Fact File: Who invented Popcorn? Date of Invention: c. 3000 *** Name of Inventor: Unknown *** Historical Period:
Ancient Times (3000 - 1800 BC) *** Category: Food and Drink *** Country of Origin: America *** The
History and Invention***
Fact 1: Who invented Popcorn? The name of the inventor of Popcorn is unknown but it is believed to have been invented in c. 3000 during
ancient times (3000 - 1800 BC).
Fact 2: Who invented Popcorn? Popcorn is a type of corn (maize) that
was eaten by many Native American Indian tribes and early Mesoamerican
civilizations across the Americas.
Fact 3: Who invented Popcorn? The oldest popcorn ever found, believed to
date back 4000 years, was discovered in the "Bat Cave" of central New Mexico in
1948 by two Harvard graduate students, anthropologist Herbert Dick and botanist
Fact 4: Who invented Popcorn? Among these prehistoric corn kernels, Herbert
Dick and Earle Smith. found six that were partly or completely popped.
Fact 5: Who invented
Popcorn? The culture of the early Mesoamericans and the Mississippian Mound
Builders influenced many of the lives of the early descendents of the Native
American Indian tribes and their maize and popcorn spread across the continent
of North America from the New Mexico tribes such as the Pueblo and Zuni in the
south up to the Great Lakes region that was inhabited by Native American tribes
such as the Mohawk and Iroquois.
Fact 6: Who invented Popcorn? Spanish Conquistador Hernando Cortes was
one of the first Europeans to be introduced to popcorn when he invaded Mexico in
1519 and conquered the Aztec Empire. Popcorn was important to the Aztecs not
only as food but also as decoration for statues of their gods, ceremonial
headdresses and necklaces.
Fact 7: Who invented Popcorn? The Native American Indians prepared popcorn
by popping corn in pottery crocks with heated sand.
Fact 8: Who invented Popcorn? Popcorn was just one of the many foods
introduced to the early colonists and settlers of the New World by the Native
Fact 9: Who invented Popcorn? According to myth and legend Quadequina the
brother of Massasoit, the leader of the Wampanoags brought a deerskin bag of
popped corn for the first Thanksgiving feast on October 15, 1621.
Fact 10: Who invented Popcorn? Why do
corn kernels pop?Pop corn expands from the kernel and puffs up when heated. When
pop corn is heated, pressure builds within the kernel, and a small explosion (or
"pop") is the end result.
Fact 11: Who invented Popcorn? Pop corn is one of six different types of
corn (maize), pod corn, sweet corn, flour corn, dent corn, flint corn, but the 'Zea
mays everta', the tall annual cereal grass bearing kernels, is the only variety
to produce kernels that pop.
Fact 12: Who invented Popcorn? How hot does it have to be to make pop
corn? Kernels "pop" at 100°C (212°F).
Fact 13: Who invented Popcorn? In the mid 1800's Popcorn became hugely
popular at fairs and carnivals across the United States. The first
steam-powered popcorn maker was created by Charles Cretors in at the C. Cretors
& Company in 1885 and street vendors also began to sell the delicious snack.
Charles Cretors took his newly designed machine and wagon to the Chicago
Columbian Exposition in 1893 where it was an instant hit with the public.
Fact 14: Who invented Popcorn? In the 1920's Americans fell in love with
the movies and by 1929 an average of 100 million Americans went to the movies on
a weekly basis. Street vendors found more customers with the movie goers and
began selling popcorn outside movie theaters. Not wanting to lose out on
profits, movie theaters began to sell their own popcorn and the tradition of
eating this famous snack when watching movies continues to this day.
Fact 15: Popcorn is grown across 25 States in America. The top five major
popcorn producing States are Nebraska (27%), Indiana (21%), Illinois (13%), Ohio
(9 percent), and Missouri (6%).
Fact 16: When sugar was rationed during WW2 (1939 - 1945) Americans chose
popcorn as their favorite snack, eating three times as much popcorn as they had
before the war.
Fact 17: The First Microwave Popcorn was Invented in 1946 by Dr. Percy
Spencer, an employee for the Raytheon Corporation who invented the
Microwave Oven in 1945.
Fact 18: Since 1958, there has been an annual “National Popcorn Day" in
America that is celebrated at the end of January. It is enjoyed as a sweet or
savory snack, caramelized, buttered or plain.
Fact 19: Today, the average American eats nearly 70 quarts of the snack
Fast Info and Fact File: Country of Origin: Americas *** Name of Inventor: Unknown *** Date of Invention: c. 3000 *** Invention *** Invention Era:
Ancient Times (3000 - 1800 BC) *** Invention category: Food and Drink ***