Why Does Popcorn Pop?

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While you're scarfing down a bag of popcorn at the movie theater or indulging in a giant container of the caramelized variety from the holidays, you might be wondering: how does popcorn work? We know that popcorn comes from a specific type of corn with a hard shell called a hull. This hull combines with a small water droplet in the kernel to create that "pop!" you know and love. Watch the following video to hear a quick explanation of the scientific process behind popcorn.

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Not All Corn Is Created Equal

There's a nifty scientific process behind your favorite snack.

Watch Popcorn Pop In Slow Motion!

Water droplet turns into steam, steam builds pressure, pressure pops the hull. Feast your eyes.

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Here's Why Pop Rocks Pop

Those silly carbon dioxide bubbles...

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