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Pop Goes The...Corn Kernel!

October is National Popcorn Month!  Around our house that is cause for celebration, popcorn is a “pop”ular snack for us!  To celebrate, we wanted to share so fun facts about this yummy treat (thanks to the Popcorn Board for these popcorn facts)!
 
  • Popcorn has a similar growing season to dent (field) corn – it takes between 90 and 110 days to mature
  • The average 3 oz. bag of popcorn has about 100 kernels, but only about 85% usually pop.
  • Americans consume 13 billion quarts of popcorn annually with 70% eaten in home and the rest away from home at movie theaters, fairs, stadiums, schools, etc.
  • Ideal moisture content for popcorn is between 13 and 14.5%
  • There are 4 main types of corn (field or dent, sweet, flint (multicolored) and popcorn) but only popcorn pops
  • A popcorn kernel can pop up to 3 feet in the air (don’t tell your kids, I guarantee they’ll want to test that!)
  • Most U.S. popcorn is grown in the Midwest – Indiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky and Missouri
  • There is no GMO popcorn (the only two types of corn that have GMO options are field corn and sweet corn)
 
Interested in more popcorn facts?  Check out this infographic from ThePopcornFactory.com!  And if you’re looking for some new popcorn recipes, be sure to check out this great page from The Popcorn Board!
 

 
Monday, October 30, 2017
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