The price of theatre popcorn!!

Posted: October 12, 2011 in Nutrition & Exercise, Pedagogy & Education, Personal Whining
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What do you think theatre popcorn costs compared to other foods?  You might be surprised to find out that it is one of the most expensive foods you can purchase.

I visited my old school yesterday to do a lesson with the Gr. 8 students involving finding net weight and calculating unit costs.  We used the Internet to establish the unit costs of lobster and sirloin steak.  The lobster came up at about $9 per kilogram and the steak at about $15 per.  We then found the mass of a $6 bag of theatre popcorn and converted it to a price per kilo.  The final cost for the theatre popcorn averaged out at just under $60 per kilogram!!!  That makes popcorn about 4 times as expensive as steak bought in a supermarket (not on sale) and about twice as expensive as steak served in a good restaurant!

 

Now, let’s talk about bottled water.  My estimate is that it is about 4 times as expensive a gasoline…

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