Fun Facts and Deals for National Popcorn Day

National Popcorn Day

Today is National Popcorn Day and what better way to celebrate than to enjoy one of America’s favorite salty snacks? Along with a few unique popcorn recipes, we put together a list of some popcorn fun facts.

  • Every year, Americans consume over 18 billion quarts of popcorn.
  • Nebraska makes more 250 million pounds of popcorn a year and produces more than any other state in the United States.
  • There are 6 different types of maize: flour, sweet, pod, dent, flint, and popcorn. Popcorn is the only type that pops.
  • Popcorn has more iron than eggs and more protein than any other cereal grain.
  • Popcorn is a whole grain that is only 31 calories per cup.
  • In ancient times, popcorn was made using hot sand that was heated with fire in Mexico.
  • Long ago, Native Americans not only use popcorn as the snack we know of today, but also to make beer and soup.
  • When you buy popcorn at the movies, there is a 90 cent profit for every dollar that is spent. Movie theaters make more of a profit from popcorn than actual ticket sales.
  • The need to make popcorn at home helped in the development of creating the first microwave oven.
  • There are two different types of popcorn: mushroom and butterfly. Mushroom popcorn is created when the kernel expands evenly while butterfly popcorn is turned inside out while it pops. Click here to see pictures.

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