Jan. 19 – National Popcorn Day

Plain, buttery, salty, cheesy, or drizzled with caramel.  The toppings are endless. Pop some corn and watch your favorite movie.

Or, instead of eating it, use the fluffy kernels as decorations in a garland or for inexpensive packing material.

Americans consume some 14 billion quarts of this whole grain, good-for-you treat. That’s 43 quarts per man, woman, and child.

Popcorn needs between 13.5-14% moisture to 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.

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 doesn’t crumble.

Popcorn kernel shapes:

two shape types of popcorn

 

The world’s largest popcorn ball, according to Guinness World Records 2015, was created in 2013 at the Indiana State Fair. With the help of Pop Weaver, Snax in Pax, and Indiana’s Family of Farmers, the popcorn ball weighed in at 6,510-pounds, 8 feet in diameter.

For recipes, check out Popcorn.org.