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 popcorn preferences 

Which kind of popcorn do you prefer
Do it yourself (Pot-oil-melted butter)  36%  [ 4 ]
Jiffy-Pop  0%  [ 0 ]
Stick it in the microwave and nuke it  36%  [ 4 ]
Movie theater popcorn (Heart attack in a bucket)  27%  [ 3 ]
Total votes : 11

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 popcorn preferences
Which kind of popcorn do you guys prefer

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Sat Aug 15, 2009 7:20 pm
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 Re: popcorn preferences
I still buy Orville Redenbacher's popcorn kernels in the jar or bag, whichever is on sale, and pop it myself. I use a hotair popper from the 80's that still works as good as the first time I used it. Every now and then I'll use oil.


Sun Aug 16, 2009 9:17 am
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I chose microwave popcorn because I don't have a proper popcorn popper at home. The problem is I don't particularly like the flavor of nuked popcorn so I don't buy it that often. I never tried Jiffy-Pop popcorn...is it any better?
I much prefer moviehouse popcorn so I chose it as well.

...I really should invest in a good popcorn popper.


Sun Aug 16, 2009 1:24 pm
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Jiffy Pop for me is my second choice, but you have to make sure you take it of the burner just at the right time or the bottom popcorn will be nasty and burnt

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 Re: popcorn preferences
Fun poll. But I have to say that it's a tougher choice than I'd have thought. My first thought was to choose movie theater popcorn. It always seemed like a moviegoing experience just wasn't complete without having a big bag of popcorn to go with it. I don't know whether my tastes have changed or if the movie popcorn process has changed, but I don't like it as much any more. A few years back I stopped getting the "butter" put on the popcorn for health reasons. It didn't seem to negatively affect the taste much. But nowadays it's all just so salty that it seems more like it's geared to make you thirsty than to taste good. It could simply be the chain I go to most often (National Amusements), but while I still tend to get popcorn on the rare occassions when I get out to the movies, I really don't enjoy it all that much anymore. In fact, Ive actually started putting the "butter" on it again, just to make it more edible!

The exception to this rule is the popcorn at the Elm Draught House in Millbury, MA. I know not many people here are able to get to the Elm, but they have the BEST popcorn I have ever had. I always have to get some when I get a chance to go there. But I don't consider this to be true "movie theater popcorn", as it's not a standard movie theater.

As far as eating popcorn at home, up until recently we always had microwave popcorn. Not so much because of the taste or quality, but because of the convenience. When my wife and I were just starting dating she used to make popcorn in one of those hot air poppers like CDF Fan mentioned above. Then we got lazy. I have bought a couple of old-school type poppers at yard sales over the years, but haven't gotten around to using them. Just recently, we have started popping corn in a big pot using oil and adding melted butter and salt. Generally it tastes great. Sometimes it even comes close to the level of the Elm's popcorn! While there is a bit more effort and clean up involved than throwing a bag into the microwave, I think it's worth it and I had to vote for the "Do it yourself" category as my favorite.

I've always loved Jiffy Pop. It reminds me of being a kid (even though I was never lucky enough to get Jiffy Pop as a kid all that often). It's a lot of fun to make it (as long as you time it right), but to be honest, I don't think it tastes all that great. Still, it's a pretty fun thing to introduce kids to if they think all popcorn comes out of the microwave! And it's relatively cheap too--generally around a buck or so at most places. MST3K did a bit between reels of "Eegah" where Joel was making Jiffy Pop on a hot plate while he and the bots discussed random things. At the end of the bit he realized that the hot plate wasn't turned on!

Here's the bit on Youtube. Unfortunately it gets split between two parts. At the very end (last ten seconds or so) of part 7 is the beginning, where Joel is all excited about making the Jiffy Pop and telling the bots that "It's as much fun to make as it is to eat!". The bulk of the bit as at the beginning of part 8.

MST3K "Eegah" Part 7/10:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwh2IQOCE_s&feature=related

MST3K "Eegah" Part 8/10:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yepOL49s7VU&feature=related

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 Re: popcorn preferences
I voted for homemade (oil-pan-butter), but I very rarely have that. I have an air popper, because I usually don't like the smell of the microwave popcorn (with a few exceptions).

My mother always made homemade in the pan when we were growing up. We would have Jiffy Pop occasionally (my mom would rarely buy it! :cry: )

My favorite brand of microwave popcorn is PopSecret Homestyle.

Last night I had movie theater popcorn. I am in Myrtle Beach South Carolina right now, and we went to see a live show in a theater. 8)

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 Re: popcorn preferences
We were in Myrtle Beach at the end of July: DON'T waste your Time and $$$ on Ripley's ODD-itorium (a real tourist trap rip-off) ... though Ripley's Aquirium is nice.

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 Re: popcorn preferences
i guess i'm alone on this but i like my popcorn nuked.

we tried jiffy pop a few months back and didn't have much luck getting it to pop.

the worst movie theater popcorn i've ever had is at the somerville theater.

i agree col manning way too much salt on movie theater popcorn these days.

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Uncle POE wrote:
We were in Myrtle Beach at the end of July: DON'T waste your Time and $$$ on Ripley's ODD-itorium (a real tourist trap rip-off) ... though Ripley's Aquirium is nice.


We LOVED IT there! I have family that lives there, we went to many other good places (but I did drive by the Ripley's ODD-itorium!).

We went to Broadway-On-The-Beach, Brookgreen Gardens Plantation, True Blue Plantation Country Club & Caledonia Country Club, Huntington Beach & Myrtle Beach (down by Fat Harold's Club & the carnival/fairgrounds.) We also went to a couple BBQ's, a flea market, and saw Good Vibrations at the Carolina Opry. I NEVER saw so many restaurants in one place in my entire life!!!

LOVED IT!!! May go back down in February! :twisted:

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i've heard myrtle beach is cool. will have to make it there some day.

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 Re: popcorn preferences
pop this and like it

I'm currently addicted to stop and shop brand of microwave popcorn- kettle corn flavor.

Only downside it tends to burn before it's done poping.

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 Re: popcorn preferences
I do like kettle corn! Obviously fresh kettle corn (like the kind you get at fairs and such) is best, but I do like the microwave versions too. My wife and I had a preference for Act II brand kettle corn. Funny that the no-name brands (like Stop & Shop and Act II) seem to make the best microwave kettle corn.

I see that my YouTube links above are no good. Here's another link to the segment of MST3K's "Eegah" that contains the Jiffy Pop bit:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMqX19QTIzA&feature=related

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I tried Kettle Corn once, it tasted like the popcorn served in theaters in HELL :mrgreen:

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hell must be tasty

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Yeah, I wonder if you got a bad batch or something Daimajinbob. Or maybe you don't really like sweet stuff? Was it microwave kettle corn? Perhaps a different brand would be better? I never really have a "hankering" for kettle corn, but when I'm presented with an opportunity to eat some I generally can't stop!

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