Popcorn Makers

Written by Sierra Rein
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Evidence of primitive popcorn makers indicates that ancient Mexican, North, and South Americans enjoyed the treat of popped corn as early as the fourth century A.D. During that time, heating up kernel-filled pottery in mounds of hot sand created popped corn. However, it was not until Charles Cretors invented the first American corn-popping machine in 1885 that the treat became a common sight on street corners and fairgrounds.

Popcorn makers must heat each kernel of corn so that the moist starch inside vaporizes and bursts the outside shell. This can be accomplished in a number of different ways and for a variety of different venues. While most residents are used to the simple microwave popcorn bag, gas, oil, electric and stovetop popcorn poppers are also available.

Movie-Style Popcorn Makers

For large crowds, industrial movie-style popcorn machines can handle a large number of customers over a number of hours. An overhanging kettle is placed above a large holding and storage area. It is then filled with corn kernels and a bit of oil for flavor and heated until corn pops out and falls into the area below.

Other popcorn makers utilize heated pans and stovetop kettles to heat up the kernels. These are the best methods to use if extra mixes like caramel, cheese, sweet-frosted and glazed flavors are going to be added. They are also good when making compound treats like frosted almond, peanut, and popcorn bars.

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