Popcorn or popping corn is a type of corn which explodes from the
kernel and puffs up when heated. Special varieties are grown to give
improved popping yield. Some wild types will pop, but the cultivated
strain is Zea mays averta, which is a special kind of flint
corn. The process of making popcorn was first discovered by
Americans Indians thousands of years ago.
What do you know about Popcorn? Pop this quick quiz.
When was popcorn cheap at 5 to 10 cents a bag and became popular?
2. During World War II, sugar rations diminished candy production
causing Americans to eat three times more popcorn than they had before.
True or False?
3. Each kernel of popcorn contains a certain amount of moisture and
oil. Unlike most other grains, the outer hull of the popcorn kernel is
both strong and impervious to moisture, and the starch inside consists
almost entirely of a hard, dense type. What happens as the oil and the
water are heated past the boiling point?
4. Commercial sale of freshly popped popcorn is done with the help of
specially designed popcorn machines, which were originally invented in
Chicago, Illinois by in 1885. He successfully introduced his invention
at the Columbian Exposition in 1893. Who created the popcorn machine?
5. Before the popcorn machine, how was corn popped?
6. What method is used for the great majority of popcorn sold for
7. Producers and sellers of popcorn consider two major factors in
evaluating the quality of popcorn. What are the two factors?: .
8. In popcorn jargon, what is a popped kernel of corn is known as?
9. How is popcorn usually served? .
10. Air-popped popcorn is naturally high in fiber, low in calories
and fat, contains no sodium, and is sugar free. This can make it an
attractive snack to people with dietary restrictions on the intake of
calories, fat, and/or sodium. For the sake of flavor, however, large
amounts of fat, sugar, and sodium are often added to prepared popcorn,
which can quickly convert it to a very poor choice for those on
restricted diets. True or False?