I was reading Calories in AMC’s New Smart Movie Snacks by Letta Shy, on FitSugar regarding the new AMC Smart Movie Snack. For those of you who haven’t heard, AMC theaters are offering a pack which includes fruit chips, a trail mix bar, POPCorners corn chips (they are awesome), and a bottle of water. The water can be substituted for a Diet Coke or a Coke Zero. So the big question on everyone’s mind: is anyone going to buy the Smart Snacks?
I am all for healthy snacking. I have been known to snack on almonds, trail mix, or even dry cereal when I watch a movie on my couch. I think it is great to have a healthy option available for people to munch on.
Did you know that the large buttered popcorn option at the theater equals 1,500 calories? Neither did I. Most people don’t know that, and according to the New York Times, few will be made aware of that fact since the FDA is NOT requiring movie theaters to post calorie counts of snack in their chains.
My question is, why do movie theaters offer vats of popcorn, gallon size sodas, and quarter pound bags of candy as snack to begin with? Why is there even an option to mindlessly eat 20 cups of popcorn, the equivlant of a full day’s worth of calories, while sitting on your ass over the course of 90-360 minutes? Another fun fact, a serving of M&M candies is 1.67oz, equal to the amount you would find in a vending machine bag of M&M. A movie theater bag of M&Ms is 5.3oz, over three times larger! Why can’t movie theaters offer a more rational serving size for the movie goer to enjoy?
What do you think about the new snacks? Do you think it would be more effective to regulate the servings available?