There’s nothing like the smell of warm, buttery popcorn as it wafts through the air in your house as you hear the familiar popping sounds ringing out from your microwave. However for many years popcorn was made using the stove or through the use of an air popper. Microwave popcorn wasn’t released until the early 1980’s. But believe it or not microwave popcorn was invented in 1945. The story takes place at Raytheon Corporation in 1945, when an employee named Dr. Percy Spencer was conducting experiments with a magnetron. A magnetron is a high-powered vacuum tube that generates microwaves with the help of steam and electrons. Anyways back to the story, he really enjoyed his chocolate. One day while he was at work, while doing experiments with the Magnetron he discovered that the chocolate bar in his pocket had melted. Curious about this, he began to experiment with other foods to see what would happen to them. One of the items that he experiment with was a popcorn kernel, upon putting it in close proximity of the magnetron, it popped. The company loved the idea and so did Dr. Spencer and realized they were onto something. Upon this the discovery, this lead to the invention of the microwave, as he had discovered a new way to heat food. While the microwave wasn’t a household appliance until the end of the 1960’s, the first microwavable bag of popcorn wasn’t released until the late 1970’s. One of the first products describes a bag in which popcorn can be popped in the microwave. This lead to popcorn becoming a staple food or snack in any household. It was easy to make at home, without the risk of burning it (which was very easy to do when making it on a stovetop). Interesting Fact When you are looking around the microwave popcorn section in your local grocery store, you’ll most likely find Act II Popcorn. This popcorn is shelf-stable popcorn that includes a butter flavour, as well as several other flavourings that will soak into the popcorn once it begins to heat up in the microwave. So what ever happened to Act I? This was the first product that was introduced to the public and featured real dairy products in it. This means that it would have been kept in the fridge until it was ready to be used. These products were one of the first mass marketed microwavable popcorn products.