Movie Theater Popcorn

Hey, Lovelies!

I hope everyone had a nice long weekend. It went really quick! I enjoyed a lot of time with family and friends. I ate WAY too much of this pie I made:


Like, I had it for breakfast one day and lunch another, and dessert later on. When I looked at the four slices that were left in the fridge, I had to toss them out because I totally would have eaten half a pie in 3 days. It was that good,ย  it was Thanksgiving; and we really didn’t have a lot of food in the house.ย  I figure if I eat pretty light meals through the day it all evens out, right? Or I will use what Michael says to justify my behavior: “the pies you make are healthy I thought?”

Since Ella was born Michael and I always say how we never get a chance to go to see the latest flick in the theater. When we DO have a babysitter on a Saturday night we would rather go out and meet friends for drinks than go to the movies. Pre-baby Friday nights were for dinner and a movie; Saturday was for play. I went to see Breaking Dawn last week, and Michael couldn’t stand it any longer he said I needed to go to the movies with him over the long weekend.

We got my sister to babysit on Friday night. It was her first time watching Ella alone, and our first time seeing a movie where it’s frowned upon to check your phone, even if it’s just for a text message.

We arrived at about 6pm for the 6:30 showing of J. Edgar. We are those people that get to the movies extra early to snag a good seat.



After we purchase our tickets Michael buys himself a soda, I had water and my home made popcorn in my bag [which I will tell you about in a bit]. We got to the ticket holder and he tells us that the theater is not clean yet, so we go back to the lobby to wait with all the others.

A little back story here…when Michael and I started dated about 10 years ago, we never went to the movies. Someone along the way mentioned it being a good place for a terrorist attack and we just never went. Obviously we got over it and have enjoyed going for many years but we were crazy freaks for a while about it.

Finally they let us in a 6:22. Which may not seem weird, [I thought it was] but we ALWAYS go to the movies early on a Friday, and we went to a theater that isn’t even that busy since some of the newer ones popped up in our area.


The theater we went in was a very small one. We sat in the back row on the end right next to the door in case I needed to go outside to call Carly. We texted a few times before the previews, then I told her to text me if she needed me because the movie was starting.

About 15 minutes into the movie the little man comes in with the glow stick thingy checking the exits. Now the last time I saw that was when I was a kid and people were known for movie hopping and they would come around a check tickets. We used to have to hide candy and cans of soda in our Starter jackets back then too lol.


I’m not going to lie. The usher checking the exit freaked me out. I am overly paranoid now that I have a kid. My mind starts wandering and I am thinking “why didn’t they let us in the small theater right away?” It couldn’t have taken that long to clean. “Why is he checking the exits?” Then, I got a text from my sister asking about giving Ella more milk from the fridge. I went outside and saw a cop looking concerned in the hallway. My buggout continued. I went back in and told Michael, who I already had freaked over the glow stick guy.

Then, every 10 minutes someone would walk in our theater, stay by the back door where we were, then leave. I was seriously bugging out big time. All I kept thinking was a bomb was about to go off or some crazy person was loose in the movies with a gun. Or that there was a threat of a fire or something. Apparently Michael was a nervous wreck as well, which I learned after we left.

The movie was over at about 9 and we couldn’t get out of there fast enough. Michael told me I had him all freaked out and that he was ready to ask me if I wanted to leave at 8:37. We were cracking up laughing over the experience on the way home. We stopped at the mall so Michael could grab a slice of pizza (I had leftover lentil loaf…and pie). Then, when we were about 3 minutes from our condo I swore the SUV behind us was flashing their high beams on us. Actually I swore they were straight up trying to blind us following close. I was like “MICHAEL, PULL OVER!” “Their TAILING US!” He’s all: “You are SUCH a buggout!” “Are you sure you didn’t smoke something before we went to the movie?” We laughed so hard we had tears down our faces. You had to be there ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway….back to the popcorn …



Michael poo pooed me when I told him I was bringing my own popcorn to Breaking Dawn. Until he tasted it.

Usually I am not a freak about it and just go with the movie popcorn. Every so often I would bring my own snacks, but one of the joys in life is sharing a large tub of salty popcorn with Michael. We never add all that fake butter [which can make a medium sized bag add up to 97 grams of fat!]. I have changed my ways when I started making popcorn that tastes BETTER than the crap you get at the movies.

Making popcorn at home…what are your options?


Step away from the bag!

We all know that air popped popcorn is probably the lightest way you can enjoy popcorn. Microwave popcorn is crap. The chemicals in the lining of the bag are called PFOA, perfluorooctinoic acid, which is a carcinogen that is released when the bad reaches a high temperature in the microwave. Some studies say this chemicalย  may even contribute to infertility.

As a kid, we would make popcorn on the stove from kernels in a large dutch oven. Then they came out with those little foil popcorn that puffed up and you had to shake it constantly or it burned. It brings back so many good memories from Saturday night sleepovers at my house, watching back to back scary movies with the babysitter.

I love making my own popcorn. Until we invest in a popcorn machine to make the air-popped version, this is a husband-approved method that even got HIM to give up the unhealthy tub at the movies!



Movie Theater Popcorn

serves: 2



  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 TBSP grass-fed butter (like Kerrygold)
  • 1/3 cup popcorn kernels (or enough to coat one layer on the bottom of the pot)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt, and more to taste


Heat a large dutch oven with the 1 T of oil and 2 kernels of popcorn and 1/2 teaspoon of salt, uncovered. Once the kernels pop, pour the rest of the popcorn in, cover and shake the dutch oven side to side, front to back. Once the popcorn starts popping continue to shake it and wait until you hear the kernels pop 2 seconds apart. At that point remove it from the heat, shake a few more times covered to let any other kernel pop, then remove the lid. Add melted butter and salt then serve!

Meanwhile melt the rest of the oil and then pour it over the popcorn, add more salt as needed and shake it around. Serve and enjoy!

Other seasoning ideas: cinnamon and stevia, or ground cashews and nutritional yeast to make it “cheesy”



My husband is hooked.

ย Do you make your own popcorn? Anyone do the paper bag method [without the chemicals] in the microwave?

What’s your favorite popcorn topping?

Any funny “buggout” stories?

We never did find out what was going on



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  • Reply Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn

    First of all, ew, what the eff is with those movie theater people? I have NEVER had that happen and would definitely freak out too. Whatthefuck. Slash you READ MY MIND I always make/bring my own popcorn! Personally I think it tastes SO much better homemade, with olive oil, sea salt, butter, and even pumpkin pie spice or stevia fo da season. Omg the best.

    November 28, 2011 at 12:34 am
    • Reply laury

      Mmmm! Pumpkin pie spice sounds so good!

      November 28, 2011 at 3:09 pm
    • Reply Food Babe

      Totally ALWAYS bring my own freakin’ popcorn – I am not having any of that fat dripping genetically modified chemical sprayed popcorn they serve. Amen Sister!

      November 29, 2011 at 9:24 pm
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        November 29, 2011 at 4:35 pm
  • Reply Allison

    Aww, I’m sorry you were so worried! That’s quite a funny story, though! Were you able to catch any of the movie? I’d love to know what you thought of it!

    I must admit I love movie popcorn, but I usually like to bring my own snacks because I know it’s so bad for me!

    November 28, 2011 at 1:03 am
    • Reply laury

      We did! As much as we worried we did watch. I liked it! It got bad reviews but a bunch of my clients told me to see it and it was a very interesting story! What a smart guy!

      November 28, 2011 at 3:10 pm
  • Reply Keri @ Blue-Eyed Runner

    Yes! We make our own popcorn too! It is sooo much healthier and I think it tastes better too ๐Ÿ™‚

    November 28, 2011 at 7:27 am
    • Reply laury

      I agree!

      November 28, 2011 at 3:15 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Healthy Diaries

    Ok , hilarious story, but I too would have acted the same one! I definitely would have gotten paranoid and wondered what the heck was going on! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    That cheesecake looks so good and you did the right thing by tossing the leftovers out. I almost never throw food out, but if I can’t control myself around it I usually, make my husband eat it, toss it out, or bring it to work to share with workers!

    November 28, 2011 at 9:35 am
    • Reply laury

      Yes, it was definitely one of those things I found myself “skimming” off a piece here and there and I was like, um, if I don’t throw this out I will eat half of this entire pie and that’s uh no good!

      November 28, 2011 at 3:12 pm
  • Reply Kimmie

    I love my Whirley-Pop popper for popcorn. It’s for the stove top and you crank the top to stir and keep the kernels moving. (you’ll have to google it as there are other brands that do the same thing). I never have any unpopped kernels. Your recipe of oil and amount of kernels is about what I make in it too. For toppings: I like to melt a little bit of “butter” or the “non-butter” butters and mix it with some olive oil and drizzle it over the popcorn. Then I add nutritional yeast. I used to use Parmesan cheese but have replaced it with the nutritional yeast and am completely addicted. I crave this snack in the evening! When I go to the theater I eat their popcorn. I am not very good at smuggling in goods!! Ha!

    Thanks for your inspiration with your exercises Laury! I have jumped in to a routine and feel my muscles recovering. I think I am even sitting more erect with my stronger back muscles.

    November 28, 2011 at 11:17 am
    • Reply laury

      Hi Kimmie! Thanks for the recommendation of the whirley pop! I will google it now!

      And you are so welcome! Thanks for the kind word, they mean so much to me! I am so glad to hear you are seeing results! Improved posture is a great sign that you are getting strong and doing things right ๐Ÿ™‚

      November 28, 2011 at 3:13 pm
  • Reply Lisa

    I used to work in a movie theater, and sometimes when they schedule the movies too close together (or they scheduled enough time, but length of the movie was listed wrong), there would only be a few minutes in between—and as a courtesy thing, we couldn’t go in and clean until people left (those credit-watchers were so annoying!). So I’d guess they made you wait for some reason like that. We also were supposed to walk the aisles (especially on weekend nights) every 10 minutes. It keeps people from acting like jerks, really. But if I hadn’t known that kind of thing…I would have been nervous too!

    It reminds me of my friend saying recently that when she and her husband were going on a roller coaster, all she could think was, “what if we die? What will happen to our kids?” Parents just have that whole other layer of worry!

    November 28, 2011 at 12:03 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks for telling me, Lisa! I seriously have never seen that (since I was a kid) and we used to go to the movies a lot before we had the baby! I guess they are just enforcing it more now! And yes, I have those thoughts ALL the time now! We used to always go out the night before Thanksgiving [except last year when I was pregnant], and this year I was like NO way. SO many drunks on the road, I want to be safe at home with the baby!

      November 28, 2011 at 3:14 pm
  • Reply susan

    At least the popcorn was a success!! I love making popcorn but I probably do it all wrong, I just put it in a pot and cover the lid and leave it to pop. I don’t add oil or butter but it probably would be tastier if I did. We don’t have Earth Balance here.

    November 28, 2011 at 12:58 pm
    • Reply laury

      As long as you enjoy it, then you are doing it right! Much healthier not adding anything…but I will say it is tastier with a little salt and butter ๐Ÿ˜‰

      November 28, 2011 at 3:15 pm
  • Reply thehealthyapron

    Oh I love making my own popcorn! In college I used to make those 100 calories bags all the time…now I stick with making my own. SO much healthier. I’ve never been a fan of movie theater popcorn though. bleck.

    ANyway, glad there was no bomb or terrorist attack! yeeps!

    November 28, 2011 at 3:29 pm
  • Reply Pure2raw twins

    used to eat popcorn all the time, but do not really enjoy it much anymore. weird, just do not want it

    November 28, 2011 at 7:19 pm
  • Reply The Delicate Place

    um. i don’t even like cheesecake but i checked out that recipe and it looked amazing. i like the salty taste of popcorn but i hate the feeling of it in my teeth so i haven’t had it in years!

    November 28, 2011 at 7:44 pm
    • Reply laury

      The cheesecake was amazing and GF for you!!! I highly recommend it ๐Ÿ™‚

      November 28, 2011 at 9:36 pm
  • Reply Kate

    Hi Laury,

    Have you tried popping your own popcorn in a brown lunch bag in the microwave? Not sure if you are a fan of microwaves or not — but I started doing this after I saw it on Pinterest. So good! I just put about 1/3 cup popcorn kernels in the bottom of a brown paper lunch bag, fold the top down twice and then put it in the micro for apprx. 2 min (listen for the popping to slow down). I then add Earth Balance/butter and my new addiction nutritional yeast..and some salt:) SO GOOD!

    November 28, 2011 at 8:32 pm
    • Reply laury

      Hi Kate, I wanted to try it that way but wasn’t sure how to do it! That and whole foods didn’t sell paper bags when I went looking. Next time I will try it your way! Thanks for the suggestion! Yum!

      November 28, 2011 at 8:58 pm
  • Reply Kristi Rimkus

    Who doesn’t love movie theater popcorn!

    November 29, 2011 at 12:29 am
  • Reply Sarah @

    That.. pie? looks really good lol.

    I prefer to pop my own corn and put garlic salt, onion powder, stevia and nutritional yeast on it!

    November 29, 2011 at 7:54 am
  • Reply Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers

    Haha – funny now, but I’m sorry about your freaky movie experience. I actually just bought my own popcorn popper last night (cyber monday!), and I can’t wait to try it out. Keep the popcorn recipes comin’!

    November 29, 2011 at 12:08 pm
  • Reply Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie)

    Omg what a crazy movie experience! I hope you were at least able to enjoy the movie a little =/ Home made popcorn is definitely the best! My bf is keeping me away from the microwave ones since they are so unhealthy lol

    November 29, 2011 at 2:12 pm
  • Reply Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather

    I’d probably be all freaked out in the theater too! At least you had tasty popcorn to console yourself :).

    I used the brown paper bag popping method. Works like a charm! Plus I can make it at work too!

    November 29, 2011 at 3:34 pm
  • Reply Kelly

    LOVE your blog Laury! Found your blog through The Skinny Confidential, so glad to be a new follower! xoxo

    November 29, 2011 at 3:57 pm
    • Reply laury

      Yey! Thanks so much! Welcome, friend ๐Ÿ™‚

      November 29, 2011 at 9:14 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    had to comment because I am CRACKING UP at work over your movie bug out! hahahahahaha you guys are so silly!

    November 30, 2011 at 1:14 pm
    • Reply laury

      hahahah I knowww

      December 1, 2011 at 11:45 pm
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  • Reply Emma

    Hey Laury,
    Thanks for posting such an awesome recipe for popcorn! I have been a reader of your blog for a while, and have been using coconut oil for cooking and on my skin for a while now, and just tried this recipe today. Have to say its the best popcorn I’ve ever had, so thank you!!!

    April 1, 2012 at 1:28 am
    • Reply laury

      Oh, Emma -thank you! This makes me feel so good!! I’m so happy you enjoyed it! It’s a favorite around here! You have no idea how shocking it is that my husband now prefers it now over the stuff at the movie theater!! He’s really picky about that stuff ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Have a great day!!!

      April 1, 2012 at 2:37 pm
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