PopCorn on the Cob

John P.

Popcorn on the CobOk, this video is a bit corny (pun intended), but it’s also an interesting concept. So take a look at how you can make fresh popcorn directly from the cob.

The process simply involves freezing a fresh ear of corn and then slapping it in the microwave! The video has all the details…

If anyone actually tries this, please come back and let us know how it turned out!

UPDATE: This video turns out to be a hoax. See the comments below. Still, it’s funny and turns out great microwave corn on the cob.


  1. reiny in Minnesota says

    Best of all, it works ! So it’s not Orville’s – but then it is not supposed to be. Nor is it a top secret (can’t be, it’s on the internet . . .) And besides, it’s simple, it’s basic, and it’s oh so good – and even Grandma could do it. Thank you for this little delight !

  2. Kat says

    Thanks for this. It was obvious this video was a hoax for a few reasons (a) the corn she put in the freezer was not the one she took out (you can see the corn she put in on the bottom when the freezer door is open), (b) the microwave was so steamy you couldn’t see anything, (c) she took the plate out w/o getting burned after 7mins in the micro (c’mon!), and (d) the husk disappeared (when she sat down to eat the husk was gone).

    For anyone checking here’s a real ear being popped: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DfIC97ygh4

    Thanks to the 2 people who mentioned/linked big red popcorn.

  3. Amber says

    It does work IF you grow popcorn corn it is its own strain and you need to leave it on the stock till its dead and the ears are hard then you can put it in the micro right on the cob and it will pop! Regular ears of corn from the store dont work

  4. says

    I would like to add my comments about popping popcorn on the ear. We are Ohio popcorn growers and are known for selling whole ears to our customers. We put the fun in popping popcorn by showing them how to make fresh right off the ear. Our ears take a minute and a half to fill a paper bag in the microwave oven. Kids of all ages love it.

    Covered Bridge Gardens is located in Jefferson, Ohio. the heart of Ashtabula County corn country. We grow yellow, white, blue and crimson (of course we’re in Ohio State country). We would be glad to answer any of your questions about popcorn. You can also find us at the Fabulous Food Show on November 13-15, 2009 at the IX Convention Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

    I also want to comment that the video is a hoax as she is holding an ear of sweet corn and not popcorn. Popcorn is about half that size.

  5. andrew says

    You can pop corn off a cob, but you have to use flint corn, like the multicolored indian corn. You can identify the right type by tapping the kernals. If they are hard like “flint” they will work. It takes a while, and I tried two ears and one that I boiled first and then used provided a lot more pop corn.

  6. Eric Ladnier says

    I’m growing popcorn this year, and even though you can’t pop regular corn, you can eat popcorn as long as you pick it before it matures and dries out. In fact the corn in the video isn’t popcorn, because the husk is still green. So there is no way that it would pop even if it was popcorn. Also if you do pop corn while it is still on the cob, most of the kernals would come off of the cob when they pop although some will stick. I recomend that if you grow popcorn grow the variety called Indian Corn. The kernals are all different colors.

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