RATING: Cobs – I ♥ Milk Chocolate Caramel Popcorn

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Cobs - I Heart Milk Chocolate

Deliciously similar to Cob’s Dark Chocolate Caramel version, only we prefer the more savory, toasty, bitter notes of the dark chocolate.

As always, these are our thoughts. Agree or disagree, make sure to let us know.

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REVIEW: Cobs – Nacho Cheese Popcorn

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Cobs - Nacho Cheese PopcornWe can’t believe that it has been over a year now since we first tasted Cob’s lip-smackingly delicious Cheddar Cheese Popcorn!!  So, needless to say we were quite excited to try Cobs Nacho Cheese flavored popcorn!

First, the positives:

Once again, we can’t begin to tell you how much we love Cobs popcorn itself!  The popcorn is so crispy, with a wonderful toothsome crunch.  Cob’s popcorn kernels are on the smaller end of the spectrum, with a rustic, simple, sort of burnt-nutty essence to them.  We just love them!

The nacho cheese seasoning itself is also not too shabby, and definitely unique – at least as far as we know ‘nacho cheese’ seasonings (maybe they do things differently ‘down under’?).  First of all, there is actually a good level of spice-heat to the seasoning.  Usually when we think of nacho cheese we don’t associate it with any heat.  We are also fairly certain that there may be some cumin thrown into the mix…. Odd? Yes.  Tasty?  Also, yes.

As for the negatives, well it all basically boils down to two things (and those two things may in fact actually be the same thing).  First – in our opinion this nacho cheese flavor doesn’t jive as well with popcorn as plain cheddar cheese does.  Which sort of ties into our second thought, which is that the nacho cheese seasoning distracts from Cobs delicious popcorn.  The seasoning is simply ‘too much’ for the popcorn to handle.

We prefer the perfect simplicity of Cobs Cheddar Cheese Popcorn!  That being said, this popcorn is more than munch-able, and we still devoured this bag in no time flat.

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Chip Review’s Honorable Mentions – 2015

25 Chips to Christmas – 11 Honorable Mentions

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These chips nearly made our Top 25 of the Year, and deserve some recognition too!! (in alphabetical order)

Beanfields - Nacho
“These are really good!  Not – really good for a bean and rice chip – sorta good.  NO!  Really good for any type of nacho cheese flavored chip!”

“The onion presence is sweet and pungent, without being too pronounced.  The cool, sour cream is really enhanced with a good touch of tangy cheese.  All of the flavors work harmoniously, and surprisingly enough, do not overwhelm Cobs delicious popcorn one little bit.”

D'vour - Coconut Sea Salt

D’vour Tortilla Chips made with Real Coconut – Sea Salt

“And some of us at Chip Review were even excited to try the chips with nachos; melting a whole bunch of cheese all over them and seeing how the sweet, salty and cheesy combo works out.”

Herr's - Peppered Bacon

Herr’s – Peppered Bacon Potato Chips

“Seems like no matter how many times we try another poorly executed bacon flavored snack, we still get excited for the next one!!”

International Popcorn - Everything BagelInternational Popcorn - Cheddar Ranch

International Popcorn – Everything Bagel Popcorn

“Has popcorn replaced chips as the international favorite salty snack?!?  Well, we’re not sure if popcorn is as popular around the rest of the world but right now, here in the U.S.A. popcorn is booming!!”
Popsalot - Honolulu Aloha

Popsalot – Honolulu Aloha

“The few moments when we actually landed a mix of both the caramel corn and the macadamia nuts were, lights-out fantastic.  Those precious, porcelain, roasted half nuggets of unctuously rich macadamia nuts were amazing! WOW!”

Pringles - Wasabi & Soy SaucePringles - Salted Caramel

Pringles – Exclusive Flavor Wasabi & Soy Sauce

Pringles Limited Time Only! – Salted Caramel

“Turns out that it has been nearly 3 months since we reviewed any new Pringles!  THREE MONTHS!  While three months may not seem like that long of time to many of you, let us just tell you that in Pringles’ months we’re talking about a very long time between new reviews!!”

Snacks 101 - Less Mess White Cheddar Popcorn

Snacks 101 – The First Baked Popcorn – Less Mess White Cheddar

“Apparently, Snacks 101 has created “The First Baked Popcorn”….  Are they messing with us?  Can this be right?  Well, we can’t find any evidence to dispute them so let’s roll with it.”

Trader Joe's - Partially Popped Popcorn ...with Butter & Sea Salt!

Trader Joe’s – Partially Popped Popcorn …with Butter & Sea Salt!

“Trader Joe’s Triple P embodies a real strong corn essence, and flavor.  They do in fact look like those partially popped kernels you find at the bottom of the popcorn bag or bowl, except that they don’t break your teeth when you chomp down on them.”

Ziggys - Kickin Buffalo Wing

Ziggy’s Kettle Corn – Kickin’ Buffalo Wing with Himalayan Pink Salt

“Great combination of tangy, sweet, salty, zippy, spicy, zingy, sour-y, and did we mention spicy-spicy-spicy?!?  Seriously, lots of heat – WHOA!!”

** And here are 5 additional dishonorable mentions that we hope to never mention again… **

(in alphabetical order)

Old Dutch - Cheddar Bacon Popcorn

Old Dutch – Cheddar Bacon Popcorn

“First, the bacon aspect was not reminiscent of bacon but rather of standing in front of a camp fire.  Smoke, and smoke alone, does not make popcorn taste like bacon.”

Old Dutch Ripples Appetizers - Chicken Artichoke Flatbread

Old Dutch Ripples Appetizers On The Go – Chicken Artichoke Flatbread

“But, as for the taste – uhhhh…. we do not taste any chicken, artichoke or flatbread (not that we were expecting to actually taste the flatbread).”

Pop! - White Truffle Bliss

Pop! Gourmet Popcorn – Extravagant White Truffle Bliss Popcorn

“But, maybe it’s difficult to capture and accurately deliver the deliciously aromatic flavors of truffle onto popcorn?  Nope, we’ve tasted and reviewed a handful of truffle flavored snacks (predominantly popcorn), and most of them have actually been lip-smacking!”

Snyder's of Hanover - Raspberry Creme Sweet Pretzel Sandwiches

Snyder’s of Hanover – Raspberry Creme Sweet Pretzel Sandwiches

“Plain and simple these pretzel sandwiches are a sweet dessert treat that should not be included anywhere among salty snack section for any rhyme or reason.  These belong on the shelf next to cookies!”

Trader Joe's - Popcorn in a Pickle

Trader Joe’s – Popcorn in a Pickle

“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.”

**Chip Review’s Top 25 list of the Year consists of chips that we tasted and reviewed during the 2015 calendar year for the first time.  The chips are not necessarily new to the industry, but they were new to Chip Review in 2015!

RATING: Cobs – Lightly Salted, Slightly Sweet

Rating: ©©©-1/2 chips  (notable)

Cob's - Slightly Sweet Slightly Salty

We really would have appreciated a heavier hand with the salt.  Still the same great Cobs popcorn, but all we could really taste was the sweet.

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REVIEW: Cobs – Sour Cream & Chives Popcorn

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Cobs - Sour Cream & ChivesOkay, we are nearly certain that 2015 is in fact, the year of the kernel!  The Big Popowski!  We wouldn’t be at all surprised if we looked back through all of our reviews and ratings from this year so far, and ended up finding that we had tasted more new popcorn than chips!  Wait, let’s just do that…

Cob’s Sour Cream & Chives Popcorn is our 26th new popcorn of 2015!  And while that may not be quite as many as new chips we have tried this year, it is still a more than worthy number!  Like we’ve joked many times before, maybe we should just change our name to Popcorn Review?!  Or, at the very least dedicate another site to strictly reviewing the amazing popped kernels….(maybe we’re onto something here)!

We’ve mentioned this before, but we should probably point it out again.  After discovering Cobs Cheddar Cheese Popcorn last year at….where else, World Market….we were so impressed with the delicious Down Under delicacy that we did a little research and found that Cobs, similar to Angie’s Popcorn, was started by a husband and wife team years back, and eventually grew into the great popcorn company that it is today!  Luckily for us, Cobs awesome Aussie popcorn company thought that it would be a good idea for Chip Review to taste and critique some other flavors of their popcorn, and we couldn’t agree more!!

Sour cream and onion is what we like to consider the most classic of potato chip flavors.  For many of us here at Chip Review it was the first flavored chip that we ever tried, and will forever hold a special little spot in our hearts.  That being said, we can’t really say that we have ever tried this timeless flavor combo on popcorn before.  Well, there is a first time for everything!!  And low and behold, the combination works.  Really well!!

Cobs unique sour cream and chive recipe hits all of the necessary flavor notes – creamy, tangy, salty!  The onion presence is sweet and pungent, without being too pronounced.  The cool, sour cream is really enhanced with a good touch of tangy cheese.  All of the flavors work harmoniously, and surprisingly enough, do not overwhelm Cobs delicious popcorn one little bit!  Because like we’ve told you before the true star of this show – are the delectably tasty, all-natural popcorn kernels!!

Cobs all natural popcorn is on the smaller end of the spectrum, with a deliciously simple, sort of burnt-nutty essence to it.  It actually reminds us of the popcorn that dad used to make at the hunting shack on top of the stove, the old school way!

We can only hope that one day we find Cobs readily available on our U.S. shelves!

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REVIEW: Cobs – I ♥ Dark Chocolate Caramel Popcorn

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Cobs - I Heart Dark Chocolate Covered PopcornThis sort of stuff is just not our thing.  We have of course tried various different chocolate flavored snacks over the years, one of which was actually chocolate coated such as these, but when it comes down to it, we are not sweets people!  There is a specific reason why we review chips and pretzels and popcorn.  We love salt!  We can enjoy a combination of the sweet and salty, but when there is no salt present, or at least none distinguishable, we simply have a difficult time of reviewing them objectively.  Such is the case here…!

All that being said, if chocolate, in this case especially dark chocolate, is right up your alley, or suits your fancy, or gets your motor going, then we’re pretty sure that you would love this stuff!  Because, even we could see past the existence of any salt, and recognize the quality of product that we were tasting.  In fact, some of us here at Chip Review may have even loved it!

There’s just something about the combination of some fantastically light and crispy popcorn kernels, coated with a sweet thin kiss of caramel, enveloped in a rich, creamy, slightly sweet and bitter layer of some of the best dark chocolate we have ever tasted.  The combination just works!  And despite our own personal reservations regarding the lack of salt, we just can’t deny or argue with how well balanced and tasty this stuff is!

Although we may not be buying this stuff for ourselves in the future, we’ll stick with Cobs Cheddar Cheese Popcorn, we do know plenty of people who would absolutely enjoy receiving a bag of this stuff from us as a gift!

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REVIEW: Cobs – Coco Crunch Popcorn

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Cobs - Coco CrunchOkay, we are almost certain that 2015 is the year of the kernel!  We wouldn’t be at all surprised if we looked back through all of our reviews and ratings from this year so far, and ended up finding that we had tasted more new popcorn than chips!  Like we’ve said many times before, maybe we should just change our name to Popcorn Review?!  Or, at the very least dedicate another site to strictly reviewing the amazing popped kernels….(maybe we’re onto something here)!

As the story goes, it was sometime last year that we stumbled upon a bag of Cobs Cheddar Cheese Popcorn while perusing the snack aisle of our local World Market.  To say that we were thoroughly impressed by the delicious Down Under popcorn would be a grave understatement.  In all honesty it was some of the very best popcorn that we had ever tasted, from anywhere, period!  Luckily for us, someone at Cobs awesome Aussie popcorn company thought that it would be a good idea for us to review more of their popcorn, and we couldn’t agree more!!

Probably the most interesting of all of the popcorn flavors sent to us has to be this Coco Crunch!  Coco Crunch, huh, what you say??  Yep, COCO! CRUNCH!! POPCORN!!!  We can only imagine a stranger walking past as we are tasting this stuff.  After a quick double take, they quickly ask “What are you eating? No, seriously what is that stuff?  OK, but where did you get that??”  Until finally, they bravely ask “Can we try it?!”

After we so graciously proceed with sharing our uniquely flavored popcorn, we can only imagine that said popcorn eating stranger would come to the same two conclusions that we have regarding Cobs Coco Crunch.  First and foremost, this popcorn tastes EXACTLY like Kellog’s Cocoa Krispies!  Absolutely uncanny how similar the two are!  We imagine that if we put some of this popcorn in a bowl, topped it off with some milk, that within a couple of minutes we would have some of that good old delicious, sweet-chocolate-ly, Cocoa Krispies milk that youngsters everywhere covet at the end of every bowl of the snap, crackle and pop cereal!  And secondly, despite this popcorn most likely being as good as any cocoa flavored popcorn could possibly be, in our honest opinion, the combination of both was never meant to be.  Don’t take this wrong the way, we’re not saying that chocolate covered popcorn is a bad thing, but in this case what we have here is not popcorn that has been covered with chocolate, but rather a unique cocoa powder has heavily dusted the kernels and given us something truly unlike any other popcorn we have ever tried.

Unfortunately, we simply do not love it.  The popcorn itself is light and crispy, but we’re missing that crucial layer of rich, fattiness that we love from most savory popcorn; plus we would have liked some salt thrown into the mix!  Kudos to Cobs for pushing the popcorn flavor boundaries.  We more than appreciate the efforts, and we perfectly understand that to really knock one out of the park, you have a swing and miss sometimes.

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