Rating: ©©©© chips (lip-smacking)
Pop Art Gourmet Popcorn huh? When we think of pop art we usually think of the work of Andy Warhol, but beyond that, we also think of the way pop art seemed to take things that were popular with the mass culture, and flip them around a bit, or present them in a new way. Well, rosemary truffle flavored popcorn seems to fit that concept perfectly!
First off, we should probably mention the artistic merits of the Pop Art packaging. We definitely like the logo, it sort of reminds us of a bright, fun, postage stamp. The purple backdrop to the bag is reminiscent of wallpaper, and the center flavor description, and photos of the ingredients are pretty straightforward. In our opinion, they could have gone a lot more “pop art” with their bag.
As for the popcorn itself, lets just say that there is no better description than the one on the packaging, this is the epitome of – GOURMET POPCORN. We’ve had rosemary flavored snacks, and truffle flavored snacks in the past, but never the two combined. We are happy to report, that the combo is delicious, and Pop Art’s flavoring is SPOT ON! So fragrant. This popcorn is a great example of how aroma/smell plays so much a part of what we experience for flavor. We smell food before, and while, we taste it. Both of these ingredients are much more about aroma than actual taste to the tongue, and maybe that is why they are both such powerful flavors! Rosemary’s fresh, citrusy, and piney notes, mingled perfectly with truffle’s unmistakable earthy, and uniquely funky, notes. Gourmet!
The popcorn itself was no slouch either. The popcorn was fresh and crispy, with a sort of nutty burnt aspect to the popped kernels. The popcorn seemed a bit dry for our likes. We could have used some moisture splashed on there in the form of oil or butter or cheese powder, just something to provide a richer mouth feel. Also, we would have preferred a bit more salt overall. As it turned out, the deeper we got into the bag the more abundant the salt level became, meaning that the salt was not properly clinging to the popcorn (maybe a sign of that missing moisture we mentioned before…?).
All in all, this is some great lip-smacking popcorn, and we can’t wait to spot some of Pop Art’s other gourmet flavors!
As always, these are our thoughts. Agree or disagree, make sure to let us know.
Popcorn discovered at World Market; Oakbrook, Illinois
Chip Ratings Scale:
© – return to sender
©© – tolerable
©©© – notable
©©©© – lip-smacking
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