- Americans love their popcorn. In fact, between 16 and 17 billion quarts of popcorn are consumed each year in the United States. For over 30 years now, we’ve celebrated the wonders of popcorn in October with National Popcorn Poppin’ Month. Though the event has been celebrated for over a few decades, October was officially named National Popcorn Poppin’ Month in 1999, by then Secretary of Agriculture, Dan Glickman.
Why October? Isn’t this supposed to be the month of candies and other sweet treats? October was actually designated as National Popcorn Poppin’ Month thanks to the harvest. Not only do we celebrate the harvest and abundance in the fall months, but October is one of the biggest months for popcorn harvesting in the Midwest, which is home to a large number of popcorn crops.
To celebrate National Popcorn Poppin’ Month, here are some other interesting facts on one of America’s favorite snacks:
- Americans consume over 17 billion quarts of popcorn each year.
- Most popcorn is grown in the US, specifically in the Midwest.
- Nebraska produces 25% of the American production of popcorn, followed closely by Indiana.
- In Colonial America, popcorn was eaten for breakfast much like cereal. The Colonists often mixed popcorn with sugar, milk, and cream.
- There are two basic popcorn shapes that occur after the kernel has popped, they are mushroom and snowflake. Mushroom is used for candy and confectionaries because it resists crumbling. Movie theaters prefer snowflake as it is bigger in size.
- Popcorn can be traced as far back as 300 AD when the ancient Peruvians turned corn into a snack that they called pisancalla.
Celebrate in Style
Take advantage of National Popcorn Poppin’ Month and indulge in one of our gourmet popcorn offerings. From our signature tins to gourmet samplers, enjoy popcorn month with an array of popcorn flavors and combinations.