I love popcorn during the holidays and every Thanksgiving I bring some exciting popcorn flavors to share with my family. This year I had some from a few of my most recent reviews, as well as the new flavors from CrunchDaddy Popcorn — Salted Caramel Crunch, Honey Sesame & Ginger Crunch, and Bourbon & Bacon Crunch.
We had an incredible Thanksgiving feast and needed two turkeys to feed a group of nearly 30. After dinner, I broke out the popcorn when everyone was looking for dessert. There were all kinds of pies, cakes, and cookies — but everyone wanted to try the popcorn. So, I opened up the Salted Caramel Crunch, took a big handful and passed it around. It was awesome!! The added extra salt really makes the caramel flavor pop!! When the container got back around to me it was just about empty. The next flavor we tried was the Honey Sesame & Ginger Crunch. I really liked the combination of flavors, especially the ginger. I saved the Bourbon & Bacon Crunch for last. With real bits of bacon and a hint of bourbon this flavor was an instant hit. Just about everybody wanted more.
I loved all the new popcorn flavors from CrunchDaddy Popcorn and everyone else did too. My favorite is still the Honey & Cinnamon Crunch, but that Salted Caramel Crunch is a must try if you love caramel popcorn. Popcorn makes a great gift for the Holiday Season and CrunchDaddy Popcorn has some fantastic flavors.
Portlebay Popcorn sent me a box that contained samples of all eight of their flavors — Classic Kracklecorn, Lemon Sherbet, Cinnamon Swirl, Very Berry, Smoked Cheddar, Wasabi & Sweet Ginger, Crispy Bacon & Maple Syrup, and Chili & Lime.
I began my tasting with the Classic Kracklecorn. It’s very similar to kettle corn in flavor, but a little sweeter and crunchier. I really liked it. The Lemon Sherbet was up next and, like the Classic Kracklecorn, it was sweet and crunchy and it had a great lemony flavor. The Very Berry flavor turned out to be my overall favorite. It had a mild berry flavor that contained a fruity combination of blackcurrants, cranberries and raspberries. I tasted the Cinnamon Swirl flavor next and I could have easily eaten this flavor for breakfast. I moved on to the Crispy Bacon & Maple Syrup flavor. I could taste a faint flavor of bacon and maple, but the flavors were just too weak. I wanted more flavoring… and, more bacon. The Wasabi & Sweet Ginger flavor was also very lightly flavored. I liked the two flavors together, but it just wasn’t strong enough and most of the spices fell to the bottom of the bag. The Chili & Lime had just the right amount of flavoring — I really like the combination of these two flavors together. The last flavor I sampled was the Smoked Cheddar. I didn’t care too much for this flavor — it tasted weird. There were also a few unpopped kernels in about half of the sample bags. Because I was emptying the contents directly into my mouth I ended up crunching on a few unpopped kernels. It’s really not a big deal, just make sure you empty the contents into a bowl before you start eating.
Portlebay has some very interesting popcorn flavors. My two favorites were Classic Kracklecorn and Very Berry.
SexyPop Popcorn recently sent me a box that contained all of their popcorn flavors — Lightly Salted, Bangin’ Cheddar, Black Pepper, Brazilian Coconut, French Butter, and Bodacious Banana. The two flavors that were new to me were the French Butter and the Bodacious Banana. Please click here if you would like to read my review of the other flavors.
I began my tasting by opening the French Butter flavor. It was crunchy and had a very light butter flavor, but it could have used a bit more salt. The Bodacious Banana flavor was also crunchy and lightly flavored. The banana flavor was very subtle. I would have preferred a stronger flavor, but all of the SexyPop flavors are very lightly seasoned. This popcorn will certainly appeal to those who are counting calories because there’s only 40 calories in each cup.
If you would like to try SexyPop I recommend you start with the Lightly Salted or the Brazilian Coconut. These are my two favorite SexyPop flavors.
I couldn’t resist getting a bag of Werther’s Caramel Popcorn when I was shopping at Walmart recently. I love caramel popcorn and I love Werther’s Originals and the combination of both together was very appealing.
Each piece was coated in Werther’s buttery caramel. Some pieces were more heavily coated than others. After eating about half the bag I closed it up and put it away for another day. I really liked it, but it just wasn’t as flavorful as the candy. I also would have preferred a little more salt to enhance the flavor.
When it comes to caramel popcorn, this product is pretty good. There are some companies that make a better tasting caramel popcorn than this one, but this is readily available and worth trying.
Chunky Pig sent me two bags of Candied Bacon Caramel Popcorn — one with peanuts and one without.
I started out by opening up the bag of Candied Bacon Caramel Popcorn. I took a handful and began munching. The bacon flavor came through with each bite. Although each piece was caramel coated, not all the pieces contained bits of candied bacon. But, the taste was incredible. It’s sweet and smokey and salty — and the bacon flavor is infused into each piece of caramelized popcorn. Chunky Pig gets their bacon from the Niman Ranch and it’s quite good. I love bacon and this popcorn flavor is a must try for all bacon lovers. The peanut flavor only had a few peanuts and most were loose. I would have preferred the peanuts crushed up into the caramel mixture. But, the peanuts did add an additional flavor to the popcorn.
Chunky Pig has a highly addictive flavor, and it has real bacon too. If I had any left I would have shared it with someone, but after opening the bag it only lasted a few minutes. If you’re looking for a present for someone’s man cave this popcorn would make a great gift. You should probably get more than a few bags.
I love Chunky Pig.
The Biggest Little Popcorn Company sent me six different flavors of English Butter Toffee Baked Popcorn — Original Butter Toffee, Traditional Banana Toffee, Mexican Vanilla, Hot Cinnamon, Lemon Bliss, and French Masala Curry. All of their popcorn is air-popped and twice baked. Sweet cream butter, real cane sugar, pure fruit oil/extract and spices are combined to make the popcorn flavoring.
I started out by opening the bag of Traditional Banana Toffee. The flavor immediately reminded me of circus peanuts. It was sweet and crunchy and had a great banana flavor. I liked it a lot. The next bag I opened was the Original Butter Toffee. This flavor had a sweet butter and caramel flavor that tasted more buttery compared to regular caramel corn. The Mexican Vanilla flavor was next. The flavor wasn’t very strong, but you could definitely taste a mild vanilla flavor. The Hot Cinnamon flavor reminded me of cinnamon candy hearts that I used to eat when I was a kid. It had a very strong cinnamon flavor that stayed on my tongue for about a minute. The Lemon Bliss was next and it had a very strong lemony flavor. A lemon extract was probably used for the flavoring, but it really could have used some natural lemon zest to give it some additional color and to kick it up a notch. I saved the French Masala Curry flavor to taste last because I thought it was going to be a little spicy, and I was right. The first flavor is sweet, and after munching on a handful that spicy curry flavor came through and tickled my tongue for a few minutes.
I really liked all the popcorn flavors from the Biggest Little Popcorn Company. I highly recommend you try the Traditional Banana Toffee flavor. It was my favorite. I’m not crazy about the texture of circus peanuts, but when that flavor is added to popcorn it becomes very addicting.
Pinkleton’s sent me four caramel-based popcorn flavors — Salted Vanilla, Orange Cardamom, Salted Molasses, and Spicy Mexican Cocoa. Located in Portland, Oregon, Pinkleton’s gets some of their ingredients locally like hand harvested sea salt from Jacobsen Salt Co. and Oregon butter from Larsen’s Creamery. I can certainly tell the difference in taste when great ingredients are used to make incredible gourmet popcorn flavors.
I began my tasting with the Orange Cardamom flavor. The first bite released a very nice orange flavor followed by a hint of cardamom. It’s supposed to contain a dash of single malt Scotch, but I really didn’t taste it that much. I can’t wait to try some of this with some milk for breakfast. The next flavor I tried was the Salted Molasses. I could taste the molasses on the first crunch. The flavor is more robust compared to regular caramel popcorn. And, if you like molasses, you’ll like this flavor a lot. The Salted Vanilla flavor was next and it was really tasty. The pure vanilla extract from Nielsen-Massey makes this gourmet popcorn flavor shine through every bite. The last flavor I tried was the Spicy Mexican Cocoa. The combination and balance of flavors was sensational. I especially liked the sequence of flavors one after another. The first taste of cocoa powder hits your tongue and is followed by a mild sweet vanilla flavor, and then the spicy note comes a bit later. Wow, this is yummy. I quickly ran out of this flavor so I ordered more to share with my friends and family for our Thanksgiving feast in a few months.
All of the gourmet popcorn flavors I tasted from Pinkleton’s were fabulous! If you like caramel popcorn as much as me then you got to try Pinkleton’s.