Rating: ©©©©-1/4 chips (lip-smacking)
The amazing Chef G strikes again! This time with a delicious “east meets west” flavor combo that has our taste buds tingling, and mouths watering! Just like with Crave Canyon’s Cane Juice & Sea Salt Kettle Corn Kissed With Anise, it is not very often that we stumble upon something completely new in the industry!! Luckily for us, Chef G seems to be making a habit of delivering us with combinations that are not only different, but tasty!!
Now, who the heck is Chef G you ask?!? According to Crave Canyon’s website he is:
“THE MYTH, THE LEGEND, THE MAN BEHIND THE FLAVOR
We don’t think Chef G. is an elusive man by nature, it’s that he’s just too busy to be in one place for very long. But because of this, we at Crave Canyon don’t know that much about him.
From what we can gather, he’s had a culinary passion since a young age and as an adult started to travel the world to broaden his palate. He has been moving on to the next flavor adventure ever since.
We started our partnership with Chef G. when he approached us one day, eager to try his hand at creating unique popcorn flavors. Of course we readily agreed, his reputation preceding him. What resulted were the wonderful flavors we offer today. Who knows how many more he will come up with; like the man, it still remains a mystery.”
Well, we can tell you one thing for sure about Chef G, and that is that he has a particular gift of combining sweet and salty kettle corn (a classic favorite of ours) with unique flavor combinations, that not only work, but take the kettle corn to places we never imagined possible!
The first thing our mouths noticed as we popped in a few kernels of this kettle corn was that the sweetness really stood out. The classic crystalized coating of melted sugar was front and center. Then the backs of our throats, all the way up into our nasal cavaties, felt the spicy shock from the pungent wasabi blast. Once our mouths had readjusted, a light touch of some aromatic ginger notes appeared, and finally everything was rounded out with an ample dusting of salt. Surprisingly….this complex, unorthodox, unique, combination worked, and many of us quite liked it, but we are almost certain that it may still confuse many others.
It is definitely not a “natural” or typical popcorn flavor combination in the traditional sense. It may even be fare to say that this combo could be looked at as an acquired taste. Did we like it? Certainly! Is it for everyone? Probably not! It doesn’t quite meld as organically as butter and popcorn, but rather it forced our mouths to think about what we were tasting, and we always appreciate a delicious new kettle corn experience! And don’t forget, Chef G says that this kettle corn “is to be eaten gingerly, Wasabi-san.”
As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think. Agree or disagree, let us know.
Kettle corn provided to Chip Review by Crave Canyon for review
Chip Ratings Scale:
© – return to sender
©© – tolerable
©©© – notable
©©©© – lip-smacking
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