While it’s a little tricky to see through the glare of the window, this tiny shed in Sac City, Iowa houses the world’s largest ball of popcorn. Fun fact: this 2,175-population town is home to the Noble Popcorn Farms, “one of the finest popcorn growing areas in the world” according to the company’s website.
In 2009, the good people of Sac City built the more than 5,000-pound popcorn ball using 900 pounds of popcorn combined with a sickening amount of sugar and dry syrup. It took them more than 12 hours and the ball stands at just over eight feet tall. While that all sounds—and looks—pretty unappetizing, the popcorn ball is certified by the Guinness Book of World Records and is definitely worth a visit.
The popcorn ball is located right next door to the Sac City Museum—open only four hours a week from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Though we arrived during these hours, the museum was unfortunately closed, but you can still wander its grounds and admire the many barn quilts Sac City is famous for (more on those later).
World’s Largest Ball of Popcorn, 13th and Main streets in Sac City, IA