Long before popcorn vending machines, popcorn or popping corn dated back to the late 15th century. People believe that Christopher Columbus sailors bought popcorn headdresses and popcorn corsages from the Native Americans. Around 1612, Iroquois Indians popped corn using hot sand and pottery to put the corn in. The Iroquois also ate popcorn beer and popcorn soup. In the United States, popcorn was sold commercially in the late 19th century.
In the United States, Indiana is the top producer of popcorn.
Charles Cretors in Chicago, Illinois manufactured the first commercial popcorn machine in 1855.
Marion, Ohio, North Loup, Nebraska, Schaller, Iowa and Ridgeway, Illinois all claim that they are the ‘Popcorn Capital of the World’.
Most people think of movie theatres when anyone mentions popcorn and 1912 is the year theaters started selling it.
In parts of North America, children stringing popcorn and hanging it on Christmas trees is still popular.
Popcorn is a very popular snack food enjoyed by millions of children and adults. Not only does it taste great but also is a healthy snack that contains more fiber than even bran. It is very inexpensive, satisfies hunger without being too filling, low in calories and has no cholesterol.
Popcorn vending machines are a fantastic way of making popcorn available and fresh at many places including your own home. Because it is such a healthy snack, schools now have popcorn vending machines available to students.
Kinds of Popcorn Vending Machines
There are hundreds of different makes and models of popcorn vending machines. Traditional food service popcorn vending machines, where a person serves you, are found in movie theatres, department stores and even flea markets. These vending machines come in countertop and floor models. The popcorn is fresh, healthy and you can choose to have it with or without butter and salt. These machines have stainless steel kettles and heated popcorn decks to keep it hot.
Stand-alone popcorn vending machines found in schools, convenience stores, offices and even Laundromats are coin operated. They are self-contained popcorn machines found in models such as the traditional popcorn carts, art deco with neon lights and sized to fit anywhere. These machines are self-cleaning and completely automatic so they need no attendant. Many machines deliver up to 100 vends without a refill. Each cup of popcorn is hot and fresh, on demand hot air popped. The customer can watch the entire popping cycle and smell the popcorn as it pops. These popcorn vending machines are extremely fast with cooking times around one to 3 minutes. Customers can choose their favorite flavor of popcorn and make other personal choices such as whether they want butter, salt, and the amount of each if they choose to have it put on their popcorn. Some vending machines even show a countdown during the popping cycle.
No matter where you are, whether it is at home or shopping, enjoy a healthy, wonderful tasting snack and choose popcorn.