根据爆米花委员会, 已知最古老的玉米穗来自大约 4,000 years ago and were discovered in current-day 新墨西哥 在 1948 和 1950.
与此同时, History.com 报道于 2018 that there were traces of popcorn in 1,000-year-old 秘鲁 tombs.
Popcorn was also significant to the Aztec people for eating, ceremonies and decorations, according to The Popcorn Board.
The snack became a common food in American households by the mid-1800s, 根据 History.com. Popcorn was popular for late-night snacks by the fire and at picnics, the website reported.
In the 1890s, Charles Cretors created the first popcorn-popping machine, 和 1900, he created a horse-drawn popcorn wagon, which led to mass consumption of the snack, History.com reported.
Popcorn didn’t hit 电影 theaters until the Great Depression, according to Smithsonian Magazine. 事实上, 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, 根据 History.com.
今天, Americans consume 15 billion quarts of popcorn per year, according to The Popcorn Board.