Here’s Why Popcorn Pops

We came across this interesting and informative article in the November issue of Reader’s Digest, authored by Brandon Specktor.  Please enjoy!

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The big bang may still befuddle us, but scientists just took a giant leap toward understanding the smaller (and arguably more important) bang that happens in your microwave. Thanks to a team of French researchers, we now have the most complete picture yet of popcorn’s seed-to-snack transition.

Inside every popcorn kernel’s shell, there’s a tiny droplet of water surrounded by a mesh of mostly starch. At 212 degrees Fahrenheit, the water turns into steam and mixes with the starch to create a hot, doughy mass. Pressure builds in the hull until finally, at 356 degrees, it bursts.

In the next 15th of a second, a lightning-fast circus act occurs: A “leg” of fluffy starch emerges from the fractured hull, kicking it up a few centimeters in a gymnast-like spin. Water vapor bursts from the hull as it does when you uncork a Champagne bottle, emitting that signature popcorn pop. The hull continues to bloom as it flips and cools, finally converting that hot vapor and starch into the popcorn fluff we know and love.

At the end of the show, each inside-out kernel is about twice as large and one eighth as dense as it was pre-pop. Whether you should cover yours in butter or olive oil is a question for another day.

 

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POPtions! Popcorn: The Perfect Graduation Gift!

Trying desperately to come up with a great graduation gift for the high school or college senior in your life? Rather than panicking and picking up something underwhelming or waiting until the last minute and hoping for the best, check out the gourmet gift tins available at POPtions! Popcorn in Saint Louis, MO. We’re a purveyor of gourmet popcorn offers a wide range of fantastic gift tins that are sure to make your graduate smile.

Here’s why gourmet gift baskets from POPtions! are such great presents:

  • Anytime Snack: Popcorn functions as a fabulous “anytime” snack that both delights the palate and satisfies the stomach. Your graduate can enjoy gourmet popcorn as a mid-morning snack or a treat after a long day. Some foods are best for breakfast or dinner only, but not popcorn!
  • Beautiful Packaging: The gourmet gift tins and baskets from POPtions!  are dazzling and may be customized to feature special well wishes and congratulatory messages. They make great keepsakes long after the gourmet popcorn has been enjoyed.Graduation Gift Tins
  • Combination Tins: Combination gift tins allow you to provide the receiver with a variety of tasty treats. Combo tins include timeless options featuring natural, cheddar, and caramel flavors, as well as those for chocolate fanatics and spicy food lovers. There’s even a tin inspired by favorite foods of St. Louis.

Find the perfect gourmet popcorn gift basket you know will be thoroughly appreciated by your special graduate. POPtions! Popcorn creates gift tins for every occasion, as well as bulk gourmet gifts for large groups. Create the perfect tin full of delectable popcorn that’s sure to be a hit at the graduation party.

For more on gourmet gift baskets, gift tins, and flavored popcorn, please contact POPtions! Popcorn today. Call (888) 649-7677 or visit the website.

Give Mom a Gift Tin from POPtions!

Mother’s Day is May 8, so why not pre-order a gourmet gift basket from POPtions! Popcorn to show your Mom, Mother In-Law, Grandmother, or Wife how much she means to you?

Located in St. Louis, MO, this specialty store offers “some of the best gourmet popcorn you’ll ever taste,” according to Joe Bonwich of St. Louis Magazine. Featuring gourmet popcorn in many delicious flavors, POPtions! Popcorn tins serve as a unique gift idea for special holidays.

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This spring, POPtions! Popcorn is offering Mother’s Day customizable gift tins in 2 or 3 1/2-gallon sizes. All Mother’s Day gift tins can be ordered with one or three of the store’s signature popcorn flavors included. With more than 20 flavors to choose from, your mom’s gourmet gift basket can contain sweet, tangy, or salty gourmet popcorn delivered fresh and delicious on her special day. Customers can select from Classic Cheddar, Mojito Lime, Gooey Butter Pop, Caramel Cheddar (Chicago style) and Molasses Bacon, to name just a few options.

Single flavor tins can include Caramelt Crunch, caramel drizzled with milk chocolate and topped with toffee chips,  Mint Chocolate Chip, or Buffalo Bleu, a zesty combination of buffalo wings and blue cheese seasonings. Whatever flavor your imagination and taste buds can dream up, chances are, it’s on the POPtions! Popcorn menu.

The POPtions! Popcorn team handcrafts all orders daily inside the store’s kitchen and makes certain that every gourmet gift basket is tasty and beautiful. Aside from Mother’s Day, POPtions! Popcorn creates gourmet popcorn gift baskets for birthdays, holidays, and special occasions.

Mother’s Day gourmet gift tin by POPtions! Popcorn make a unique gift for anyone who loves gourmet popcorn. Stop by the store in St. Louis to create your mom’s gift, or call 888-649-7677 to place an order by phone. You can also browse the popcorn selection and order your tin online.