This Viral Video Shows How to Evenly Butter Your Movie Theater Popcorn

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Photo credit: TikTok /@colleenlepp
Photo credit: TikTok /@colleenlepp

Movie theaters are officially back in business—which means concession stands are, too.

If we're being honest with ourselves, the overpriced and perfectly delicious snacks sold at the cinema are one of the only reasons we'd be willing to leave the comfort of our couches to catch a new release on the big screen. Where else would it be acceptable to put down an entire liter of soda and family-sized serving of popcorn in under two hours?!

That said, the movie theater snack experience is not without flaws. As much as we love a jumbo tub of salty (and always slightly stale) popcorn, it's nearly impossible to get the butter-to-kernel ratio just right.

Until now.

A video shared by TikTok user @colleenlepp, which has since racked up more than five million views, shows a mind-blowing hack for evenly distributing butter throughout your popcorn at the movie theater. Watch and be amazed!

"I love buttered popcorn but I hate when the butter is only at the top. So I use a plastic straw all the way down in the popcorn bucket to get the butter to the very bottom and all the way through," Colleen explained in the video. "It takes a minute lining it up, but once you do you are good to go."


Some commenters were quick to point out that they've seen this trick before—and Colleen assured them she was "not claiming it." Her go-to buttering method is actually something that her aunt taught her when she was "really little," and she's been using it ever since.

Apparently, so have a lot of other popcorn lovers! One commenter called the butter straw "the one true life hack," and even offered a way to make it more effective: "I put 3 different straws at different sections and heights to get butter in all the levels."

Genius (times three)!

Still, there are some risks involved when creating the optimal popcorn experience. Another commenter warned that when they tried it, "the butter seeped through the bottom" and stained their clothes. So if you're not convinced by the straw method, there are other options.

"When I order my popcorn I ask them to layer it with butter," someone suggested. "It's way easier."

Sure...but where's the fun in that?!

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