National Popcorn Day is an annual American holiday dedicated to a delicious corn snack. Celebrated January 19th. People associate popcorn with watching an interesting movie on the big screen. Today, there are many variants of it: sweet, salty, with caramel and more.
All National Popcorn Day popcorn lovers should know that their favorite snack is not made from just any corn. Balloons can only be obtained from Zea mays everta. It differs in grains of a smaller size than ordinary corn. At the same time, they very quickly increase in size and burst.
According to historical information, popcorn has been known for several millennia. This fact is confirmed by the results of archaeological excavations in 1948 in a cave located in New Mexico, as a result of which exploded corn kernels were found. They have been dated to 4-5 thousand years BC.
There is also an opinion that popcorn was consumed in ancient times in South America and Mexico. The Aztecs used popcorn balls to decorate their clothes. Other American tribes also knew about the existence of such a product. It was thanks to the Indians that European colonists learned about popcorn and subsequently spread it around the world.
As for the present, popcorn began to be actively popularized in 1885, when its production began on an industrial scale. In 1981, General Mills patented packets of corn that you put in the microwave and you can enjoy a fresh popcorn in just a few minutes.
- A popcorn dispenser appeared in a movie theater in 1938. A few years later, the tradition of eating popcorn while watching a movie became widespread.
- It is believed that Christopher Columbus brought popcorn to Europe after visiting the American continent.
- Popcorn is very beneficial for the body. It contains fiber, vitamins A, B and C, as well as a large amount of magnesium.
How to celebrate
Watch an interesting movie while enjoying a portion of delicious popcorn. Celebrating this day is a great occasion to try making your own snack. The recipe can be easily found on the Internet.
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When is National Popcorn Day celebrated in 2023?
National Popcorn Day is observed on January 19 each year.