Popcorn: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 1)

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Popcorn is one of America’s favorite snacks. Not only is it crunchy, salty, and delicious, but it can be healthy too! However, despite the snack food’s popularity, there are still some things that many people don’t know. With that in mind, here we present our list of 15 things you probably didn’t know about popcorn. Check out part one below, and stay tuned for part two, coming soon!

Number Fifteen: Popcorn Has Been Enjoyed for Thousands of Years

If you’re convinced that popcorn’s recent explosion in popularity means it was recently invented, you’re dead wrong. The ritual of eating it is thousands of years old and, in fact, 5,000-year-old kernels were even found in New Mexican caves in 1948!

Number Fourteen: It Was Eaten at the First Thanksgiving

Many historians believe that a Native American tribe introduced the popular snack to the colonists. Incidentally, this happened on the very first Thanksgiving in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Number Thirteen: It’s Been Used to Make Beer

It’s true! Popcorn-flavored beer might not sound so appetizing now, but it was once used for many different purposes other than as a snack food. One of these purposes was to make beer.

Number Twelve: It Was Once Believed That Every Kernel Contained a Spirit

Some Native American tribes were convinced that in every single kernel lived a spirit. They believed that the spirits were escaping the kernels when they popped.

Number Eleven: Theater Owners Hated it at First

Though the snack food is a staple in every movie theater today, it wasn’t always that way. American vendors began selling popcorn outside theaters after realizing that people enjoyed snacking on it during films, much to many theater owners’ chagrin. However, after realizing that the snack’s sales increased the theaters’ revenue, it became a staple.

Number Ten: Popcorn Is More Profitable Than You Realize

In fact, 90 cents of every dollar spent on popcorn is a profit! Most theaters make more profit off of popcorn than they do off of ticket sales.

Number Nine: Every Kernel Needs Moisture to Pop

The kernels in popcorn all contain moisture, but what makes them different from other types of corn kernels is that the kernel shells aren’t permeable to water. This means that when heat is applied to the kernels, pressure builds up, and the moisture becomes steam, causing the kernel to pop. Stay tuned for part two of our list of 15 things you didn’t know about popcorn, coming soon!

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