Popcorn was an important food for the Aztec Indians, who also used popcorn as decoration for ceremonial headdresses, necklaces, and ornaments on statues of their gods.An early Spanish account by Father Bernardino de Sahagun (1499-1590), Franciscan priest and researcher of the Mexican culture, of a ceremony honoring the Aztec gods who watched over fishermen read: “They scattered before him parched corn, called momochitl, a kind of corn which bursts when parched and discloses its contents and makes itself look like a very white flower; they said these were hailstones given to the god of water.” 17th Century – Early French explorers in the Great Lakes region reported that the Iroquois Indians popped popcorn in a pottery vessel with heated sand and used it to make popcorn soup, among other things.In American Indian folklore, some tribes were said to believe that quiet, contented spirits lived inside of each popcorn kernel.
Their brands of popcorn were called Big Buster and Little Buster.
The first popcorn machine was invented by Charles Cretors of Chicago, Illinois in 1885.
In American Indian folklore, some tribes were said to believe that quiet contented spirits lived inside of each popcorn kernel.
When their houses were heated, the spirits would become angrier and angrier, shaking the kernels until the heat became unbearable, at which point the spirits would burst out of their homes and into the air in a disgruntled puff of steam.
The deeper they dug, the smaller and more primitive the cobs, until they reached bottom and found tiny cobs of popcorn in which each kernel was enclosed in its own husk.
Among those prehistoric kernels, they found six that were partly or completely popped.
Street vendors used to follow crowds around, pushing steam or gas-powered poppers through fairs, parks, and expositions.
This practice continued up until the Depression years (1929-1939).
To show his confidence in h is new package, he flagged the can with a “Guaranteed to Pop” statement. With the opening of movie theaters across the nation early in the 20th century, popcorn became a part of the new excitement.
During the Depression years (1929-1939), popcorn was one of the few luxuries down-and-out families could afford.