Movie Theatre Popcorn

Posted on: Thu, 01/18/2007 - 4:30am
lrg23's picture
Offline
Joined: 01/18/2007 - 09:00

I am PA and was wondering if movie theatre popcorn was a safe snack.

Posted on: Thu, 01/18/2007 - 6:02am
cam's picture
cam
Offline
Joined: 11/16/2006 - 09:00

For whatever it's worth, I have only asked about the oil used at one theater, and they said it was coconut oil. Our allergist said our son should avoid coconut (he is severely PA, and slightly positive to a couple tree nuts, so we avoid all nuts). We were actually just told to avoid coconut yesterday, and I didn't even think at the time to ask whether that includes coconut oil...

Posted on: Thu, 01/18/2007 - 7:00am
notnutty's picture
Offline
Joined: 03/15/2004 - 09:00

My pa son eats popcorn at our local movie theatre all the time without problems. The oil they use is canola oil. I think each theatre is different so you need to ask at each theatre you go to and every time you go. However, school sporting event popcorn is out because they use peanut oil...not very good for a "peanut aware" school system.

Posted on: Thu, 01/18/2007 - 7:38am
kelly01's picture
Offline
Joined: 03/19/2001 - 09:00

We call the theatre ahead of time to find out what oil they use (usually it has been canola). My son has been eating theatre popcorn for about 4-5 years.
Cam: just curious as to why your allergist recommends avoiding coconut...as it is a fruit not a nut. Not questioning the allergists advice, just wondering.
Thanks,
Kelly

Posted on: Thu, 01/18/2007 - 9:06am
safetyfirst's picture
Offline
Joined: 09/21/2005 - 09:00

Make sure you ask. Every theatre(Gm Goodrich)all use Peanut oil. We try to go to a local very small theatre in a small town near us that uses coconut oil. DS has eaten that kind several times with no problem. I am refering to the ones in Lafayette and West Lafayette Indiana using peanut oil.We still go to the ones with peanut oil but I take wipes to wipe down his seat and we refrain from buying snacks while there.
Lori

Posted on: Thu, 01/18/2007 - 11:19am
cam's picture
cam
Offline
Joined: 11/16/2006 - 09:00

kelly01 - I actually don't completely understand the coconut avoidance either. We were just told yesterday, and I was really pushing it with my two pages of typed questions, and didn't get to ask more about that. I'm going to post something in the main discussion area because it's confusing to me.

Posted on: Fri, 01/19/2007 - 10:24am
JacksonsMom's picture
Offline
Joined: 07/21/2002 - 09:00

Our local theatre uses canola oil, but I still have a wierd feeling about letting DS eat the popcorn. I think the idea of so many hands digging into the huge vat of popcorn to scoop out bags freaks me out. They sell goobers and pb cups, so I worry a little about the employees having residue on their hands.
I still bring his own bag from home (smuggle it in my purse [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Maybe I'm too paranoid, but for now this works for us .

Posted on: Fri, 01/19/2007 - 12:10pm
ceross's picture
Offline
Joined: 01/27/2004 - 09:00

We've safely had the popcorn at a couple of our local theaters. We always check to see what oil is used (usually palm or canola oil) and do not get the buttery topping.

Posted on: Sun, 01/21/2007 - 2:11pm
3xy1PAinNH's picture
Offline
Joined: 08/07/2006 - 09:00

CHECK FIRST! The first time I brought my PA ds to a movie it was a new theatre (cinemagic) and they use peanut oil! I was just getting ready to ask the clerk, and I saw a big sign. I was nervous the whole time we were there.

Posted on: Wed, 01/24/2007 - 3:16am
jtolpin's picture
Offline
Joined: 05/28/2003 - 09:00

Most CHAIN theaters (major chain) are the same, whatever it is, and its not USUALLY peanut oil.
When I ran my movie theater, we switched from oil X to canola (10+ yrs ago)...
One theater I went to DID pop it in peanut oil (but stated it...)
One theater I went to DID use REAL butter for topping.
Dont know NOW what's used, but I bet the MAJOR chains use a non-peanut oil.
Ask first, yes. And not just the oil, but the salt they add (OURS was YELLOW, and PROBABLY dairy-added...) and topping as well.
Munch!
Jason'
------------------
[b]* Beyond Obsessed * [/b]

Posted on: Wed, 01/31/2007 - 5:12am
amy2's picture
Offline
Joined: 09/02/2000 - 09:00

this summer at our local pool, they have a popcorn machine. I asked them what kind of oil they used. She got out this plastic package that they insert in the machine. It had allergy labeling on it for peanut. We do not do movie popcorn. My son has had it be4, but had some unexplainable coughing afterwards. At the time, the movie theatre said it was canola oil. I am just wandering now if they use the same type of packaging the pool did....If you are going to use the movie corn, I would ask to actually see what it is they are using, and read for yourself. Hope this helps, Amy

Posted on: Sat, 01/20/2007 - 1:33am
NicoleinNH's picture
Offline
Joined: 06/21/2003 - 09:00

I know one theater near us pops the corn in peanut oil. Some PA people are OK eating peanut oil, but we avoid anything with peanut, including the oil. We don't go to that movie theater because of the peanut oil. Out of 5 theaters I have asked, only one uses peanut oil.
NicoleinNH

Posted on: Wed, 04/11/2007 - 4:03am
sillyfeline's picture
Offline
Joined: 03/28/2001 - 09:00

If you pop the corn in canola oil at home (in a regular pot), it's just as good, sometimes better because it's so fresh.

Posted on: Sun, 04/15/2007 - 2:56am
shayesmom's picture
Offline
Joined: 03/26/2007 - 09:00

You have to call each theater individually (or go there) and ask exactly what oil is used for the popcorn and what topping is used if you want to indulge in that too. It is never safe to assume. Of the 3 theaters that we frequent, all have safe popcorn for PA/TNA (and dairy and egg) dd! She loves getting the little snack-pack for kids. It's about the only thing that she can have like a normal 7-yr-old, poor thing!

More Community Posts

Peanut Free and Nut Free Community

create a new community post
Displaying 1 - 20 of 20
Latest Post by sunshinestate Mon, 11/11/2019 - 1:39pm
Comments: 1
Latest Post by absfabs Mon, 11/11/2019 - 1:28pm
Comments: 2
Latest Post by absfabs Mon, 11/11/2019 - 1:23pm
Comments: 3
Latest Post by Italia38 Fri, 11/08/2019 - 12:10pm
Comments: 4
Latest Post by Italia38 Fri, 11/08/2019 - 11:47am
Comments: 6
Latest Post by sunshinestate Thu, 11/07/2019 - 3:43pm
Comments: 4
Latest Post by sunshinestate Thu, 11/07/2019 - 2:48pm
Comments: 7
Latest Post by penelope Tue, 11/05/2019 - 3:44pm
Comments: 12
Latest Post by penelope Tue, 11/05/2019 - 3:35pm
Comments: 13
Latest Post by absfabs Tue, 11/05/2019 - 2:11pm
Comments: 6
Latest Post by absfabs Tue, 11/05/2019 - 2:09pm
Comments: 5
Latest Post by chicken Tue, 11/05/2019 - 12:06pm
Comments: 5
Latest Post by sunshinestate Mon, 11/04/2019 - 1:44pm
Comments: 3
Latest Post by sunshinestate Thu, 10/31/2019 - 11:20am
Comments: 2
Latest Post by penelope Wed, 10/30/2019 - 11:19am
Comments: 8
Latest Post by BD Wed, 10/30/2019 - 11:18am
Comments: 5

More Articles

Anaphylactic shock (A-nuh-fih-LAK-tik shok): A severe and sometimes life-threatening immune system reaction to an antigen that a person has been...

One of the most difficult things for a parent to do is determine whether his or her toddler has a cold or a...

You no doubt have your own way of teaching people about your child’s food allergy, a way that suits your temperament, and style of communication....

Reliable peanut allergy statistics are not that easy to come by. There is a lot of available research on food allergies in general but not too...

Most people know that to enjoy whatever food safety accommodations an airline offers they need to inform the airline of their allergy prior to...

More Articles

More Articles

A 504 plan* documents food allergy accommodations agreed to by parents and their child’s school. Plans are typically created during a 504 meeting...

If there is a child at your children's school allergic to peanuts, the school probably discourages or may not allow peanut products to be brought...

If you are on a budget, but you need to wear some sort of notification that you have a peanut...

Unless we consciously carve out time for self-care, constant food allergy management can slowly erode our sense of well-being. Signs of allergy-...

Peanuts cause more severe food allergic reactions than other foods, followed by shellfish, fish, tree nuts and eggs. Although there is only a...

If you avoid peanuts, it’s likely you know the joy of cashews. Slightly sweet and smooth in texture, cashews provide not only relief to those with...

The prevalence of food allergy has dramatically increased over the past two to three decades, and not just among children. Preliminary results...

When someone in the family is diagnosed with a food allergy, a choice must be made whether to ban the problem food or foods from the home. The...

Looking for a fun way to share what you know about your own food allergies? Or are you hoping to educate the people around you in a fun way about...

According to the results of a new study, children lacking Vitamin D may be more susceptible to food allergies. Researchers working at the Albert...

If you or your child has a peanut or nut allergy, identifying the presence of nuts in food becomes a priority, but what if the written or spoken...

Soap allergies can cause a lot of discomfort and itching. If you suddenly develop a rash or bumps on your skin, you may suspect that you have an...

Even professionals can have difficulty keeping up with the constant flow of updated information available in their field. A survey study presented...

People with pollen allergies can develop allergic reactions to fresh fruits, vegetables and/or nuts. This is called the pollen-food allergy...

There are more "peanut-free" products than ever on the supermarket shelves. This means more choices than ever for peanut-allergic shoppers and...