Did you know that if you live in the US, October is National Popcorn Poppin’ Month? We don’t have any such month here in Australia but any excuse to make some popcorn is a good excuse.
Last night it occurred to me that I had no idea why popcorn pops. So after a little research I found out; A corn kernel pops because it stores a tiny amount of water in a soft centre of starch inside the hard outside casing. When the kernel is heated (to around 235°c or 450°f) the water turns to steam and creates enough pressure inside to break the outside casing and escape, causing the kernel to turn itself inside out. Huh!
I also had a quick look for some things to do with popcorn:
Here are some instructions on how to make a box of popcorn costume for Halloween.
And here’s a recipe for truly delicious sounding caramel popcorn (above). Some of the reviews suggest cutting the amount of butter used in half – which seems to make very little difference to the taste.