The History of Popcorn
Popcorn has a rich and fascinating history that spans thousands of years. Its origins can be traced back to the indigenous peoples of the Americas, who were cultivating and consuming popcorn long before the arrival of Europeans. Archaeological evidence suggests that popcorn was enjoyed by the ancient inhabitants of present-day Mexico as early as 3600 BCE.
Native American tribes, such as the Aztecs and the Hopi, not only consumed popcorn as a dietary staple but also used it in various ceremonies and rituals. When European explorers, including Christopher Columbus, arrived in the Americas, they encountered popcorn and brought it back to Europe. However, it didn't gain widespread popularity there.
In the 19th century, popcorn started to gain traction in the United States. Its affordability and accessibility made it a popular snack during fairs, carnivals, and other public events. The invention of the first commercial popcorn machine in the late 19th century by Charles Cretors revolutionized the popcorn industry, enabling mass production and distribution.
The Great Depression further boosted popcorn's popularity as it emerged as an affordable luxury during challenging economic times. The snack's popularity continued to soar during World War II, as sugar shortages led to increased consumption of savory snacks like popcorn.
The post-war era saw the rise of home popcorn consumption with the introduction of microwave popcorn in the late 20th century. Today, popcorn remains a beloved and versatile snack enjoyed in various forms worldwide, from classic buttered popcorn at the movies to gourmet popcorn with a myriad of creative flavors. Its long and diverse history reflects its enduring appeal across cultures and generations.
In 2018 Wild About Popcorn was launched with the intent of creating a unique experience for popcorn lovers. From the moment customers walk in our door they are warmly greeted and enveloped in the amazing smells and sounds of popcorn being produced. Every flavor from Wild About Popcorn is developed from days and sometimes months of experimentation, blending herbs and spices, cheeses, butters and many other flavorful ingredients. We hand make our popcorn in small-batches to insure the highest quality and most consistent flavor possible. Everyone likes popcorn, most people love popcorn but we are Wild About Popcorn.