Every year Americans eat about 17 billion quarts of popcorn, while 58 quarts are consumed by the average American. About 70% is consumed in home and 30% is consumed outside the home (theaters, stadiums, schools). Popcorn is low in calories compared to most snack foods Americans consume each day. Air-popped popcorn only has 31 calories per cup, oil-popped is only 55 calories per cup, and buttered popcorn has 90-120 calories per cup.
Maize (or corn) is a member of the grass family, which is known as Zea mays everta. There are 6 types of Maize/Corn but only popcorn is able to be popped.. well, that sounds like a challenge to us here at Pop’d KernsTM . As most people know, popcorn is a whole grain.. though most do not know its anatomy. A corn kernel is made up of three components: the germ, endosperm, and pericarp (the hull). Have you ever wondered, how popcorn can pop in a bag? Popcorn needs to be between 13.5-14% moisture to pop. So how does it keep that moisture in a bag at the unpopped state? Well, in addition to the dried corn, typically the bags contain a cooking oil with sufficient saturated fat to solidify at room temperature along with one or more seasonings.
In 1999, only 0.3 million pounds of popcorn was imported from all countries while 206 million pounds of popcorn was exported to over 90 countries. Nearly all of the world’s popcorn is made in the Unites States. You know the acres of corn you see during growing season? Most would believe it could be picked and eaten for dinner, or dried and popped. A typical American wouldn’t know that those acres are typically field corn, which is largely used for livestock feed, and differs from both sweet corn and popcorn. References say “The peak period for popcorn sales for home consumption is in the fall”.
Fun Fact: The world’s largest popcorn ball was created by volunteers in Sac City, Iowa in February, 2009. It weighed 5,000 lbs., stood over 8 ft. tall, and measured 28.8 ft. in circumference.
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