A question that comes up at times is, “Do you ever get sick of eating popcorn?” Honestly folks, the answer is no. We do eat a lot of popcorn. We have to test every batch that is made and continually check all the flavors for freshness and flavor. The weird thing is, it never gets old. It’s a craving we have.
On top of all the popcorn we eat during the day, I usually bring a snack or small bag home at night to eat in front of the T.V. or the computer. Though Buffalo Wing is my favorite, I tend to go off on tangents at times. Salt and Vinegar has quite a grip on me right now. I just took a quick trip to Austin to visit a friend’s mother who had surgery – munched on popcorn all the way there and back.
The worst part, or best part, depending on how you look at it, is when I work late nights at the shop. We have air tight buckets of popcorn lining the shelves. When the munchies hit, I am all alone with the popcorn. I can scoop out a little from each bucket and put in a big bowl. Just testing, of course.
Popcorn is good, and good for you. Popcorn is a whole grain which is high in fiber. I would rather eat popcorn than a bag of corn chips. We eat popcorn with our sandwiches instead of chips. Give that a try. Its much better for you.
Popcorn has always been one of America’s favorite snacks. We eat it with friends, at ballgames and the amusement park or while we cozy up to watching a movie. Who would have thought that very same snack was also eaten by cavemen?
Researchers discovered that popcorn was actually around before Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue. The oldest popcorn ears ever found were discovered in a Bat Cave in central New Mexico. Possibly more than 5,600 years ago! And researchers have even found 1,000-year-old grains of popcorn so well preserved they still popped – these were found in underground tombs located in Peru.
Some European explorers throughout the Americas were introduced to and intrigued by popcorn. In the 16th century, Hernando Cortes, a famous Spanish explorer, was first exposed to popcorn when he came into contact with the Aztec people. Popcorn was used as food and decoration by the Aztec Indians. They made ceremonial headdresses, necklaces and ornaments on statues of their gods out of popcorn. The English who came to America in the afterwards learned about popcorn from the Native Americans. The Native American Indian tribes believed that the popping noise was an angry god who escaped the kernel.
Popcorn was even a part of the Great Depression. During those tough times popcorn was sold very cheap at 5 to 10 cents per bag. While other businesses failed, the popcorn business actually thrived and became a source of income for farmers. During World War II, sugar was rationed and sent overseas to soldiers, which diminished candy production. Those circumstances meant that Americans ate three times as much popcorn as usual.
Today the American public eats over one billion pounds of popcorn per year — and of course, we’re thankful for that! The average American consumes approximately 70 quarts per person yearly. So, if you’re not keeping up with average Americans you better order some today.
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