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The History of Kettle Corn

Kettle corn is an all-American favorite salty-sweet snack often sold at festivals, carnivals, and other events. But where did this flavor of popcorn come from and how did it grow in popularity? Kettle corn dates back to the 18th century, its first documented appearance originating in Europe. European farmers would cook corn in large cast iron kettles over an open fire. Both lard and sugar were added while the popcorn was cooking, which resulted in a sweet snack that was often eaten at the end of the day. Thanks to the sugar in kettle corn, it was discovered during this time that kettle popcorn had a good shelf life. German and European immigrants brought this sweet treat to America in...

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The History of Caramel Popcorn

Caramel corn is a sweet, confectionery popcorn treat enjoyed by millions of people every year. Here at Popcorn for the People, we make our caramel popcorn by coating our mushroom shaped popcorn pieces (the mushroom popcorn shape is the best for caramel corn because it has more surface area to hold the caramel flavoring!) with irresistible caramel candy! All our popcorn is layered with high quality caramel. Caramel popcorn is a huge fan favorite of ours, and there’s no question that people across America enjoy this sweet treat. So, how and when did America begin to love caramel popcorn? The when can be traced back to the 1800s. Caramel corn was first introduced in the 1870s. Before this, sweet popcorn...

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The History of Popcorn

What kind of corn does popcorn come from? The corn which produces kernels that pop into the delicious snack we all know and love is a different type than the one we eat at the dinner table. Only one variety of corn can pop in the perfect way: zea mays everta. It looks very similar to a typical corn kernel, however this variety is the only one which has the ability to pop once put under heat and pressure. The History of Popcorn in the Americas Corn is a staple in America and has been for a long time, but when was popcorn invented? Since popcorn comes from corn, specifically the zea mays everta variety, popcorn was never really “invented”...

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