If your regular cinema snacks include popcorn, potato chips or candy, then you should expand your horizons. Some countries have slightly different habits when it comes to their movie theater favorite snacks. Reports from last year and two years ago say that
The average American eats about 13 gallons of popcorn a year, much of that while watching movies
While other countries have a whole different take on what cinema snacks mean. Sometimes, these bizarre cinema snacks around the world include strong beverages that go beyond your regular can of soda. As for the snacks, they can be considered sometimes true fast food meals and complex dishes, not to mention luxurious ones. Today we will skip the movies and take a look at 10 bizarre cinema snacks around the world. Who knows, maybe we’ll get inspired and ask for some of these at our local movie theatre, only to see the amazed clerks’ faces when they hear our requests.
1. Dried Cuttlefish with Popcorn
If you were thinking Asia, you were pretty close. Movie goers in Korea movie love their prepackaged dried cuttlefish they find in bags, very dried, shredded and with a gummy texture. But they have it together with popcorn in cinemas, as the crunchy, gummy contrast seems to be to their liking. Cuttlefish is pretty tasty if you like sea food, so you may give it a try in this combination next time you go to see some amazing blockbuster.
2. Samosas and Vadas
We bet you already know what these Indian bizarre cinema snacks are, as you can find it also in some U.S. cinemas too. If you never tried them, we are talking about Indian pastry accompanied by some dips and sauces that not only sound delicious, but make a great part of the Indian way of sitting in the cinema watching movies.
3. Fish cakes and beer
Welcome to a Barbados cinema, where the traditional fish cakes and Banks beer are more than local delicacies you find in restaurants, fast foods or at street vendors, but also in cinemas. The fish cakes make a great snack, as they are not too salty, but spiced up with herbs and hot sauces, while the beer enhances the flavors, leaving room for more craving.
4. Iwashi senbei
Sounds Japanese? It is! The Japanese like their fish, just as they like a lot of other bizarre snacks all the time, not only when they go to the movies. But Iwashi senbei is a bit different, as it can be commonly found in movie theaters. They are dried sardines, previously cooked in soy sauce and sugar and covered in sesame seeds.
If you ever had a snack in a Greek restaurant, you know this dish is a pride for Greek cuisine and a joy for the one having it, especially if it is done well. European countries are used to Greek dishes, but the Greek themselves see the souvlaki as it is. It’s a tasty snack they can have in an outdoor cinema during the summer, a healthy combination of chicken and veggies that somehow changes altogether the concept of “dinner and a movie”.
6. Sweets and candy
In Finland, eating flavored sweets, bonbons, chocolates and all sorts of candy bars is a movie going tradition. While some have a thing for salty snacks, the Finnish don’t have any problem in stuffing themselves with everything sweet that’s available. Candy may not be the most bizarre cinema snacks in the world, but they are not popcorn and nachos either, are they?
7. Salted liquorish
Well, we’re still in Northern Europe. This time in the Netherlands, which is the largest liquorish consumer in the world. It would be strange for the Dutch to go to the movies without their salted, herbal flavored liquorish bars and if this looks strange to you, let’s take a trip to Norway…
8. Dry reindeer meat
Yes, you heard us right. Well, if salted dried fish, potato filled pastry, and souvlaki didn’t get your attention, perhaps dry reindeer meat will qualify as one of the most bizarre cinema snacks around the world. But, you know what they say… when at the North Pole… and reindeer meat is actually extremely low – fat and healthy, so if you ever travel that far and choose to go to the movies there, don’t miss the chance!
9. Beluga Caviar and Champagne
Of course this is about some very special Moscow movie theaters, where only the VIP’s can enjoy the most expensive caviar in the world and a glass of luxury crystal clear cold Champagne. In order to enjoy such treat you don’t actually have to be a Russian VIP, but to pay for a seat in the designated VIP area. We didn’t find out yet how much is the caviar in these Moscow cinemas, but we bet these seats don’t come cheap.
10. Potato chips and blue cheese dip
While not so bizarre as expected, this American cinema snack seems to become more and more popular as time goes by. But America is the land of all opportunities, so you can find in movie theaters around the country all sorts of “less traditional” snacks, such as duck tacos and Kobe beef sliders.
This trip to find some of the most bizarre cinema snacks around the world is far from over and, from what we’ve seen, it looks more like a serious food trip. However, these local choices are interesting and tantalizing and who knows how soon we’ll have some of them in our local cinemas?