Movie theater popcorn

Coconut Chucker

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So I was bored at work today, and using a standard that I learned recently plus nutrition information, I calculated the caloric content of the various popcorn sizes where I work and the butter. I just felt like sharing my results, well, somewhere. Unfortunately, all my calculations are done in Imperial units, since I work at a theater in the United States. Would make more sense in metrics to me, but I did it all in Imperial and am too lazy to convert.

Standards applied:

1 cup (8 oz.) popcorn popped in canola oil = 55 calories (source: http://www.popcorn.org/)
1 tbps "buttery topping" = 130 calories (source: the nutrition label on the bottles of it at work)

1 small (46 oz.) popcorn = 316 calories
1 medium (85 oz.) popcorn = 584 calories
1 large (130 oz.) popcorn = 894 calories
1 extra large (170 oz.) popcorn = 1169 calories*

*-my theater does not offer this size, but it is an industry standard that is offered at some places in the United States, namely the large first-run chains.

Using a fairly imprecise way of measuring, I concluded that one "squirt" of butter from our electric-pumped butter machine was approximately 3.5 tablespoons, for 455 calories. Hence, using 1 for the small and medium and 2 for the large (and presumably the extra-large if we sold it), you get the following:

Small = 771 calories
Medium = 1039 calories
Large = 1804 calories
X-Large = 2079 calories

Kind of gross to think about, isn't it?
 

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LALALALA CAN'T HEAR YOU OVER THE DELICIOUS BUTTERY CRUNCH.

But honestly, movie theater popcorn isn't worth it AT ALL if it isn't fresh popped.
 

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Wow, butter has a lot of calories.

Is it weird that my daily diet is around 1500 calories but I could easily add an extra large cinema popcorn to that and pretty much nothing would happen to me?
 

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Meh...I never get popcorn (or any food items for that matter) at the movies. My heart will thank me for that! :lol:

Edit: A large popcorn with butter has 684 calories more than a Big Mac combo (with medium fries and medium coke)...:blink:
 
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