What’s your favorite food at the movies, popcorn? For most, it’s way up there, and definitely it’s mine. It may be corny to say (ooof) but the best flavor for me, is popcorn-flavored – without anything on it – of course I won’t turn away from butter, salt and more.
Popcorn is a relatively recent snack for the USA. During World War II, when sugar was rationed, Americans changed their snacking habits—they ate three times as much popcorn as they had before. Perhaps the favorite place to eat popcorn was at the movies.
Today, the average American eats nearly 70 quarts of popcorn a year!
Stone Age Snack?
Archaeologists have found 80,000-year-old corn pollen below Mexico City. Because this pollen is almost exactly the same as modern popcorn pollen, researchers believe that “cave people” most likely had popcorn.
Popcorn probably grew first in Mexico, though it was also used in China and India hundreds of years before Columbus reached the Americas.
The oldest popcorn ever found was discovered in the “Bat Cave” of central New Mexico. It is thought to be about 5,600 years old. In tombs in Peru, archaeologists found ancient kernels of popcorn that are so well preserved that they can still pop.
Sometimes, conditions can preserve ancient popcorn so perfectly that it still looks fluffy and white when the dust is blown off of it. In a cave in southern Utah, researchers found surprisingly fresh-looking 1,000-year-old popcorn. (https://www.infoplease.com/popcorn)
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