Rating: ©©-3/4 chips (tolerable)
Pumpkin Spice Pie? Does that sound oddly worded to anyone else? Did they actually mean Pumpkin Pie Spice? And, why not just Pumpkin Pie flavored? It’s not as if we would actually expect the popcorn to taste like pie right? So, we would simply be expecting those traditional pumpkin pie spices all the same. Of course we’re nitpicking here, but either way you slice it (get it?), we just don’t think Pumpkin Spice Pie sounds right!
A couple of months ago we reviewed Gaslamp Popcorn Co.’s other holiday inspired flavor Apple Crumble Pie. Very similar to that flavor, the Pumpkin Spice Pie flavor releases an oddly familiar scent of those traditional holiday spices combined with a savory, slightly oily, and something like creamy buttermilk essence.
So what does the unmistakeable pumpkin pie spice blend typically consist of? Correct us if we are wrong, but we are pretty sure that it is ground nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and all spice. In other words, an aromatic wonderful of scents! And, wouldn’t you know it, Gaslamp’s popcorn did smell and taste of all of these spices. However, when combined with the sort of rich and tangy and oily notes of the popcorn, the seasoning did not jive very well with us. We definitely could have used some more salt. What this flavor really lacked that the Apple Crumble Pie delivered on was some depth of flavor. With that flavor Gaslamp included a slight acidic touch to represent the apple part of the combo, and while we didn’t love the flavor by any means, we were very impressed. With this flavor, we get none of that, and are really left with a, four spice, one note flavor!
Once again, in the end, we must give high marks to Gaslamp Popcorn Co. for originality, and some rather crispy and fluffy bright white popcorn kernels. However, we can’t imagine that anyone would ever grab a bag of this stuff, and simply sit down and enjoy the whole thing! No, this is the stuff you set out at your holiday party and watch people’s reactions. More conversation piece than delectable treat. We’ll stick to Pumpkin Spice Pie in pumpkin pie form please!
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 by Gaslamp Popcorn Co. for review.
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