Fun Facts for National Popcorn Day

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January 19 is National Popcorn Day! Celebrate the day with your favorite type of popcorn whether that’s prepared in the microwave, the stovetop, a popcorn popping machine, over the fire, or a ready to eat bag from the store! Popcorn can be a super fun and healthy snack! Here are some fun popcorn facts:

  1. Americans eat around 17 billion quarts of popcorn every year. This amount would fill the Empire State Building 18 times!
  2. By volume, popcorn is America’s favorite snack!
  3. The oldest ears of popcorn ever came from Mexico and over more that 4,000 years old.
  4. Popcorn is the official snack of Illinois and they have celebrated “Popcorn Day” ever since 1958.
  5. Sugar was rationed during WWII so Americans ate three times as much popcorn during this time.
  6. Popcorn had been sold in theaters since 1912. In theaters, for ever dollar spent on popcorn, approximately 90 cents is profit.
  7. Popcorn sales had decreased when TVs started entering American homes because this lead to lower movie ticket sales and popcorn sales at movies.
  8. A single popcorn kernel pops with so much force that it can be propelled up to three feet in the air.
  9. Popcorn can be a very healthy snack:
    1. Popcorn is a whole grain that provides 31 calories per cup. 3 cups of popcorn = 1 full serving of whole grains
    2. High in fiber, low in fat, and contains no salt or sugar
    3. Popcorn contains more antioxidants than fruits and vegetables
  10. Thanks to the invention of microwave popcorn, 70% of popcorn is consumed in homes!

Let us know what type of popcorn you’ll eat to celebrate National Popcorn Day!

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