Half-Popped Kernels

IMG_4747.JPGKernels at the bottom of a popcorn bowl taste better than the popcorn itself. I’ve often thought about enterprising a product that is them alone, no regular popcorn. Perhaps it’s the truth they are the origin of popcorn goodness that resonates with me as I eat them. Maybe it’s the crunchy texture I feel when I bite into them. Then again, there is the danger factor. There’s that possibilty I will break off a tooth. I’m not, by the way, talking about unpopped kernels. Eating those would be tooth suicide.

These are the ones that are half-popped. You can see the white yellow softness pushing out the prison bars of the kernel skin. I’ve loved these ever since I was a child. They are truly an amazing snack from nature. It’s weird though, some popcorn bags don’t produce them. In fact I have found the machines and stove methods will produce more of these half-popped kernels than microwave. Kernels are the start of things, sometimes halfway there is tastier.

This post is in response to the prompt at Stream of Consciousness Saturday.

Author: Damien Riley

I'm a blogger, film critic, & podcaster with an MA in English from California State University, Fullerton. I teach public school, 4th grade as my primary occupation. My views on films and life are usually headstrong and often 'left of center' on movies and life, but I have respect for the other side. I married my high-desert princess (now my queen). We have 3 children.

4 thoughts on “Half-Popped Kernels”

  1. haha. Yes, I like those. They’re even better because you only get a couple per batch. I think my husband makes the best popcorn in the known universe and he does it in a pan on the stove :)

  2. I smiled all the way through this, because I get it. I would so buy your bag of half-popped.

    When I was a kid, I *did* chew on the unpopped. I can’t do that anymore, and it’s a little sad.

    **You can see the white yellow softness pushing out the prison bars of the kernel skin.**

    That line I love, love, love! =D

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