This is the real secret to making movie popcorn at home

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There’s just something about movie theater popcorn that makes it great. It’s salty, it’s buttery, it’s delish. However, no matter how many times you’ve tried adding butter and salt to your popcorn at home, they never taste the same. Even bagged “movie theater butter” microwave popcorn can’t do it right. So what’s the secret? The flavor all comes down to one ingredient: Flavacol.

You’ve probably never heard of Flavacol because, really, only movie theaters use it. Essentially, it’s butter flavored salt. It’s a really fine, bright orange powder that adds that buttery flavor you crave and the signature yellow color. If yellow dyes don’t scare you, it’s downright delicious.

The trick is to combine your Flavacol seasoning with an oil — coconut oil, vegetable oil, or even olive oil — while you’re popping the corn. The oil keeps the powder from burning and spreads it out a bit, so you coat all the grains with the buttery, salty flavor.

So where do you get Flavacol? Amazon carries a 35-ounce carton of them for under $10. However, after some taste tests, I suggest getting the combination of Flavacol Seasoning and Buttered Popcorn Topping for $18.95. If you ask for extra butter on your movie theater popcorn, this butter topping (also known as butter soybean oil) is for you.

Also keep in mind that a little Flavacol goes a long way. You can always add more if you think you need them.

My personal trick is to mix two tablespoons of whatever oil I have with one teaspoon of Flavacol in a pot over medium heat on the stove. When the oil is hot, I add just a couple of kernels to the pot and put the lid on. Once they pop, I add two more tablespoons of popcorn and loosely put the lid back on.

After all the kernels have finished popping, I pour the popcorn into a bowl. Then, I add the butter dressing. If you really like salt, you can taste it and add a little more Flavacol if you think it needs more.

Seriously, you can have True popcorn at the cinema every day. It’s so easy and definitely a game changer for at-home movie nights.

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