Holidays come and we have free time to go where we normally cannot during the week. Some of us like going to the movies and yes, what do we buy to eat while watching the film? Popcorn.
Have you ever thought to yourself where this popcorn came from? Or maybe you do not care and would rather just eat it.
Here we just have a quick and brief history of Popcorn.
Popcorn has become one of America's most beloved snack foods, but it has been enjoyed across the globe for thousands of years. Perhaps the world's oldest snack food, popcorn is easy to cook and can be seasoned in hundreds of ways.
Where does it come from?
The oldest popcorn known to date was found in New Mexico. Deep in a dry cave known as the "Bat Cave" small heads of corn were discovered, as well as several individuals popped kernels. This discovery was made by Herbert Dick and Earle Smith in 1948. The kernels have since been carbon dated to be approximately 5,600 years old. In addition to the kernels found in New Mexico, a kernel approximately 1,000 years old was found in Utah in a cave that was thought to be inhabited by Pueblo Indians.
Modern popcorn history:
New Americans continued to love and consume popcorn and by the 1800s it was one of the most popular snack foods. Popcorn was not only commonly made at home, but it was also sold at general stores, concession stands, carnivals, and circuses. Although several methods of popping corn had been developed, the first commercial popcorn machine was invented in Chicago by Charles Cretors in 1885. The machine was mobile to allow it to roam the streets and had a gasoline burner. The popularity of these street popcorn vendors grew at approximately the same time that movies burst onto the scene. The roaming popcorn vendors could often be found near the crowds, especially outside of theaters. This coincidence gave birth to the tradition of popcorn being a favorite movie snack.
With the invention of television, attendance at movie theaters dropped and so did consumption of popcorn. But people started to use popcorn at home. The introduction of commercially available microwave popcorn in 1981 caused home consumption of popcorn to go high rapidly.
Today, not only popcorn is widely used in the US but it is used all around the world either at the theaters or at home. Enjoy your box of popcorn.