REVIEW: Trader Joe’s – Popcorn in a Pickle

Rating: ©-3/4 chips  (return to sender)

Trader Joe's - Popcorn in a PickleWhoa! Now that is an eye-catching bag for sure!!  Green to the maximus!  Clever word play too, but then again, isn’t Trader Joe’s always witty and playful with their product names?  Might we have another hit on our hands from that Joe we know who likes to trade (that’s our meager attempt at word play)?

Have we discovered the new sriracha of the popcorn world?  We were surprised to find that we have actually tried four different dill pickle flavored popcorn bags in about the last year.  Unfortunately, none of them have been really good.  Well there is always hope that this new popcorn from Trader Joe’s isn’t all visual show and wit, and actually tastes good, and certrainly better than their last new popcorn – Baconesque White Cheddar Popcorn!

SADLY….as you may have noticed from our rating above already, Popcorn in a Pickle is not only not better than Trader Joe’s Baconesque, but it makes Joe’s cheddar bacon popcorn seem lip-smacking in comparison.

We feel that there are two major issues with this popcorn.  First, would be the usage of dill oil as opposed to the real herb.  The flavor just seems off, and even sort of off-putting.  You get some of the fragrant dill notes but it’s like all of the fresh and bright herbal life that you would typically get from the fresh stuff has been completely sucked dry from the dill oil.  Our second, and certainly bigger issue, lies with the popcorn itself.  According to Trader Joe’s website, their supplier uses the largest mushroom popcorn kernels they can find, and they air pop them (apparently mushroom popcorn kernels are large, round balls of popcorn, with lost of surface area).  In our opinion these air-popped mushroom kernels are the probably the worst popcorn texture that we have ever tasted.  No real popcorn flavor what so ever.  Sure, they were light and crispy, and sure they were largest popcorn we have ever seen, but they were also SOOOOOO full of pesky, gum catching, kernels that we could barely pay attention to what we were tasting!!  Add to this the fact that this popcorn was air popped, and no additional amount of mouth pleasing fat was added to supplement and enrich the dry popcorn, in the end left us wanting so much more.

Sorry Junk Food Guy, but we have to disagree with you on this one!  For another, far different review of the Popcorn in a Pickle, make sure to check out his review too!

As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think.  Agree or disagree, let us know.

Popcorn discovered at Trader Joe’s; La Grange, Illinois

Trader Joe’s Official Website

Chip Ratings Scale:

(1/4 increments)

© return to sender

©© tolerable

©©© – notable

©©©© – lip-smacking

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