Rating: ©-3/4 chips (return to sender)
We’ve reviewed a handful of SexyPop flavors over the past couple of years, and we still do not know what exactly SexyPop is going for with their name? Is popcorn inherently sexy in and of itself? No. Does anyone out there really think popcorn is sexy?? We don’t think so. Secondly, and we have actually never commented on this before, but what is up with the spiral symbol on the bag…? Is it just there for decoration, or does it have a deeper meaning? Does SexyPop want us to get in touch with our inner selves? Who knows?!? We certainly do not know the answers to these questions, and regardless of whether or not we did, in our opinion both topics simply distract away from the popcorn itself! And shouldn’t it be about the popcorn?!
The more we pay attention to it, the more we realize that the habanero chile is a very versatile pepper. It can be paired with so many different ingredients. More often than not it would be fruits such as mango, peach, and lime, but this list also includes everything from bacon to cucumber to parmesan! To top it all off, it seems like more often than not the combinations are very delicious! Which might explain why the habanero is our most favorite chile pepper of all time!! Which may also explain why we were so disappointed with this popcorn from SexyPop!!
First of all, SexyPop uses butterfly style popcorn. Light, fresh and crispy kernels that we found to be dry and practically devoid of any richness. The popcorn does deliver a good level sweetness, but we can’t necessarily say that we taste any of those tart, tropical, pineapple notes. To make matters worse, we do not taste any salt anywhere, which is most definitely needed to help counter some of the sweetness. To top it all off, and what is probably the most disappointing was that we do not taste any hananero chile at all! None! Nada! Plus, we certainly do not get very much, if any, of the legendarily, powerful habanero heat! Only after we had consumed many handfuls did the backs of our throats feel a little tickle!
In the end, we were just so disappointed with SexyPop’s Pineapple Habanero Popcorn. We have enjoyed so many great habanero snacks that we can very easily recognize one that does not make the cut! We admit, we had high expectations for this popcorn because we love us some habanero anything, so we think our assessment is fair, but like anything others may disagree. Let us know what you think?
As always, these are our thoughts. Agree or disagree, make sure to let us know.
Popcorn provided to Chip Review by SexyPop for review
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©© – tolerable
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