What is Popcorn?
If your popcorn comes ready-made in a cellophane bag, or you toss a bag of popcorn into the microwave before the big game starts, you’re cheating your taste buds out of enjoying the wonderful flavor and texture that can only come from gourmet popcorn.
Popcorn, short for popped corn, isn’t just any corn. It’s made from Zea mays everta, a special variety of corn known for its short ears and its odd properties that cause it to burst open into those tasty buds we all love to eat. The reason popcorn ‘pops’ is because of a higher than normal moisture content inside the kernel, and a harder than normal kernel, or shell, surrounding that moisture.
As the temperature inside the kernel rises, the water expands and turns to steam. When the kernel can no longer resist the internal pressure, it explodes. Inside of the kernel is also a layer of starch. When the kernel explodes, and the superheated starch is exposed to the air, it expands into thin bubbles. These bubbles are attracted to each other, fuse together, and ‘pop’ it’s time to eat!
The History of Popcorn
To start, Popcorn has been around for centuries. In fact, it is believed that Native Americans discovered popcorn by throwing corn into fire and watching it pop. When the American colonists came, the Native Americans introduced them to popcorn and it is believed that the Americans mixed popcorn with milk for breakfast.
While we may not eat popcorn for breakfast, at least, not too often, what was true then is true now: Popcorn is delicious. So tasty in fact that our customers love having Gourmet Popcorn in Florida at their wedding or event! Today, a plethora of companies produce and distribute popcorn. Many claim their product is Gourmet Popcorn, but what is the difference between regular popcorn and gourmet popcorn?
Texture and Shape of Gourmet Popcorn
To start, the soil is specifically formulated which ends up producing a more chewy texture as opposed to the light fluffy taste of regular popcorn. According to the national cancer institute, this popcorn is beneficial to the digestive system!
Popcorn pops forty to sixty times larger than its predecessor. Each seed is inspected for size and color and is placed in categories. There are two main shapes of gourmet popcorn, the butterfly and the mushroom. You can really tell the difference once the popcorn is popped.
Seeds are packaged in airtight containers and stored at temperatures of seventy degrees. A numerous amount of products are used to flavor the popcorn from cheese to caramel to chocolate and more! Labs are devoted to the testing and tasting as they develop the new flavors.
Adding to the experience of Gourmet Popcorn in Florida, the products are sold in meticulously considered packaging which varies from holiday tins to everyday picturesque containers.
As with all products, popcorn companies such as ourselves here at Best Popcorn Co. are always looking for improvements and advancements to find the next best recipe. Whether that be cinnamon bun, birthday cake, caramel, or piña colada, there are many types of popcorn flavors for everyone!
Now that you know what Gourmet Popcorn is and how it differs from regular popcorn, we hope we’ve made your decision to choose Gourmet Popcorn in Florida all the more easier.