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FLAVACOL for popcorn?

Elevatorguy Jun 28, 2013 09:20 AM

Does anyone here know where Flavacol can be purchased in the Metro West or Boston area? There is a place in Lawrence but I never get up that way. For those that do not know, Flavacol is the ingredient that movie theaters add to their popcorn that gives it that flavor that you can never reproduce at home without it. Thanks.

  1. The Professor Jun 28, 2013 07:31 PM

    It really _does_ put the finishing touch on popcorn...do the popping in coconut oil and it is phenomenal.

    Do a Google search...There are dozens of places online that sell it. Flavacol is not at all expensive, either.

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    1. re: The Professor
      Elevatorguy Jun 28, 2013 08:53 PM

      Thanks for the replies. Yes, we use coconut oil in our popcorn machine and yes, it is readily available online. I am looking for a source to buy it from locally to avoid paying $8 to ship a $2 item.

      1. re: Elevatorguy
        Luther Jun 29, 2013 05:53 AM

        It qualifies for Amazon Prime shipping. Surely you must know someone who has that...

        1. re: Luther
          Elevatorguy Jun 29, 2013 06:07 AM

          I am an Amazon prime member myself. When I looked the other day, the single carton sized portions of Flavacol, which is over 2 pounds and will literally last a family YEARS, is only available to purchase with Prime as an add-on product and not by itself.

          1. re: Elevatorguy
            Luther Jun 29, 2013 10:41 AM

            Sure... so just add it on the next time you buy something. It's a lot easier than making a special trip in your car.

            1. re: Elevatorguy
              Chowrin Jun 29, 2013 10:58 AM

              Two people here: one carton of flavacol a year. And it keeps.

              I go through a jar of accent about once every four years. It keeps too, so I don't mind...

          2. re: Elevatorguy
            The Professor Jun 29, 2013 07:07 AM

            Hmmm...seems to me that your best bet then would be to try frond's suggestion and perhaps speak to the concessions manager at one of your local movie theatres. If you bring your own container with you, I'd be surprised if you couldn't come away from one of them with a sample. The stuff is so cheap that they might even _give_ you some.

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          frond Jun 28, 2013 07:08 PM

          "Original Flavacol contains only four ingredients: salt, artificial flavor, and FD&C yellows #5 and #6 to provide popcorn with a buttery yellow color"

          I read that some people get it from movie theaters. Amazon sells it.

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          1. re: frond
            snippet Jun 29, 2013 08:09 PM

            ugh. Why would anyone want to go out of their way to put artificial coloring and flavor on their popcorn? I've always considered any fake stuff they put on movie popcorn something to be avoided. So many more interesting things you can do to popcorn. Or just real butter for that matter...

            1. re: snippet
              The Professor Jun 29, 2013 09:24 PM

              I fel that way about most foods...simpler is better. But while I enjoy popcorn simply popped in coconut oil (or olive oil, or bacon fat) and drizzled with _real butter_, I also like Flavacol-ed popcorn, and I even happen to like the diacetyl flavoring that is disappearing these days because of scaremongering in the press.

              What can I say... I like natural food, but a bit of decadence from faux flavorings is ok by me once in a while, if they taste good to me.
              Besides...It's not like I consume the stuff very day. ;-)

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