Why is popcorn so popular

Ancient nibble: In 2012, archaeologists in Peru unearthed ancient corncobs, husks, tassels, and stalks from tombs.

Early treat: The first mention of popcorn as we know it was recorded in the mid-19th century.

Sidewalk snack: In 1890, a Chicago entrepreneur named Charles Cretors invented the first popcorn-popping machine.

Out and about: Early on, hand-drawn carts were used by vendors.

Cracker Jack: Cracker Jack is a well-known American brand of popcorn and peanut snack food that first appeared on candy store shelves in 1896.

Prize packet: For many years, Cracker Jack popcorn was known for including a token prize in the packaging.

Orville Redenbacher (1907–1995): Another major name in the history of popcorn is Orville Redenbacher, who began his career selling popcorn from the back of a car.

The "perfect kerenel: Redenbacher spent nearly 40 years crossbreeding 30,000 popcorn hybrids to develop what became known as "the perfect kerne.

The 1930s: By the late 1920s and early 1930s, popcorn had become a favorite fireside snack. 

Popcorn and the movies: Popcorn and cinema, the ying and yang of the movie business, became popular in the 1930s. 

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