Please don’t tell my dentist, but I eat A LOT of popcorn.  I like it the old school way, popped on the stove in coconut oil with lots of salt and butter.  And I mean lots of salt and butter.

Popcorn originated from wild grasses in Mexico some nine-thousand years ago and was also popular in Peru around 4700 BC.  It appears as though some crusty, old cobs were found in some archaeological digs which led scientists to believe that people enjoyed popcorn as a snack even back then. 

Despite it’s early origins, popcorn didn’t make it’s way to the United States until the early 1800’s.  Wire handled poppers were crafted to enable would-be snackers to pop the corn over an open flame without starting themselves on fire.  The first popcorn machine made it’s debut at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair and in the late 1890’s, Louis Ruckheim introduced the world to Cracker Jack.  (You can still get Cracker Jack today, thanks to my good friends over at Lay’s.  While I never much cared for it, I loved getting the prize inside when I was a kid!)

During the depression, popcorn and Cracker Jack were sold outside of movie theaters and was one of the few items of that era that actually had an increase in sales.  Then, in 1938, Glen W. Dickson started installing popcorn machines in the lobby of his chain of midwest theaters and popcorn has been a movie staple ever since.

If your weekend itinerary includes a movie, whether at home or at the theater, I highly recommend some popcorn.  Even if there’s no movie in your immediate future, it’s a pretty tasty snack with a glass of apple cider!  How do you like your popcorn?

Popcorn Ingredients

Gathering up the ingredients

Melting the Oil

Melting the oil

Heating the Kernals

Heating up the kernals

Before Butter

Freshly popped

Melting the Butter

Melting the butter

After Butter


Hannah Waiting for Corn

I’m waiting . . . 

Popcorn Hulls

All that remains


History.com Staff 


PBS: Tory Avey 

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