Movie Theater Popcorn Taste Test

– What's the critics' pick of movie popcorn? – Let's talk about that (funky electronic music) (fire crackles) – Good Mythical Morning

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com – BleakCreekcom, hey, the Oscars are this Sunday, which means you've only got a few days to hit the theaters and watch every single film nominated for best sound mixing – Get it in! Now, I think that even the worst movie can be redeemed by a tasty bucket of popcorn I would go and watch a root canal if they serve fresh, delicious, buttery popcorn there, in fact, I would get a root canal if they could figure out a way to feed me popcorn during it

– Okay But no matter how hard your meemaw tries homemade or microwave popcorn, just doesn't stack up, but which movie theater popcorn is the best? Let's find out It's time for Which Popcorn Is The Top Corn? Which Butter Makes Our Hearts Flutter? Which Cinema will Win-ema? – Okay we're gonna taste popcorn from six different theater chains and because of the nature of movie theaters, we don't have six huge national chains to choose from We've got four national and two regional: Pacific, Cinemark, AMC, ArcLight, Laemmle, and Regal And then we'll place them on the ranking boards behind us

– You notice our rankings are all based on films from last year, starting with the nastiest We've got Popcornian Crapsody, Cruud 2, Sorry to Butter You, A Simple Flavor, A Star Is Corn, and The Favourite – Let's taste some popcorn – [Rhett and Link] Round one – Okay we're starting with Pacific

This is a regional Southern California chain, been around since 1978 The way we're gonna be doing this is we actually gathered the butter or whatever it is, from each theater and I'm gonna just spray a generous layer on top – Yeah and we're guessing that this is most likely the Flavacol brand of orange butter product that they use at a lot of these theaters We're guessing that's what they use specifically – [Rhett] But we got it from them, so we took the guess work out

– Smells like I'm about to nestle in and enjoy myself for two hours – I mean that's good I think this is gonna be very difficult to separate one from the next – I don't know, to hear Stevie talk about it, she knows what her favorite is – Yeah when we talked about doing this, she was like, no no no no, there's definitely one that's better than the rest

– Okay So let's just start by putting this one right in the middle We'll probably have to do some retaste, but for now, three and a half, as specific as the first one – [Stevie] Guys, I'm here, you know – I know

– [Rhett and Link] Round two – Okay so next we have Cinemark A couple of distinctions here Instead of using coconut oil, they use canola oil to pop it and they use anhydrous butter fat which is butter with all the water and milk solids removed And according to a Yelp review from Supo, he says that the popcorn here is very addicting as opposed to everywhere else he normally gets underwhelmed by the popcorn

– Now there's a difference, there's a visual difference There's almost a uniformity to this that I didn't see in the first one – Hmm – Hmm – You're saying, you're saying you can look at it and tell a difference

– It's more uniform – There's less yellow pieces in that so this has got the more butter infused pops Mm – Mm – That's good

– I want to like this more because of the science behind it, but having just tasted Pacific again, I actually think that Pacific has a better flavor I think that the oil, the oil that they use for that makes a better popcorn flavor – Okay so you wanna put this ahead – You don't agree – No I don't

I actually think this tastes burnt – This doesn't have nearly as much taste in it Less salt, not nearly as much taste It's not even comparable – So weird, I'm getting the exact opposite experience

– This tastes like nothing to me – This is much more flavorful to me I don't know what it is It's butterier – You also like dog food

– Saltier Well, just the I don't know I think we're gonna have to duke it out

Let's just put 'em right next to each other for now – This could be a problem We might have different popcorn palates, uh-oh – [Rhett and Link] Round three – Okay now we've got the largest theater chain in America, AMC with 8200 screens in the U

S Go ahead and spray some butter on there It's popped in coconut oil and a Yelper in Inglewood said, this popcorn sucks and the tickets are expensive Our show should've been discounted as a matinee – Wow

I don't wanna be overly influenced by that Yelp review but If I get a lot of the spray, of course it tastes good 'cause it's like, that Flavacol stuff but– – There's a blandness and almost a fakeness to this – It's flat

We're not even getting anything to disagree on, you know? – Yeah clearly worse than the other two so– – Yeah, clearly – Wow – Crapsody is what I'm picking – They're cutting a lot of corners there at the larger theater chain – [Rhett and Link] Round four

– ArcLight is a small national chain with theaters in LA, Chicago, DC, and San Diego They pride themselves on a higher quality control and just a better movie-going experience Does that apply to the popcorn as well? – Now this is where we watch movies

I mean we typically will only go to the ArcLight to watch movies – Right, get your reserved seats and they stay in the theater and check to make sure it's, it's playing correctly, sounding correctly, lookin' correctly and that the curtains aren't coming in – Has that ever happened at a theater for you? – I've been in a frickin' movie and the curtains were in a little bit and it was like I was watching it in 4:3 like an old YouTube video It's made with real butter – First of all, it is distinctly different than all the rest and it reminds me of, I'm thinking about all the movies I've seen over the past couple years because this is the popcorn that I get but I've never really stopped to think about what it tastes like

– No – I just eat it without thinking – Mm-hmm, that's a great thing about popcorn – Now Pacific Theaters owns the ArcLight – Doesn't involve the brain

– Pacific Theaters owns ArcLight but– – Whoops, missed my mouth – That's a different popcorn – Yeah, I really like this But I'm biased 'cause I really like the ArcLight experience – I don't like this

– You don't like it? What do you not like about it? – [Stevie] That's right, Rhett, that's right, Rhett You tell 'em – It tastes like Cinemark It tastes like the one I don't like We have a diametrically opposed opinion when it comes to popcorn

I don't think we're going to be able to stick to our ranking Because Pacific, the bigger owner of ArcLight makes better popcorn! And I think the– – If you like burnt popcorn, you like Pacific – No, okay – It has a burnt – So if you're the kind of person that when you get down to the end of your popcorn and there's those little half-popped kernels and you enjoy those, you're like me

You have a popcorn palate like me and I prefer Pacific If you don't like that, then you have the opposite thing So we're gonna have to basically have to reverse the whole scale I don't know what we're gonna do – [Rhett and Link] Round five

– Okay now we've got the Laemmle This is another regional chain This is like a family-run art house theater established in 1938 I go to the one in Pasadena sometimes and you just feel fancy – Feel like you've got taste

– I'm just going to see an indie – I enjoy– – It's just an indie – Art – Normal folk don't enjoy– – Moving pictures On a screen

– Al Bondigas over in Pasadena said this is the best popcorn in Pasadena He also said, I often go by just to get the popcorn Yummy! (crew laughs) – Is anyone else, have you ever thought about doing that? – Oh, uh-oh – It's light It is fluffy

It's real butter Nothing tastes burnt to me I'm likin' it Of course, I'm likin' this and I'm comparing it to that – Hold up, sucka

– I'll even compare it to your flavor (grunts) That's good We agree on that – [Rhett] This is better than all the rest – [Link] And you know what I like too, I like the design of their bucket

– It must not just be about the burnt part – What do you like about it? – It has the most flavor I'm looking for flavor because popcorn is such a uniform experience, you wanna be reminded of what's happening every once in awhile – I feel sophisticated – [Rhett and Link] Round six

– All right now we have Regal which is the second largest theater chain and they also operate Edwards and United Artists but we can't confirm they have the same popcorn It's popped in coconut oil and does use Flavacol Uh-huh Give it a nice little Again, it's not that I don't like this buttery flavor, but I think once I've had real butter, I don't like this as much – It's pretty middle-of-the-road for me – Yeah, yeah It's not singing any high notes but it's not making me run out of the place

– Okay – I think this is, I mean, I'm lovin' this, you're lovin' that This is the area of dissension and disagreement I'm puttin' it below that just because I like these You're putting it below that because you like that

I think you might wanna put it here – I probably would – But as a compromise, let's just put it here And let's then shifty shifty shifty Shift all of this up here

There we go, this is gonna work And there we go, and then yeah, we'll just leave a big gap there – Okay so as you can see, the conclusion is clear (chuckles) At least with the top, we both agree that the best popcorn is at Laemmle which unfortunately is a regional chain and where we get into the ones you can get nation-wide at Cinemark and Pacific, you're just gonna have to make your own decision Go see a movie why don't ya? Feed the economy, stupid

– Be artful, come on I'm gonna spend the next 25 days getting kernels out of my gums – Thanks for liking, commenting and subscribing – You know what time it is – Hi I'm Nico

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