Monday, January 19, 2015

National Popcorn Day, In the News, and Enjoy

National Popcorn Day - Today is National Popcorn Day!

According to the Popcorn Board, Americans eat about 16 billion quarts of popped popcorn each year.


  • Americans consume some 16 billion quarts of popcorn annually.
  • Compared to most snack foods, popcorn is low in calories.
  • Air-popped popcorn has only 31 calories per cup.
  • Oil-popped is only 55 per cup.
  • Popcorn is a type of maize (or corn), a member of the grass family, and is scientifically known as Zea mays everta.
  • Of the 6 types of maize/corn—pod, sweet, flour, dent, flint, and popcorn—only popcorn pops.
  • Popcorn is a whole grain. It is made up of three components: the germ, endosperm, and pericarp (also know as the hull).
  • Popcorn needs between 13.5-14% moisture to pop.
  • Popcorn differs from other types of maize/corn in that is has a thicker pericarp/hull. The hull allows pressure from the heated water to build and eventually bursts open. The inside starch becomes gelatinous while being heated; when the hull bursts, the gelatinized starch spills out and cools, giving it its familiar popcorn shape.
  • Most U.S. popcorn is grown in the Midwest—primarily in Indiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, and Missouri.
  • Many people believe the acres of corn they see in the Midwest during growing season could be picked and eaten for dinner, or dried and popped. In fact, those acres are typically field corn, which is used largely for livestock feed, and differs from both sweet corn and popcorn.
  • The peak period for popcorn sales for home consumption is in the fall.
  • Most popcorn comes in two basic shapes when it's popped: snowflake and mushroom. Snowflake is used in movie theaters and ballparks because it looks and pops bigger. Mushroom is used for candy confections because it does not crumble.
  • Popping popcorn is one of the number-one uses for microwave ovens. Most microwave ovens have a "popcorn" control button.
  • "Popability" is popcorn lingo that refers to the percentage of kernels that pop.
  • There is no such thing as "hull-less" popcorn. All popcorn needs a hull in order to pop. Some varieties of popcorn have been bred so the hull shatters upon popping, making it appear to be hull-less.
  • How high can popcorn kernels pop? They can pop up to 3 feet in the air.
  • The world’s largest popcorn ball was created by volunteers in Sac City, Iowa in February, 2009. It weighed 5,000 pounds, stood over 8 feet tall, and measured 28.8 feet in circumference.
  • If one made a trail of popcorn from New York City to Los Angeles, one would need more than 352,028,160 popped kernels!

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