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Popcorn Facts

  • Name: Popcorn
  • Type of Food: Solid
  • Sources: Corn Kernels
  • Total Calories: 106 (one ounce, 28.4 grams)
  • Total Fat: 1.23 grams (one ounce, 28.4 grams)
  • Total Protein: 3.1 grams (one ounce, 28.4 grams)
  • Total Carbohydrates: 21 grams (one ounce, 28.4 grams)

23 Popcorn Facts for Kids

  1. Popcorn is a heated up corn kernel that is soft, expanded and puffed up.
  2. Popcorn is also known as popped corn and pop-corn.
  3. When a corn kernel is heated up the moisture inside of it turns into steam. The steam builds up pressure inside of the kernel and eventually ruptures the kernel’s hull. This process forcefully expands the kernel, creating popcorn.
  4. Popcorn can be cooked over a fire, on a stove, in a microwave or in a special device known as a popcorn machine.
  5. There are two different types of popcorn and they are snowflake popcorn and mushroom popcorn.
  6. Snowflake popcorn kernels create a snowflake like popcorn puff.
  7. Snowflake popcorn kernels are what you’re use to getting in microwaved popcorn bags or at the movie theater.
  8. Mushroom popcorn kernels create a mushroom like popcorn puff.
  9. Mushroom popcorn kernels are used in popcorn mixtures, like candy confections, because they’re less like to crumble.
  10. The most popular species of corn (maize) for popcorn kernels is Zea mays everta.
  11. An ounce of popcorn (28.4 grams) contains 106 calories.
  12. An ounce of popcorn (28.4 grams) contains 1.2 grams of fat.
  13. An ounce of popcorn (28.4 grams) contains 2 milligrams of sodium.
  14. An ounce of popcorn (28.4 grams) contains 21 grams of carbohydrates
  15. An ounce of popcorn (28.4 grams) contains 3.6 grams of dietary fiber.
  16. An ounce of popcorn (28.4 grams) contains 0.3 grams of sugar.
  17. An ounce of popcorn (28.4 grams) contains 3.1 grams of protein.
  18. An ounce of popcorn (28.4 grams) contains 78 milligrams of potassium.
  19. An ounce of popcorn (28.4 grams) contains 4% of the Daily Value of iron.
  20. An ounce of popcorn (28.4 grams) contains 5% of the Daily Value of vitamin b-6.
  21. An ounce of popcorn (28.4 grams) contains 8% of the Daily Value of magnesium.
  22. According to the Guinness World Records, the largest popcorn ball in the world weight 3,432 pounds. This record was set on September 29th, 2006 by The Popcorn Factory in the United States of America.
  23. According to the Guinness World Records, the largest popcorn machine in the world was 22 feet and 2.75 inches tall. This record was set on June 15th, 2004 by Greg Scott Abbott, Wink Eller, Lisa Lejohn, Eric Scarlett, Christoff Koon, Charles Cretor in the United States of America.

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