Corn Poppin’ Facts - Stockdales

Corn Poppin’ Facts

We have all settled down to watch a good movie or ballgame with a bowl of popcorn. However, you may not know these fascinating facts about this snack.

  • Popcorn pops because water is stored in the small circle of soft starch in each kernel. As the kernel is heated, the water heats the droplets of moisture, and the droplets are converted to steam. The steam builds pressure until the kernel finally explodes.
  • Americans today consume 17.3 billion quarts of popped popcorn each year. The average American eats about 68 quarts.
  • The first breakfast cereal was made by adding sugar and milk to popped corn.
  • A shortage of baking flour after World War II forced bread makers to substitute up to 25 percent of wheat flour with ground popped popcorn.
  • Popcorn’s nutritional value comes from the fact that its primary function is to provide the body with heat and energy.
  • Microwaveable popcorn is the same as other popcorn other than the fact that the kernels are usually larger and the packaging is designed for maximum popability.

Your local Stockdale’s carries a multitude of snack foods including popcorn. Stop by the Stockdale’s nearest you to check all of our yummy snacks.