Werther’s Caramel Popcorn

werthers1I 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.

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Chunky Pig

ChunkyPigChunky 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.

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Biggest Little Popcorn Co.

biggestLittleThe 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.

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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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