5 Best Microwave Popcorns for Your Next Movie Night!
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After picking the film and putting on your comfiest clothes, it’s time for the perfect movie night snack! 🎬
But finding the best microwave popcorn can be a little bit of a struggle, am I right? Unpopped kernels, burnt popcorn pieces, and those annoying little pockets of grease are just a few of the problems that “pop” up when looking for your go-to brand.
Luckily, we did the hard work for ya! We took into consideration the price, taste, and texture of popular microwave popcorn brands, sampled them all, and picked out the best! But even among the best, there were some clear champions so we’ve ranked them in order leading up to our top picks.
Grab your favorite popcorn bowl and one of our five best microwave popcorns for your next movie night. 🍿
- Price: $2.58 / 3 Count (in grocery stores)
Mystery ingredients don’t have to be a part of your movie night! I really love the clean nutritional label of Newman’s Own Butter Flavor and definitely enjoyed the whole bag without feeling guilty–or getting a stomach ache. 🙌 The kernels are the perfect combo of crisp and fluffy, and the butter flavor is pronounced without tasting synthetic.
My only criticism is that this brand had a few more unpopped kernels than the others despite microwaving it a little longer than recommended. But if you’re after a clean-eating movie night snack, this might be the best microwave popcorn for you!
Overall Rating: 7.5/10
- Price: $4.48 / 6 Count
Anything other than movie theater butter might seem kinda plain, but I promise that SkinnyPop’s microwave sea salt popcorn is just as delicious as its buttery counterpart!
I’ve been a big fan of SkinnyPop’s white cheddar flavor for a long time, but their microwaveable bags are where it’s at–I wish I’d tried them sooner! Like Newman’s Own, the ingredient list is short and fairly clean which is a definite bonus.
I’m also a fan of adding other spices like cumin or onion powder to my popcorn, and each piece of popcorn got equally coated, unlike some butter varieties which make the spices a little sticky and uneven.
Overall Rating: 7.5 / 10
- Price: $4.78 / 12 Count
This might be my new fave! I had to microwave the Pop-Secret bag a little longer than the directions stated and had no burnt pieces and very few unpopped kernels–just big, fluffy, crunchy popcorn pieces. And the butter flavor didn’t have any weird aftertaste. 🙌
But even as someone who LOVES salty snacks, there were a few pockets that were a little too salty for me. But only a few! The butter flavor was also winning and there was almost no extra grease. 👏
Overall Rating: 8.5 / 10
- Price: $3.27 / 6 Count
Movie-theater butter is such a hard flavor to replicate with microwave popcorn. Try as we might, it’s just not the same as the buttery, salty, crunchy satisfaction we get from the buckets of popcorn at the movie theater.
However, this one comes pretty close!
The butter flavor is definitely there without being overwhelming or oily, and it’s just the perfect amount of salty. This one held up well to the extra seasonings I like to add, but to be honest, I didn’t even need them!
Of the popcorn brands I tried, Orville Redenbacher’s was the best! Perfectly buttery, not greasy, and just the right texture. 😍
Overall Rating: 9.5 / 10
- Price: $9.99 / 44 Count
Unfortunately, I didn’t have the chance to try Costco’s Kirkland microwave popcorn, but everyone on our team is absolutely crazy about it! And with such a low price, it’s the perfect buy for families. Because of the taste & unbeatable price, this popcorn takes the cake with a high rating and recommendation from our team.
Here’s what the team had to say about their favorite popcorn:
“My family has eaten Kirkland Microwave Popcorn for years – I buy a box almost every single time I shop at Costco! First of all, I love the price – around $10 for a 44-count box which makes it much more affordable than the 3-count boxes at the grocery store. And more importantly, I love the taste of the popcorn itself – it has the perfect amount of butter flavoring without being too overpowering or too greasy. And the bags pop beautifully each time so there are very few wasted kernels.” – Bryn
“This popcorn is a family favorite and something we always have in our home. It has just the right buttery, salty flavor, and you seriously cannot beat the price for how many you get.” – Stacy
Overall Team Rating: 9.5 / 10
Are sweet snacks more your thing? Check out these yummy frozen peanut butter banana bites!