Popcorn Cob? Yes, this is a thing! And if you haven’t tried this yet, I highly recommend it.
This is a fun activity in the fall months when dry corncobs, also known as Indian Corn, are abundant. We recently visited a local farm. After watching them mill dried corn into animal feed, they sent us home with organic cobs of dried corn to make into popcorn. Amazing, right?
Did you know that it’s perfect for popping? I didn’t, so for us this was a true, yummy experiment.
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Where can I find Popcorn on the Cob?
If you don’t have a source for dried corn cobs like we did, don’t worry! You can find them in some gourmet shops and online.
We’ve picked dried Indian Corn at farm stands, and Farmer’s Popcorn Cobs at Sur La Table and Amazon: beautiful ears of corn, non-GMO + Kansas grown.
Supplies for Corn Cob Popcorn
Farmer’s Popcorn Cob (Amazon, pack of 3)
Before you start
To build excitement and curiosity, ask some questions about popcorn and how it’s made.
What happens when we put dried popcorn and oil on the stovetop?
What do you think will happen if we put dried popcorn in the microwave?
Do you think it would be the same or different if we microwave dried corn cob?
How to make Popcorn with a Dried Corn Cob
- Place the cob in a brown paper lunch bag.
- Fold the bag up a couple times to keep the steam in
- Cook the cob in the microwave. Set it to a popcorn setting if you have that.
My little one (with face paint) was so excited when it started popping in the microwave. We cooked it on the popcorn setting, which is about two and half minutes long. As with any other popcorn, open the microwave door when the popping sounds slow down.
We opened it up for a peek, and it was gorgeous.
Marvel at how much popcorn came off of one little cob!
The ends of this ear didn’t pop off and actually singed up a bit. My daughter loved the whole process, right on down to eating the corn.
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To extend this into a fun literacy moment, read The Popcorn Book by Tomie de Paola. It’s funny, and an instant childhood favorite. My kids love it.
When we read the book we learned that “The Colonists like it [popcorn] so much that they served popcorn for breakfast with cream poured on it.” Try turning your popcorn into an old fashioned breakfast treat with Popcorn Cereal.
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