Why does a Popcorn pop?
Be it a movie theater or at the comforts of your couch, the popcorn is definitely a favorite snack among all age groups. But why does it pop?
Popcorn is no ordinary corn.
Of all the different types of corn out there, Popcorn is the only variety that pops, hence the name.
There is a tiny droplet of water inside the kernel of a popcorn, which is surrounded by a hard shell called a hull.
As the popcorn is heated, the water turns into steam. This builds pressure inside the kernel. When the pressure built cannot be contained by the hull, it POPS!
And a Popcorn is born.
For a popcorn to pop successfully, the ideal amount of moisture must be between 13- 14 percent.
When there is too little moisture, there will not be enough steam produced to carry out the popping and if there is too much moisture, the popcorn will crack prematurely.
Sometimes the most simpleton questions can have the most elegant answers. Ergo Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish!
Have a great one!