Consumer Reports: Prime popcorn for movie nights

Popcorn is a popular snack. However, not all the popcorn that Consumer Reports looked at scored well in taste tests.
April 6, 2014 12:00:00 AM PDT
If popcorn is your favorite movie-night snack, you're in good company. A Consumer Reports survey found it's a top pick for many film fans.

Consumer Reports says there's good reason to love popcorn.

"Popcorn is a popular snack because it can really satisfy your need to crunch. And because it's whole grain, it could be really healthy," said Linda Greene with Consumer Reports.

But not all the popcorn Consumer Reports looked at scored well in taste tests.

Settling in for a movie night? Reach for the top-rated cheese popcorn - White Cheddar, from Trader Joe's. It tastes excellent, with a nice mix of real cheddar and toasty corn flavors.

If you're looking for sweet instead of savory, two kettle corns also rated excellent for taste. Smartfood has a great balance of sweetness and salt, while the Nice Kettle Corn from Walgreens tasted a little saltier.

But be aware, added flavor can also mean added fat and calories.

"You have to be careful with popcorns; some of them are not so healthy," said Greene.

But when it comes to taste, several popcorns can help you satisfy those movie-night munchies.

Consumer Reports also looked at two microwaved, butter-flavored popcorns: Orville Redenbacher Movie Theater Butter Pop-Up Bowl, and Pop Secret Homestyle. Both actually tasted a notch below the best bagged-popcorns.