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Maybe its just that my brain is not awake yet, but i could use some help thinking through something... I'm getting involved w a local movie theatre that is planning to open next year. It has a full kitchen, and we're starting to discuss menu. The owner laid forth some great standards (no HFCS, no fully hydrogenated fats), but in discussing it w him, hes not sure it can be done w/o partially hydrogenated fats. I would love to come to him w options. So hit me w them. Palm oil is out because of the environmental damage. Peanut is out because of allergies. Animal based fats are out because there is a large veg population here (and a large Jewish community). Cost is definitely a concern.<br><br>
So what could be used as an alternative to butter on popcorn?<br>
For deep frying things like french fries?<br>
In baked goods instead of butter or shortening?<br><br>
Honestly, i keep coming back to CO for all of the above, but that may well be out of the budget, so what other options are there?
 

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Butter is an animal based fat, and as such is not acceptable to vegans. This area has a significant veg population we need to consider.
 

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<p>There is a primarily (solely?) coconut oil STICK that is used in commercial/retail popcorn poppers.</p>
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<p>Lou Ana is one brand, I think</p>
 

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Butter is an animal based fat, and as such is not acceptable to vegans. This area has a significant veg population we need to consider.</div>
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Sorry, I was thinking vegetarian, not vegan.  Yeah, CO would be your best bet if you can get it cheap.  Since you'd be a business, maybe you could get it wholesale, and compromising on quality of CO is still a whole lot better than most anything else.</p>
 

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<p>As a vegan, I'm totally happy with unbuttered popcorn. Pop it in the coconut oil, keep the melted butter on the side. The Cinemark theater that we sometimes go to will sometimes pop a batch in the straight coconut oil without the butter flavor if I ask the right person nicely enough. If you want to really delight many vegans, offer salted nutritional yeast as a topping in lieu of butter.</p>
 

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<p>What about something likespectrum palm shortening?  It is the only palm product I use since it is sustainably havested etc.</p>
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<p>Also, most peanut oil has the proteins denatured--so it's not allergenic anymore.  At least that's what I've heard--you might double check! :)</p>
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<p>I also thought coconut oil was the traditional oil of choice for movie theater popcorn.</p>
 

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no fully hydrogenated fats? partially hydrogenated ones are the major problem.</p>
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That was the point i made to him.<br><br>
Thank you ladies. I guess i was right regarding the CO. I'll email hm and see where it goes.
 

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<p>I agree, coconut oil.  and that's super exciting. movie popcorn that I'm not scared of. yum!</p>
 

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<p>Flax oil is relatively healthy, has a buttery flavor, and works well on popcorn - but as a topping, not something you'd cook it in. It doesn't stand up to heat well. It's also pretty expensive.</p>
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<p>Nutritional yeast is good vegan topping for popcorn.</p>
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<p>Coconut oil can be used in place of butter/shortening in a lot of baking, since it's solid at room temp.</p>
 
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