Popular snack from roasted corn grains. Prior to the discovery of cinema-lovers, it was already a well-known and beloved habit for cave dwellers. The oldest finding, 5,000 years old, was found in New Mexico, and scientists consider it a purely American product. The natives enjoyed it by placing the corn seeds one on top of the flame with the help of a branch. With popcorn they made beer and soups, and used it to make jewelry. This is how Christopher Columbus learned about his existence.
It is recorded that on February 22, 1630, an Indian named Kwadakena from the Wabanog tribe learned the art of popcorn at some British settlers in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Europeans who tasted it were so excited by the taste that they ate it every morning, accompanying it with cream and sugar. It later became a necessary accompaniment to Thanksgiving dinner. Popcorn was further popularized in the 19th century by street vendors in parks, festivals and carnivals, when the average American began to have more free time available. With the proliferation of the moving image, street vendors set their sights outside the cinemas. They quickly clashed with the athletes, who did not want the attention of the spectators during the viewing. However, when the viewers imposed their will and accompanied the pop-up movie promotion, the audiences were forced to adapt to the new situation and took possession of the product, which brought them additional profits. The sweet habit changed during World War II and popcorn gained a salty taste when sugar was scarce. Nowadays, popcorn is the indispensable companion of light entertainment in multiplexes around the world. Americans still hold sacred foods today, at 130 pounds per person per year.