Every Thanksgiving I try to find a few gourmet popcorn treats to share with family and friends and this year I brought two new flavors from CrunchDaddy Popcorn — Butter Rum & Cranberry Crunch and Amanda’s Pistachio Pudding Crunch. I’m very lucky because I know the owner of CrunchDaddy Popcorn, Dan Basis, and he provided me with a gallon of each flavor. And, I must mention that this guy is a popcorn genius. I fell in love with his Honey and Cinnamon Crunch (still my favorite CrunchDaddy flavor) a couple of years ago. He has some incredible flavor combinations that are sure to tantalize your taste buds.
I celebrated Thanksgiving with about 30 other people. In addition to a pretty big group of people, we had two turkeys, lots of side dishes, and too many deserts to mention. There were also three kids who couldn’t keep their hands out of the popcorn. With so much excitement going on I barely had a chance to grab a few handfuls for myself. I’m not a big fan of cranberry sauce so I decided to put some of the Butter Rum & Cranberry Crunch on my plate next to the mashed potatoes, turkey, and gravy. The butter rum flavor was awesome and the addition of cranberries provided a chewy texture. I just love the combination of crunchy and chewy in one bite. After dinner, we all watched some old videos and played poker, and I began to notice just how fast the popcorn was being consumed. It wasn’t too long before both gallon containers were completely empty. I did manage to get a few handfuls of Amanda’s Pistachio Pudding Crunch before it was all gone. This just happens to be my second favorite CrunchDaddy Popcorn flavor. The combination of caramel, pistachio pudding, and pistachios are just amazing. I love pistachios and now I don’t have to waste my time trying to open those nuts that don’t open. I’ve actually used a hammer to get to some of those nuts.
Set yourself up this holiday season and go order some of Dan’s new gourmet popcorn flavors. After you taste Amanda’s Pistachio Pudding Crunch for the first time you’ll be hooked and I’m pretty sure you’ll be coming back for more. Thanks again Dan!!
Popcorn Passion sent me a sampler of four different popcorn flavors — Fennel Caramel, Butter Caramel, Toffee Butter Crunch, and Peanut Butter Swirl.
I started out by tasting the Fennel Caramel. It was a flavor that I wish I had opened up last because it was so good that I consumed the entire contents within a few minutes. It had an incredible addicting quality… most likely because I love the taste of licorice and the fennel flavor was very similar. The combination of fennel and caramel flavors together was awesome. I was craving for more when it was all gone. The Butter Caramel flavor was the next flavor I tried and it was almost as addicting as the Fennel Caramel. It had a light butter flavor that combined perfectly with the caramel popcorn. The Toffee Butter Crunch was the next flavor I tried. It was milk chocolate coated and contained bits of toffee. The popcorn was not very crunchy but the flavor was pretty good. I think that the milk chocolate coating caused the popcorn to get a bit chewy. There were a lot of small pieces of toffee that stuck to each piece of popcorn and there were some larger pieces of toffee as well, that I really liked a lot. The last flavor I tasted was the Peanut Butter Swirl. It tasted OK, but the peanut butter flavor wasn’t very strong and I think it would have tasted better without the addition of the white chocolate.
I enjoyed all four popcorn flavors from Popcorn Passion, but the Fennel Caramel was awesome. I would recommend this flavor to anyone who loves the taste of licorice or fennel. I only wish I had more.
I recently received a box from SexyPop Popcorn that contained four popcorn flavors — Lightly Salted, Black Pepper, Brazilian Coconut, and Bangin’ Cheddar. SexyPop was created by Robert Ehrlich, the founder of Pirate’s Booty. All of the flavors use a butterfly-shaped Japanese popcorn as the base and contain very light flavoring.
I began my tasting with the Lightly Salted flavor. It was crispy and fresh tasting and only contained three ingredients — popcorn, sunflower oil, and sea salt. And the best part is that it only has 35 calories per cup. The next flavor I tried was the Brazilian Coconut. It uses the same fresh crisp tasting popcorn and contained a very light flavor of fine coconut powder. I really enjoyed the light subtle coconut flavor. The Bangin’ Cheddar flavor was next up and the flavoring was also very subtle. The cheese flavor was much lower than any other cheddar flavored popcorn that I’ve tasted. The Black Pepper flavor was the last flavor I tried. It was also very lightly flavored. I could hardly taste the black pepper with my first taste because most of the pepper fell to the bottom of the bag.
SexyPop Popcorn will appeal to anyone who is counting calories and looking for very subtle flavoring. The Brazilian Coconut had the best flavor and the Lightly Salted was my favorite. If you enjoy strong flavors in your popcorn then SexyPop may not be the popcorn for you, but if you like light flavored popcorn then give SexyPop a try.
Joe & Seph’s have done it again. The popcorn flavors that they create are simply unbelievable. They recently sent me the following flavors — Gin & Tonic, Mint Chocolate, Thai Style Peanut Satay, and Mince Pie, which I reviewed about year ago.
I am a huge fan of Joe & Seph’s gourmet popcorn. They use air-popped popcorn and make flavors that are unmatched in the gourmet popcorn industry. I recommend you try all of their gourmet popcorn to experience some of the most unbelievable flavor combinations you’ll ever taste.
I started my tasting by opening the Gin & Tonic flavor. It was awesome. A fruity note and a splash of gin and tonic make this flavor combination truly sensational. The next flavor I tried was the Peanut Satay and it tasted like the peanut satay sauce I had at one of my favorite Thai restaurants. The Chocolate Mint flavor reminded me of After Eight dinner mints. It was light and crunchy, chocolaty and minty. This flavor is just the kind of popcorn you would want after eating a big meal. The final taste of mint stayed on my tongue for quite a long time. The Mince Pie flavor is one of my absolute favorite gourmet popcorn flavors of all time. It’s crunchy, nutty, fruity, and chewy. I’ve currently tasted well over 400 different kinds of popcorn and Mince Pie is currently one of my all time favorites. Be sure to get some for the Holidays.
Joe Sopher is a popcorn genius and his gourmet popcorn flavors are just incredible. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next. Thanks Joe and Keep on Poppin’
If you live in New York City and like popcorn then you’ve probably had Kettle Corn NYC. They sent me a big box that included eleven different flavors — Original, Salted, Caramel, Natural Cheddar, Spicy Cheddar, Spicy Cajun BBQ, Cheddar Caramel, Coconut, Chocolate, Cotton Candy, and Chili Lime.
I was a totally surprised by the amount of popcorn that was sent. I know it was going to take a huge effort to eat it all myself, which I would have been glad to do, but I decided to share a lot of it with the people I work with. There were a few flavors that I really didn’t care too much for so I’m going to mention them first. The Cotton Candy flavor was my least favorite. It was way too sweet for me and I didn’t think that it tasted much like cotton candy at all. I gave it to one of my co-workers who thought it was great. The Chocolate flavor was another flavor that I found to be off a bit. It had a cocoa powder flavor which I didn’t like, but when I offered it to my co-workers it was happily devoured. The Coconut flavor was the only other disappointment. It didn’t contain any real coconut and I just didn’t like the artificial flavoring.
Now on to the good flavors… As you can see there were only three flavors that I didn’t care for, so that leaves eight good flavors to talk about.
The Original was their version of kettle corn. It was pretty good. Compared to other kettle corn flavors it had a very mild sweet flavor. The Salted flavor just contained more salt, which I liked better and it also enhanced the mild sweetness. When I began tasting the Caramel flavor I had a hard time putting it down. That’s my indication that it’s really, really good. This flavor along with the Caramel Cheddar never made it to my workplace. The Spicy Cheddar flavor needed a bit more heat to kick it up a notch, but it was pretty good too. The Natural Cheddar had a nice cheddar flavor without the sweetness and my fingers got yellowed a bit while tasting. The last two flavors I tried were the Spicy Cajun BBQ and Chili Lime because I thought that these were going to be the spiciest… and I was right. The Spicy Cajun BBQ flavoring was not too spicy, but it had a great BBQ flavor. I do think that the Cajun spices could have been a little stronger. The Chili Lime was probably the biggest surprise of all. I’m definitely adding this flavor my HOT list. When I first tasted this flavor the mild taste of lime came to the front of my tongue, but then I got blasted with a strong intense heat that was an incredible experience and the combination of flavors was fantastic. It’s pretty hot so beware.
All of the flavors from Kettle Corn NYC were fresh and crunchy. I do recommend that you try the Caramel and Caramel Cheddar flavors. They were my favorites. And, if you like the heat then try the Chili Lime. It’s a spicy sensation.
Grandma Jack’s sent me a large box that contained a small container of Chocolate Caramel and eight large tubs of their gourmet popcorn — Caramel, Caramel Cashew, Gold Cheddar, Bacon Cheddar, Caramel Cheese, Cajun, Jalapeno, and Herbs & Garlic.
I began my tasting by opening the small container of Chocolate Caramel (pictured). Grandma Jack’s is located in Bird-in-Hand, PA and the chocolate they use comes from Wilbur Chocolate in Lititz, PA. The dark chocolate had a very deep flavor that complimented the crunchy caramel popcorn. It was sweet, salty, chocolaty, and crunchy.
The Caramel and Caramel Cashew were the next two flavors I tried. The Caramel flavor was pretty good, but the Cashew Caramel tasted a lot better. I’m not quite sure if the caramel flavoring was the same in both recipes, but I really liked the Caramel Cashew flavor. There were quite a lot of cashews, however, a lot of them fell to the bottom of the container. I still think that if you’re going to use nuts in a popcorn flavor then you should crunch them up and add them to the caramel before adding them to the popcorn. This would ensure that a lot of popcorn pieces contain nuts. The Bacon Cheddar flavor did not contain any real bacon and I believe bacon-flavored salt was used. I love bacon, and if a product has the word “bacon” on it then I want “bacon” in it. This flavor along with the Caramel Cheese, Cajun, and Jalapeno were my least favorites. That doesn’t mean that you might not like them, it just means that I liked the other flavors more. However, the Herbs & Garlic flavor was fantastic. The combination of garlic along with some other herbs made this flavor explode in your mouth. Once I started tasting this flavor I was hooked and couldn’t stop eating it.
All of the popcorn from Grandma Jack’s was crunchy and fresh. Be sure to try the Herbs & Garlic flavor. It was my favorite and it’s very addictive. Just make sure you don’t go on a date or kiss anyone after eating this flavor. Enjoy!
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October is National Popcorn Popping Month and I wanted to share my favorite popcorn with everyone. I’ve been eating popcorn just about every day now for the past four years and I’ve currently tasted over 500 different kinds and reviewed over 80 different companies who make gourmet popcorn or sell popcorn kernels for popping. These may not be your favorites, but I would recommend these to anyone who likes popcorn and wants to try different flavors.
Tiny But Mighty and Black Jewel — both of these types of kernels are small, have a higher nutrition value, and they taste great. I like to mix these together when I make stove-top popcorn. Orville may make popcorn that pops bigger, but it’s not better.
Plain Popped Popcorn:
Skinny Pop and Boomchickapop are absolutely the best plain popped popcorn — and with only 35-40 calories per cup you can’t go wrong.
Utz White Cheddar and Angie’s White Cheddar Kettle Corn were my two favorites.
I love love love caramel popcorn. It’s my absolute favorite kind of popcorn and when the ingredients are right the taste is spectacular. I have so many favorites, but I’m only going to mention my top five (in no particular order):
Fisher’s — I grew up in Maryland and on my first trip to Ocean City I was introduced to this popcorn. The smell of fresh-made caramel popcorn on the boardwalk was amazing. I blame Fisher’s for my caramel popcorn addiction.
Fleur de Sel Caramel from 479° — certified organic ingredients and Fleur de Sel salt make this a must try for all caramel popcorn lovers.
Hawaiian Salted Caramel from KuKuRuZa — beware, this caramel popcorn is highly addictive.
Kernel Fabyan’s — this tastes like Werther’s Original.
CaramelCrisp from Garrett’s — an institution in Chicago.
Some Like it Hot, or Spicy:
Devoted to the companies who make spicy popcorn flavors (some are way too hot):
Sweet Ghost Pepper Caramel — All Spice Cafe (careful — this one’s really hot!!).
Mumbai Masala — Cobra Corn (amazing Indian-spiced popcorn).
Sriracha Popcorn — J&D’s.
Fire Starter — Adirondack Popcorn.
There’s no wrong time to eat popcorn — these flavors are great for breakfast.
Honey & Cinnamon Crunch — CrunchDaddy Popcorn.
Cinnamon Sugar Kettlecorn — Popcorn, Indiana.
Saigon Sunrise — Popsalot.
Toffee Cinnamon Apple — Joe and Seph’s.
Caramel and Cinnamon Roll — Koated Kernels.
Unusual Flavor Combinations:
Devoted to the companies that push the envelope when creating new and exciting gourmet popcorn flavors. These are a must try for anyone who enjoys a combination of flavors. Again, these are listed in no particular order, but these are my favorites from the past four years of tasting popcorn.
Mince Pie — Joe and Seph’s — smooth caramel and brandy infused fruit with a nutty almond finish.
Anonymous Addiction — Metropolis Popcorn — beware this flavor combination is highly addictive.
Peanut Butter & Jelly Crunch — CrunchDaddy Popcorn — after you taste this you’ll never eat another PB&J sandwich again.