Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips (notable)
Two years ago we tasted Ziggy’s Kettle Corn for the first time here at Chip Review. To call the experience deliciously amazing would be an understatement. While Ziggy’s Buttery Bliss Kettle Corn was a lip-smacking rendition of the classic combination, it was Ziggy’s two other flavors (Sweet & Salty and Happenin’ Jalapeno) that really knocked our socks off! In fact, just this past year we finally put together our Top 5 Popcorn list, and guess who landed at the top spot!
Well, it is now 2015, and we are betting that it will be yet another great year popcorn!! And, one of those reasons will likely be due to the fact that Ziggy’s has made the superb decision to release 4 all-new flavors!! Yep, that’s right, everyone’s (at least ours!) favorite kettle corn brand has decided to branch out, and try their hand at combining some other flavors with their deliciously sweet and salty popcorn! Lucky us, we have all four of those flavors in the snack vault, and will be reviewing each and every one in the near future!
First up, Tomato Basil with Himalayan Pink Salt. To be completely honest, we chose this flavor first because the combination sounded the least interesting to us. Obviously, tomato and basil is a time tested classic combination that has stood the test of time! Maybe the flavor would work with kettle corn because it is very likely that the natural sweetness from the tomato would compliment the kettle corn’s sugary sweetness, while contrasting the salt, and the fragrant basil would lighten and freshen up the entire package. Unfortunately, we didn’t actually taste the tomato basil flavor doing any of that!
Short and simply, we do not taste any fresh, herb-y basil notes, and only the very slightest possibility of tangy-sweet-sour tomato notes. In fact, what we really thought we actually tasted was a splash of sweet honey! Huh?! Was our bag actually mislabeled? Did some popcorn batches get mixed up?? To top it off, somehow Ziggy gets away with not having to list his top secret ingredients on the back of the bag, but rather simply tells us: Tomato Basil Seasoning…..?? Any which way we crunched it, we do not really taste a tomato and basil seasoning here!
Regardless of all that, the kettle corn tastes great as always! The kettle corn once again includes Ziggy’s delicious, minerally, slight spicy Himalayan Pink Sea Salt that we love!! Freshly popped, large white popcorn, that has been perfectly glazed with the sweet sugar coating. We love Ziggy’s Kettle Corn! But for now, we are going to stick to the original three flavors.
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 Ziggy’s Kettle Corn for review
Chip Ratings Scale:
© – return to sender
©© – tolerable
©©© – notable
©©©© – lip-smacking
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