New Years is the time for resolutions and new beginnings. Personally, I’m so over resolutions. I mean, why start off the year by lying to myself? I am who I am, I like what I like, and I enjoy my habits. And do you know what I like about January? National Popcorn Day! Did you know that’s a thing? It’s a thing. January 19th, to be exact.
While we aren’t sure of the origins of this day of celebration, we do know a little about the the origins of popcorn. While corn has been a staple of the American diet since long before Native Americans showed the pilgrims how to grow it, there have been artifacts that have indicated that popcorn has been a staple snack food for thousands of years! I’ll bet you didn’t know that? Did you? Maybe you did. Urns depicting a maize god and popped kernels dating back to 300 A.D. have been discovered in Mexico, and other evidence has been found in various areas of Central and South America. The aztecs used popcorn not just for eating, but also for clothing, headdresses, and other decorations. And in 1948, in a cave now known as “the bat cave” in New Mexico, several small heads of popped corn kernels were found, and carbon dating puts them at roughly 5,600 years old!
It’s true that at Popcorn Friday, we celebrate our love of popcorn everyday, but we couldn’t let January 19th go by without any fanfare at all. While the essence of popcorn is basic and unchanged in the last several thousand years, we’ve come a long way with adding more flavor. With over 30 to choose from on any given day, Popcorn Friday has taken this staple food to new heights!
Here’s some fun facts about our favorite snack:
- Popcorn is a type of maize, scientifically known as Zea mays everta
- Popcorn kernels can pop 3 feet into the air!
- Compared to other snacks, popcorn is considered a low-calorie snack. Air-popped popcorn only has 30 calories per cup.
- Popcorn is a whole grain
- Popping popcorn is one of the #1 uses of the microwave oven (but ours is so much better than microwave popcorn)
- A trail of popcorn from New York City to Los Angeles would require 352,028,160 popped kernels! WOW!
- All popcorn needs a hull to pop; there’s no such thing has hull-less.
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