Did you know that Popcorn was first domesticated in Mexico 9,000 years ago from a wild grass and is one of the oldest forms of corn?
Ever wonder why we eat popcorn at the movies? Well, during the Great Depression, a trip to the theatre was one of the few entertainment options people could afford. Theaters did not sell snacks at the time and as a bag of popcorn kernels would sell for about $10, lasting years, they could sell to the people at 10 cents a bag and make ahefty profit. The lure of the aroma made it easy to sell. The machines to make popcorn are quite portable so industrious vendors would set up right outside and sell to the patrons going into the theater.
Soon theater owners saw the opportunity and began leasing space inside to the vendors and the movie theater snack bar was born. Eventually the middle men were cut out and selling snacks in the theater actually saved many movie houses.