The centerpiece of any home movie night is reproducing the theater experience. A good television and sound system are great assets, but so is food that mimics the stuff you can get from the theater … minus the insane cost of movie theater food, of course. Candy and soda are staples at the movies, but nothing is as iconic as, well … you know.
Unless you have a dedicated popper, you probably opt for the microwavable stuff. Aldi, like most grocers, offers its own take on that market: Clancy’s Premium Microwave Popcorn is a Regular Buy, and it comes with six packs of those familiar plastic sealed paper bags.
Cooking it is absolutely a cinch. Remove the plastic. Unfold the paper bag. Place in the microwave for 1 minute and 45 seconds. Pull out and let cool for a moment. Open the bag. Eat. Easy, right?
Beyond that, the box offers a couple of pieces of advice. One, it recommends listening to the popcorn while it pops, and stopping if more than 1-2 seconds go between popcorn pops. (If you’ve made microwave popcorn, you know this is standard procedure.) On the other end, the box notes that if there are too many unpopped kernels left after microwaving, to increase the time with subsequent bags.
For me, the 1 minute and 45 seconds was just about right. Nearly all the kernels were popped, and none of the popcorn came out burnt. I found the taste comparable to other butter-flavored popcorn brands: there is a light flavor of butter and the taste is decent, if not all that strongly seasoned. (To achieve that, you’ll need to add some extra seasonings of your own.)
It’s not movie theater butter popcorn, but if you’re looking for standard butter-flavored popcorn that tastes like your typical grocery store microwaveable popcorn, Clancy’s Premium Microwave Popcorn works just fine.