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Fun with Farmer's Cob Popcorn: A Tasty Science Experiment for Kids

Calling all scientists and popcorn enthusiasts! Today, we have an exciting and delicious experiment that will leave you in awe of the wonders of science. We're going to explore the magic of popcorn using the Farmer's Cob, a unique and all-natural popping corn that pops right off the cob. It’s quick, fun, educational, and best of all, delicious!

Note: Experts recommend children under age 4 stay away from popcorn. It can be a choking hazard. For that reason, kids under 4 should not do this experiment. Check with your pediatrician to see if your kids are old enough to eat popcorn. All children doing this experiment must always have adult supervision.

The Science Behind The Farmer's Cob Popcorn Popping

Before we dive into the experiment, let's cover the science behind the magic of popcorn popping. Inside each popcorn kernel, there is a small amount of moisture trapped inside a tough, starchy shell. When we heat the kernel, the moisture inside turns into steam, creating pressure within the kernel.

As the pressure builds up, the starch inside softens and becomes flexible. Eventually, the pressure becomes too much for the tough shell to contain, and with a "pop!" the steam bursts out, and the kernel rapidly expands into the fluffy, tasty treat we all know and love as popcorn.

This is how popcorn always works, but with the Farmer’s Cob, it’s easier to see it in action, since some kernels pop while still attached to the cob. This helps kids to visualize how their ear of fresh corn turns into the snack they know and love.

Materials You'll Need to Make the Popcorn

To perform this exciting popcorn experiment, you will need the following materials:

  1. Farmer's Cob (available at local stores or online)

  2. Microwave oven

  3. A microwave-safe plate

  4. Oven mitts

  5. Optional: Butter, salt, and other popcorn seasonings for taste-testing fun!

Step-by-Step Instructions to Make the Farmer's Cob Popcorn

Now, let's dive into the fun part – popping popcorn with Farmer's Cob! Follow these simple steps:

  1. Place the Farmer's Cob into the included bag according to package instructions. Place the bag on a microwave-safe plate.

  2. Microwave the cob on high power for about 2-4 minutes. Listen carefully for the popping sounds!

  3. Keep a close eye on the cob during the process. Once the popping slows down to about 2 seconds between pops, it's ready.

  4. Use oven mitts to remove the plate from the microwave carefully (it will be hot!), and let it cool for a minute before opening the bag.

Taste-Testing Time!

Once your popcorn has cooled slightly, it's time to taste it! Enjoy the natural, delicious flavor, or get creative and try different seasonings like butter, salt, cheese, or even cinnamon and sugar.

Bowl of popcorn popped from The Farmer's Cob

The Science Behind the Fun

Through this experiment, you've witnessed the magical transformation of a simple kernel into a fluffy and tasty treat. The science behind popcorn popping showcases the power of heat and pressure and how they can create something entirely new and exciting.

Next time you're in the mood for a treat, impress your friends and family with your newfound knowledge of popcorn popping science. Happy snacking!

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