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Best Popcorn for Movie Night

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No movie night tradition would be complete without a huge bowl of freshly popped corn for the whole family to share. Choosing the perfect popcorn might not be as easy as you think! Every person has a preference when it comes to the best popcorn. In my house, we like to mix caramel and buttered popcorn, but that's definitely not everyone's cup of tea! Check out the choices below before your next movie night. 

Staff Pick

Double K Kettle Corn

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Double K Kettle Corn

An irresistible combo of salty and sweet flavor

This brand is a little different than your average popcorn.  Double K makes popcorn in lots of unusual flavors like picante and white cheddar. The kettle corn variety is my favorite, however, because it delivers the perfect combination of sweet and salty flavor. You'll want the whole bowl to yourself!


Orville Redenbacher’s SmartPop!

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Orville Redenbacher’s SmartPop!

Best for calorie counters

Love buttered popcorn but afraid of the calories and fat content? If yes, then you'll love Smartpop from Orville Redenbacher. This popcorn is butter flavored, but it's 94 percent fat-free with only 15 calories per serving. All of the popcorn, and none of the guilt!

Bulk Buy

Kirkland Signature Microwave Popcorn

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Kirkland Signature Microwave Popcorn

Get your money's worth

You don't have to drive to Costco to get your bulk popcorn. If you prefer to buy large quantities and save cash, you can order Costco's Kirkland Signature products online! This pack of 44 bags is filled with delicious, butter-flavored popcorn that will last for many movie nights to come. 


Amish Country Popcorn

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Amish Country Popcorn

The real deal

If you prefer to eat natural, whole foods, this popcorn is straight off the farm. All-natural and organic, you'll feel like you're eating popcorn the old fashioned way. You can always add butter and salt if you find natural popcorn a bit bland. For this kind of popping corn, you can either cook it on the stovetop or in a microwave popcorn-popper bowl.

Like the Theatre

Act II Movie Theatre Butter

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Act II Movie Theatre Butter Popcorn

Best for a theatre-like experience

For that movie-theatre flavor, try this popcorn from Act II. They use theatre-style butter flavoring to make it taste just like popcorn from the cinema! Movie theatre butter popcorn will make family movie night feel even more authentic. 

Caramel Lovers Only

Orville Redenbacher’s Caramel Popcorn

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Orville Redenbacher’s Caramel Microwave Popcorn

Best for sweet tooths

Got a sweet tooth? Then you're probably a fan of caramel-flavored popcorn. Never fear, Orville Redenbacher has got you covered. You can cook up this caramel popcorn right in the microwave for sugary, sweet kernels that are hot and ready to eat. I like to mix it with salty buttered popcorn for a surprising flavor explosion, but you do you!

Best for Kiddos

Jody's Gourmet Funfetti Popcorn Tub

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Jody's Funfetti Popcorn Tub

Perfect for kids' slumber parties

Now here's the perfect treat for your kids' next slumber party! This extra-large bowl of ready-made funfetti popcorn from Jody's Gourmet Popcorn comes with 20 servings of vibrant, candy-coated kernels in every color of the rainbow. Imagine their surprise and delight when you serve this instead of the same old buttered popcorn. 

Let's get poppin'

It's not family movie night without popcorn, so you'd better order yours right away. Our favorite is Double K Kettle Corn for its delicious combination of sweet and salty flavors. You won't believe how good it is until you try it.

For those who prefer to buy their popcorn in bulk, try this extra-large pack of 44 bags from Kirkland's Signature. This box will sustain your kernel stash for months to come! If it's a slumber party snack you want, on the other hand, try Jody's Funfetti Popcorn. Not only does it come ready-made, but the colorful candy-coated corn also comes in an extra-large bowl that will feed up to 20 kids at once! Before you choose, you might want to consult the peanut gallery. Everyone in the family will want a say on which popcorn you choose for movie night.