250 million: The number of pounds of popcorn that Nebraska produces each year. They produce more popcorn than any other state in the country. It is equivalent to a quarter of all the popcorn produced annually in the United States.- factretriever.com
Illinois: Popcorn is the official state snack food of Illinois. Second and third grade students from a Joliet elementary school completed a class project attempting to make popcorn the official snack food of the state. The General Assembly made it official in 2003.- illinois.gov
347 degrees: On average, a kernel will pop when it reaches a temperature of 347 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius). Why do some kernels go unpopped? They either didn’t contain sufficient moisture to pop, or the outer coating was damaged, causing steam to gradually escape which prevents the pop. - howstuffworks.com
WWII: Popcorn saw a huge surge in popularity during WWII due to sugar rations, which made candy more expensive and harder to come by. Americans began eating three times more popcorn than they had before the war. - todayifoundout.com
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