KNOW POPCORN

Fun facts about popcorn

Popcorn has globally been used not only as a meal but also for arts and craft.

In Summary

• Popcorn has globally been used not only as a meal but also for arts and crafts and Christmas or Halloween decorations.

• In the 19th century, the popping of the kernels was achieved by hand on stovetops.

A bowl of strawberry flavoured popcorns
A bowl of strawberry flavoured popcorns
Image: Margaret Wanjiru

Corns origin is debatable till now but most people believe it was domesticated thousands of years ago in Mexico.

Corn not only makes meals like ugali and porridge but is credited for tasty snacks like popcorn.

Charles Cretor is the father of popcorns. He is credited for the invention of the popcorn maker.

He'd earlier created a couple of steam-powered machines for roasting nuts and applied that knowledge and technology to come up with the corn kernels.

He created and deployed street carts equipped with steam-powered popcorn makers that helped the fluffy kennels gain popularity.

Popcorn has globally been used not only as a meal but also for arts and crafts and Christmas or Halloween decorations.

This fluffy treat is a perfect snack, especially for movies and parties. It’s tasty on its own but can be mixed with almost anything your taste buds can dream up.

From cheesy to caramel to coconut and strawberry and on top of that the snack can be ready in minutes.

Fun facts about popcorns. 

The United States is the country with the highest consumption of popcorn globally.

They are actually healthy snacks rich in fibre and polyphenols which are antioxidants linked to better digestive health and blood circulation.

It also has high satiety (feeling of being full) levels and a low-calorie count.

In the 19th century, the popping of the kernels was achieved by hand on stovetops.

There are different ways of preparing popcorns.

1) Air-popped

These use hot air and steam to pop the kernels into perfect fluffy snacks

2) Microwaving

You'll need a microwave-safe bowl and the kernels

3) Stove-Top

You'll need a big cooking pot, oil and a cover top for this.

4) Grilling

Add the kernels on an aluminium foil, transfer to the baking tray add oil to cover the pan with aluminium foil, set the grill on medium heat, close and await the magic.

Hope you enjoyed these facts and you get to curl up and enjoy these fluffy tasty treats, as well as we, celebrate popcorn day.