Pop Art

popartPop Art Gourmet Popcorn sent me a box that contained four flavors — Rosemary Truffle, White Pepper Parmesan, Thai Coconut Curry, and White Cheddar Jalapeño.

At the request of my spouse I opened up the White Cheddar Jalapeño. It was fantastic! The first taste was a creamy cheddar followed by a very nice spicy jalapeno flavor that stayed on my tongue for about four minutes. I was soon eating it by the handful. The Rosemary Truffle flavor was next. The combination of the two flavors worked great together. As I opened up the bag I got a mild rosemary aroma combined with a very nice earthy truffle scent. I could tell just by smelling this flavor that it was going to be awesome — and it was! The Thai Coconut Curry was next and it didn’t disappoint me — the combination of these two flavors also worked great together — and it was not that spicy. The last flavor I tried was the White Pepper Parmesan. I liked it, but I wanted a stronger Parmesan and white pepper flavor. It was just too mild for me.

I really enjoyed all the popcorn from Pop Art, and I highly recommend the White Cheddar Jalapeño flavor. I’m adding it to my spicy popcorn list.

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Masala Pop

masalapopIf you enjoy Indian spices then you’re going to love Masala Pop. They sent me three flavors — Chai Masala Popcorn with Assam Tea, Savory Masala Popcorn with Papadams, and Tamarind Sesame Popcorn with Papadams.

I started my tasting by opening the bag of Chai Masala Popcorn with Assam Tea. I took about four pieces of popcorn and tossed them into my mouth and began crunching. The taste was very similar to ginger snaps. I had a hard time putting it down, but I closed up the bag (after eating about half of the contents) and moved on to the Savory Masala Popcorn with Papadams. I really liked the lightly spiced flavor and the lentil chips (papadums) added a nice additional crunch. The Tamarind Sesame Popcorn with Papadums was the last flavor I tried and it was also the spiciest flavor. I really enjoyed this flavor too. It was so hard to put down and not eat it all in one sitting… but I did.

All of the popcorn flavors from Masala Pop were crunchy and full of flavor. They would also make a great addition to an Indian-themed party. I just happen to love Indian food and I also cook my own Indian spiced dishes at home on occasion. If you like Indian spices then give Masala Pop a try.

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retrocornRetrocorn is a popcorn company located in Essex, England. I just happen to be the first person in the U.S. to taste their sweet gourmet popcorn flavors. They sent me a box that included the following eight flavors — Lime Sherbet, Lemon Sherbet, Cherry Pips, Pear Drops, Cola Cubes, Apple and Custard, Rhubarb and Custard, and Strawberries and Cream.

I started out by tasting the Apple and Custard flavor. It was an interesting combination of flavors, but it was just a little weak on the flavoring. The same was true for the Rhubarb and Custard and the Pear Drops flavors which really needed more of the sweet flavoring from the candy. All the other flavors were just incredible — Lime, Lemon, Cherry, Cola, and Strawberries and Cream.
retrocorn2I applaud companies like Retrocorn who invent new popcorn flavors. Taking the flavors from candies we ate as kids and adding them to popcorn is a brilliant idea. If you live in England then go get some Retrocorn. I’m sure you Brits have probably tasted some of these candy flavors, but when you add those flavors to popcorn you get the added crunch. Be sure to try the Lime Sherbet — this was my favorite flavor.

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Hornie Corn

Hornie Corn sent me a nice box of goodies that included a big bag of already popped popcorn, a box of microwave popcorn, and a bunch of promotional items that included business cards, matches, a lighter, two koozies, a couple of t-shirts, a deck of playing cards, and some mints. Did I mention the cool logo. It’s pretty weird, but that’s exactly what I like about it. I really appreciate all the nice items that I got from Hornie Corn, but it was their popcorn that I really wanted to try. I just can’t stop thinking about that logo…

I started out by opening up the big bag of already popped popcorn and began tasting…
As you can see it has a lot of spices… the ingredients listed on the bag were: Popcorn, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Seasonings (black pepper, onion, paprika, garlic salt, celery seed, basil, bay leaf, marjoram, oregano, savory, sage, thyme, parsley, cayenne pepper, coriander, cumin, mustard, rosemary) garlic, carrot, orange peel, tomato, lemon juice powder, citric acid, oil of lemon.

That’s a lot of ingredients.

I could definitely taste cumin, garlic, onion, and black pepper on the front end. I love black pepper. Within a few minutes I was eating it by the handful. It wasn’t as spicy hot as I thought it was going to be, but the combination of spices filled my whole mouth. I also popped up a bag of the microwave popcorn and the taste was relatively the same as the already popped popcorn. There were enough spices left over in the bag to season a whole chicken.

The combination of spices makes Hornie Corn a very addictive popcorn flavor. I’m adding Hornie Corn to my list of popcorn flavors I’ll be sharing with my family during Thanksgiving. Hornie Corn has all the flavors of roasted chicken and you can even save the leftover spices to season your next meal.

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Loveland Acres Popcorn

loveland_acresLoveland Acres Popcorn sent me three bags of popping corn — Ruby Red, Confetti, and Shaman’s Blue — and three ears of popcorn on the cob. I popped up a big bowl of the Confetti popcorn kernels and began tasting. All I added was a little sea salt. This popcorn has a great natural flavor and it’s also the perfect kind of popcorn to look for popcornfaces. Because of the different colored hull the Ruby Red and the Shaman’s Blue popcorn had dark pieces of visible hull, but the starchy part still popped up bright white.
All the popcorn from Loveland Acres popped up perfectly. There were only a few kernels that didn’t pop. If you like the natural flavor of popcorn then give Loveland Acres a try. This popcorn is especially good for finding popcornfaces. I found the piece pictured below in the first batch of Confetti popcorn that I popped. The magnified pictures below are from the same piece of popcorn. No matter which way you look at this piece it looks like a dog.

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Wabash Valley Farms

wabashvalleyfarmsWabash Valley Farms, the makers of the Whirley Pop Stovetop Popcorn Popper sent me the All Natural Popping Set. It included the only three ingredients you need to make really good popcorn ~ Organic Green Tea Oil, Lemon Yellow Popping Corn, and All-Natural Extra Fine Sea Salt. With a hot flame from the stove and my favorite soup pot I began making a batch of popcorn using only these three ingredients. I really liked how the green tea oil heated up quickly and it also had a high smoke point. I popped up two pots worth and filled up my gallon container. It was enough for at least a day… or maybe two… as long as I was the only one eating it. This is also my favorite way to make popcorn. I even created a video on How to Make Stovetop Popcorn.

Wabash Valley Farms has some really great gift sets and I would definitely recommend the All Natural Popping Set. It’s all you need to make a great bowl of popcorn.

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Popcorn Buddha

popcornBuddhaPopcorn Buddha sent me a box that contained eleven popcorn samples, a flag with their logo, and some popcorn flavored lip balm (just in time for the cold weather). The first thing I did was try the lip balm. It kind of reminded me of those popcorn-flavored jelly beans… I’m not crazy about popcorn-flavored jelly beans … so I think you know about how I feel about the lip balm. I’ll just have the popcorn please.

With so many different flavors to choose from I decided to start with the Everything Bagel flavor. I expected to taste some seeds, but all I tasted was garlic, onion, salt, and a few other spices — but it was mostly garlicky. I would suggest adding some sesame, sunflower, and poppy seeds. I did like this flavor, as a matter of fact I ate the entire contents in just a few minutes. I like garlic. The next three flavors I tried all included a dark chocolate/cocoa flavor — Espresso, Aztec, and Peppermint Patty. The Espresso was pretty good. It had bits of espresso beans that complimented the chocolate flavor. The Peppermint Patty flavor reminded me of Junior Mints. The Aztec flavor only had a mild spice and it wasn’t that good. Up next was Angry Lime. I expected some heat with this flavor and I got it. This flavor should have a warning on the label. The front end flavor is lime, but the spice used was so hot that it killed my taste buds for about ten minutes. I had to take a long break before even thinking about trying another flavor.

The following flavors were my least favorites — they included Sweet Chili (that really needed a stronger chili powder flavor), Zip’s Spicy Cheese (that was only mildly spicy and mostly cheesy), and Smokey Cheddar BBQ (that was too chewy and a little stale). The remaining three flavors were my favorites — they included Cajun Bacon Ranch (a flavor that lacked a good bacon flavor, but had a great ranch flavor), Falafel (an interesting combination of earthy spices that included cumin and coriander), and Philly Cheesesteak which turned out to be my favorite flavor.

Popcorn Buddha makes some interesting popcorn flavors. I would recommend the Falafel, Peppermint Patty, and Philly Cheesesteak flavors. They were all pretty addicting, especially the Philly Cheesesteak. And, if you like spicy popcorn flavors then the Angry Lime is a must try.

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