Popcorn makes for a pretty delicious snack! But how does it go from being a little kernel of corn to a fluffy piece of popcorn?
Cyrus breaks down the science to help you understand a corn kernel’s amazing transformation into the snack we all love.
One Special Kernal
Popcorn is different than the corn you’re probably used to eating because it’s a special kind of corn that pops when heated. Can you imagine if all corn reacted to heat the same way? On super hot days, corn fields would become mountains and hills of popped corn!
It’s what’s on the inside that counts
Buried deep inside the center of a the kernel is a tiny drop of water. Starch, a white substance found in plants, surrounds the little droplet. It has no smell or taste. The outside of the kernel is a hard yellow shell called the hull.
Things are about to get hot!
When the kernel is heated, the water drop turns into steam and pushes so hard on the hull that it explodes! Voila! Now you have fluffy popcorn.
A snack everyone can enjoy
Now that it’s popped, you can cover it with butter, salt, chocolate, caramel… well, you can cover it with lots of things and it’s always going to taste awesome! What’s your favorite topping?