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Popcorn is synonymous with movie theaters. You buy your ticket and then you head to the concession stands to purchase a drink and popcorn. You usually have a choice of if you want butter or not, which, let’s face it, the butter at the movie theaters is incredible! You get your popcorn, and you go and prepare to watch a movie. Popcorn is the perfect complement to a night out with friends or a loved one. But did you ever wonder where popcorn came from?

Carla Corn offers popcorn delivery for a variety of flavors, including caramel, cheddar cheese, and extra sharp white cheddar popcorn. We use the freshest ingredients that are non-GMO and locally-sourced so that you get the best-tasting popcorn in the business. Below, we’ll take a look at the history of popcorn. Shop with us today!


Like so many inventions, it’s hard to say who popped the first kernel. After all, it was way before the patent process. The first verified source of corn kernels that were popped comes from New Mexico where popped kernels were found to be 5,600 years old. The Aztecs used popcorn for eating and for ceremonial use, like decorations on their clothes. Funeral urns were found in Mexico that showed a corn god around 300 AD. It is believed that most Native Americans had some form of popcorn. The French settlers and explorers picked up on this delicious treat, and soon it spread throughout the colonies. Molasses was a popular addition to popcorn, which created a delicious treat similar to the kettle corn of today. Interestingly, popcorn wasn’t officially called “popped corn” until 1848 when the name appears in writings.

Recipes using popcorn were written shortly after, including the use of toppings and added sugar. In the late 1890’s the first popcorn maker was invented that used a steam-powered machine to pop the kernels. This machine was improved and shrunken to the popcorn machines of today.

How Did Popcorn Get in Movies?

Popcorn made it to the movie theaters out of pure necessity. At the time of The Great Depression, many Americans could no longer afford candy, which has been the traditional go-to movie theater snack. Popcorn was popular and cheap, so movie theaters made the investment to install popcorn machines in their theaters. And the rest, they say, is history.

Today, popcorn is a multi-billion dollar business with American consuming roughly 17 billion quarts of the delicious treat annually. This number has never declined no matter what the state of the economy is.


Carla Corn makes a variety of online popcorn for popcorn delivery right to your door. We make our popcorn in small batches, which not only ensures quality, but it also ensures it arrives at your doorstep as fresh as it can be. We use very few ingredients, and they are all locally-sourced and non-GMO in order to make a healthy popcorn alternative that you are sure to love. Our ingredients include corn, pure brown sugar, real butter, natural cocoa, authentic vanilla, and genuine cheddar cheese.

Currently, we offer three varieties of popcorn for popcorn delivery, including Caramel Corn, Cheddar Cheese Chicago-Style, and Extra Sharp White Cheddar Cheese Corn. We use an air-popped process, which eliminates the use of unhealthy oils and chemicals. This is good news because our popcorn is so good, it’s hard to resist it. Our packaging is vacuumed sealed to keep the freshness in. We also offer a lightning-quick delivery process to ensure timely popcorn delivery. And we donate 10 or 15 percent of our proceeds to local charities. We like to say we sell online popcorn with a cause. Visit us online today!

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