You’re ready for a night of movie entertainment. All you need is the perfect snack: gluten-free popcorn. Our blogger matches up different tastes in flicks with unique popcorn flavors from Lesser Evil.
There’s nothing that goes together quite as perfectly as movie night and popcorn. And those of us who eat a gluten-free diet are always on the lookout for popcorn that hits the spot.
Fortunately, I discovered Lesser Evil brand Buddha Bowl popcorn varieties on a shelf at my local Whole Foods. It’s ideal for those nights when you want to open a new bag, relax on the couch, and turn on a great movie or series. So next time you turn to Netflix, grab a bag (or five) of Lesser Evil popcorn and enjoy.
My disclaimer: Netflix is as finicky as my cats when it comes to movie selection. While all of my viewing recommendations might not currently be available on demand, consider this to be your guide to pairing movie and series genres with just the right popcorn varieties.
AVOCADO-LICIOUS BUDDHA BOWL: Avocados are full of nutrition and fiber; they’re one strong fruit. To complement this popcorn flavor, you’ll need a strong movie–think action pictures. You’re looking for movies with strong lead characters, just like an avocado is. Here are my top picks.
-House of Cards (Seasons 1, 2, and 3: 2013-2015): This Washington thriller series will keep you on the edge of your seat, wondering who will be the next to get hit with a scandal.
-Scandal (Seasons 1-5: 2012-2016): Speaking of scandal, this Washington thrill ride combines hunky dudes, spies, murder, and, of course, politics.
-How To Get Away With Murder (Seasons 1-2: 2014-2015): This legal drama is paired with murder, creating a great story arc that will keep you eagerly coming back every week… with a new bowl of popcorn!
BONSAI WASABI-STYLE BUDDHA BOWL: Lesser Evil’s new Bonsai popcorn, full of wasabi, is perfect for international films. However, the wasabi in the popcorn reminds me of an amazing night out with sushi. Here are some perfect picks to pair with Bonsai Wasabi-Style Lesser Evil Popcorn.
–Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011): The enchanting story of Jiro Ono, who serves sushi in Tokyo with the skill and precision of a surgeon.
-Sushi: The Global Catch (2012): Learn about the tradition of sushi and where it started, what it’s become, and the sustainability and future of sushi.
CLASSIC CHEDDAH BUDDHA BOWL: Classic Cheddah popcorn is, well, cheesy. The popcorn gets its taste from the organic cheese blend, combined with coconut oil and Himalayan salt. This Buddha Bowl pairs great with cheesy romance flicks and cheesy comedies.
-Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Season 1: 2013): This Netflix original is so quirky you have to love it. Hashbrown, no filter!
–Bob’s Burgers (Seasons 1-6: 2010-2015): The Belcher family’s misadventures will keep you laughing, and the Burger of the Day puns will keep you in prime cheesiness territory.
–13 Going on 30 (2004): Character Jenna Rink’s wish to be “30, flirty, and thriving” reminds us of our youthful days of wanting to be a grownup, and our grownup days of wondering, “What were we thinking?”
HIMALAYAN SWEET BUDDHA BOWL: This one is both sweet (from unrefined sugar cane) and salty (from the Himalayan Pink Salt) and pairs perfectly with romantic dramadies. The coconut oil melds the two flavors together. creating a perfect flavor that will keep you smiling through the whole movie.
–Chef (2014): A movie about a food truck, the love of food, and the love of love.
–Silver Linings Playbook (2012): This hit combines some of the hottest actors, dance, and the love of football… and each other.
HIMALAYAN PINK BUDDHA BOWL: To pair with the Himalayan Pink, I’ve chosen tear-jerking dramas. The salt of your tears will suit well with the saltiness of the pink sea salt. This popcorn flavor is a classic that pairs well with film standards that always tug at your heartstrings, no matter how many times you watch them.
–Best of Me (2014): For those of you who loved bawling your eyes out at The Notebook, there’s another flick that will keep the tissues coming.
–Forrest Gump (1994): This classic never gets old, and still gets me every time.
-Jerry Maguire (1996): If you don’t get a little teary-eyed at the line “You had me at hello,” perhaps you need another bowl of popcorn.
-Rudy (1993): Always root for the underdog, but keep a box of tissues handy.
Which flavor of Lesser Evil Buddha Bowl popcorn will you choose for your next binge-worthy couch session?
Erica Dermer is managing editor of Gluten Free & More and digital content director at GlutenFreeAndMore.com. She’s also author of Celiac and the Beast: A Love Story Between a Gluten-Free Girl, Her Genes, and a Broken Digestive Tract and founder of SheKnows.com.Originally posted October 2015