Thursday, November 5, 2009
Won't Miss #70 - popcorn prices and availability
For some reason, popcorn kernels are very expensive and hard to find in Japanese markets. Sometimes, you can find a small plastic sleeve with about a cup of kernels, but more often than not you find a Jiffy-Pop style foil pan full of hydrogenated oil for a pretty absurd price considering the portion. While Japanese people aren't the biggest popcorn eaters in the world, it is sold (already popped and seasoned) in bags in the potato chip sections in markets, so clearly it is regularly eaten by at least some portion of the population. It's rather incomprehensible that it should be so pricey in a pre-popped state. Corn isn't exactly a precious commodity, even in Japan.
I wont' miss the high price and lack of availability of popcorn kernels.