Happy Popcorn Lover's Day! BTW did you know that popcorn was the first food to be microwaved?
Popping their way into our hearts, popcorns are undoubtedly a part and parcel of our munching routines! This snack is so innately ingrained in the millennial culture that it is impossible for you to not have a friend who walks into the theatre drooling over popcorns much more he is fascinated by movies. Scientifically named as 'Zea Mays', this quick way to euphoria can definitely light up all your days in a trice! As the world celebrates Popcorn Lovers' Day 2021, here are the 9 fun facts about your best movie-mate that will surely lead you to your kitchens!
As old as the ancient Indian civilisation!
While we know that you thank your fortunes for blessing you with popcorn, we are sure that you would be surprised to know that this addictive snack has been consumed by humans for over 5000 years. With the oldest popcorn kernel found in Mexico, we are in a state of absolute wonder, thinking if the Harappans also devoured on these delights!
Tried the sandy popcorn?
If you have ever found your way to happiness munching on the sand-cooked Laiyya Chana, you need to try the popcorns prepared using the same style too. Though machines have largely overtaken the process, it is still our very own desi style that woos us and our taste buds!
Noisy crunch or the movie climax!
Do you count the movie experience incomplete in the absence of popcorns? If yes, then it is certain that you have had your favourite moments on the screen disturbed by the continuous crunch of the popcorns. Eccentric as it may sound to you, given their noise and mess popcorns create on the theatre floors, popcorns actually got banned in movie theatres of a country in the early 20th century!
Moulded mushrooms or the sumptuous snowflakes?
Despite being in the current age when there are multiple varieties available, we are only amazed to know that even popcorns come in two kinds. Next time you hop over to that special vendor, ask him if the popcorns he serves are mushrooms or snowflakes and we assure you that he will only be bewildered, just like us!
Century old machine satiating all your desires!
Though popcorns were in trend long before the 19th century, it was only in 1885 that the first machine got developed to prepare our treasured craving. Equipped with multiple modifications through a timeline of over 100 years, the advanced machine today cooks our choicest snack in a few moments!
Flying as high as our heightened emotions!
While popcorns can expand to about 3 times its size during popping, the real joy lies in watching them fly high in the electric machines. Claimed to rise up to a level of 3 feet in the air, the popcorn projectiles are a sight to behold! If you are lost in your thoughts, well, that is how tall a 6-8 year kid is.
To your heart's content or spinsters or old maids!
Bizarre as it may appear to you, unpopped popcorns are called 'spinsters' or 'old maids' by manufacturing companies. Given this strange terminology, we just can't stop imagining what a popcorn wedding would look like!
Steamy corn to stirring protein delights!
Not to be kept in refrigerators, popcorns carry within a notable amount of moisture which steams up leading to the bursts. As endearing as this snack is for our palate, it also carries significant nutritious value, being gluten-free, high on protein and low on calories.
Largest popcorn ball of almost 12 feet!
Weighing 9370 pounds and with a circumference of just over 24 feet, the world's largest popcorn ball was made in 2016 at Sac City in Iowa, USA. Built by 250 volunteers over a stretch of 13 hours, this magnificent ball is astounding in all its respects! If you are a nerd for offbeat things, this definitely calls for a google search.
Being witness to crazy fights with family and friends, popcorns are an important part of our lives in multiple ways. Not just that, the craze for popcorns can only be judged by the fact that some theatres profit more from popcorn retail than the sale of movie tickets. Yes, you read that right!
Now, what are you waiting for? Go grab some popcorn to celebrate this day!