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MOVIE SNACK BAG {Ultimate Way To Avoid Concessions}

When you are headed to the theater and you need a snack you can feel good about, the Ultimate Movie Snack Bag is for you. Plus, you can skip the expensive concession stand!

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It’s the start of Summer Movie Madness! There are so many great movies that are coming out in the next few months I’m going to be living in my car in the theater parking lot in between movies.

I love movies! I have been a movie buff ever since I was young and watched The Shining late at night. I was 6 when it was released but didn’t see it until I was 9.

I know that seems young, but my parents were working nights so I watched quite a few movies I was not supposed to. That night, all the lights in the house were on when they got home from work.

I also loved going to the movies. Popcorn, candy, comfy seats, loud action sequences, and tall screens. What is not to love! Well, I can tell you what I don’t love..overpriced movie concessions!


Now don’t get me wrong, I love movie popcorn and candy. A ginormous vat of butter-soaked kernels sprinkled heavily with that obnoxiously orange popcorn salt.

My favorite movie candy of all time is Sno-Caps. Those small chocolate chips with the little white crunchy non-pariels on top.

I even have a certain way to eat them. I wanted to savor each and every one of them since I only bought them at the movie theater, so I developed a method of eating them.

Not going to elaborate but it ends with me tilting up the empty box and eating all the non-pariels that have fallen off the chips. Even when I started buying them in the grocery store, I would still eat them the same way.

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Movie concessions are where the theaters make their money. The profit margin on fountain sodas and tubs of popcorn is astronomical! I can’t begrudge them making money but with the cost of tickets getting higher, and now that I have two young movie-goers too, I just can’t afford $85 dollars to go to see a show.

So how do we save money? Matinees and sneaking in food. I know that that is against theater policy, and I still get my kids a tub of popcorn and a soda, but I sneak in my own food and drinks.

First of all, I gave up soda a few years ago, so I bring in my own water bottle (for $1) versus buying one for $427.

As for the candy, I gave up refined sugar for my Paleo challenge and haven’t been able to go back to regular movie candy.  

A few strands of Twizzlers are okay and I can eat a few squares of dark chocolate but mostly I bring nuts and dried fruit. I have to have something to munch on during those crazy car chases and exploding buildings! I even switch to a larger purse and fill her up before heading to the theater.

My kids like a lot of candy to chew on as well, so I usually go to the grocery store and stock up on the “movie” sized boxes of favorites and throw those in my purse as well. If I can buy them for $0.98 versus $7.65 a box I am going to!

I have even been known to sneak in a value meal from Chick-fil-A, complete with a large un-sweet tea. It was certainly easier when the kids were in the stroller because you can pack a whole refrigerator worth of food in the bottom of one of those babies!

Not to mention the diaper bag. All I needed was one diaper and a few wipes. The rest of the essentials stayed home and were replaced with Twizzlers and Happy Meals!

I know you are probably shaking your head at me and giving me a tsk-tsk sound. Don’t care! You have probably done it too!

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This is just what Brooks and I like, but the best movie snack bag one is to make yourself. Mine does not always contain the same exact ingredients every time I make it.

It depends on what I have left in my cupboards or what I am in the mood for.  It also as to do with what kind of movie I am seeing. I love to add my Snacking Chocolate when I get the chance.

An action film requires more crunchy foods. The movie is so loud you won’t annoy your row-mates with your loud crunching. Not that I care…

If it is a scary movie, I tend to go with more chewy items.

It helps me to chew slowly and possibly dampen my screams when someone jumps out at a stupid girl walking around a dark house instead of leaving or turning on the lights.

Customize your Ultimate Movie Snack Bag to include all your favorite snacks and treats and save money so you can see all the summer movie releases!


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The Ultimate Movie Snack Bag

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This is an ultimate snack bag of my favorite movie munchies that I can sneak into the theater and avoid pricey concessions!


  • Dried Apricots
  • Toasted Coconut Jerky (Trader Joe's or just toasted coconut chips from Dang)
  • Toasted Cashews
  • Toasted Almonds
  • Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt (Sometimes I use Bark Thins or my snacking chocolate broken into chunks)
  • Dried Banana Chips
  • Toasted Macadamia Nuts
  • Other Dried Fruit (such as pineapple or papaya)


  1. Mix everything together in the bag.
  2. Portion some for your movie buddy if you don't want someone else's hand in your snack bag or you didn't pass sharing in Kindergarten.
  3. Sneak into the movie theater.
  4. Don't bring out bag until the movie usher does the initial headcount or you might get busted. This happened to me with a large Sonic cup one time 🙁
  5. Enjoy snacks during the movie.
  6. Throw away the evidence after the movie is over.
  7. Repeat for next movie!


If Paleo, leave out Banana Chips if they are sweetened as well as the dried pineapple and papaya. It has added sugar. The coconut jerky also has added sugar.

The toasted coconut chips use coconut sugar so it varies depending on the strictness of diet.

Same with the allowance of dark chocolate.

I get the no sugar added apricots so those are ok.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 157Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 178mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 3gSugar: 10gProtein: 2g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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Alix @A Hedgehog in the Kitchen

Wednesday 19th of October 2016

What a cute idea for a topic! I love it! Here in Paris snack choices are really limited at the movie theater. I love bringing some homemade snacks like mini muffins or madeleines!

Thursday 20th of October 2016

I love making my own snacks! That way I know I get exactly what I want to eat and it doesn't cost a fortune. Movies are so expensive now. Thanks for reading:)

jane @ littlesugarsnaps

Wednesday 25th of May 2016

Ha, I don't blame you for your don't care attitude. Cinema is not a cheap form of entertainment when you factor in tickets, drinks and snacks. I have to be honest, the only thing I buy at the cinema is tea as I just can't go 2 hours without one. However, I don't really need a half litre of tea, just a normal sized cup would be fine, but portions size is a different matter entirely. I love your snack bags - they are a little like a 'pick and mix' only you get to throw in a few healthier options as well. Next time I go with the kids, I'm heading back here for my snack bag inspiration. Kids films - always noisy, so I can go for crunchy options safely.

Sunday 12th of June 2016

Thanks so much Jane! Get a big bag to hide our tea:)

Meghan | Fox and Briar

Tuesday 24th of May 2016

Love this idea! Movie theater snacks are SO EXPENSIVE and not very healthy either. Although I will admit I have a weakness for movie theater popcorn. I know! I can't help it. We actually don't go to the movies much anymore, but I would happily bring this with if I did, or even just make some to have for a movie on my couch!

Sunday 12th of June 2016

I started limiting what movies I see in the theater because of the cost so I usually just take the kids when a big movie comes out (like Captain America, etc) or if it is something that I have to see on the big screen. Other than that it is Netflix!

Julie at Hostess At Heart

Tuesday 24th of May 2016

This is like the perfect snack for me. John says that I snack on squirrel food. Not true. Give me dried fruit, nuts and chocolate and I'm o.k. that he doesn't think it's for him and I don't have to share! I love your combination here! I also smuggle a bottle of water in! Now they serve alcohol too so once in a while a beer follows me.

Tuesday 24th of May 2016

In the south they don't serve tea and that surprises me. The profit margin is so high so they could make a ton of money and people here guzzle it by the gallon. I drink iced tea and not sodas so I can't stand the concessions. I love squirrel food too!

Michelle @ Giraffes Can Bake

Tuesday 24th of May 2016

I never buy concessions at the cinema (except for the occasional promo combo because I'm a sucker for marketing!), the prices are ridiculous! This snack bag looks like a much better alternative! And it's not loaded with sugar so I won't get that post movie slump!

Tuesday 24th of May 2016

I started sneaking in food when I watched movies with my son as a baby. He would sleep through the whole movie and I could bring in a 5 course meal in a diaper bag.

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