Mmmmmm. Kettle corn!
  • Popcorn is the oldest of three main types of corn: field corn, sweet corn, and popcorn.
  • Popcorn pops because the heart of the kernel is moist and pulpy and is surrounded by a hard shell. When heated, the moisture in the heart expands until it “pops.”
  • Popcorn was discovered by the Indians. One of the first things Columbus saw in San Salvador was Indians selling popcorn and wearing it as jewelry.
  • Archeologists found some popcorn in a bat cave in New Mexico that was 5,000 years old.
  • 1,000 year old popcorn kernels were found in Peru that would still pop.
  • Indians used to popcorn by holding an ear of corn on a stick over an open fire (even then they knew that the best way to pop corn was “open.”
  • Indians also popped corn by throwing a handful of kernels right into the fire.
  • French explorers saw Indians in 1612 popping corn in clay pots filled with sand. They would fill the pots with hot sand, throw in some popcorn, and when it popped, it would come to the top.
  • The Iroquois Indians liked popcorn soup.
  • Indians coming to the first Thanksgiving dinner brought popcorn in a deerskin pouch.
  • The Colonists were so in love with popcorn that they ate it for breakfast with cream and sugar, thus the original “Corn Pops.”