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Get your popcorn ready (for the Oscars)

Sunday’s 88th Academy Awards (aka the “Oscars”) either have you grinning or groaning. Some refuse to watch while others will host a party to soak it all in all the way to the bitter end.

Since Hollywood drags this event on year after year, we thought one way to combat the long night would be to munch your way through with popcorn — the ultimate movie staple.

Ironically, popcorn originally was never allowed in movie theaters during the early days of film. Now, we cannot imagine watching a movie without it.

While you could pop your own, we suggest a quick trip to Main Street Popcorn in Williamsville for variety. Open just over a year and a half, the popcorn palace carries just about anything a popcorn aficionado could want, from sweet to salty (plus one weird one that combines both).

“It’s all popped fresh using coconut oil,” said manager Kathy Battaglia.

Bagged or in tins, the shop carries a wide variety. In addition to traditional “Movie Theater” Battaglia notes the most popular are caramel and chocolate and the caramel with nuts.

“I make the caramel with butter and brown sugar. Our nut ratio is almost half and half with the popcorn,” she notes.

Why not combine two movie faves? The Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup variety is made with real melted peanut butter cups.

One of the most popular flavors right now is the bacon cheddar. Battaglia uses real melted cheddar for the cheese version. Also available are a hot jalapeno and a Buffalo blue cheese with hot sauce-bleu cheese combo reminiscent of a chicken wing.

Buffalo Blue Cheese

The most unusual flavor is Main Street, which combines cheese popcorn with caramel. Yes, you read that right. “It sounds strange, but it’s really good. Sweet and salty,” said Battaglia.

The combination is similar to the famous Chicago Mix, a flavor that has actually spawned a major lawsuit among popcorn makers over use of the name. The suit recently came to a decision.

Can't decide what to get? A four-bag sampler nets you eight cups.

Main Street Popcorn is located at 5546 Main Street, Williamsville. Open noon to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; Closed Sunday.

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If you are making the trip to Williamsville, Sweet Jenny’s (5732 Main St.) and Oh Pour L’amour Du Chocolat (4476 Main St.) will both have these chocolate Oscars.

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Chocolate Oscars from Sweet Jenny's and Oh Pour L'Amour du Chocolat.

At about 7 ounces, they are solid chocolate and come milk or dark chocolate, dusted with edible gold luster. Cost is $12.99. You can award the chocolate statue to the person who stays awake for the entire Oscar show.

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