sis-in-law and I are standing in line for popcorn at the
size do you want?" asks the young man behind the counter.
have a small," says Molly. "With butter."
have a medium," says me, before I realize that medium ó
in movie theater language ó means, "Oh, my gosh thatís
butter," I add virtuously.
many calories did we devour while rocking to the Jersey Boys?
According to the Popcorn Board,
, 1 cup of oil-popped popcorn (like we get at the movies) has
about 55 calories. And Iím sure I gulped down close to 300
buttered popcorn contains about 133 calories per cup. Which is
why a small bag is a great idea.
popcorn at the movies get started? A story is told about a
banker in Oklahoma who lost his fortune. So he bought a
popcorn machine and started a business in a store near a movie
theater. The rest, as they say, is popcorn history.
some other facts from the Popcorn Board about my favorite
has been around for more than 4,000 years. The oldest ears of
popcorn on record were discovered in a bat cave in New Mexico
in 1948 and 1950.
average American eats 51 quarts (almost 13 gallons) of popcorn
each year, hopefully not all at the same movie.
is a whole grain. That means we eat the entire grain kernel
ó bran, germ and endosperm (the fluffy white part). In fact,
3 cups of popped popcorn qualifies as a serving of a whole
grain. Health benefits are associated with at least 3 servings
of whole grains each day.
corn "pops." Popcorn is a particular type of maize
(corn) with a hull just the right thickness to burst open when
it gets hot, says the Popcorn Board.
makes popcorn pop. Within each kernel is a small drop of water
enclosed by a small circle of starch. When heated, the water
droplet expands and builds pressure, causing the corn starch
to burst out of its hull. As it explodes, steam is released,
blowing up the starch to 40 or 50 times its original size.
I know why movie theater popcorn is so crisp. Those loose lids
on the big poppers allow steam to escape as the corn pops so
it does not get soggy. And this of course also shoots that
enticing aroma into the air that causes cash to disappear from
there we have it. Fluffy whole grains of corn that energize
the senses and emanate some strange sort of comfort during
has estimated how many popped kernels it would take to make a
trail of popcorn from New York City to Los Angeles. Are you
kidding? Theyíd never get past the movie houses.