As much fun to make as it is to eat!
Popcorn has been around since the first Thanksgivings celebrated by this country, a gift from the Native Americans that we embraced then and still. A staple of movie theaters since the early 1900s, the snack followed Americans to their living rooms when television was introduced – and Jiffy Pop led the way, providing an easy and mesmerizing way to prepare the treat in one’s own home.
A man named Fred Mennen thought there must be an easier way to make popcorn at home than having to pull out the ol’ frying pan, a task that could prove to be messy. After five years of experimentation with a special hybrid that grew near his home in Indiana, Fred developed a pretty foolproof method for popping corn. He began marketing Jiffy Pop in 1958, offering both natural and butter flavor. Within two years, his magical new product was being distributed through the entire country.
Kids were perfectly willing to make Jiffy Pop themselves, although most parents took over when it came to stove-related matters until the youngsters got older. In the meantime, most of us have memories of staring in amazement as the process unfolded. First, you heard of small chorus of faint and distant pops, which steadily grew faster and louder. At this point, the container would magically transform itself into a bulging foil bubble.