History of popcorn: Fun facts about the movie theater snack

According to The Popcorn Board, the oldest-known ears of corn that were popped are from about 4,000 years ago and were discovered in current-day 뉴 멕시코 에 1948 과 1950.

그 동안에, History.com reported in 2018 that there were traces of popcorn in 1,000-year-old Peruvian tombs.

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Popcorn was also significant to the Aztec people for eating, ceremonies and decorations, according to The Popcorn Board.

Wednesday is National Popcorn Day.

Wednesday is National Popcorn Day. (iStock)

The snack became a common food in American households by the mid-1800s, History.com에 따르면. Popcorn was popular for late-night snacks by the fire and at picnics, the website reported.

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In the 1890s, Charles Cretors created the first popcorn-popping machine, 그리고 1900, he created a horse-drawn popcorn wagon, which led to mass consumption of the snack, History.com reported.

Popcorn didn’t hit 영화 theaters until the Great Depression, according to Smithsonian Magazine. 사실로, the movie theaters that started selling popcorn were able to survive the Great Depression, while other movie theaters had to close because of poor sales.

The first microwave popcorn bag was patented by General Mills in 1981, History.com에 따르면.

오늘, Americans consume 15 billion quarts of popcorn per year, according to The Popcorn Board.

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