Anyone else want to put their Movie Pass in the food processor?
Well, maybe. I’m still deciding.
Let’s set that animosity aside and talk snacks and ways to save dollars while entertaining yourself with cinema.
Before we get to the money saving… let’s discuss one of my favorite snacks.
It’s more exciting than you think.
The above is fancy and delicious. I often have dreams about it. Kayne Prime in Nashville is doing something right. I want to make it at home but… I rather not ruin such a delicacy.
My favorite brands:
Smart Food- White Cheddar
This brand is no-sharing nostalgia. Growing up it was always around. It was my snack of choice for every road trip.
Skinny Pop- I’ve upgraded to a more health-conscious choice. I LOVE the grab and go mini bags.
HOMEMADE IS MY ALL TIME FAVORITE.
CONFESSION: I have only made popcorn via stove top for about 5 years. My BFF AE AE Sora, the Korean goddess kitchen genius, made it when I visited her in college. MIND BLOWN. She is now a badass pharmacist in Hawaii. This is not the first time I will be mentioning her. Homemade sushi anyone? All in time.
MY MAKE AT HOME FAVORITE FLAVORS:
1. Sweet Chili-Butter
2. Fresh Parmesan & Lawry’s
3. Cajon Fusion- Old Bay & Lemon Pepper
4. A Hint of Lime. (Have you tried these Tostitos? WELL, why not pop your own?)
5. Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt
6. Cinnamon Sugar Butter
Just when I thought I was creative with my flavors, I found this mothah:
DIY Pop Till You Drop
How to DIY:
No, you don’t need some fancy popper, though they are nice. One can be a stove top Pop Star with just oil and a covered pot.
Place about 3 Tablespoons of peanut oil (or coconut oil) in the pot. I use coconut oil ALL the time so peanut oil is a nice change.
Let it heat up. Place a couple kernels in the oil to temperature test.
Place the desired number of remaining kernels in the pot and cover.
TIP: This process happens quickly. Be attentive, unless you enjoy burnt popcorn. In that case, you do you boo.
Crack lid for steam and shake accordingly until you no longer hear the “popping” sound.
Immediately pour into a bowl and smother with melted butter and seasoning mixture dreams.
I LOVE POPCORN. And if you are a baller on a budget, such as myself, it won't break the bank like a cheese and charcuterie plate. DON’T WORRY WE’LL GET THERE.
It is easy to make mass quantities and keep it classy with your flavor creations.
FACT: Microwave popcorn is SO 1997. Time to grow up and get poppin’.
I know I went on and on about DIY, but I really do love movie theatre popcorn. I will skip meals in order to justify being tongue swelling, savage at the theatre. I will admit, sometimes butter overwhelms me, but I enjoy a small amount. I’m stuck in between that place where I want that creamy machine, processed, theatre goodness, but I also don’t want it dripping out of my pours upon arriving home. And I stained a very nice pair of Costco leggings because there simply wasn’t enough napkins.
As Promised, Ways to Save Money at the Movies:
NOW: I don’t recommend smuggling in your own popcorn, but if your purse is big enough why not? JOKES. Splurge and treat yourself.
HOWEVER. I must stimulate my senses while in those reclining chairs. I often bring a Tootsie Pop.
Classic. Delicious. And If I remember correctly they are only 1 point on Weight Watchers.
And not a stinking joke like the ones with the gum in the middle. Do they even still make those? Blow Pops?
ANYWAY. I also love to bring Lemon Heads, Peanut M & Ms, and Monster Trail mix from Target. I pick only ONE of those okay?
I will bring in my water bottle if they let me. Depends on who is working the door ya feel me? OR I will split a Diet Coke with my cohort.
I hope everyone had a great week! It is still hot as balls, go see 8th Grade or The Spy Who Dumped Me.
Next time on Almost Balanced Foodie…
PORTION CONTROL. YIKES.
“No dessert until you've finished what’s on your plate.”
Sound familiar? You know those people who just pick away at their food pretending to eat? You attempt to do the same until you look down and suddenly your plate is empty and they have barely made a dent?
I was conditioned as a child to not waste food. Is that why I finish everything?
Eat when you’re hungry, stop when you're full. But this won’t be good leftover so….
SEE YOU NEXT WEEK!