Is the popcorn at the movie theater much better than home popped or microwave popcorn?
We can talk about this in terms of health, or maybe even, based on taste preference. For some, the more butter and cheese, the better. What say ye?
It tastes more addictive, definately. I love movie popcorn and wish it could follow me home. Tons of butter, salty goodness, please never leave!
Ya, I think the movie popcorn is more buttery as lburmaster said. If you buy a popcorn machine you could probably make popcorn close to the same as movie popcorn.
You think. There's a lot more to those movie popcorn than just the kernel and the popcorn machine! According to brainrock.
well according to insane Mundane it sounds like you really could do well with a popcorn machine if you buy all the right stuff lol
Yeah, the extra fat/salt/butter version works the best, by what I've noticed from past popcorn experiments in the kitchen...
I used to work at a movie theater. I _loved_ freshly popped popcorn, and the kind of stuff you pop in a bag invariably pales in comparison.
The popping process is fairly simple, and the key is in the ingredients. Corn, popcorn salt, and oil, stirred around in a heated kettle till it's done. The oil is nothing special (canola oil, I think we used), but the popcorn salt was. It was superfine and an orange-ish color. Very different from regular salt.
And the more butter, definitely the better popcorn. Butterless popcorn is bland and basic. Healthy, yes. Tasty, no.
The closest to movie theater popcorn that I have tried, is from: http://www.whirleypopshop.com
They have all the oils (coconut oil is the best), toppings, popcorn salt, whirley poppers, and the works!
it is not the popcorn that's better,it's the environment in the movie theater that's better and therefore most of the people think it's the 1st option
I don't care if I'm at a movie theater or trapped in a Zoo with a deranged monkey, I could still tell bad popcorn from good.
@taanirudh - I'm not sure I agree, but It might hold true for some.
Ok. I will answer this as best as I can. I owned and operated a movie theatre for a few years. I actually changed out the machine to a fresh popped popcorn machine for the following reasons.
Movie theater popcorn that is sold in any chain movie house, is pre-popped and heated in the case you see it in.
The butter is not butter but a mix of chemicals that have longer names than what I have already typed. I cringed every time people would say, "Extra butter,please."
The oil used is a mix of oils that is purposely dyed so you can have yellow popcorn and think it is fresh. Yes, that is how they advertise it to the manager.
Popcorn made in your home that has been either machine popped or cooked in a pan on the stove is great popcorn. To that I add sea salt and unsalted butter that has been just heated enough to melt but not separate the cream from the butter itself. Put that in a bowl and bring on the movie!
My niece has taught me that adding a handful of m&ms towards the middle of the bowl is very good. Changes up the flavor just enough to keep on munching.
I can not answer on microwaved popcorn due to I have never tried it.
I'm so glad you responded to this question because your answer is a real eye-opener. Hopefully all our theater-popcorn loving fans will take note.
Your movie theater was not only cheap, it sucked! Why didn't ya fix the machine, it is not like you couldn't control the ingredients!
I have not been in a movie theatre since I don't know when and cannot remember what their popcorn tastes like -- however, StoneCircle's answer is a real eye opener. Whenever I want some popcorn I will heat up some popcorn oil in a soup pot, and measure out 1/2 cup of raw kernels, add to the oil, cover and shake the pot until the popping stops. Then dump into a bowl and spray with "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" spray and use popcorn salt. I like the idea of using real melted butter, but I am trying to eliminate calories. The ICBINB is tasty enough for me, with the salt.
I have just heard that there is something in microwave popcorn that's really bad for you. I'm not sure what it is, but I'm not eating anymore microwave popcorn.
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