Exploring Popcorn – How, When, Where and Why?

ChVnPJTVEAE0gUPYou just can’t watch a movie without munching on some popcorn. Popcorn is a staple snack found in cinema theatres all over the world. This humble snack traces its roots back to thousands of years ago. Historians have found traces of popcorn kernels in tombs of ancient kings from thousands of years ago. So popcorn is not a new invention and we are not the first generation to be addicted to this highly addictive crunchy snack.

White-Chocolate-Confetti-Popcorn-Recipe1-300x300The popping sound of popcorn is made when the kernel of a particular type of maize is heated. These kernels have a hard outer shell that cannot be eaten without cooking. So when you heat the kernel the water inside the kernel turns into steam and blows up the size of the kernel resulting in a fluffy particle. Corn has been cultivated by the human race as early as 5000 B.C. However the popcorn as we know of today doesn’t appear until the 1800s. It was first introduced in the United States during 1820s and was sold in the name of pearl.

The name of popcorn was introduced in 1840s. And the earliest method of cooking popcorn was on a grill. The invention of microwave popcorn was in the year 1920s. It was during the depression of 1930s that Glen.W.Dickson a theatre owner introduced a popcorn stand in his theatre. The cheap price of this popular popcorn made it the preferred choice of snack of movie goers during the period of depression.

This humble snack has come a long way and the flavours available today are endless. Caramel, butter, honey, pepper, strawberry and curry are some of my favourite flavours.
Make sure to mention the exotic flavours you have tried in the comments below.

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