How are corn nuts made?
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** Corn nut **
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*Corn nuts*, also known as *toasted corn*^ or *corn bits*, is a snack
food made of roasted or deep-fried corn kernels. In parts of South America,
including Peru and Colombia, it is referred to as /*cancha*/.
· 1 Preparation
· 2 History
· 3 Varieties and brands
· 3.1 CornNuts
· 3.2 Cornick
· 3.3 Diana
· 4 See also
· 5 References
· 6 External links
Corn nuts are prepared by soaking whole corn kernels in water for three
days, then deep-frying them in oil until they are hard and brittle. The
kernels are soaked because they shrink during the harvesting and cleaning
process, and rehydration returns them to their original size.
Albert Holloway invented corn nuts in 1936. He originally sold them to
tavern owners to be given away free to their patrons as a snack that would
be great with beer,^ calling them Olin's Brown Jug Toasted Corn.^
In the 1990s, Corn Nuts released its famous "Bust a Nut" radio campaign,
which was pulled from the airwaves on some radio stations after complaints.
The advertisement can be heard here: Corn Nuts - Bust a Nut Radio
*Varieties and brands*
Holloway later renamed his product CornNuts. After Holloway and his sons
Maurice and Rich learned of a breed of corn grown in Cusco, Peru (often
referred to as Cuzco corn) that grew large kernels (some said to have been
bigger than a U.S. quarter coin), the company researched developing a
hybrid of the Cusco corn that could be grown effectively in California.
After a decade of research, the company introduced CornNuts made with the
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