Last Call: What strange snacks are we smuggling into movies?

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Smuggled silver-screen snacks

Slate’s Nosh is a new “pop-up blog” devoted to snacks—kudos, Slate—and today it tackled the topic of foods smuggled into movie theater. Most of what I want to nibble on during a movie can be procured at the concessions stand: butter-drenched popcorn, maybe some peanut M&Ms. (I will definitely sneak in a can of wine.) But former theater employees says they’ve found everything from seafood salad to Chipotle under the seats. Seriously, seafood salad? [Kate Bernot]

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Vegetables for dessert

The New York Times is one of those things I read that makes me feel like I’m behind on everything. Like today’s article on “A Surprising Way to Eat Vegetables: For Dessert.” This is probably old hat to people who are savvier restaurant visitors than I am, but I was surprised to hear about things like arugula on top of a pecan-pear cake, or a sweet carrot sorbet. I love it because it seems like such a rule-breaker: breakfast for dinner is one thing, but parsnip cake or roasted squash ice cream? Color me intrigued, and inspired to come up with a vegetable dessert combo of my own. [Gwen Ihnat]

Gwen Ihnat is the Editorial Coordinator for The A.V. Club.

Kate Bernot is a freelance writer and a certified beer judge. She was previously managing editor at The Takeout.

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DISCUSSION

Sneaking snacks into the cinema is wrong on two (unequal) levels:

1. Theatres make the majority of their profit from concessions because the studios take a ridiculous cut from the ticket sales in the first few weeks (objectively more important)

2. “Outside” snacks are almost exclusively sold in plastic packaging, which makes so much fucking noise. Chewing noises are fine, almost expected at this point, and the paper bags popcorn is served in aren’t great, but they are far better than any regular packaging. The constant rustling is so distracting (I don’t know if these are a thing in the US, but I swear one time someone brought in a confectionary box, and had to unwrap each and every single sweet), if you can’t help yourself from stuffing your face for 90-120 minutes then at least buy your food from the theatre and help them stay afloat.