Everybody’s Favorite Summertime Snack
Everyone has their own guilty pleasure food, particularly during the summer. For some people it may be ice cream, but if you live in Ohio, kettle corn is a must have! There’s something special about the sweet-and-salty taste that kettle corn has that makes it addictive. During summer time, at locations like the Chippewa Lake Flea Market, you can smell the aroma of freshly made corn the 1st Sunday of each month. Have you ever stopped to think about where kettle corn came from? Here you’ll find the history of this American favorite food.
Throughout the 18th century Dutch settlers in Pennsylvania would bring cast iron kettles to fairs and festivals. They heated the butter to temperatures high enough to throw dry corn kernels to the kettles. They would use wooden utensils to stir the corn, as the kernels popped they’d add honey or sugar to caramelize the popcorn. When they have been finished making the popcorn they would throw salt over the freshly made kettle corn.
The ease of this, should not make you underestimate the taste. There are several sugary additions that improve the flavor of the newly made popcorn. Before modern times American pioneers would sweeten their kettle corn using molasses, cane sugar, or honey. Honestly, using different ingredients to sweeten pot corn opened the door for a new flavor palate. Most families buy pre-made microwave bags.
Nowadays many Americans are introduced to kettle corn by going to county or state fairs, flea markets, craft shows, festivals or carnivals. Your parents and grandparents might take you to one of these fun events throughout the summer and indulge in this sweet treat.
Making Your Own Kettle Corn
1/4 Corn Oil
If you are feeling ambitious enough to create your own kettle corn, regular white sugar works just fine. Sugar isn’t all that you need to make kettle corn; you also need the appropriate equipment. For the typical cook at home you will need to add corn oil to a large pot over moderate heat. After the pot is the ideal temperature add the popcorn kernels and stir. For another 3-4 minutes shake the pot while adding the sugar. It’s important to eliminate the fresh kettle corn out of the pot before serving. The sugar has caramelized in the pot, the heat from the pot will cause the remaining sugar to burn and stick.
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT KETTLE CORN AND POPCORN
Popcorn and the Great Depression
Movie theaters during the Great Depression began offering popcorn at concession stands. Popcorn is fast to create, mobile, cost effective, and tasty. After this became a trend for moviegoers there was no stopping the popcorn bandwagon.
How do popcorn kernels pop?
There are several varieties of corn, but just”popcorn” will pop. Researchers have figured out that popcorn kernels have sufficient water to cause the corn to pop. A tough skin, called a hull, encloses the water inside the kernel. Meanwhile, since the kernel heats up, the water becomes steam and the pressure causes an explosion of deliciousness we understand as popcorn!
Popcorn is a.. . grain
There has been much debate about whether popcorn is a grain or vegetable. We know that corn is a vegetable, but popcorn according to the USDA is a grain.
As the popularity of popcorn grew, so did the demand for a quicker way to generate popcorn. There became a requirement to generate popcorn by using microwaves because of the speed. Now there is a preset popcorn button for your convenience.