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Kettle Corn Vs. Regular Popcorn

Kettle Corn Vs PopcornPopcorn is one of the most popular snacks on the planet. Its iconic existence is not just found at the movie theater; people have popcorn at a wide range of occasions and doctors are telling you to choose the fat free version of the snack for its amazing health benefits.

We can say there is not much that is controversial about popcorn except for the distinction between kettle corn and popcorn.

For some, when referencing kettle corn it gets lumped right in with the traditional bags of kernels we’ve grown to love and snack on. However, the two are certainly not the same.

Kettle corn is a specific type of popcorn. Traditionally made kettle corn is cooked in a large iron kettle that has been oiled. Once popped, the popcorn is tossed with salt and sugar for a very unique flavor.

Popcorn on the other hand is made from a special variety of corn that has been grown to burst open and puff due to heat exposure. Traditional popcorn is a high fiber snack, but is typically sprinkled with salt and butter for a savory taste and texture.

You can purchase traditional popcorn just about anywhere. For kettle corn, this type of popcorn is most commonly found pre-made at fairs and carnivals or you can attend these events and have it made to order for you.

Regardless of which type of popcorn you choose, this snack has been a favorite for centuries and both flavors provide the perfect snack option.

If you have an upcoming event and are looking for a unique treat or snack option, our popcorn concession machines deliver fresh popcorn for you and your guests to eat.

We rent our quality machines for affordable pricing and we give you all that you need to make delicious popcorn.

 

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How was Popcorn Invented?

Popcorn Today many people enjoy the taste of popcorn, but few ever think about where it first came from, right? How was popcorn invented?

Popcorn comes from corn– a large grain plant first domesticated by people in Mexico about 10,000 years ago. How and why does the corn pop? Well, corn has little kernels that normally have hard outer shells. However, when you heat the kernel, moisture within the kernel gets steamy and bursts the outer shell. The soft inner flake inside the kernel is then released and you’ve got edible popcorn.

While popcorn probably existed thousands of years ago if and when our ancestors heated up their corn over fires, modern day popcorn in America got its start in the early 1800s. As the Midwest grew, with more and more people moving there to farm the land, corn became a major crop of the region. In addition, thanks to steel plows, the soil was “worked” to help make it suitable for crops like corn and more. Soon, the Midwest was full of farms. In the 1820s, popcorn became a commodity, sold as “Pearl” or “Nonpareil” in parts of the United States. It wasn’t until the 1840s that popcorn became pretty common as a snack for people, perhaps aided by write-ups in magazines of the time.

You know how every year it seems like a new bunch of words make it into the dictionary? Back in 1848, “popcorn” made it into Bartlett’s Dictionary of Americanisms. Since corn makes a popping noise when it pops, the name popcorn made sense… and still does.

Eventually the corn “popper” became popular. It was a device made of a box, wire gauze, and long handle. The popper allowed the masses to put kernels in a wire box and hold it over an open flame, making their own popcorn.

Of course, all sorts of variations developed, from “Cracker Jack” to the beloved “movie popcorn” sold in theaters.

Miracle Strip Popcorn of Fort Walton Beach rents and sells popcorn machines and carts, as well as the things that go along with making popcorn, like oils, seasonings, and packaging. If you would like to have tasty popcorn at your next event for guests to enjoy, call 850-864-1139.

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Popcorn Facts and Information For National Popcorn Day

This past Saturday, people initially celebrated National Popcorn Day. Since the origins are debatable, you may not have missed it. According to popcorn.org, “National Popcorn Day is celebrated at the end of January, although its exact date is a matter of debate. Various sources report it as January 19; others claim it takes place on whatever day the Super Bowl falls on.”

We’ve eaten popcorn for a long time, probably as long as we can remember.  Because the snack has existed for so long, the consumption and facts about the snack are widespread.  Here are a few of the popcorn facts collected on popcorn.org.

-Americans consume some 16 billion quarts of this whole grain, good-for-you treat. That’s 51 quarts per man, woman, and child.

-Compared to most snack foods, popcorn is low in calories. Air-popped popcorn has only 31 calories per cup. Oil-popped is only 55 per cup.

-Popcorn differs from other types of maize/corn in that is has a thicker pericarp/hull. The hull allows pressure from the heated water to build and eventually bursts open. The inside starch becomes gelatinous while being heated; when the hull bursts, the gelatinized starch spills out and cools, giving it its familiar popcorn shape.

-The peak period for popcorn sales for home consumption is in the fall.

-Most popcorn comes in two basic shapes when it’s popped: snowflake and mushroom. Snowflake is used in movie theaters and ballparks because it looks and pops bigger. Mushroom is used for candy confections because it doesn’t crumble.

-If you made a trail of popcorn from New York City to Los Angeles, you would need more than 352,028,160 popped kernels!

Celebrate National Popcorn Day at home, at a movie theater or anywhere you can find the snack.