REVIEW: Gaslamp Popcorn Co. – Pumpkin Spice Pie Popcorn

Rating: ©©-3/4 chips (tolerable)

Gaslamp - Pumpkin Spice PiePumpkin Spice Pie?  Does that sound oddly worded to anyone else?  Did they actually mean Pumpkin Pie Spice?  And, why not just Pumpkin Pie flavored?  It’s not as if we would actually expect the popcorn to taste like pie right?  So, we would simply be expecting those traditional pumpkin pie spices all the same.  Of course we’re nitpicking here, but either way you slice it (get it?), we just don’t think Pumpkin Spice Pie sounds right!

A couple of months ago we reviewed Gaslamp Popcorn Co.’s other holiday inspired flavor Apple Crumble Pie.  Very similar to that flavor, the Pumpkin Spice Pie flavor releases an oddly familiar scent of those traditional holiday spices combined with a savory, slightly oily, and something like creamy buttermilk essence.

So what does the unmistakeable pumpkin pie spice blend typically consist of?  Correct us if we are wrong, but we are pretty sure that it is ground nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and all spice. In other words, an aromatic wonderful of scents!  And, wouldn’t you know it, Gaslamp’s popcorn did smell and taste of all of these spices.  However, when combined with the sort of rich and tangy and oily notes of the popcorn, the seasoning did not jive very well with us.  We definitely could have used some more salt.  What this flavor really lacked that the Apple Crumble Pie delivered on was some depth of flavor.  With that flavor Gaslamp included a slight acidic touch to represent the apple part of the combo, and while we didn’t love the flavor by any means, we were very impressed.  With this flavor, we get none of that, and are really left with a, four spice, one note flavor!

Once again, in the end, we must give high marks to Gaslamp Popcorn Co. for originality, and some rather crispy and fluffy bright white popcorn kernels.  However, we can’t imagine that anyone would ever grab a bag of this stuff, and simply sit down and enjoy the whole thing!  No, this is the stuff you set out at your holiday party and watch people’s reactions.  More conversation piece than delectable treat.  We’ll stick to Pumpkin Spice Pie in pumpkin pie form please!

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

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REVIEW: Gaslamp Popcorn Co. – Apple Crumble Pie Popcorn

Rating: ©©©-1/4 chips (notable)

Gaslamp Popcorn Co. - Apple Crumble PieOwning too many cats, or any pet for that matter.

Screech Powers from ‘Saved By The Bell’.

Grandma’s long, protruding chin hair.

Squirrels and fish that can fly.

Gaslamp Popcorn Co. Apple Crumble Pie Popcorn.

What do all of these things have in common?  That’s right, they are all unusual! Strange! Just plain old weird!

As soon as we cracked the seal of Gaslamp Popcorn Co.’s bright, apple red bag, a very unusual scent was released.  Familiar aromatic apple pie notes mingled with savory, rich oil, and something like creamy buttermilk essence.  We were intrigued (worried) to say the least.

Without further ado, we dove right in.  What we noticed first was the popcorn’s sweetness, along with a very heavy dusting of cinnamon.  The classic cinnamon and sugar combo did not immediately provoke thoughts of apple crumble pie to us but as we crunched on the popcorn a bit more we also recognized some rather tart, acidic notes (obviously meant to represent the apple in this case).  Well, the flavor combo did the trick, and tasted eerily like apple crumble pie flavored popcorn!  Some of us at Chip Review honestly appreciated and enjoyed the stuff, while some of us, most certainly did not.  And then there were those of us who had accidentally enjoyed a handful or two of potpourri in the past (don’t ask), and would swear of the similarities between this popcorn and that smelly bowl of dried flowers and cinnamon sticks!

In the end, we must give high marks for originality, flavor execution, and some rather crispy and fluffy bright white popcorn kernels.  However, we can’t imagine that anyone would ever grab a bag of this stuff, and simply sit down and enjoy the whole thing!  No, this is the stuff you set out at your holiday party and watch people’s reactions.  More conversation piece than delectable treat.  Let’s just leave the apple pie crumbles to grandma!

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