When it comes to movies, the first thing that comes to mind is buttery popcorn.
Not only are the summer months a great time to increase your vitamin D intake but also catch up on movies. Whether it’s to watch the newly released blockbuster films (side note: I can’t wait for The Dark Knight Rises), or to watch an old favorite at the outdoor movie night held in most major cities. Many prefer to just relax at home to watch a nice film after a full day at the beach. I love to watch movies and I just can’t help but order popcorn (let’s not talk about the calorie count…that’s just mean).
Have you ever wondered how popcorn became the signature movie snack? Here is a little history lesson (great for icebreaker conversations):
- 1840 - Popcorn was introduced to the public as a snack food by making its first public appearance at fairs, carnivals and rallies.
- 1885 – The first portable popcorn machine was invented. Popularity over popcorn soared, leading to an increase in number of vendors. Also, vendors got creative (and we thank them for it) with toppings by included butter and salt.
- 1905 - Nickelodeon theatres were built and this is when the popcorn business started to really boom. However, vendors were selling this snack outside of the theatres. Patrons showed a high demand for munching on popcorn while watching a movie.
- 1910s and 20s – Fancier theatres were built. Even though, moviegoers loved buying popcorn for the movies, the owners weren’t pleased about the mess (and smell) that popcorn left.
- 1930s - Great Depression. Americans were cash-strapped and the profits dropped significantly at the theaters. As owners were finding new revenue streams, they began to that integrating popcorn machines inside the theater to help increase profits. And yes it did! Enter: The combo deal of a movie and a bucket of popcorn.
(Source: Gourmet Mag)
Popcorn is a comfort snack and certainly enjoyable while watching the latest flick. It can also be a great snack at your next party.
Wouldn’t it be cool to add a touch of old-cinema style décor to your home? Take your popcorn style up a notch and get popcorn makers that give the feel of circa 1930. It’ll be a hit among your friends and family. Check out these theatre-like options:
It's movie night and you want to make some popcorn for yourself and your guests. Look no further than the West Bend Popcorn Maker. Your guests will be talking about how amazing it looks before and after the movie.
With its cool, retro design this hot air popcorn maker will be a favourite at your next movie night. You'll enjoy fresh popcorn any night of the week, and its marquee theatre style looks cool on your counter.
The Cuisinart Theatre Style Popcorn Maker is the ideal addition to your kitchen for cinema style popcorn right at home. Make up to 8 cups of popcorn with classic theatre styling, 300 watts of power, and removable serving tray.
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