pinkletonsPinkleton’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.

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POP! Gourmet: Wakaya Perfection

wakayaPOP! Gourmet Popcorn recently sent me three new flavors to try. They partnered with Wakaya Perfection to create Ginger and Sweet Orange Popcorn, Ginger and Garlic Popcorn, and Ginger, Sea Salt and Caramel Popcorn. All of them use Organic Pink Fijian Ginger Powder, that comes from Wakayan Island in Fiji.

The Ginger and Sweet Orange Popcorn was the first flavor I tried and after a few handfuls my mouth was filled with a very nice spicy ginger flavor. That wonderful spice stayed on my tongue for about two minutes. But the orange flavor was very faint and hardly noticeable. The popcorn itself was very crunchy, but also had lots of hulls.

The Ginger and Garlic Popcorn was the next flavor I tried. I could definitely taste that spicy ginger flavor but it was weak on the garlic flavoring. And, like the Ginger and Sweet Orange, it was crunchy and had lots of hulls.

The last flavor was Ginger, Sea Salt and Caramel Popcorn. I was hoping that this flavor was going to be better that the other two and I was right. When I opened up the bag it smelled delicious. And, after the first taste it was really hard put down. The combination of flavors was awesome!! That spicy ginger was the perfect companion to the sweet caramel flavor. The caramel actually masked the spicy ginger flavor and made it less spicy than the other two flavors. I love caramel popcorn and this flavor is a must try for all you caramel popcorn lovers.

I liked all three flavors, but the butterfly popcorn that was used to create the orange and garlic flavors had way too much hull. I also would have preferred a much stronger flavor to compliment the spicy Organic Pink Fijian Ginger Powder. Although, I would highly recommend the Ginger, Sea Salt and Caramel Popcorn flavor. I’ll be getting a lot more of this to share with my family during our Thanksgiving celebration in a few months.

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Gaslamp Popcorn

gaslampGaslamp Popcorn sent me two bags of Kettle Corn. I opened up a bag and began tasting. After a few minutes I was eating it by the handful. And, just like the package states, it was Sweet and Salty.

The ingredients in kettle corn are pretty simple — popcorn, sugar, salt, and some type of oil for popping the corn. Gaslamp uses canola oil to make their popcorn. It may sound easy, but getting the right amount of sugar and salt is the key in making a great kettle corn.

I really liked the kettle corn from Gaslamp Popcorn. It was light and crunchy and it had a great sweet flavor from the sugar cane, but I thought it could have used a bit more salt.

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Kettle Heroes

kettleHeroesKettle Heroes sent me a bag of Original Kettle Corn and a bag of Cayenne Lime Kettle Corn.

I opened up the bag of Original Kettle Corn and began munching. It didn’t take long before the entire contents of the bag were emptied. It had the right sweet and salty balance and it was fresh and crunchy — everything you’d expect from a very good kettle corn.


The Cayenne Lime Kettle Corn flavor was next and it was awesome!

The first taste to hit my tongue was a sweet lime flavor and about twenty seconds later it was followed by a very nice spicy cayenne. It wasn’t too spicy, but the heat did last a few minutes. Sometimes all you need are a few ingredients to make a great popcorn flavor.

I really enjoyed the popcorn from Kettle Heroes and I highly recommend the Cayenne Lime flavor if you like spicy popcorn.

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New Flavors from CrunchDaddy Popcorn

I love tasting new popcorn flavors and CrunchDaddy Popcorn recently came out with two new ones —

Chesapeake Peanut Crunch
(a combination of caramel popcorn, crushed peanuts, and J.O. Spice Chesapeake seasoning)


Smokey Cheddar Crunch
(a combination of white cheddar and smoked Spanish paprika).

I’m a huge fan of CrunchDaddy Popcorn. I met the owner, Dan Bazis, back in the fall of 2011 when his company was just getting started and I’ve reviewed many of his flavors.

You can read more about how we met here. His Honey and Cinnamon Crunch is still one of my favorite popcorn flavors.

Well, his two newest flavors are a must try for all you spicy popcorn lovers. The Chesapeake Peanut Crunch flavor is just awesome. It’s not too spicy or salty, but still has the crab-like seasoning aftertaste. And, it’s sweet and crunchy and peanutty too! It’s a combination of flavors that will surely activate your taste buds. The Smokey Cheddar Crunch flavor is truly a combination of two flavors that work so well together — white cheddar and smoked paprika. I was surprised just how great the two flavors tasted together — the smokey flavor lasted about five minutes after I stopped eating.

CrunchDaddy popcorn is highly addictive. Take my word for it and go out and get some today.

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Retrocorn: Licorice Popcorn

retrocornA couple of months ago I reviewed some popcorn flavors from Retrocorn (click here to read my review). They have some very interesting flavors (the Lime and Lemon Sherbet flavors are incredible), and because they use crushed candy I suggested that they try to create a licorice flavored popcorn. Well, that day has arrived and Greg Taylor, the chief popcornoisseur at Retrocorn, created a licorice flavor and sent me some to sample. On the outside (pictured above) it looks just like any other flavor that Retrocorn creates, but it’s the flavors in those tiny bits of crunchy sweetness that are attached to the popcorn that really makes this popcorn pop! The flavor reminded me of Good and Plenty, one of the many kinds of candy that I ate as a child at the movie theater. If you live in England, where you can purchase Retrocorn, then go out and get some today. This flavor is a must try if you like licorice.

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Natasha’s Just Brittle

natashasNatasha’s Just Brittle makes a lot of different kinds of brittle, but they also make a few popcorn flavors. They sent me some brittle along with two popcorn flavors — Dulce De Leche Brittle Popcorn and Cookies and Cream Brittle Popcorn.

I opened up the bag of Dulce De Leche Brittle Popcorn and poured it into a bowl (top picture). The popcorn was coated lightly with caramel and it also contained morsels of white and dark chocolate, a few broken pecans, and a few pieces of plain brittle. The combination of flavors was pretty tasty. The Cookies and Cream Brittle Popcorn was next. I also poured out the contents into a bowl (second picture) so I could see all the ingredients. The popcorn was lightly coated with crushed Oreo cookies and it also contained morsels of white and dark chocolate and some larger pieces of Oreo cookie. It tasted more like Oreos than popcorn. I really enjoyed both flavors, but they were both more of a popcorn mix than a popcorn flavor.


Natasha’s Just Brittle only makes a few popcorn flavors, but they are known for their brittle and they have a lot of different kinds. If you like brittle I would give them a try.

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