By A. Stone
Nobody likes to get to the end of their popcorn bowl only to have most of the popcorn not popped. It is very frustrating to purchase popcorn and end up with a bowl of un-popped kernels. Well, this experiment is to determine which brand of popcorn yields the least amount of un-popped kernels?
The reason I decided on doing this project is because the materials required are inexpensive and easily available at most grocery or dollar stores. Through this experiment, I can educate consumers on which brand pops up the most corn, therefore saving them money.
There are many differing opinions on which popcorn has the least amount of un-popped kernels. Some think Orville Redenbacher, the expensive; gourmet popcorn is the best producer of popped kernels. Others may say the cheaper, off-brand (Great Value or Pop Weaver) would be the best. My hypothesis is that Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn will pop up the most kernels because it has been around the longest and is the most popular brand.
Popcorn is a light, highly popular snack enjoyed by many throughout the world. Native Americans popped popcorn over 5000 years ago, making it one of the oldest snack foods. It was introduced to the West by Christopher Columbus in the late 15th century (www.wikipedia.com ). There are two main types of popcorn, rice popcorn and pearl popcorn. Rice popcorn has pointed, white kernels. Pearl popcorn has rounded kernels that are usually yellow or orange in color. Popcorn kernels have a very hard endosperm with a small amount of moist starch in the center. When heated, steam formed inside the kernel’s moist core causes force inside the kernel to burst in a small explosion which turns it inside out, to become the white fluffy stuff, better known as popcorn!
Popcorn has a special design that enables it to pop verse other types of corn. There are many threats that can affect how popcorn pops. In order
References: Orville Redenbacher Gourmet Butter Popcorn Box, Exp. Date November 2010. “Popcorn”, www.popcorn.org, accessed on June 15, 2010. “Popcorn”, www.wikipedia.com, accessed on June 16, 2010. “The King of Pop,” http://www.gardenofpraise.com/sci993.htm, accessed on June 14, 2010. “Which brand of popcorn pops the most?” http://www.mercer.edu/camps/message/summer2001/summer2001-popcorn.htm, accessed on June 14, 2010.