REVIEW: Cobs – Coco Crunch Popcorn

Rating: ©©©-1/4 chips  (notable)

Cobs - Coco CrunchOkay, we are almost certain that 2015 is the year of the kernel!  We wouldn’t be at all surprised if we looked back through all of our reviews and ratings from this year so far, and ended up finding that we had tasted more new popcorn than chips!  Like we’ve said many times before, maybe we should just change our name to Popcorn Review?!  Or, at the very least dedicate another site to strictly reviewing the amazing popped kernels….(maybe we’re onto something here)!

As the story goes, it was sometime last year that we stumbled upon a bag of Cobs Cheddar Cheese Popcorn while perusing the snack aisle of our local World Market.  To say that we were thoroughly impressed by the delicious Down Under popcorn would be a grave understatement.  In all honesty it was some of the very best popcorn that we had ever tasted, from anywhere, period!  Luckily for us, someone at Cobs awesome Aussie popcorn company thought that it would be a good idea for us to review more of their popcorn, and we couldn’t agree more!!

Probably the most interesting of all of the popcorn flavors sent to us has to be this Coco Crunch!  Coco Crunch, huh, what you say??  Yep, COCO! CRUNCH!! POPCORN!!!  We can only imagine a stranger walking past as we are tasting this stuff.  After a quick double take, they quickly ask “What are you eating? No, seriously what is that stuff?  OK, but where did you get that??”  Until finally, they bravely ask “Can we try it?!”

After we so graciously proceed with sharing our uniquely flavored popcorn, we can only imagine that said popcorn eating stranger would come to the same two conclusions that we have regarding Cobs Coco Crunch.  First and foremost, this popcorn tastes EXACTLY like Kellog’s Cocoa Krispies!  Absolutely uncanny how similar the two are!  We imagine that if we put some of this popcorn in a bowl, topped it off with some milk, that within a couple of minutes we would have some of that good old delicious, sweet-chocolate-ly, Cocoa Krispies milk that youngsters everywhere covet at the end of every bowl of the snap, crackle and pop cereal!  And secondly, despite this popcorn most likely being as good as any cocoa flavored popcorn could possibly be, in our honest opinion, the combination of both was never meant to be.  Don’t take this wrong the way, we’re not saying that chocolate covered popcorn is a bad thing, but in this case what we have here is not popcorn that has been covered with chocolate, but rather a unique cocoa powder has heavily dusted the kernels and given us something truly unlike any other popcorn we have ever tried.

Unfortunately, we simply do not love it.  The popcorn itself is light and crispy, but we’re missing that crucial layer of rich, fattiness that we love from most savory popcorn; plus we would have liked some salt thrown into the mix!  Kudos to Cobs for pushing the popcorn flavor boundaries.  We more than appreciate the efforts, and we perfectly understand that to really knock one out of the park, you have a swing and miss sometimes.

As always, these are our thoughts. Agree or disagree, make sure to let us know.

Popcorn provided to Chip Review by Cobs for review

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REVIEW: Beanitos – Simply Pinto Bean with Sea Salt Chips

Rating: ©© chips  (tolerable)

Beanitos - Simply Pinto Bean with Sea SaltPinto.
Ford Pinto…  Pinto horse…  Pinto Bean…

Pinto – Spanish translation: speckled, or spotted.

How exactly the Ford Pinto fits into this definition we are not exactly sure, but as for the horse and bean, both of those are in fact speckled, or spotted and thus justify their name.  In fact, the Pinto Bean is the most popular speckled bean (and, by that definition we are pretty sure they mean consumed), and any color bean in fact, in the entire United States, and some of Mexico as well.  A large part of this is due to the fact that Pinto Beans are far and away the most widely bean used with the classic Mexican – Tex-Mex – Southwestern side dish called refried beans.  Funny because refried beans are not speckled or spotted in any way, shape or form.  They are the most monotone, one-note, brownish-tan colored beans there ever were!!  Well, how the Pinto Bean will do in chip form will be determined shortly.

For those of you who are not in the know – Beanitos are The Original Bean Chips.  The O.B.C. as we like to call them!  And, these O.B.C. were started one day by a couple of brothers who couldn’t find any healthy chip options anywhere, and decided to create some salty snacks using beans.  Why beans?  Well, according to Beanitos website:

Beans are loaded with health benefits—high in fiber, protein, and carbohydrates—but are sadly underused in the typical U.S. diet. In addition, beans are naturally low-glycemic and gluten-free. Recent medical and nutrition research suggests that a low glycemic diet that is high in healthy fiber contributes to good health and can help curb obesity, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease!

So, in other words, beans are really healthy, really-really healthy, and we should all eat more beans?  There, that is settled.  But, the question then is, should we eat beans when they are crafted into the greatest form on earth – that being CHIP FORM of course!!  Or, should the two remain separate forever?

We have tried enough bean chips now to say that the legume can make for a tasty snack if handled correctly?  In this case, we just do not like what Beanitos is delivering.  Maybe the Pinto Bean should just remain refried served alongside a burrito and rice?  First off, these chips do not smell good.  Just sort of a stale, unpleasant smell permeates from the bag.  The chips are very thin, very light, with a very crispy crunch at first.  After a few more chews, the chips break down just like so many other bean chips before them, and sort of turn into a moisture absorbing powder.  They are not as dry as some other bean chips, but definitely drier than non-bean chips.  The chips sort of taste like refried beans – which wasn’t a bad thing!  But in the end, not enough to rectify the bad taste and odor that overwhelm the speckled chips!

We really appreciate Beanitos’ success in creating a crunchy and healthy product, filled with protein and fiber, but we still prefer our deliciously unhealthy chips when we need a chip fix!

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

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