Orville Redenbacher’s Movie Theater Butter Microwave Popcorn, 6-Count

Last updated date: November 18, 2020

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9.4

Orville Redenbacher’s Movie Theater Butter Microwave Popcorn, 6-Count

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We looked at the top Microwave Popcorn and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Microwave Popcorn you should buy.

Editor's Note December 11, 2020:
Checkout The Best Microwave Popcorn for a detailed review of all the top microwave popcorn.

Overall Take


In our analysis, the Orville Redenbacher's Orville Redenbacher's Movie Theater Butter Microwave Popcorn, 6-Count placed 4th when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Contains (6) 3.29 oz. classic bags of Orville Redenbacher’s Movie Theater Butter Popcorn. Orville Redenbacher’s is the only leading popcorn brand that uses real butter (Select products contain real butter. See package ingredients for details.) Orville Redenbacher’s is also the only leading brand of microwave popcorn with no artificial preservatives, flavors, or dyes in all of our products—so grab your favorite popcorn bowl, pop it up in a jiffy, and have a jolly time pretending like you’re at the movies. In 1952, Orville Redenbacher hand selected a small group of farmers to grow his exclusive kernel, and our family farmers still grow our special kernels today. Serve our buttery popcorn packs alongside your favorite sweet snacks to add a pop of fun (and flavor) to every occasion.

An Overview On Microwave Popcorn

Is there any snack more synonymous with entertainment than popcorn? Many of us can’t sit down to enjoy a movie without immediately getting a craving for the stuff. And if you ever see drama unfolding on somebody’s social media profile, there are pretty good odds somebody will comment with that infamous “I’m here for the show” pic of Michael Jackson eating a bag of popcorn.

In fact, we’d make a case for popcorn being the most American snack there is — especially if we’re talking about microwave popcorn. A handful of that light, fluffy goodness is enjoyable enough, but the instant gratification of a couple of minutes’ cook time is what really makes it satisfying. (A little butter doesn’t hurt either.)

The main concern with microwave popcorn is going to be how well your bag pops. That is to say, how many kernels actually pop during the recommended microwave time and how many remain stubbornly closed (or even worse, burnt). That has a lot to with the quality of your popcorn, but the packaging and freshness are just as much a factor if not more.

That requires a bit of explanation. Popping corn is a special variety of corn with a thicker kernel that retains moisture inside. Heat up your garden-variety table corn in the microwave, and you’ll get shriveled-up corn. Popcorn, however, explodes as the moisture inside of it turns into steam and expands. That effectively turns the kernel inside out, allowing the starch to escape along with the heat and solidify instantly into a foam.

Airtight packaging makes sure that all that moisture stays inside the kernels. And while old popcorn doesn’t necessarily go bad, it can turn stale. More concerning are the oils that some manufacturers add to the popcorn to improve the taste. You can be sure that those oils will spoil long before the popcorn does, so pay attention to the “best by” date.

Most snackers don’t buy popcorn for the health benefits, and let’s face it: There aren’t many to speak of. That said, it’s far from unhealthy. In its pure form, popcorn is low in calories and provides a bit of fiber. Some brands do sell black or bluish kernels that do provide a bit more in the way of antioxidants, and don’t worry: They still pop the same white and fluffy way, though they may be a bit smaller than their yellow or white kernel counterparts. Some of these smaller kernels may pop with less of a “hull” on the outside of the popcorn, leaving you with less to pick out of your teeth. A definite bonus.

Health-conscious eaters will want to pay more attention to the flavors and packaging. Microwave popcorn with a buttery taste (or any other flavoring) doesn’t come with butter built into the kernel. Instead, the flavoring is coated along the inside of the bag. That flavoring and other aspects of the bag lining can react to the heat and be more unhealthy than anything inside the corn,  though the net effect will be minor unless microwave popcorn is part of your daily diet. If you want to be extra safe, melt a little butter on your own. The taste is worth the time if you do it right.

The Microwave Popcorn Buying Guide

No matter what brand of microwave popcorn we buy, they all come with the same simple directive: “This side up.” If you’re the type to rebel against authority, you should know that not following this suggestion won’t result in a satisfying explosion. All you’ll get is more unpopped kernels in your bag. Position your bag the right way, and a specially treated section called a susceptor directs your microwaves into the kernels where they belong. Put it upside down, and most of that energy goes off into the center of the microwave chamber.