Bjorn Qorn

bjornqornToday is National Popcorn Day and I’m munching on some Bjorn Qorn — popcorn popped by the sun. It only has four ingredients — popcorn, sunflower oil, nutritional yeast, and salt. And, it’s quite good too. The nice guys at Bjorn Qorn sent me a small single serving bag and a larger bag that was big enough to share with a few friends. I opened up the small bag and began my tasting. It had a great crunch and the flavor of the nutritional yeast made it very addicting. The flavor sticks a little bit on your lips if you eat it by the handful, like me. The tiny single serving bag only lasted about a minute. This was truly an enjoyable treat that had me licking my lips. I really enjoyed the taste of Bjorn Qorn and you should definitely give it a try. I still have a little left from the larger bag, but I’m sure that won’t last very long.

Happy National Popcorn Day!!

Thanks and Keep on Poppin’

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Popped Culture

poppedculturePopped Culture sent me seven different popcorn flavors — Showtime Cinema, Caramel Brown Sugah, Gingerbread Snap, Chocolate Rain, Godfather’s Garlic Parm, Casper’s Peppermint Bark, and Spicy Lime Hot Mess. All of the flavors are kettle popped using canola oil and lightly seasoned.

I began my tasting with the Caramel Brown Sugah. I expected a caramel flavor, but it tasted more like burnt brown sugar. It was crispy and lightly sweetened, but I just didn’t like that burnt aftertaste. The Showtime Cinema flavor was next. The combination of lightly seasoned salt and butter made this flavor one of my favorites. Godfather’s Garlic Parm was another flavor that I liked a lot. It had just the right amount of flavoring. I could have easily eaten this flavor all day long. Casper’s Peppermint Bark was a surprising flavor that I also liked. It was just plain kettle popped popcorn with a hint of peppermint. After eating the whole bag I was craving for more of that peppermint flavor. The Gingerbread Snap flavor was a little weak and had a burnt aftertaste similar to the Caramel Brown Sugah. It really needed a stronger ginger flavor. The Chocolate Rain flavor was seasoned with cocoa powder which gave it a chocolaty milk flavor. I thought it was a little bland and it also had that burnt taste. The Spicy Lime Hot Mess flavor just had too much going on. The flavor suffered from using too many ingredients. I could taste a small hint of lime, but the cilantro flavoring was too strong. It was certainly spicy enough because the flavor stayed on the middle of my tongue for nearly two minutes.

I enjoyed tasting all the flavors from Popped Culture. The Garlic Parm flavor was awesome, but some of the other flavors could taste a whole lot better by using stronger flavoring.

Thanks and Keep on Poppin’

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Stella’s PopKern

stellaspopkerntruckLast week I went to the Farmers Market in Bethesda to see Stella’s PopKern. Not only did I get to taste some amazing popcorn flavors, but I got to meet and talk to the owner, Kristina Kern. There were quite a few flavors available on the day I was there. And, it’s because a lot of their flavors are created on the spot. With a little olive oil and the addition of a few spices the flavors are made to order, with the exception of the caramel popcorn, which was made that morning.

stellaspopkernmenuThe popcorn flavors are highlighted on a menu located next to the order window. The flavors I tasted were Clarifed Butter with Brazilian Sea Salt, Salted Caramel, Zesty White Cheddar with Old Bay, Black Truffle with Brazilian Sea Salt, Mitmita with Ginger Sea Salt, Dark Chocolate Drizzled Salted Caramel, and Bourbon Cayenne Spiked Bacon Salted Caramel. You can even create your own flavors by mixing them. We combined the Mitmita and Salted Caramel to create a sweet-hot combination.

I enjoyed tasting all of the popcorn flavors they had to offer. A few of my favorites were the Salted Caramel (it had a great buttery flavor) and the Zesty White Cheddar with Old Bay (an interesting combination of flavors that worked very well together – even I was surprised).

If you live or work in DC then you need to visit Stella’s PopKern. They have a Grand Store Opening in just a few weeks. Be sure to visit their website for more information at www.stellaspopkern.com

Thanks and Keep on Poppin’

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Joe & Seph’s ~ Marmite Popcorn and More

Joe & Seph’s recently sent me a box of goodies that included the following popcorn flavors: Marmite, Coconut & Chia Seed, Orange Chocolate, and Caramel & Sweet Chili.

popcorn_marmiteI couldn’t wait to try the Marmite Popcorn so I quickly opened up the bag, took a few pieces, and began crunching. Yuk, I soon realized that I don’t like the taste of Marmite. But, love it or hate it, you simply have to try it! I did get a few of my co-workers to try this flavor and most of them liked it. Go figure.

My tongue was craving a totally different flavor experience so I quickly opened up the Orange Chocolate popcorn and began munching. The opening flavor was a mild and flavorful chocolate, but as you’re chewing the flavor quickly transfers to orange. I tried the Coconut & Chia Seed flavor next. It was caramel-based and had a strong coconut flavor, but the taste from the addition of chia seeds was subtle. However, the combination of flavors worked well together. The last flavor I tried was the Caramel & Sweet Chili. It was awesome — two distinct sweet flavors in one bite. The sweetness from the caramel hits your tongue first and is followed by a mild sweet chili flavor.

Although I didn’t like the taste of Marmite Popcorn, the other flavors were delicious. I applaud Joe & Seph’s for creating popcorn flavors that consistently go above and beyond what other popcorn chefs are doing. Finding the best ingredients and pairing them with popcorn is a challenge, but Joe & Seph’s continues to break the mold when creating new popcorn flavors.

Thanks Again and Keep on Poppin’

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Silver Fern Brand – Pai Popcorn

paipopcornPai Popcorn makes four different popcorn flavors: Crunchy Caramel Corn, Sweet Cheddar Jalapeno, Sweet Kettle Corn, and Movie Theater Popcorn. Silver Fern Brand sent me two bags of each flavor.

I began my tasting with the Movie Theater flavor. It had a nice salty flavor and the popcorn was fresh and crunchy. The next flavor I tasted was the Crunchy Caramel Corn. The caramel coating was very light and the popcorn itself was a little chewy. The caramel flavoring was also not very good. The second bag of the same flavor yielded the same results. I just didn’t like this flavor. The Sweet Kettle Corn flavor was next. It was lightly sweet and had just the right amount of salt to enhance the sweet flavor. The Sweet Cheddar Jalapeno flavor was very similar to the Kettle Corn flavor in texture and sweetness, with the addition of a mild spicy cheddar flavor.

There is no real sugar or butter used in making these popcorn flavors. Kakato™, a natural sweetener and nutrient dense algae (with the flavor and taste of real butter) are two of the ingredients used. This is probably the reason why I didn’t like the Crunchy Caramel Corn flavor.

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Farmers Best Popcorn

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If you like popping your own popcorn on the stove top then you’ll love Farmers Best Premium White Popcorn.

The family run business of Tom and Diane Decker, located in Rockwell City, Iowa, sent me a box that contained a three pound bag of their premium white popcorn along with a few bags of their microwave popcorn ~ Butter and Butter Light. I took some of the microwave popcorn to work one day and popped up a mid-morning snack. I set the microwave on three minutes and waited. The popcorn continued to pop well into the final seconds, but when I opened up the bag the center was toast. I guess the microwave at work is really powerful. I still ate most of the popcorn that was around the smokey center of the bag and really liked it. The butter flavor was really good, but the light flavor had very little butter flavor. The popcorn nearly disintegrates in your mouth when chewing and there is very little hull. I’m really not a big fan of microwave popcorn, but it’s always convenient. And, Farmers Best has a great product. Just don’t set your microwave on three minutes or use the Popcorn button. That’s a big mistake.

I usually pop my popcorn on the stove top in a big pot that I’ve been using for years. I coat the bottom of the pan with the oil of my liking, usually vegetable oil or coconut oil, and heat up the pan a little bit without putting any kernels in. About thirty seconds later I add enough kernels to coat the entire bottom of the pot that I’m using. Then, I add a little salt place the heat on high and put the lid on a bit sideways to let the steam out. About two minutes later I have a big pot of freshly popped popcorn. I used the technique above with Farmers Best Premium White Popcorn and it worked perfectly. Just about every kernel popped and it was delicious.

I highly recommend Farmers Best.

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Doc Popcorn: Cocoa Marshmallow Crunch

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Doc Popcorn specializes in kettle-cooked flavored popcorn. They sent me a small tin of their newest flavor, Cocoa Marshmallow Crunch. As you can see in the picture above some of the popcorn is dark and coated with cocoa while the lighter pieces were marshmallow flavored. And, there were some pieces that had both flavors, probably from mixing them together. The cocoa flavor, however, was very subtle and the marshmallow flavor was prominent. The texture was similar to kettle corn and it had a nice sweet crunch. I really liked the combination of flavors, but would have preferred a stronger cocoa flavor.

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