I’m the first to admit I always sneak food and drinks into the movie theater.
My decision to skip the concession stand is partially economic ($3.75 for a bottle of water?), but mainly about health (a homemade trail mix of raisins, raw almonds, and 85% cocoa dark chocolate is my favorite movie snack).
Alas, yesterday night I arrived to the movie theater emptyhanded.
Since dinner was part of the post-movie agenda, I only opted for a beverage. A small beverage.
After two offers of upgrading to a medium beverage for just 50 more cents, I was presented with a “small” 30-ounce cup. As in, the equivalent of two and a half cans of soda — 360 calories.
If you’re keeping score at home, that’s only two fewer ounces of soda than a McDonald’s large drink.
What I find most disturbing is that, just a few years ago, a small movie theater drink clocked in at 24 ounces.
Will portion distortion ever stop?
PS: Can Small Bites readers outside the US let me know what constitutes a small fountain beverage in their country’s movie theaters?