Rating: ©©©©-1/2 chips (lip-smacking)
Is Tikka Masala the new BBQ or Cheddar? Most likely not, but the Indian flavor does seem to be picking up some traction, as Trader Joe’s Bollywood Popcorn is the second Tikka Masala flavored snack that we have reviewed in as many months. We can tell you without a doubt, that TJ’s snack version of the flavor, is easily the far superior one!
Every year Trader Joe’s always seems to knock a couple of their new snacks out of the park – last year we loved their Ghost Pepper Lattice Cut Kettle Cooked Potato Chips and the Partially Popped Popcorn …with Butter & Sea Salt, and two years ago it was their Potato Chips with South African Style Seasoning, this year we already praised their Somewhat Spicy Dill flavored Kettle Cooked Potato Chips – and it is fair to say that TJ’s Bollywood Popcorn has joined this lip-smacking list!
To accurately describe to you what exactly this popcorn tastes like we would have to have a much better understanding of Indian cuisine overall. So, rather that do a half-popped job with that we are just going to plagiarize a few key descriptive words from What’s Good at Trader Joe’s review:
“a big, aromatic cloud of cloves and cumin and garam masala, which quickly laid to rest how potent the seasoning might be on a simple popcorn base… Potent is an understatement. My goodness. The best way I can explain it is a “happy heat.” …it builds slowly but surely, with a lot of warmth, and it just lingers on and on, but it’s never overbearing.”
We couldn’t have said it any better ourselves, and so we didn’t. The popcorn is amazingly fragrant, dusted perfectly with those exotic spices. And it certainly brings a slightly spicy, steady warmth after a few handfuls. But above all else, we would describe the popcorn as balanced, and extremely SAVORY. We just loved it! If you like popcorn, then you owe it to yourself to give this stuff a try!!
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; Oak Park, Illinois
Chip Ratings Scale:
© – return to sender
©© – tolerable
©©© – notable
©©©© – lip-smacking
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