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How to order popcorn at the movies

Want to get the perfect spread of butter and salt through an entire container of movie theater popcorn? Here’s the secret.

Movie theater popcorn is delicious. Trouble is, the top quarter of the box is always salty and too buttery, and the bottom of the popcorn is dry. Unless, that is, you know the secret to perfect movie theater popcorn.

Whether you’re heading to the movies this weekend or taking advantage of AMC’s $5 ticket offer, these tips will ensure you get the best popcorn every time.

How to order popcorn at the movies

The trick to perfect popcorn depends primarily on the ingredients added: butter and salt—or whatever popcorn seasoning you use. Although popped corn has its own flavor, butter adds the necessary moisture and richness, and salt or ground spices keep the corn from being bland. The problem is that the butter or salt won’t permeate every kernel if you add them to a full container.

It really is in cinema popcorn butter.

Add the butter twice

To distribute the butter evenly, ask the snack bar worker to fill the bucket halfway with popcorn, stop to add the butter, add the remaining popcorn and finish with a second round of butter. It’s the perfect accompaniment to our favorite food movies.

Ask for a larger container

Here’s a foolproof trick for evenly distributed salt: Order popcorn served in a container one size larger than your order. The extra headspace in the tub lets you toss the popcorn. Add some salt, shake the tub thoroughly and repeat as many times as you like. This should send the salt to the bottom of the tub.

Use a straw

If you have access to a butter pump, you can try this hack for movie theater popcorn. Just grab a straw, stick it into the popcorn bucket and let the butter run through it. Then move the straw around to distribute the butter evenly.

Of course, you can make your own at home for a great night out…or maybe sneak it to the theater. A great way to pop popcorn on the stovetop and don’t forget everything you need for movie night!

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