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Popcorn - microwave vs. stove top

Updated on December 13, 2012

I've seen all types of hubs out there, but I've never seen one on popcorn comparisons. So I decided to pop a hub on out about popcorn. These little fluffy tasty wonders can pop as high as three feet into the air, and the moisture content in the kernels is what makes them pop. The kernels in popcorn start popping at a temperature of 347° degrees. The scientific name for popcorn is ZEA MAYS EUERTA, and popcorn is a member of the grass family. There are two different types of popcorn, and they are mushroom and snowflake. Popcorn is enjoyed in many different flavors, and popcorn comes in 700 varieties. The un-popped kernels in popcorn are called old maids or spinsters.

The colonists enjoyed popcorn at the very first Thanksgiving feast in Plymouth, Massachusetts, which was a gift from the native Americans. Native Americans popped their popcorn right on the cob. In the early 1700's kettle corn was introduced, and popcorn became popular during the great depression in the 1890's. In 1945 microwave popcorn was discovered, and came onto the scene. Americans eat over 16 billion quarts of popcorn each and every year. The American Diabetes Association suggest popcorn as a sugar free snack. Popcorn is a very good snack, and it is one of the hottest ways to make money at fairs with both it's low overhead and high profit margin. So if you are looking for another line of work, then here's an idea for you.

Every year on January 19th, National popcorn day is celebrated. April 7th is Carmel popcorn day. The entire month of October is National popcorn popping month, which has nothing to do with Orville Redenbacher's birthday (July 16th 1907 - September 19th 1995) . Now armed with all of these facts, I decided to go out and find out just what popcorn folks liked best. Being a highly motivated person I scoured the land in search of the truth. I went door to door, asked people who I work with, and I even asked total strangers on the street. Some people were a little bit hesitant at first about the question. Some people were suspicious about the question, and thought that I was trying to sell them some popcorn. And maybe I should have sold some popcorn then I could of maybe made a little money while I was at it. Some people totally didn't care one way or another, and some people don't like the popcorn kernels getting stuck in their teeth. Eventually I got enough answers, so that I could compile all of the following statistics for this hub. I surveyed well over 100 different people, and asked them if they preferred microwave popcorn or stove top popcorn. 27% of those questioned said they liked microwave popcorn, and an overwhelming 73% of those surveyed said that they liked popcorn that was cooked on top of the stove. There was also a small portion of people who refused to answer the question. So here's the breakdown ..................................

Microwave popcorn

Microwave had 27% of the vote

27% of the people I surveyed preferred microwave popcorn. Their reasons were that microwave popcorn was both fast and quick to make. They liked it more because it was also easy, and simple to make. Most really liked the part where there was no mess to clean up after wards. A woman said she ate it when she didn't have the time to prepare stove top popcorn. One person emphasized that it was really good if you had the right microwave, and another said they liked it because they have been eating it that way as long as they can remember. I guess that's as good a reason as any.

Stove top popcorn

Warning: "Be careful because if you leave Jiffy Pop over the burner of the stove too long, it will burn the popcorn."
Warning: "Be careful because if you leave Jiffy Pop over the burner of the stove too long, it will burn the popcorn."

Stove top had 73% of the vote

Stove top popcorn won by a landslide. People really love their popcorn prepared this way. Some people simply just like popping it, while others like the slow popping. Some folks like cooking their popcorn on the stove top, so that they can add cheese to it. Others feel that popcorn taste better when it's cooked on top of the stove, and that more of the kernels pop as well. Some people like making it that way, and hearing it pop. There were other people who like it because they felt that microwave popcorn was bad for you, and could kill you. There was even one woman who said that microwave popcorn was going to be phased out by the government in the next few years. I have no idea where she got her information from. I even bumped into one gentleman who claimed he was a popcorn connoisseur. To this day I don't know if he had a certificate or some type of special degree in popcorn, or if he was just a self proclaimed popcorn connoisseur. He likes the hands on activity, and using special equipment to prepare his popcorn. He enjoys putting the oil in himself, and watching the popcorn pop. He said if they would give him his own television talk show, that he could talk forever on the subject of popcorn. He even bragged that his son was born on January 19th, which is National popcorn day. I didn't catch his son's name, but I really wonder now if the boy was named after popcorn.

Let's see what all of the people out there in Hubville's virtual world think -

Do you prefer microwave or stove top popcorn?

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Happy Retirement Randy!

This little 50 pound bag ought to last you for a while or at least till next year.
This little 50 pound bag ought to last you for a while or at least till next year.
You'll have plenty of time now to eat all of your popcorn!
You'll have plenty of time now to eat all of your popcorn!


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      3 years ago

      Your cite is super helpful.

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      8 years ago

      I love popcorn on cooked on the stovetop!

    • dee1dee profile image


      8 years ago from Texas

      In my house, the kids consume about 50 bags of it a month. I read a poll one time, that stated that out of a handful of popcorn brands on the market, Jolly Time's Blast O Butter was voted best for buttery taste. I back that up. We are also addicted to Jolly Time's The Big Cheeze. That is a must try if you have not. And one time, I concocted a flavor unheard of in my kitchen. It was Potato Salad flavored popcorn. And it was good....Ground mustard powder, butter, and dill.

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      8 years ago from United States

      I didn't know there was a national popcorn day, interesting article.

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      9 years ago from Southern California

      I buy the cheapest popcorn kernels from Walmart and then pop it in a pan with coconut oil. Then I spray it with olive oil and sprinkle a little salt. Yum! There is zero difference in taste over the more expensive kernels in my opinion.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      I really need to get one of those popcorn machines. I do it on the stove top but it can get messy. Thanks, Beyond Max, for mentioning 'Crazy Popper'.

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      9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Oh-kay. Not to sound totally retarded but I have never in my entire life ever heard or made popcorn on a stove top o_0 Honestly. I mean it. I buy either already with butter in a pack, throw it in a microwave for a minute and voila, no problem-O. Or I just buy a pack of corn and do it in my pop-corn magic machine called "Crazy Popper" (simple, cheap, electric kitchen appliance) - that way I can add other flavors like syrup or chocolate. =)

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      9 years ago


      I also am a popcorn fanatic. I love stovetop but usually can't wait.

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      9 years ago from California

      Love it. I never thought of writing a hub about it, but its one of those things that is always there. Haha. I like stove top and microwave as long as it has a lot of fake butter.

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      9 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      I admit that my vote was not informed, because I have never made popcorn in the microwave. I don't think I have ever even tasted it. I live in England, where most people only eat popcorn at the movies.

      I need to watch my weight for medical reasons, so when I have friends round and I put out snacks, I always pop myself some popcorn. I just use a frying pan, a little bit of oil, and corn. I don't add anything, just eat the popcorn unadorned. Many of my English friends had never had fresh, hot popcorn before coming to my house.

      The stuff that is sold at the movies here is either sugared or salted - neither of these fits well with my constant diet.

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      9 years ago from Idaho

      We actually have a plug in popcorn maker that has a circular cooking surface that warms the oil and kernels until everything is popped.

      We don't go the microwave route because all of the extra stuff added. We pop our own with nothing but heat, oil and kernels.

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      9 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      I buy all kinds. We had a little fun one night, me and the grand kids. We popped some loose grains in the bottom of an iron skillet, and took the top off, and tried catching the pop outs. Only once will I do that. But we laughed our silly heads off.

      Up interesting and funny and awesome hub.

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      9 years ago from Florida

      AAhh...Hot REAL buttered stove top popcorn..the smell/taste and the art of learning gas vs electric.

      I prefer the plain and then add whatever spices..hmmm..although I did learn a secret( store your kernels in the freezer, you can do this with grass seed also))makes it germinate..the popcorn kernels will all (POP)mature.

      Loved the hub ( wiping the butter from my chin as I type)..keep'em coming Goody5

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      Linda Rogers 

      9 years ago from Minnesota

      Great idea for a hub and great research you did.

      Stove top all the way! I've also heard that microwave popcorn is bad for your lungs; something to do with the butter components in it. Great hub-I hit every button.

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      Nancy Yager 

      9 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      Popcorn is just plain fun and is actually good for you without the toppings like butter and salt. But that is the Best part. The frying pan is the best way.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      A very enjoyable hub.

      My daughter likes microwave because it's faster. I prefer stove top because I can get creative with it. Also I think it has a nicer texture.

      Voted up and funny.

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      9 years ago from Southern Nevada

      I haven't eaten popcorn for about 20 years because it's so hard to digest.

      You did a fantastic research for hub.

      Voted useful and interesting, Joyce.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      9 years ago

      I didn't realize that there was a National Popcorn Day and now it is too late! We usually do the stovetop kind as it gives us a fresher flavor. Really, the pilgrims had this on Thanksgiving? I guess all those football fans will have an excuse to ask for it at this year's celebration.

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      Tony Flanigan 

      9 years ago from East London, South Africa

      Stove top! Anything else is sacrilege!


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