Are you the King of Pop?

Hiya, ladies and gentlemen! King Kernel here with a “pop” quiz for ya. Let’s find out how much ya know about one of my favorite subjects: popcorn! You’ll find the answers at the bottom of this page (scroll way down). Ready? Heeeeeere we go! True or false:

  1. Popcorn dates back at least as far as the 1500s.
  2. More popcorn is consumed in movie theatres than anywhere else.
  3. Microwave popcorn was the very first use of microwave food heating.
  4. A kernel of popcorn contains a small drop of water.
  5. Christmas trees were the first known use of popped popcorn for decoration.
  6. When popped, popcorn comes in two basic shapes – Snowflake and Mushroom.
  7. Most of the world’s popcorn is grown in the United States.
  8. The popcorn plant is a member of the vegetable family.
  9. The first popcorn machine was invented by an Italian restaurateur.
  10. 10. The kernels that don’t pop are called “old men.”

So how’d you do? If you scored…

0 – 1 correct answers – you’ve got a bushel of brushing up to do.

2 – 4 correct answers – now you’re popping!

5 – 7 correct answers – you’re practically a popcorn diva (or duke)!

8 – 10 correct answers – crown yourself the new King of POP!








  1. True. Explorers first witnessed Aztec Indians using popcorn in ceremonies in the early 16th century.
  2. False. Most popcorn – around 70% – is made and eaten at home.
  3. True. Microwaves were first used for heating popcorn in the 1940s, and popcorn is still one of the top uses for microwave ovens.
  4. True.  It’s this moisture that expands and causes the soft inside to burst the hull open.
  5. False: The Aztec Indians actually used popcorn as decoration for ceremonial headdresses, necklaces, garlands and decorations on statues.
  6. True. Snowflake is bigger and pops better too, that is the reason it is used in movie theaters and ballparks. Mushroom is used for candy confectioners, as it does not crumble.
  7. True. Americans also eat more popcorn than citizens of any other country.
  8. False.  The first mobile popcorn machine was introduced by confectioner Charles Cretors at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893.
  9. False. The popcorn plant is actually a member of the grass family.
  10. False. Gotcha! The unpopped kernels are called “old maids” or “spinsters.”

Sources: The Popcorn Board and