One of my favorite foods is a bowl of popcorn. I’ll admit it publicly. Popcorn with salt and a buttery flavor is divine in my book. I’ve been known to eat a bowl of popcorn for dinner without any additional nutrients.
One time, my dear friend Ruth and I were sharing a bowl of popcorn. I like to eat the small crunchy bits that have barely popped–you know, the ones that have the roasted popcorn flavor and can ruin dental work.
While Ruth and I chatted and munched, I kept getting cold wet pieces of popped kernel. I didn’t think too much about it, figuring the kernels were just pockets of cold oil surrounding the barely popped popcorn kernel.
So I continued munching. All of a sudden, I spied Ruth dropping something into the bowl of popcorn. She was putting back the pieces she couldn’t chew and I was eating them! LOL. After a bit of lively discussion about disgusting habits, we divvied up the remaining popcorn. Ever since then, Ruth gets her own bowl of popcorn!
I found more information about one of my favorite foods, and here it is:
- The shape of popped popcorn kernels can be classified as either “butterfly” or “mushroom,” with the latter more perfectly round popped kernels being favored for flavored popcorn treats, such as Cracker Jack caramel corn. The photo above shows the two types.
- The world’s largest popcorn ball measured eight feet in diameter and weighed 3,415 pounds.
- Popcorn is the official state snack food of Illinois.
Ways to Pop Popcorn
- Fireplace (a long-handled cast iron skillet with lid was often used or a wire basket over an open flame).
- Steam-driven stovetop kettle, invented in 1885.
- Stovetop (circa 1950s, remember the Jiffy Pop aluminum pan that always burned the popcorn?)
- Hot air poppers (circa 1970s when healthier eating was on the rise) that circulated heated air to avoid burning popped kernels and push the popped kernels out the chute into a bowl.
On another note, I don’t use popcorn for decorative Christmas ornamentation. To me it’s far too good to string on a tree. And, the thought of using it for packing purposes is beyond me. And, popcorn balls for Halloween treats–nope.
Give me a plain old bowl of popcorn any time.