It’s National Popcorn Day! Did you know that Americans eat about 16 billion quarts of popcorn each year? This equates to about 51 quarts per person, which makes it one of the most popular snacks in the country.
Popcorn has been around for centuries, and is one of the oldest snacks in the country. It is one of six main varieties of corn. (The others are pod, sweet, flour, dent, and flint.) Popcorn originated in Mexico, but eventually made its way to the United States. In 1948, archaeologists in the state of New Mexico discovered ancient popcorn ears that were at least 5,600 years old! The Native Americans (in both North and South America) popped their corn by throwing it on hot stones over a fire.
Today, popcorn is a common household snack that is enjoyed by many people. To celebrate National Popcorn Day, make your favorite kind of popcorn and enjoy it while watching a movie with your friends!