As long as folks have been watching pictures move on a screen, they've also been doing it with their fingers stuffed in a box of popcorn.
When Hollywood goes black-tie-up for the Academy Awards on Sunday night, it's only fitting we dress up those popped kernels of corn in their Sunday best.
But popcorn predates film by a good 6,000 years, when Guatemalans learned moisture-sealed corn kernels and their starchy interiors were apt to burst into a tasty treat when heated in fat.
It was Charles Cretors who developed the commercial popcorn machine not too long before Thomas Alva Edison and company figured out how to capture movement on celluloid and project it as a film. Mass-produced popcorn and motion pictures were made for each other. Coconut oil was the popping agent of choice in old-time movie theaters. It's solid at room temperature but melts quickly like shortening. If you want to go old-school for your Oscar-viewing experience try some coconut oil.
But if you want to give your popcorn the red-carpet treatment, try spices and powdered cheeses of your choice. Savory Spice Shop, 4400 N Western Ave., offers a variety of popcorn support, including a variety pack.
If you don't have a popcorn popper, don't want to buy one and recoil at the idea of popcorn sprung to life via microwave, Popcorn Fharmacy, 7518 N May Ave, offers prepopped corn in every conceivable color and flavor. They also have popcorn receptacles and premium popping corn and can provide you with enough to fill your house “Real Genius”-style.
Want to make your popcorn flavor have a theme according to the Best Picture nominees?