and if you can, then how?
Can you soak corn for popcorn?
I'm guessing not, but if someone's done it successfully, I'd love to hear about it too.
The thing about popcorn is that the amount of water in the kernel is really important, that's what creates the steam that bursts the kernel open and we get fluffy corn. Dried out kernels won't pop, and I'd think water-logged ones would be problematic too, so I'd think that soaking and then drying to get just the right amount of moisture inside would be really, really tricky.
I believe that is true. The popcorn dries to a certain point naturally, then you have to keep it in an airtight container so it doesn't dry out completely over time, which would make it so it wouldn't pop. OP, you could always try it and see what happens. It's not like popcorn is super expensive.
The dryness is inherent. You can buy popcorn still on the cob from farm stands around halloween. They didn't do anything special to it.
And you can't grind it to cornmeal - cornmeal comes from a different type of corn entirely. Popcorn pretty much has one purpose - to pop.
In fact, I'm not even sure what would happen if you soaked popcorn - can it absorb all that water even?