To celebrate its 100th birthday this October during National Popcorn Month, Jolly Time Pop Corn – America’s first branded popcorn that began in a humble Iowa basement – sent us some fun facts and trivia about popcorn:

  • Americans consume some 16 billion quarts of popcorn each year. That’s 51 quarts per man, woman and child.
  • If you made a trail of popcorn from New York City to Los Angeles, you would need more than 352,028,160 popped kernels.
  • Popcorn kernels can jump up to 3 feet in the air.
  • During the Depression, popcorn at five or ten cents a bag was one of the few luxuries down-and-out families could afford.
  • Volunteers in Sac City, Iowa created the world’s largest popcorn ball in February 2009. It weighed 5,000 lbs., stood over 8 ft. tall and measured 28.8 ft. in circumference.
  • Popcorn is naturally low in calories and gluten-free – a cup of air-popped popcorn contains just 35 calories.
  • Archaeological evidence suggests pre-Colombian Americans were popping popcorn as early as 4,700 B.C.
  • Popcorn was integral to early 16th century Aztec Indian ceremonies.


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