It’s difficult to deny that movie theater popcorn is the best. When I figured out that it could be recreated at home for a fraction of the cost at the concession stand, I knew I would never microwave another bag again.
Not only can it be made at home, but it’s easy! The trick is in the ingredients.
Movie theater popcorn requires a few ingredients:
If you’ve ever popped popcorn on the stove before, the oil and popcorn won’t come as a surprise. The trick to getting the movie magic is in the coconut oil and Flavacol. These two ingredients give the popcorn that unique flavor we are willing to spend $10 a bag on.
Flavacol is just salt, butter flavor, and coloring. A container of it can be found at any commercial food store (I purchased mine at GFS). It’s very cheap (about $3) and lasts forever.
Coconut oil is a sweeter oil and gives the popcorn a flavor that vegetable oil just doesn’t add. It’s kind of pricey (around $10 for 15oz). Health food stores are a good place to find it.
Before I go on, I have to praise the Whirly-Pop. Alton Brown inspired me to do away with unitaskers in my kitchen (anything that can be used for only one purpose), but I just can’t live without my Whirly-Pop. What makes it great is the stirring mechanism built into the lid and handle. It makes all the difference over a normal kettle on the stove. Stirring prevents the kernels from burning, and helps mix the salt and oil. I’ll never go back to just a kettle. Besides – that’s how they do it at the movies!
How It’s Done
Turn your stove on to exactly medium heat. Add enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan. I use half coconut and half vegetable. I’ve tried all coconut oil before, and it’s just too bold of a flavor for me, and it’s expensive so I try to make it last. I suggest you try it both ways to see which you prefer. Then add enough popcorn to cover the bottom of the pan.
Add the Flavacol. I use about a teaspoons worth, spread evenly across the kernels. This is a very fine salt, so a little bit goes a LONG way.
At this point, close the lid and stir. Don’t stop, keep stirring even through the popping. You’ll know it’s done once you can’t stir anymore, or the popcorn has stopped popping. Popping time will vary, so don’t leave it unattended. It’ll be done faster than you expect.
Quickly remove it from the heat, and transfer to a bowl. Leaving it in the kettle will cause it to burn. Be careful when you open the lid – lots of hot steam will escape.
It’s amazing how good this popcorn is, it’s just like the movies. I really enjoy popcorn, and this can’t be beat. It’s very simple to make. Some of you may be disappointed that I didn’t provide measurements, so I’ll apologize now. When I make popcorn, I just don’t measure! Enough oil to cover the bottom, then popcorn, and lastly salt. It’s easy!
Get a Whirly-Pop. You won’t regret it. Buy Flavacol, it’s a must. Grab a jar of coconut oil.
Stove on medium, add 50/50 mix of oil to cover bottom of pan, enough popcorn to cover bottom of pan, about a teaspoon of Flavacol spread evenly. Stir. Enjoy.