Popcorn Facts

Did you know...

  • Anyone who loves butter popcorn knows that just adding melted butter to popcorn doesn't result in a taste like the butter popcorn you buy at movie theaters.  This is because butter popcorn at the movies contains artificial butter flavor and yellow color.
  • Although there are many varieties of corn, there is only one that pops and makes popcorn. Zea Mays Everta is the scientific name of popcorn, having small ears and kernels that burst when exposed to heat.
  • Popcorn is perhaps the oldest snack food dating back to   3,600 B.C., found in a bat cave, in western New Mexico.
  • The most popular flavors of popcorn are butter, caramel and cheddar cheese.
  • January 19th is National Popcorn Day.
  • Popcorn with seaweed and rice crackers (kaki mochi, arare, mochi crunch) is a unique concoction from Hawaii because seaweed and rice crackers are staple foods here.  Rice crackers are made from glutinous rice and flavored with soy sauce.  The seaweed is dried and made into thin sheets.
  • In order to bring you the best popcorn, we bought and tested over 20 different varieties from all over the USA and world.  There is certainly a vast difference in taste, yield, size, and shape after popping.
  •   We try our best to distinguish the Me Ke Aloha brand of          popcorn by unique packaging.
  • Actually, as far as snacks go, caramel popcorn is a terrific healthy option: whole grain, high in fiber, vegan, and completely free of refined sugar, cholesterol, and trans-fats. Popcorn is high in polyphenol antioxidants (anti-inflammatory), vitamin B, manganese, and magnesium.  The sugar we use to make our caramel popcorn is brown sugar containing 3.5% molasses.
  • Popcorn is America’s Favorite Snack Food.
  • Popcorn comes in various shapes and sizes, and the most popular are Butterfly and Mushroom.  
  • Caramel popcorn became wildly popular after Cracker Jacks started in 1872.  The popcorn-peanut-molasses candy coated combination is a hit even today.
  • In the 1920's movie theaters were high class venues of entertainment that didn't want their carpeting soiled with popcorn.  In the Great Depression vendors started selling popcorn in front of movie theaters for 5 cents a bag, which became extremely popular.  In the 1930's, as high class movie goers declined, popcorn was finally sold in movie theater lobbies.  With the buttery aroma of popcorn attracting customers, popcorn sales soon over took movie ticket sales.  Popcorn literally saved the movie business!
  • In the 1950's, television threatened to bankrupt movie theaters.     This is when Jiffy Pop was invented.                
  • The microwave oven was another milestone in the popcorn industry.  In 1945 microwave popcorn was introduced, with a microwave oven standing 6 feet tall, weighing 750 pounds.
  •   Today, popcorn sales accounts for 50% of movie theater profits.  If it weren't for popcorn, there would be no movie theaters!
  • And it's still true, what would movies be without popcorn?!?!