Rating: ©-1/2 – ©©©©-1/2 chips (return to sender to lip-smacking – depending)
Just the other day we stumbled upon this popcorn while actually trying to grab a few slices of pizza. That’s right, Dimo’s is much better known for their huge selection of pizza by the slice. But, because we also do what we do, we had to grab a bag of this New! Truffle Butter Popcorn.
It was one of those busy days so we grabbed a handful of slices for the road and just planned on warming them up at the HQ. We’ve pretty much perfected the re-heat of pizza at Chip Review. Pizza stone under the broiler for 20 minutes, turn off broiler, place room temp pizza directly on stone, heat for 5 minutes – crispy crust, warmed toppings, melty cheese – perfection.
While we waited for pizza stone to get piping hot we thought we would give Dimo’s New! Truffle Butter Popcorn a taste. We tore open the cute brown paper bag to see that the popcorn also was coated with some herbs and what appeared to be parmesan cheese. We popped a few kernels int our mouths to discover that the popcorn was completely stale and soggy. Practically inedible. We all looked around at each other to confirm the disappointment. Yep, unanimous. But then, almost also as simultaneously we all looked towards the over. Could this popcorn be save?! We spread it out onto a baking sheet and threw it into the piping hot oven on the rack below the pizza stone….
A couple of minutes passed, we grabbed the sheet pan from the oven and set it on top of the stove. We could hear the butter on the popcorn crackling and sizzling. The popcorn looked alive again. We let it cool for as long as we could wait and then we dug in. A transformation miracle! The popcorn was once again fresh, and crispy, and delicious!!
You may or may not have noticed above that we had given Dimo’s popcorn two different ratings, and now you know the reason why. One was based on the popcorn directly out of the cute, but useless (as far as freshness goes), brown paper bag; and another rating for after we had baked the popcorn for a few minutes. We’re pretty sure that we have never done this before, but we thought, what the heck – we had also never bought truffle butter flavored popcorn from a pizza slice joint in Wicker Park before……
As for the flavoring of the popcorn, it was really delicious. Dimo’s popcorn definitely exuded more aromatic truffle essence than any other truffle flavored popcorns we have tried. Coupled with the rich butter, and salty cheese, the popcorn really is fantastic (after it is warmed up).
Popcorn discovered at Dimo’s Pizza; Wicker Park-Chicago, Illinois
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©© – tolerable
©©© – notable
©©©© – lip-smacking
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