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.

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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

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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)

and

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.

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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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LesserEvil

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LesserEvil sent me four new popcorn flavors — Buddha Bowl Himalayan Pink, Buddha Bowl Himalayan Sweetness, Chia Pop Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper, and Chia Pop Aged White Cheddar.

I began my tasting with the Buddha Bowl Himalayan Pink. When I opened up the bag I got a nice aroma of coconut. I expected a strong coconut flavor, but it was very mild. It actually smelled better than it tasted. The Himalayan Sweetness was the next flavor I tried and it was awesome. The combination of Organic Popcorn, Himalayan Mineral Salt, and Organic Coconut Oil with the addition of unrefined sugar cane made this flavor pop. It was sweet and salty, and had a nice mild coconut flavor. The Chia Pop Aged White Cheddar was the next flavor I tried and I thought it was too mild. The Chia Pop Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper was the last flavor I tried. I love black pepper and I use it on just about everything I eat. This flavor was awesome… absolutely the best pepper flavored popcorn I’ve ever tasted.

All of the flavors from LesserEvil are gluten free and made with organic ingredients. I highly recommend the Buddha Bowl Himalayan Sweetness and the Chia Pop Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper flavors.

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Uncle Woody’s Popcorn

woodysUncle Woody’s sent me five bags of popcorn — Original Caramel Corn, Butterscotch Caramel Corn, Cinnamon Butterscotch Caramel Corn, Truffle Salt, and White Cheddar.

I began my tasting with the Original Caramel Corn. Within a few minutes I was eating it by the handful. It was pretty good. I moved on to the Butterscotch flavor that contained a bourbon vanilla puree. I did prefer this flavor over the Original Caramel Corn. The Cinnamon Butterscotch tasted like the regular butterscotch flavor with a hint of mild cinnamon. I would have preferred a stronger cinnamon flavor. The White Cheddar was the next flavor I tried and I thought it was too mild compared to other white cheddar flavors that I’ve tasted. The Truffle Salt was the last flavor I tried and although I’m not a huge fan of truffles, the flavor was very light, which I liked. It was crunchy, and creamy (from the added buttermilk), and seasoned with just right amount of salt and black truffle powder.

All of the flavors I tried from Uncle Woody’s were fresh and crunchy. The Butterscotch Caramel Corn and the Truffle Salt were my favorites.

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