Popcorn trivia in honor of National Popcorn Day! Popcorn has Socially Sparked® our lives for centuries. Over the years, it has become a favorite snack for people of all ages and a pop culture subject for pop artists like Andy Warhol. Here’s the top eight corny facts about the snack favorite.

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    -The oldest popcorn known to date was found in New Mexico in 1948, deep in a dry cave known as the “Bat Cave.” The oldest Bat Cave ears are about 4,000 years old, ranging in size from smaller than a penny to about 2 inches.

    -During the Great Depression, popcorn was fairly inexpensive at 5–10 cents a bag and became popular. While other businesses failed, the popcorn business thrived and became a source of income for many struggling farmers, including the Redenbacher family of popcorn brand fame.

    -During World War II, sugar rations diminished candy production, so Americans compensated by eating three times as much popcorn as they had before.

popcorn trivia national popcorn day
    -In 1938 a Midwestern theater owner named Glen W. Dickson installed popcorn machines in the lobbies of his theaters. The venture was a financial success, and the trend soon spread.

    -During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, popcorn was once a popular breakfast food. Long before the introduction of the corn flake, Ella Kellogg enjoyed her popcorn ground with milk or cream.

    -Popcorn became increasingly popular around holiday time. Because of its low cost, popcorn was ideal for Christmastime decorations, food and gift giving.

    -In the ’80s, the microwave became readily available to consumers and microwave popcorn was born.

    -Today, popcorn is available in a rainbow of colors, and in a multitude of flavors. Some of these include Butter. Cheese. Almond Pecan. Bacon Cheddar. Buffalo Ranch. Cheezy Jalapeno, Chocolate Kettle Corn. Cinnamon, Jalapeno. Kettle Corn, Peanut Brittle, Pumpkin Caramel, Praline Crunch, White Cheddar and Caramel Corn.

Caramel corn is my personal favorite — what’s yours? — Abbe is Socially Sparked! Tweet @sosparkednews & @asparks01.