Being a movie lover, I regular flex my Cineworld card to catch a new film.
For me, trips to the cinema just aren't complete unless you're armed with sweet treats to keep you fed throughout the movie. It’s fair to say however that for the majority of the student population, the price of food at most mainstream theatres provokes more tears than the closing scene of Toy Story 3!
This article looks at alternative cinema snacks, sourced from local Glasgow vendors, with a more purse friendly price tag...
- HealthyBear/JellyBear (Merchant City)
We’ve all been there. You are trying to stick to your diet, but Bae wants to stuff their face with popcorn. Thankfully, Glasgow now has the solution to your snack stress. HealthyBear is the latest food spot to open in the city, offering a clean eating alternative for health conscious Glaswegians. Following in the footsteps of Juice Garden and Prep Fitness Kitchen, it aims to promote healthy living in a way that is quick and easy for diners. Catering to vegetarians, vegans and celiac, Healthybear boasts a menu of organic fruit and veg, all fresh and locally sourced.
If it’s something sweet you're after, located adjacent to Healthy Bear is it’s older, sugar loving sister, JellyBear. Choose from a Toffee Crunch Munch Sundae or a Nutt-Ella, Ella, Ella Shake at this adventurous dessert parlour. Everybody’s happy!
- Peckhams (various)
Peckhams is somewhat of an institution in Glasgow. With three branches in the West End area alone, this up-market deli lets you to add a sophisticated flare to your cinema snack box. One of my favourite buys is Joe & Seph popcorn pouches, which are available in a variety of unique flavours. I’m a fan of the Salted Caramel and Belgian brownie editions, but those with more savoury tastes may opt for the Blue Cheese with Walnut pairing. The best thing about this gourmet popcorn is that you can purchase it at Peckham’s for £1.50 less than it gets sold for in Cineworld theatres. That’s your subway into town covered as well!
- Lupe Pintos (Woodlands)
Spice up your cinema experience with a trip to this much loved Mexican deli. Situated in the heart of Glasgow’s Woodlands hub, Lupe’s shelves are stacked with unusual hot sauces and condiments that you won’t find at your local supermarkets. That includes the now infamous ‘Glasgow Mega Death’ hot sauce!! Why not try pairing some tortilla chips with one of their exotic dips for your next movie date? Queen Naga is my favourite!
- American Candy co (Argyle Street)
Housing an array of wild sodas and Hersey’s chocolate bars, this USA themed sweet shop is like a modern day Wonkaworld (with the occasional Oompa Loompa making an appearance…). Admittedly, some of the items here are pricey, but it is also possible to get a penny mix bag on the cheap. Whatever you do though, don’t eat a three-course dinner gum, or things could get embarrassing!
- Secret sweet supplier
In the mood for pic 'n' mix but don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for it? Look no further than the Newsbox store located directly across from the Cineworld on Renfrew Street. Snakes, fudge, white mice – they have the lot. The only difference is you’ll get double for your money at this little newsagent than compared to the £1.50 per 100g pricing scam Cineworld operate. Just make sure your hide them in your bag going into the cinema!