I never thought about popcorn at the movies as being processed food, but I guess it is. I happen to love popcorn although I don't eat that much of it these days. I can't really tell the difference from the popcorn I eat at home from the one I eat at the movies..
I dislike popcorn too. It reminds me of those awful sweets that you could get when I was a kid, flying saucers. You had too chew on some awful polystyrene type substance, just to get to the sherbet inside. I met an American woman through a friend once, who said I hadn't tried popcorn the right way, it should have salt sprinkled on it not sugar. Eww, it was even worse.
The last time I had theater popcorn (and it has to be the butter kind), it was two years ago; and I paid $5 for a very small bag of it. Before then, I think it was around 1990 that I got myself one of those big cups of butter popcorn (not the bucket - just the big cup). Maybe there was one before that, in the early 1980's.
Anyway, having pointed out that it's a very rare indulgence for me, I love it!
I've yet to taste anyone's homemade popcorn that I liked better than movie popcorn.
As long as my husband's BUYING the movie popcorn ($$$) and the super sugary drinks ($$$), I'm eating and drinking the stuff. I'm not sweating its lack of nutritional value because it's not like I'm eating this junk every day of my life.
Based on that $10 popcorn "bill" I had two years ago, when I bought a little bag for myself and the person I was with; I think people should be more worried about the heart attack from being told their popcorn will cost them $10 for a few ounces than from the one they might get from eating popcorn once in a great while.
I don't like theater popcorn either, but if someone else buys and I happen to want a taste then maybe I'll eat someone. I don't like most popcorn except for kettle corn because it's not too buttery or salty when done right.
Alecia, remind me not to buy any if I'm ever around you. I'd hate to be responsible for someone's being eaten. Canibalism at the theater can really ruin an evening out. (oh... I know typos happen. I just couldn't resist. )
They sell this popcorn now that you can make at home and it tastes just like theater popcorn. There's also a buttery salt that you can add that tastes like the theater stuff. I love it - especially the NEXT day!
I loved it when I was a kid, but the last few times I've been out to a theater, the popcorn was either dry, or slightly burnt, and generally awful. I don't know if it's just the particular movie theater we go to, but it's been just the pits.
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