Have you ever wondered why popcorn pops and turns into a delicious snack during movie time? Let's uncover the secret behind this magical transformation!

๐Ÿ’ง A Kernel of Water

  • Inside each popcorn kernel is a tiny drop of water stored within a circle of soft starch. The kernel's outer shell is hard and impenetrable, trapping the moisture inside.

๐Ÿ”ฅ Heat, Pressure, and POP!

  • When you heat popcorn kernels, the water inside becomes steam, building up pressure. Around 180ยฐC (356ยฐF), the pressure from the steam becomes too much for the kernel's shell to contain, causing it to explode! As it pops, the soft starch inside expands, cools, and turns into the fluffy, white snack we all love.

The magic of popcorn is not just in the pop but in the transformation from a hard kernel into a soft and tasty treat. It's a little bit of science in your snack bowl!

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