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Everything you need to know about microwave popcorn

Microwavable popcorn comes in a wide-variety of flavors including lowfat, extra butter, and gourmet to satisfy all appetites.


If popping slows to 1-3 seconds between pops, or if you smell scorching, turn off microwave at once. If popcorn is still popping vigorously when time runs out, add 10 seconds to the next bag you pop.


The U.S. produces 498,000 TONS of popcorn every year, of which 103,000 tons is exported.


Act II is the first U.S. microwaveable popcorn introduced to Shanghai markets.


Popcorn grows in six colors: red, blue, brown, calico, yellow and white. With the exception of white, all turn yellow when popped.


The peak period for popcorn sales for home consumption is in the fall.


How high popcorn kernels can pop? Up to 3 feet in the air.


Americans today consume 17 billion quarts of popped popcorn each year. The average American eats about 58 quarts.


Popcorn is high in carbohydrates, and has more protein and iron than potato chips, ice cream cones, pretzels and soda crackers, according to The Popcorn Institute.


Store your microwave popcorn boxes/bags on a pantry shelf; never in the refrigerator or freezer.


Popcorn is a whole grain. It is made up of three components: the germ, endosperm, and pericarp (also know as the hull).



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Taken on March 13, 2007