Does Refrigerating Popcorn Make It Pop Better?

Does Refrigerating Popcorn Make It Pop Better?

Dec 19, 2023Thad Paul

Do you know what goes great with popcorn? Science! Although we do not refrigerate America’s Favorite Gourmet Popcorn before we pop it, we used our myth-buster brains to help you figure out the question on everyone’s mind “Does Refrigerating Popcorn Make It Pop Better?”. The short answer? - No, the popcorn will not “pop “better by storing the popcorn kernels in the refrigerator but storing the freshly popped kernels in a tightly sealed container inside a refrigerator or a cabinet will make the popcorn last longer, stay fresh, and just as delicious! Great news, right?!



Pop, Zip Lock, and Refrigerate

To better understand this tasty phenomenon, let’s break down the science behind popcorn and the benefits of refrigeration. Popcorn kernels pop due to the moisture content kept within their shells or as popcorn connoisseurs call it the “hull”. If you are cooking your popcorn in the microwave or over a campfire, the heat will cause the hull to expand the water building up pressure, and “pop!” your tasty snack is created. The “popping” is dependent on the amount of water contained within each hull. Some kernels may not pop if the hull contains too little or too much water. This can happen by leaving kernels by leaving the kernels unsealed out on the counter, in a cabinet or wherever you please for an extended period of time. Ultimately, diminishing the flavor and freshness of the popcorn. The same is true for your freshly popped treasured Dark Chocolate-Drizzled Capitol Carmel Popcorn.



Saving the Cravings

If you manage to not go through an entire bag of Cookies & Cream K Street Kettle Korn or any of our popcorn flavors in one sitting and have leftovers for your midnight snack or family movie night, store the popped popcorn inside an airtight container in a cabinet or fridge. For even longer storage, consider keeping the popcorn inside your freezer. Using this method of proper storage will save the taste and freshness of your beloved popcorn. So, the next time you have a chance to show off your popcorn knowledge, you can answer the question “Does Refrigerating Your Popcorn Make It Pop Better?” in such a way even Bill Nye the Science Guy would be proud.


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