I went to go see a movie over the weekend. I wasn't that hungry. I had just eaten prior to the show. It was amazing to just sit and take in all the noise from everyone eating their treats around me. Snack bags are opening...cellophane is being pulled off boxes of candy, popcorn is being inhaled and drinks are being slurped to the very last drop from a straw. At first, it was annoying to hear all of this "sound" around me but then it became funny. It was like a song called, "Ode to My Chosen Snack" or "Eat Them All Before The Movie Even Starts!"
Have you taken notice to the popcorn "butter" or "popcorn topping" at the movie theater? The concession doesn't place it on the popcorn for you anymore. It is now a "self-serve" item (see picture above). It looks like a drink dispenser yet it is a "butter" dispenser to place all the "butter" you could possibly want on your bagged up snack. I wondered what was in this "butter"?
Ingredients of movie "butter topping": soybean oil, artificial butter flavoring, TBHQ and citric acid added to retard oxidation, colored with beta carotene
Intrigued to know more about movie popcorn, I researched and found that popcorn originally was not sold inside the theater but by a vendor outside on the street. Most movie theaters did not like the street food vendors and tried to discourage their patronage. But-movie goers loved this snack and would go outside to buy the popcorn and bring it back inside to watch the movie. That is what started it all. Theaters then decided they could make money in buying their own popper and selling it to customers.
Next time you are at the movies-see what "food" song everyone is playing around you!