allowing the water to escape as stem, turning the kernels inside out.

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Archeologists have uncovered proof that popcorn had been around long before the arrival of the Europeans in the New World. Excavations in the Bat Cave of West Central New Mexico turned up popcorn ears nearly 5,600 years old, according to radio-carbon test. An 80,000-year-old fossil pollen fond 200 feet below Mexico City has been identified as corn pollen. In tombs on the east coast of Peru, researchers uncovered 1,000-year-old grains of popcorn so well preserved that they still pop.