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Most of us love popcorn and consider it to be about as much of a household “must-have” as coffee or tea.

How much do you know about popcorn?

Here is a little history of this treat.

80,000 BCE – Poppin’ By The Fire

Cave men and women in prehistoric America received quite a surprise when they placed maize (early corn) kernels too close to the fire and voila! The world’s first popcorn!

1492 – Welcome To Popcorn Country

As Columbus set foot on American soil, popcorn was there, too! Native Americans who greeted Columbus enjoyed snacking on the fluffy white stuff and made quite a fashion statement with their popcorn necklaces.

1620 – Pass The Popcorn, Please

Popcorn played a starring role at the first Thanksgiving. Native Americans in Massachusetts brought bowlfuls of popcorn to the potluck feast!

1700 – Pop Of The Mornin’ To You

Colonial women from Boston to the Carolinas made the first tasty breakfast cereal by pouring milk and sugar over popcorn.

1800 – Poppin On The Farm

The lucky few who savored popcorn either grew it themselves or purchased it from farmers. Quality was very inconsistent, though they had to pop a lot of corn to enjoy just a few tasty morsels!

1885 – Poppin Around Town

The first popcorn machine was invented. Until then, poppers were made to sit in front of stores to attract attention. But vendors wanted to be close to the crowds especially the crowds near movie theaters. So poppers were made that could be pushed on foot, pulled by horse or mounted on trucks. Popcorn was very popular from the 1890s until the Great Depression. Street vendors used to follow crowds around, pushing steam- or gas-powered poppers through fairs, parks and expositions.
As Homer Simpson would say, “Mmmmmmmmmmm….popcorn”0653_homer-eating-popcorn-small-c78.jpg image by narcbliss

Today when we think popcorn, we think movies.

When was the first popcorn sold in movie theaters? The early 20th century. The growing POP-ularity of movie theaters and popcorn treats boomed across the nation during that time.

Another intersting fact, today ( July 16 1907 ) is the birthday of Orville Redenbaucher, popcorn king and inventor of one of the most well known brands of this buttery munchable. Originally, the product was sold under the brand name of “Red Bow”.

Now that you know a little more about popcorn, enjoy a good movie tonight of trying to forget troubles for a couple of hours, and hit that popcorn button on the microwave!

Categories: History
  1. July 18, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Too cute… a blog on popcorn!!! lol Love the stuff.

    I really like that first picture you used. lol Makes me happy!

    Have a wonderfully poppin’ day! 😉

  2. July 20, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    This is really unbelivable. I cannot believe in this article.

  3. July 21, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Very clever post…I have to say I was fascinated. Popcorn is a staple in our house. Never thought about Columbus eating popcorn! So cool. Orville’s corn-on-the-cob popcorn was the best. Can’t find it anywhere here.

  4. July 21, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    I’ve never even heard of that.. lol Corn on the cob popcorn? I’ll bet it’s delicious if it’s anything like corn on the cob flavour!!! 🙂

  5. July 23, 2010 at 8:47 am

    I cannot believe this is true!

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