Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips (notable)
Over the many, many years of chip reviewing we have tasted many, many bags of salt & vinegar snacks. There are of course countless variations of the classic combo. Some use cider vinegar, while others use malt vinegar, or red wine vinegar. Some blast you away with acid, while others just kiss the snack with a touch of sour. In our honest opinion, there is no one right way of doing it as long as it is done well, with everything in balance, and of course tastes great!
Most recently we tasted two different brands of popcorn, both of which had created a salt and vinegar flavored variation… Salt and vinegar flavored popcorn, you say?! That’s right, salt and vinegar flavored popcorn. Don’t knock it until you try it, and we think that once you have tried it, you won’t want to knock it anyways.
Since ‘A’ comes before ‘C’ let’s start with Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop. Sea Salt & Vinegar Popcorn, and we will save Cobs Sea Salt & Cider Vinegar for our next review. Angie’s Popcorn company has come a very long way from that small, mom and pop created, southern Minnesota, kettle cooked popcorn company, that we remember gracing the shelves of only a few different grocery stores back in the day. Now Angie’s Popcorn is EVERYWHERE!! We don’t know this for a fact, but Angie’s could possibly be the biggest popcorn company out there right now! And to that, we say congrats Angie. You’ve come a long way. In fact, it looks like you have come so far as to officially change your name to Boom Chicka Pop. Is that correct??
Alright, back on track now, let’s get to the popcorn itself. And, this Sea Salt & Vinegar Popcorn is pretty darn good. Angie’s salt and vinegar seasoning works very well with popcorn. The blank crunchy popcorn canvas easily embraces the seasoning, and provides a more than acceptable backdrop for the flavors. Angie’s salt and vinegar seasoning is tart, with a tasty tongue tang, but overall very subtle for a salt and vinegar flavor. Not that the vinegar isn’t there, or anything, but it is just so very subtle when compared to the majority of ultra tangy salt and vinegar snacks out there. We’re assuming that this subtlety comes from the use of real vinegar solids, as opposed to the inclusion of citric acid adding that extra vinegar pucker. In fact the vinegar aspect was so subtle that we could actually taste the salt, which was a pleasant surprise.
Angie’s provides some light as air, fluffy and puffy white popcorn. Any real crispy crunch is practically nonexistent. The popcorn is better described as soft, with a meaty-toothsome chew. The kernels are on the larger size.
Overall, this is a really good popcorn, and we quite enjoy the combination of salt & vinegar with popcorn. But, in the end, we could have used more of that vinegar zing and tang. We would rename this popcorn to, sea salt with a hint of vinegar popcorn.
As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think. Agree or disagree, let us know.
Discovered at Mariano’s; Westchester, Illinois
Chip Ratings Scale:
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©© – tolerable
©©© – notable
©©©© – lip-smacking
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