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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Sinfully Thin


Open Road Snacks recently came out with a new line of popcorn called Sinfully Thin. They sent me a big bag of each flavor — Blue Corn, SuperPop, Smokey Red, Caramel and Sea Salt, Sweet African Heat, and Jamaican Jerk.

With the tag line “Nothing Artificial” printed on each bag, I expected to taste some pretty good popcorn. And, I did.

I began with the Blue Corn, a simple flavor made from blue popcorn kernels that pops up bright white. Sunflower oil was used for popping and the only other ingredient was sea salt to bring out the big popcorn flavor. It was slightly sweet and the crunch was tender. This is just how plain popcorn should taste. I loved it. Next up was the Smoky Red Popcorn, a red popcorn kernel that also pops up bright white. Popped with sunflower oil, it also contained Alderwood smoked sea salt. The texture of the popcorn was a bit crunchier that the Blue and the smokey flavor of the salt combined with the nuttiness of the popcorn worked perfectly. Sometimes all you really need for great tasting popcorn is a great kernel and some really good salt.

The next flavor I tried was the SuperPop Popcorn, a spiced-infused popcorn that had a long list of ingredients that included sea salt, dill, onion powder, sugar, rosemary, garlic powder, celery seeds, pomegranate powder, dehydrated kale flakes, and citric acid. With so many ingredients it was hard on the tongue to distinguish between so many flavors. But, after a few handfuls and waiting a few minutes I still wanted more. It was such an unusual flavor that it worked. But, the finishing flavor is definitely onion and garlic, so don’t eat this before you go out on a date.

The Caramel and Sea Salt flavor was next and it was pretty good. The popcorn was crispy and crunchy and was lightly coated with a caramel that was a little stronger than the sea salt. The finishing flavor was a mild caramel flavor with just a hint of salt.

The next two flavors were a little more unusual. The Sweet African Heat Popcorn had ingredients that included chili powder, coconut flavor, garlic, and other spices. It tasted a bit strong and the finishing flavor was on the coconut-chili side. I didn’t like the taste it left on my tongue. The Jamaican Jerk Popcorn had a great combination of flavors that included Jamaican Jerk seasoning (allspice, Scotch bonnet peppers, cloves, cinnamon, and garlic) and smoked paprika. It was a sweet and spicy delight, a combination of flavors that is sure to tickle your tongue.

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Lucky Fox Snack Company

Lucky Fox Snack Co. sent me a few bags of their Island Mix, a combination of caramel corn and sea salt potato chips. This stuff is highly addicting. I just couldn’t stop munching after the first bite. The combination of caramel popcorn and sea salt potato chips provided two different textures. Many of the potato chip pieces were also coated with caramel.

Handcrafted in Prince Edward Island, Canada, the Island Mix popcorn flavor from Lucky Fox is simply awesome. The contents of one bag of this delicious gourmet popcorn is pictured below.

This is a must try for all caramel popcorn lovers.

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Savannah Rae’s

savannahRaes1savannahRaes2Savannah Rae’s recently sent me a box that contained small samples of the following flavors: Caramel Sea Salt, Caramel Bacon, Caramel Cheesecake, Chocolate Caramel Pecan, Rae’s Best, White Gold, and Pistachio Ice Cream.

The two popcorn flavors pictured on the left are Caramel Sea Salt, which I thought tasted too sweet and Caramel Bacon, which turned out to be one of my favorites.

The other two flavors I really liked were Rae’s Best, a cheddar coated caramel (pictured here), and White Gold, a white cheddar caramel combination. The Chocolate Caramel Pecan flavor didn’t have any pecans, the Caramel Cheesecake had a caramel coating that was just too chewy and it stuck on my teeth, and the Pistachio Ice Cream flavor just didn’t taste good.

I was a little disappointed with some of the flavors from Savannah Rae’s, but I would highly recommend Rae’s Best, White Gold, and the Caramel Bacon flavors.

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Tropical Shores

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.

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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

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!

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