7 Facts about popcorn you should to know
Americans eat around 17 billion quarts of popcorn every year. This amount would fill the Empire State Building 18 times.
Popcorn is the official snack of Illinois. Since 1958, there has been an annual “Popcorn Day.”
Popcorn has more protein than any other cereal grain. It also has more iron than eggs or roast beef. It has more fiber than pretzels or potato chips.
Largest popcorn ball
The world’s largest popcorn ball was 12 feet in diameter and weighed 5,000 pounds. It required 2,000 pounds of corn, 40,000 pounds of sugar, 280 gallons of corn syrup, and 400 gallons of water.
In ancient times, people would make popcorn by heating sand in a fire and then stirring kernels of popcorn in the hot sand.
Popped popcorn comes in two shapes: “snowflake” or “mushroom.” Because “snowflake” shaped popcorn is bigger, movie theaters typically sell that shape.
Unpopped popcorn should not be stored in the refrigerator. The refrigerator will dry out the moisture in the kernels. Without the moisture, popcorn will not pop. The ideal place to store popcorn is in a cool, dry cupboard.