Popcorn is made by drying the corn kernels, I'm unsure of any other processes that it goes through before it is ready to be popped besides buttering it. As for the kernels they are found on the ears of the corn, the kernels is what you eat when you are eating sweet corn.
you can buy popping corn in a bag from the supermarket super cheap. like 20c per 100 grams. you just put a small amount of oil and butter (if you want buttered popcorn) into a pan, wait for it to heat up, drop in 1 corn kernel and if the oil is bubbling at the edges of the kernel then it is ready, you pour in about 1/4 cup of corn kernels keeping in mind that this is a huge amount and you will need a large pan. put the lid on, holding the pan an inch or so ABOVE NOT ON the heat source (to prevent burning) while gentle shaking the pan not so much that the corn inside is jumping all around the place but just enough so they are evenly heating and not sticking, wait until you hear the popping start, put the pan back on the heat listening to the pops, when the pops start to slow down, take them completely off the heat at let them sit until the popping has completely stopped, take the lid off and let them sit for a further 5 minutes to let them cool down as they are super hot. once they are cooled put it in a bowl and sprinkle over a small amount of salt. if you want sweet popcorn, don't put butter in the oil and sprinkle over icing sugar at the end instead of salt.
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Last edited at 4:59AM on 10/27/2013
Use a tall and wide round kettle that has a tight fitting lid. Pour Wesson Oil, or similar oil, into pan until it fully covers the bottom of the pan and is about 1/4" thick. Begin heating of oil on medium high heat while adding the raw corn kernels fully covering the bottom of the pan. Kernels should be closely packed together on the pan bottom, but not so many that they create another layer on top of the first. Put the lid on tightly and restrain from opening it until the sound of corn popping slows down to only a few pops every couple of seconds. As soon as the popping sound starts you need to repeatedly push the pot back and forth across the burner with enthusiasm until it smells and sounds done. On the side you should melt between a 1/4 or 1/2 stick of butter. Pour this slowly over the popped corn while mixing the popped corn with your other hand. The final step is topping your tasty treat with salt and mixing it continuously with your other hand. The whole process takes about seven minutes. About three and a half minutes for popping and the rest to butter and salt. Enjoy.