Doc Popcorn: Cocoa Marshmallow Crunch


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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Wayne’s Popcorn

Wayne’s Popcorn makes five different gourmet popcorn flavors ~ Simply Salted, Sugar Rush, Cheesy Boom, Jalapeno Zest, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Bam.

I began my tasting with the Simply Salted. It had a decent amount of salt and tasted pretty good, but the popcorn itself was a little chewy. The Sugar Rush flavor was next and it had a very nice sugary sweet flavor. Each piece of popcorn was evenly coated with a fine powdered sugar. The Cheesy Boom flavor was next. I expected to taste cheese, but this flavor didn’t have any cheesy ingredients. The flavor came from the addition of nutritional yeast. I liked it, but I wanted to taste cheese. The Jalapeno Zest flavor was up next and it was really good. The jalapeno spices were mild and the heat stayed on my tongue for about a minute. The Chocolate Peanut Butter Bam was the last flavor I tried. I’m glad I saved it for last because it turned out to be my favorite flavor. Every piece had a fine coating of powdered cocoa and peanut butter — a great combination of flavors — I was eating it by the handful.

I enjoyed tasting all the flavors from Wayne’s, especially the Chocolate Peanut Butter Bam. If you want to give Wayne’s popcorn a try click here.

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Dolle’s vs. Fisher’s

If you happen to be on the boardwalk in Ocean City, MD then you’re lucky to have a couple of options for caramel popcorn. Fisher’s has always been my choice and I’ve been buying it for many years. But Dolle’s is another option that needs to be considered. This past Memorial Day weekend I was lucky to get both and I did a side-by-side comparison.


Pictured above on the left is Fisher’s and on the right is Dolle’s. As you can clearly see Dolle’s is much darker. Fisher’s popcorn uses only light brown sugar and Dolle’s is made using a combination of white sugar and dark brown sugar, which gives it a darker color. I was really surprised when I tasted Dolle’s caramel popcorn. It actually tasted a little better than Fisher’s. And, all this time I’ve been buying Fisher’s when I visit Ocean City. Fisher’s is lighter tasting and has less caramel coating, where Dolle’s is thicker and has a stronger caramel flavor. I do think they could both benefit by adding a bit more salt.

If you happen to visit Ocean City, MD this year be sure to give Dolle’s caramel popcorn a try. You just might like it better than Fisher’s, like I did.

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Catoctin Popcorn Company

I recently got my hands on six popcorn flavors from Catoctin Popcorn Company — Caramel, Classic Cheddar Cheese, Honey Pecan, Cinnamon Pecan Caramel, Apple Pie, and Milk Chocolate Drizzled Caramel (pictured above). Catoctin Popcorn is located in Frederick, MD which is about 30 miles west from where I live. All of their popcorn is popped in peanut oil and some of the ingredients they use are locally sourced, like the honey harvested from hives in nearby Thurmont, MD.

I started my tasting with the Caramel. It was spot on. The caramel flavor was well balanced — it was buttery, salty, and sweet. The Classic Cheddar Cheese was also spot on. The combination of these two flavors just happens to be a Chicago classic. I could easily tell after the first bite that some pretty good ingredients were being used to create these popcorn flavors.

The Honey Pecan had a light honey flavor and contained pecan halves coated in a sugary glaze — a great combination. The Cinnamon Pecan Caramel and the Apple Pie flavors were also very good flavor combinations. The Apple Pie flavor had real bits of apple and small pieces of graham cracker that created a great mixture of textures. I’m adding this flavor to my breakfast list. The last flavor I tried was the Milk Chocolate Drizzled Caramel. I had to put this flavor in the fridge when I got it because the chocolate started melting. When I took it out of the fridge it hardened into one giant piece and I had to use a knife to break it apart. Once I did I couldn’t stop eating it. It just may be one of the best tasting chocolate drizzled popcorn flavors I’ve tasted.

Creating great gourmet popcorn flavors is all about using the best ingredients you can find and Catoctin Popcorn makes some great tasting gourmet popcorn flavors.

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Metropolis Popcorn

Metropolis Popcorn sent me a small box of samples that included the following flavors — Mac & Cheese, Buffalo Ranch, Heavenly Crunch, Banana Split, Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt, and Samoa Cookie.


The Mac & Cheese had a very subtle cheese flavor. The Buffalo Ranch was also very mild in flavor and not very spicy. The Heavenly Crunch was a mixture of vanilla flavored caramel popcorn with cashews and white chocolate. I liked the combination of flavors but wanted more cashews and more white chocolate. The Banana Split flavor was an interesting combination of flavors and textures. There was caramel and banana flavored popcorn, a few peanuts, and a drizzle of chocolate. I took a big handful and got all the flavors into my mouth and crunched away. It pretty much tasted like a crunchy banana split. All that was missing was a cherry on top. The Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt flavor was my favorite. It was also the only flavor that had a great salty taste. I devoured this tiny bag in just a few large bites. The Samoa Cookie was another interesting flavor that combined buttery caramel popcorn with tiny pieces of graham cracker, toasted coconut, and milk chocolate. I liked it but it could have used more toasted coconut and graham cracker.

All of the popcorn flavors from Metropolis Popcorn were pretty good. The Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt flavor was awesome. The other flavors could have used a little more salt.

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halfpopsHalfpops now has seven different flavors. I recently received a box that contained a few of their new flavors — Angry Kettle Corn, Black Truffle & Sea Salt, Caramel & Sea Salt, Chipotle BBQ and Brooklyn Dill Pickle. You can read my review on their other two flavors (Natural Butter & Pure Ocean Sea Salt and Natural Aged White Cheddar) by clicking here.

I began my tasting with the Angry Kettle Corn. It was a little sweet on the front end and then got a little spicy as I began crunching — a great combination. The next flavor was the Caramel & Sea Salt, which had a good saltiness, but I didn’t care for the caramel flavoring. Compared to the many different kinds of caramel popcorn I’ve had and reviewed in the past this flavor was very weak. Next up was the Brooklyn Dill Pickle and it was just what I needed. The dill flavoring consumed the middle of my tongue and I was craving more after every crunch. The Chipotle BBQ flavor was too mild. I could taste the BBQ flavoring on the front end, but the finishing flavor needed a stronger spicy chili flavor. The Black Truffle & Sea Salt flavor had an intense black truffle flavor and was mildly salty.

All of the flavors from Halfpops have the same crunch and size. The crunch is very similar to tiny hard pretzel pieces and every piece is about the size of a large pea. I can’t recommend the Caramel & Sea Salt flavor, but I really liked all of the others.

It’s all about the crunch!

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Pyro Pop

Pyro Pop sent me three kinds of popcorn — Red White & Bleu, Salt & Vinegar, and Cheddar Dill.

All of these flavors are popped in a chili infused peanut oil. And, one of the warnings on their website states that it may cause gastrointestinal discomfort if eaten in large quantities. I was certainly prepared for some heat.

I started with the Red White & Bleu flavor. I took about six pieces and popped them into my mouth all at once and started to chew. This flavor is supposed to be a spicy three cheese blend with a dash of tomatoey goodness, but after only a few seconds all I could feel was the heat on my tongue. I could certainly taste cheese on the front end, but only for about five seconds. And, I didn’t taste any tomato flavoring. Because of the intense heat on my tongue I had to wait about ten minutes before trying the next flavor.

The Salt & Vinegar flavor was next and for the first few seconds there was a nice vinegar flavor, but again it only lasted for a short time before the heat kicked in. I really wanted more vinegar and less heat. The Cheddar Dill flavor had a quick cheddar taste on the front end, but the ending flavor is still an intense heat that stays on your tongue for a good ten minutes.

If you like spicy foods and want to try Pyro Pop I would recommend starting with just one piece at a time. You probably shouldn’t eat this by the handful. I’ll be using what I have left to spice up my salads this week.

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