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:
- Popcorn dates back at least as far as the 1500s.
- More popcorn is consumed in movie theatres than anywhere else.
- Microwave popcorn was the very first use of microwave food heating.
- A kernel of popcorn contains a small drop of water.
- Christmas trees were the first known use of popped popcorn for decoration.
- When popped, popcorn comes in two basic shapes – Snowflake and Mushroom.
- Most of the world’s popcorn is grown in the United States.
- The popcorn plant is a member of the vegetable family.
- The first popcorn machine was invented by an Italian restaurateur.
- 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!
- True. Explorers first witnessed Aztec Indians using popcorn in ceremonies in the early 16th century.
- False. Most popcorn – around 70% – is made and eaten at home.
- True. Microwaves were first used for heating popcorn in the 1940s, and popcorn is still one of the top uses for microwave ovens.
- True. It’s this moisture that expands and causes the soft inside to burst the hull open.
- False: The Aztec Indians actually used popcorn as decoration for ceremonial headdresses, necklaces, garlands and decorations on statues.
- 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.
- True. Americans also eat more popcorn than citizens of any other country.
- False. The first mobile popcorn machine was introduced by confectioner Charles Cretors at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893.
- False. The popcorn plant is actually a member of the grass family.
- False. Gotcha! The unpopped kernels are called “old maids” or “spinsters.”
Sources: The Popcorn Board and Buzzle.com