THE STUDY OF THE FLUFFINESS OF POPCORN
Amy H
2013-2014

ABSTRACT

The fluffiness of the popcorn was measured when different brands of popcorn were popped in the air popper and the pot (with canola oil). The popcorn was then poured out and measured in a measuring cup. The air popper had the most significant changes from one brand of popcorn to another, while the popcorn that came out of the pot had almost the same fluffiness. The data shows that in the air popper, Pop Secret had the most fluffiness, My Essentials in the middle, and Orville with the least, while the pot had Orville and Pop Secret the same fluffiness, and My Essentials with the least. The type and kind of kernel that the popcorn was popped from affects this. Only one type of corn pops (popcorn), and it had a hard, thick rounded shell with the perfect amount of moisture inside.


EXPERIMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS AND FUTURE EXPERIMENTS

An improvement to this experiment would be to put the oil in the pot first, and cover the kernels with it once they are poured in. This way, the kernels would pop evenly and not get exposed to more or less oil than others. Some future experiments are maybe testing what popcorn pops the best when soaked in different liquids, or you could test the weight of the popcorn and which brand is the heaviest.