20 Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Popcorn

From sweet caramel popcorn to zingy cheese popcorn, there are dozens of flavors of popcorn to explore. However, many consumers don’t know that popcorn has such a long and fun-filled history. Below are 20 unique facts about popcorn you probably didn’t know!

1.Popcorn is over 5,000 years old.

2.Popcorn is the official state snack of Illinois.

3.Despite this status, Nebraska produces more popcorn than any other state.

4.Most movie theaters earn more profit from popcorn sales than ticket sales.

5.In the early 1900s, popcorn was banned from cinemas. This ban was thought to have been implemented because popcorn made such a large mess on the theatre floors.

6.Americans began eating 3x more popcorn during World War II due to the country’s sugar shortage.

7.Popcorn can expand to three times the size of the kernel when popped.

8.The ideal temperature for popping popcorn is about 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

9.Americans eat about 17 billion quarts of popcorn a year.

10.If you want to get a full serving of protein eating popcorn, you’d have to consume three cups of popcorn.

11.October is the national Popping Popcorn Month.

12.January 19th is National Popcorn Day.

13.Popcorn doesn’t contain gluten, making it an excellent choice for men and women who have dietary restrictions or choose a gluten-free diet.

14.The world’s largest popcorn ball weighed about 5,000 pounds.

15.Some companies refer to unpopped kernels as “old maids” or “spinsters.”

16.Microwaveable popcorn was first introduced in 1945.

17.Compared to other snacks, popcorn is low in both calories and fat.

18.Popcorn kernels can pop up to three feet in the air.

19.Orville Redenbacher’s produces the number one selling popcorn in the world — but is it the “best darn” popcorn in the world? We’re not so sure.

20.Unpopped popcorn should never be kept in the fridge because refrigeration removes the moisture from the kernels.

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