Popcorn: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 2)


We already brought you part one of our list of 15 things you probably did not know about popcorn, and now we’re back with part two! Check out eight more fascinating facts about the crunchy and salty snack food that you definitely (probably) did not know below. You might be surprised by what you find out!

Number Eight: Unpopped Kernels Are Also Knowns as Old Maids

This might sound crazy, but it’s true. Kernels that are left unpopped are often called old maids or spinsters.

Number Seven: Every Year, More Than 17 Billion Quarts of Popcorn Are Consumed in America

And most of it is probably at the movies. That’s enough popcorn to fill the Empire State Building not once, not twice, but 18 times!

Number Six: 25 Percent of All Popcorn Produced in the U.S. Comes From a Single State

And that state is Nebraska. Nebraska is clearly a boon for the popular snack and produces a whopping 250 million pounds of it every year.

Number Five: There’s a National Popcorn Day

The day in question is January 19. Miss it this year? It’s not too late to have a belated celebration!

Number Four: There Are Two Shapes Once It’s Popped

When the kernels pop, they always form one of two shapes: mushroom or butterfly. Butterfly kernels are bigger, so that’s what movie theaters use. Mushroom kernels, on the other hand, are sturdier, so that’s what caramel popcorn companies use.

Number Three: There’s No Such Thing as GMO Popcorn

While many kinds of corn have been genetically modified, the strain that produces popcorn kernels has never been genetically modified. However, this doesn’t mean that the oil and additives in the pre-packaged stuff haven’t been genetically modified.

Number Two: It’s Served as a Soup in Wisconsin

Considered a state delicacy of Wisconsin, popcorn soup made with beer and cheese (and the snack in question, of course) is actually a thing. While some soup recipes call for popped kernels as a crunchy garnish, Wisconsin’s delicacy soup incorporates the kernels into the soup as well.

Number One: Popcorn Machines Have Been Around for Over 100 Years

You know what they say – if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it. The basic machine that many commercial vendors use to pop kernels has been around since 1893 and was invented by Charles Cretors. We hope you enjoyed our list!