10 Facts About Popcorn

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January 19th is National Popcorn Day. Whether you pop it on the stove, in the microwave, or with a fancy popping machine, make sure you take time to celebrate this super snack that is both fun to eat and a healthy snacking option. Here are 10 facts about popcorn for you.


1
Americans eat around 17 billion quarts of popcorn every year. This amount would fill the Empire State Building 18 times.

2
Popcorn is the official snack of Illinois. Since 1958, there has been an annual “Popcorn Day.

3
Popcorn kernels can pop up to 3 feet in the air.

4
The world’s largest popcorn ball was 12 feet in diameter and weighed 5,000 pounds.

5
Americans eat more popcorn than any other country. Most of the popcorn eaten around the world is grown in the United States.

6
While other businesses failed during the Great Depression, the popcorn business thrived.

7
Native Americans not only ate popcorn, but they made beer and soup out of it too.

8
A cup of plain popcorn contains just 31 calories.

9
Popcorn has been sold in theaters since 1912. It has been a big money maker not only because popcorn is overpriced, but also because people usually get thirsty and, consequently, buy sodas or water as well.

10
In movie theaters, for every dollar spent on popcorn, about 90 cents is profit.