REVIEW: PopCorners – Sweet Chili Popped Corn Chips

Rating: ©©©-1/4 chips  (notable)

Popcorners - Sweet ChiliPopcorn chips in general are pretty tasty.  Simple concept, with exceptional results.  Imagine popcorn with all of those pesky tooth clinging, and gum poking hulls removed, then the remaining popcorn meat is somehow forced, or popped, into a crunchy triangular chip.  How this is actually accomplished, we have no clue, but the end result is something of delicious genius that really works!

For any of you out there who somehow still haven’t tried popcorn chips of any variety or brand, first of all shame on you, and secondly, prepare your mouths for something new and unexpected!  The texture is light and crispy, leaning towards crunchy, and a bit more dense and crumbly than traditional tortilla or potato chips.  Loads of popcorn flavor compacted into a triangular chip with none of the extra hull filler.  Popcorn chips are plain and simple, a great addition to the world of chips!

Popcorners’ all new Sweet Chili flavored popped corn chips are…..decent enough.  All in all, a pretty stereotypically, generic and unenthusiastic sweet chili seasoning.  A heaping dose of sugar, generous dusting of garlic, a splash of slightly spicy chili, and just a dash of salt.  Nothing out of the ordinary, and nothing that sets it apart.  Personally, we here at Chip Review prefer the sweet chili seasoning combo atop potato based chips much more than corn based chips.  We simply feel like the sweet chili flavors compliment the potato flavor better than corn.

As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think.  Agree or disagree, let us know.

Discovered at Pete’s Fresh Market; Oak Brook Terrace, Illinois

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REVIEW: Popsalot – California Cruisin’

Rating: ©-3/4 chips (return to sender)

Pops-A-Lot - California CruisinAlright, sometimes we feel a little bit bad when we end up giving a chip or puff or popcorn one of our unforgiving ‘return to sender‘ ratings.  But sometimes, we just have to do it!  And although sometimes we may question ourselves, there are other times we just know we’re right!  This is one of those times!  Sorry California Cruisin’ but we need to RETURN YOU TO SENDER!!

For those of you out there who require a bit more supporting evidence than just our opinion and word, may we point you in the direction of Popsalot’s website link below.  Please click on that link, and then search for this popcorn on their website…..What’s that you say?  It doesn’t exist?!  Popsalot Gourmet Popcorn has actually removed the flavor from their popcorn line-up!!  Now, we do not know for certain why it was removed, but if we were to speculate we’d assume that it was because no one liked it!  **Correction – sometimes we jump to our own assumptions without actually having any facts to back it up.  Luckily, we were contacted by Popsalot, and informed that:

California Cruisin’ was newly launched last year in specific regions and immediate demand for it was too high to keep any in stock for potential online sales.  We held off on adding California Cruisin’ to our website until we launched it nationally AND had sufficient production time to ensure that any online demand could be met.

To be completely honest, we were far and away the most excited about this flavor from all of the flavors we were sent by Popsalot.  There was just something very intriguing about the combination of caramel corn, almonds and meyer lemons.  We love tasting new flavor combinations.  And California Cruisin sounded unlike anything that we can ever remember trying – we were giddy!

Unfortunately…the end result of the California Cruisin’ flavor combination is nothing like we had imagined!  And, we do not mean that in a good way!  As far as the actual flavor execution goes, we must assume that it is spot on.  Why? Because the popcorn did taste just like sweet, smoky, vanilla-kissed caramel corn, tossed with some savory almonds (unfortunately once again, much less than we would hope for), and then there is an underlying presence, which slowly shifted to an overwhelming essence, of citrus-y Meyer lemon.  One taster even asked if they were eating orange dreamsicle flavored popcorn?!?!  Ewww is right!  Somehow the sweet, velvety, caramel flavor, mixed with nutty almonds and fruity Meyer lemons, combines to trigger memories of treats better acquired from an ice cream truck, rather than the snack aisle!

In the end, the flavor combination just didn’t work with popcorn, and rubbed every on of our tasters the wrong way!  Of course, that being said, we understand that our aversion to this flavor combination is subjective, and there are of course others out there who may very well love this unique combination!  Despite props for execution, and a unique willingness to push flavor boundaries, we’re sorry Popsalot, we simply did not love the California Cruisin’ combo!!

As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think. Agree or disagree, let us know.

Popcorn provided to Chip Review from Popsalot for review

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