Tropical Shores

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Tropical Shores Gourmet Popcorn Co. located in Sarasota, Florida sent me a box of four flavors — Salted Caramel, Tuxedo, Pirate’s Gold, and Hurricane.

I began with the Salted Caramel flavor. It was pretty good and I had a hard time putting it down. I almost ate the entire bag. I really enjoyed the finishing flavor of salt on the middle of my tongue. The next flavor I tried was Pirate’s Gold — caramel popcorn flavored with a mixture of cheddar and white cheddar cheeses. It was delicious! The combination of flavors was very addicting. Next up was the Tuxedo flavor — caramel popcorn drizzled with dark and white chocolate. I just didn’t like this flavor that much. It could have been a whole lot tastier if better chocolate was used. The last flavor I tried was Hurricane (pictured here on the left) — a mixture of seven candy coated popcorn flavors: Blue Raspberry, Strawberry, Green Apple, Watermelon, Grape, Banana and Orange. Kids may like this flavor because of all the different colors and flavors, but I just didn’t like the artificial flavoring. These flavors tasted a lot like Jolly Rancher hard candies, especially the watermelon flavor. It can be very costly to create a mixture of flavors and use all natural ingredients, but that’s what makes the best popcorn flavors.

Tropical Shores has a good Salted Caramel flavored popcorn and I would also suggest the Pirate’s Gold flavor to anyone who likes cheesy caramel popcorn.

Thanks and Keep on Poppin’

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Poplandia

poplandiaPoplandia sent me a big box filled with ten different flavors — Sea Salt Caramel, Northwest Raspberry, Thai PB&J, Mayan Hot Cocoa, Bulleit Bourbon Maple Pecan, Sharp White Cheddar, Hickory Smoked Gouda, Black Truffle Sea Salt, Madagascar Vanilla Bean, and White Almond Cherry.

All of the flavors were pretty good, and a few were really good. It’s so difficult to taste a lot of different kinds of popcorn flavors from one company at one sitting, so I decided to break down my tasting over the course of a few days. And, I had a lot of time because I was snowed in with over two feet of snow on the ground.

The one flavor that I didn’t like much was the Thai PB&J. I could taste the raspberry and peanut butter flavors on the front end, but the ending flavor tasted a little weird. The finishing flavor was spicy, but it contained too many different spices.

The Sea Salt Caramel was crisp and left a nice saltiness on the middle of my tongue. The Madagascar Vanilla Bean had a great vanilla flavor. The Northwest Raspberry was mildly sweet, but the raspberry flavoring tasted a little artificial. The Sharp White Cheddar was creamy and cheesy. The Hickory Smoked Gouda had a great mild smokey flavor and finished with a gouda cheesiness. The Bulleit Bourbon Maple Pecan flavor was a little interesting… I could taste a hint a bourbon and maple, but it could have used more candied pecans. I really liked the combination of flavors in the White Almond Cherry flavor. It had a creamy white chocolate taste on the front end, and the dried cherries added a nice chewy texture and sweetness, but it needed more almond flavor.

These last two flavors were my favorites — the Mayan Hot Cocoa starts with a deep dark chocolate flavor, and as you start crunching the vanilla and cayenne and cinnamon kick in and finish off with a wonderful mild spiciness — a great combination of flavors in one bite. The Black Truffle Sea Salt flavor was just amazing. The truffle flavor was intense and it had so much staying power that I could still taste this flavor on my tongue an hour later.

Poplandia makes some really interesting popcorn flavors. I highly recommend the Mayan Hot Cocoa (it’s going on my breakfast list) and the Black Truffle Sea Salt flavor.

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Ten Acre

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Ten Acre is a company in the UK that makes seven different popcorn flavors. I was lucky to get a delivery of five of their flavors: Aunty Winifred’s Sweet and Salty, Ambrose Popperly’s Wasabi, Cornelius Popperly’s Sour Cream and Chive, Lucia Popperly’s Cappuccino, and Cousin Penelope’s Strawberry and Cream. The two flavors I didn’t get to try are Cousin Maisie’s Fennel and Lemon and Captain Theadore’s Lime and Sea Salt.

The names of these popcorn flavors are whimsical and the flavors are pretty tasty.

I began my tasting with the Strawberry and Cream flavor. It was mildly sweet and had a great crunch, but the strawberry flavor tasted a little artificial. It’s really hard to tell how much natural flavoring is used. Next up was the Sour Cream and Chive flavor. I liked the combination of flavors, but I would have preferred a stronger chive flavor. It was a little weak. I opened up the Cappuccino flavor next. It was mildly sweet and the cappuccino flavoring was great. I’m definitely adding this flavor to my breakfast list. The Sweet and Salty flavor was very similar to kettle corn. It had just the right amount of sugar and salt and was hard to put down. I saved the Wasabi flavor for last because of the spiciness. I loved how the wasabi flavor tickled the front of my tongue and then quickly dissipated. I was eating this flavor by the handful after the very first taste.

I enjoyed all the popcorn flavors from Ten Acre. I highly recommend Ambrose Popperly’s Wasabi flavor. It was pretty darn awesome!

Thanks and Keep on Poppin’

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Pipcorn

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Pipcorn is a miniature-sized popcorn from Pipsnacks. It was created by Jeff and Jen Martin, who appeared on the 100th episode of Shark Tank.

I recently ordered a few bags of Rosemary Pipcorn and was lucky to also get a bag of the Sea Salt flavor and a bag of the Truffle flavor. There’s quite a lot of popcorn in each bag because the special variety of popcorn kernels they use are really small. It’s also very similar to Tiny But Mighty.

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As you can see in the picture above, most of the popped popcorn are smaller than a penny.

I began my tasting with the Rosemary flavor. When I opened up the bag I poured a big handful in my hand and tossed it all into my mouth. The crunch was awesome, but the seasoning was a little weak. It was certainly salty enough, but the rosemary flavor was hardly noticeable.

The next flavor was the Sea Salt. It was awesome!! And, with just the right amount of salt, I enjoyed every handful. I could have easily eaten the entire bag. The Truffle flavor was somewhat surprising, mostly because I don’t really like the taste of truffles. But it turned out to be the best tasting truffle flavored popcorn I’ve ever had.

I really like Pipcorn and I highly recommend the Sea Salt flavor.

Keep on Poppin’

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CrunchDaddy Popcorn: Gingerbread Cookie Crunch

crunchdaddy_gingerbreadcookiecrunchCrunchDaddy has a new holiday popcorn flavor — Gingerbread Cookie Crunch.

I purchased a dozen bags for our family gathering at Thanksgiving that included nearly 60 people. After opening the first bag and passing it around I knew it was going to be a big hit. Watching football, playing games, and family conversation was all enjoyed while munching on Gingerbread Cookie Crunch. At the end of the day we only had a couple of bags left which I left there for the hosts to enjoy.

Before this flavor became available to the general public I was actually one of the lucky ones to get a taste from the very first batch. And, it was amazing. The first bite revealed a light honey flavor and a hint of ginger. After a few more bites I got a piece that had a small chunk of chrystalized ginger attached. It was the combination of crunchy and chewy textures that had me hooked. And the chewy flavor just explodes with an intense ginger flavor. It’s awesome!!

Surprise your friends and order some for your next holiday party. And don’t forget the Super Bowl. This popcorn flavor goes great with beer. I’ll be buying a lot more for my friends and family in the coming weeks. I love this popcorn flavor.

Thanks CrunchDaddy, Keep on Poppin’

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Spiced and Infused

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Spiced and Infused, formerly known as Cobra Corn, has four new popcorn flavors — Asian Barbecue, Bombay Seasoning, Chipotle Taco, and French Herb. I recently got a small box that contained a small sample of each flavor.

I started my tasting with the French Herb.  It was awesome!  I just couldn’t stop eating it. There were quite a few spices (black pepper, basil, fennel, garlic, lavender, oregano, rosemary, sage, savory, tarragon, and thyme), but the combination worked real well. This would be a great popcorn flavor to enjoy at Thanksgiving. The next flavor I tried was the Chipotle Taco. It had a mild chili flavor, and I definitely tasted cumin on the front end, but the chipotle flavoring was just too mild. I was hoping for something a lot stronger. And, I just didn’t like the the Bombay and Asian Barbecue flavors. Sometimes the combination of spices just doesn’t work.  And, I wasn’t craving for more after the first taste.

Creating new flavors for popcorn is very challenging. I applaud those who attempt to create new flavors. Thank you. And, although I wanted to like all the flavors from Spiced and Infused, I could only recommend the French Herb flavor. Sometimes one out of four isn’t bad.  I wish I had a few big bags of the French Herb to bring for this Thanksgiving.

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LesserEvil – Avacado-Licious and Bonsai

lesserevil_avacadoLesserEvil came out with a few new flavors that I tried recently — Avacado-Licious and Bonsai.

I opened up the Avacado-Licious and began tasting. I thought the flavor was going to taste like avacados, which I love, but it tasted like plain salted popcorn. However, each bag does contain the oil of more than one avacado, and the popcorn was fresh and crunchy. The health benefits may be good, but don’t expect an avacado flavor.

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The Bonsai flavor was absolutely amazing. If you like the taste and spiciness of wasabi then you’re going to love this popcorn flavor. I could taste the wasabi as soon as I crunched on the first bite. Within a few seconds I was eating it by the handful and stuffing it into my mouth. I just couldn’t get enough of that spicy wasabi flavor. When I stopped munching I realized that I had consumed more than half of the bag. It took about three minutes for the wasabi flavor to dissipate and that’s when I was craving for more.

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