Everybody loves popcorn . It’s a favorite snack food at the movies , at sports games and at circuses . It is also one of the oldest snack foods in the world ! 4700 BCE Scientists discovered corn cobs * in Peru . They believe that people in Peru made popcorn from these corn cobs as early as 6 , 000 years ago . 1492 When Christopher Columbus landed in America , he saw that the Native Americans were wearing popcorn necklaces . They were also eating popcorn . Columbus liked the popcorn jewelry and thought the strange new food was delicious . 1621 When English settlers in America celebrated the first Thanksgiving * , the Native Americans brought bowls of popcorn to the feast . The English loved this tasty treat . They designed a special basket for making popcorn .  אל הספר