Popcorn has been around for a long time, since before colonial times in the Americas, where corn was first grown. Because unpopped kernels can be stored for long periods of time, popcorn was an excellent food to eat when other sources were difficult to find. The popularity of popcorn in the United States has grown steadily throughout the years, but its biggest jumps in popularity were during the Great Depression and World War II when the abundance of corn made popcorn a cheap alternative to other treats. It became a popular movie snack during World War II because sugar rations made candy a luxury item, but popcorn was delicious and available pretty much everywhere. On January 19th we celebrate this amazing treat that has always been around during even the toughest of times.