Yum yum kettle corn! This sweet/salty treat has been praised by me before, but this was my first foray into making popcorn without a microwave. Popcorn is one of those rare foods that has it's root in America, or at least the continent before it was invaded. According to this article:
“In 1519, Cortes got his first sight of popcorn when he invaded Mexico and came into contact with the Aztecs. Popcorn was an important food for the Aztec Indians, who also used popcorn as decoration for ceremonial headdresses, necklaces and ornaments on statues of their gods, including Tlaloc, the god of rain and fertility.”
Who knew that between human sacrifices, the Aztecs were making the same kind of popcorn-based jewelry many of us did in kindergarten?