Carroll’s Corn

carrolls_cornCarroll’s Corn sent me a box that contained four bags of popcorn — Cashew Caramel, Kettle, Jalapeno Cheddar, and Triple Mix (a combination of Caramel, Cheddar, and regular popcorn).

I began my tasting with the Cashew Caramel. It was pretty good and the caramelized cashews were pretty good too. The only suggestion I have would be to crunch up the cashews and add them during the mixing process. This would ensure that more pieces of popcorn have the cashew flavor attached. The next flavor I tried was the Kettle flavor. It had just the right amount of sugar and salt, and it had a great crunch. I had a hard time putting it down. The Jalapeno Cheddar was next. I’m not a big fan of jalapenos, but this jalapeno flavor was subtle. I really liked it combined with the mild cheddar flavor. Both flavors hit your tongue at the same time as your chewing, but the overall flavor is cheddar. The Triple Mix was the last flavor, and although not really a popcorn flavor itself, I enjoyed eating the different flavors together at the same time.

I liked all the popcorn flavors from Carroll’s Corn. The Cashew Caramel and the Kettle were my favorites.

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Joe & Seph’s: Seven Days of Holiday Popcorn

joeandsephsThis holiday season I was fortunate to have a wide variety of incredible popcorn flavors from Joe & Seph’s. I decided to make it last so I only opened up one flavor a day.

Day One: Olive Oil, Truffle Oil & Truffle Salt
The bag itself was as light as a feather. I opened it up and could smell the olive oil and the earthy scent of truffle. Although I’m not a big fan of the truffle flavor, this popcorn was very light and flavorful.

Day Two: Salted Caramel with Crushed Black Pepper
I love black pepper and this flavor was a huge surprise. The first taste of sweet salty caramel only lasts a few seconds and then a very intense black pepper flavor hits your tongue and stays there for a few minutes. I couldn’t believe the intensity of the black pepper. I love this flavor.

Day Three: Camembert Cheese
I’ve never actually had Camembert cheese so I didn’t know what to expect. It had a great cheesy flavor and I loved the creamy finish. I actually prefer this flavor over some of the white cheddar flavors I’ve tasted.

Day Four: Margarita
After creating a Gin & Tonic flavored popcorn I kind of knew that Popcorn Chef and Connoisseur, Joseph Sopher would create some other cocktail flavors. The Margarita flavor starts out with a taste of lime. I was hoping for a strong tequila flavor to follow, but it just wasn’t there.

Day Five: Cosmopolitan
This flavor has a strong orange flavor with a mild tang of cranberry. It’s also my favorite cocktail flavor. But, like the other cocktail flavors I really didn’t get a strong liquor flavor.

Day Six: Mojito
This flavor started out with a mild mint and a strong lime flavor. I enjoyed the combination of flavors together but I would have preferred a stronger finishing mint flavor. The finishing flavor of rum was too mild and hardly noticeable.

Day Seven: Mince Pie
This is absolutely my favorite Joe & Seph popcorn flavor. It’s starts out crunchy and sweet and then turns into a chewy fruity brandy-infused surprise.

I am so lucky to have tasted so many different popcorn flavors over the past few years and I consider Joe & Seph’s to be one of the most innovative gourmet popcorn makers. Their popcorn flavors always amaze me. I’m also looking forward and hoping that some new flavors will be created in the coming years.

Happy New Year and Keep on Poppin’

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CrunchDaddy Popcorn

saltedCaramelCrunch_CrunchDaddyI love popcorn during the holidays and every Thanksgiving I bring some exciting popcorn flavors to share with my family. This year I had some from a few of my most recent reviews, as well as the new flavors from CrunchDaddy Popcorn — Salted Caramel Crunch, Honey Sesame & Ginger Crunch, and Bourbon & Bacon Crunch.

We had an incredible Thanksgiving feast and needed two turkeys to feed a group of nearly 30. After dinner, I broke out the popcorn when everyone was looking for dessert. There were all kinds of pies, cakes, and cookies — but everyone wanted to try the popcorn. So, I opened up the Salted Caramel Crunch, took a big handful and passed it around. It was awesome!! The added extra salt really makes the caramel flavor pop!! When the container got back around to me it was just about empty. The next flavor we tried was the Honey Sesame & Ginger Crunch. I really liked the combination of flavors, especially the ginger. I saved the Bourbon & Bacon Crunch for last. With real bits of bacon and a hint of bourbon this flavor was an instant hit. Just about everybody wanted more.

I loved all the new popcorn flavors from CrunchDaddy Popcorn and everyone else did too. My favorite is still the Honey & Cinnamon Crunch, but that Salted Caramel Crunch is a must try if you love caramel popcorn. Popcorn makes a great gift for the Holiday Season and CrunchDaddy Popcorn has some fantastic flavors.

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Portlebay Popcorn

portlebayPortlebay Popcorn sent me a box that contained samples of all eight of their flavors — Classic Kracklecorn, Lemon Sherbet, Cinnamon Swirl, Very Berry, Smoked Cheddar, Wasabi & Sweet Ginger, Crispy Bacon & Maple Syrup, and Chili & Lime.

I began my tasting with the Classic Kracklecorn. It’s very similar to kettle corn in flavor, but a little sweeter and crunchier. I really liked it. The Lemon Sherbet was up next and, like the Classic Kracklecorn, it was sweet and crunchy and it had a great lemony flavor. The Very Berry flavor turned out to be my overall favorite. It had a mild berry flavor that contained a fruity combination of blackcurrants, cranberries and raspberries. I tasted the Cinnamon Swirl flavor next and I could have easily eaten this flavor for breakfast. I moved on to the Crispy Bacon & Maple Syrup flavor. I could taste a faint flavor of bacon and maple, but the flavors were just too weak. I wanted more flavoring… and, more bacon. The Wasabi & Sweet Ginger flavor was also very lightly flavored. I liked the two flavors together, but it just wasn’t strong enough and most of the spices fell to the bottom of the bag. The Chili & Lime had just the right amount of flavoring — I really like the combination of these two flavors together. The last flavor I sampled was the Smoked Cheddar. I didn’t care too much for this flavor — it tasted weird. There were also a few unpopped kernels in about half of the sample bags. Because I was emptying the contents directly into my mouth I ended up crunching on a few unpopped kernels. It’s really not a big deal, just make sure you empty the contents into a bowl before you start eating.

Portlebay has some very interesting popcorn flavors. My two favorites were Classic Kracklecorn and Very Berry.

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SexyPop

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SexyPop Popcorn recently sent me a box that contained all of their popcorn flavors — Lightly Salted, Bangin’ Cheddar, Black Pepper, Brazilian Coconut, French Butter, and Bodacious Banana. The two flavors that were new to me were the French Butter and the Bodacious Banana. Please click here if you would like to read my review of the other flavors.

I began my tasting by opening the French Butter flavor. It was crunchy and had a very light butter flavor, but it could have used a bit more salt. The Bodacious Banana flavor was also crunchy and lightly flavored. The banana flavor was very subtle. I would have preferred a stronger flavor, but all of the SexyPop flavors are very lightly seasoned. This popcorn will certainly appeal to those who are counting calories because there’s only 40 calories in each cup.

If you would like to try SexyPop I recommend you start with the Lightly Salted or the Brazilian Coconut. These are my two favorite SexyPop flavors.

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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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