BIJOU-REVIEW: Trader Joe’s – Mango Coconut Caramel Corn

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Trader Joe's - Mango Coconut Caramel CornMango Coconut Caramel Corn?!?

Does that sound appealing to you?  If the answer to that question is yes, then you are most definitely going to enjoy these.  If the answer to that question is no, then you will most likely be extremely surprised by how tasty this caramel corn truly is!

Initial scents triggered thoughts of tropical far away lands.  Strong notes of coconut, combined with sweet, sticky caramel, and rich butter.

Initial tastes reconfirmed initial thoughts of tropical far away lands!  Delicious far away lands filled with the flavors of sweet caramel and coconut, mingling with fruity mango and rich, smooth butter.

This is some seriously heavily coated popcorn kernels, they have some weight to them.

Large, full, round, popcorn kernels.

Surprising, impressively surprising.

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

Triple P discovered at Trader Joe’s; La Grange, Illinois

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BIJOU-REVIEW: The Little Kernel – Truffle Sea Salt Mini Popcorn

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The Little Kernel - Truffle Sea Salt Mini PopcornWhat a cute little captain kernel, sailing his sorta sapphire sea salt sail boat with his sidekick….suidae?  Huh?!  Oh, now we get it….with his little blue, truffle hunting piggy.

The Little Kernel’s mini popcorn itself is actually cute, and is certainly on the smaller kernel end of the popcorn spectrum (probably half the size of a typical kernel).

Unlike the Himalayan Sea Salt flavor we tried from The Little Kernel just the other day, this stuff is impressively flavored.

Additionally, unlike many other truffle flavored chips or popcorn that we have tried, this popcorn impressively provides a lot of true truffle flavor!

We could have used a touch more salt.

If you like popcorn, and you like truffle, this stuff will certainly do the trick.

Popcorn discovered at Mariano’s; Westchester, Illinois

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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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BIJOU-REVIEW: Pop Art – Tandoori Yogurt Gourmet Popcorn

Rating: ©©©-1/2 chips  (notable)

Pop Art - Tandoori Yogurt PopcornLast year we were lucky enough to try Pop Art’s fantastic Thai Coconut Curry Gourmet Popcorn.  In fact, they nearly cracked our Top 10 of 2015.

So, to say that we were excited for Pop Art’s Tandoori Yogurt Gourmet Popcorn would be a huge understatement.

Unfortunately, we were let down by these the very second we popped some handfuls into our mouth holes.

Compared to the unique and explosive Thai Coconut Curry, the Tandoori Yogurt was just plain old tame and muted.

The seasoning was not bad in any way, just simple and bland in every way.

Certainly savory, we’ll give it that.  Also, evoking of a few fleeting thoughts of Indian food.  But really, we could not pinpoint any actual, single, typical Tandoori flavors of ginger, or cumin, or tumeric, or coriander, or yogurt.

All we really tasted was a slightly rich creamy essence, combined with an extra savory jumble of seasoning.  Both of which were scattered evenly across Pop Art’s deliciously light popcorn kernels.

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

Popcorn discovered at TJ Maxx; Oakbrook, Illinois

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BIJOU-REVIEW: Buck Wild – Roasted Garlic Popcorn

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Buck Wild - Roasted Garlic PopcornTime to go BUCK WILD again!
There’s no denying it, that is just fun to say.

A few weeks ago we reviewed Buck Wild’s Chipotle Cheddar Popcorn, and thought it was pretty good, fortunately the Roasted Garlic is even better.

Do you like garlic?  Okay.  But, do you like lots and lots of garlic?  You do?  Perfect, you may pass.

Here’s one of those flavors where there is no question about, or denying of, what flavor is being represented.  The popcorn tastes like roasted garlic – plain and simple.

But….there’s always a “but” right?  But, the flavor depths do not stop at roasted garlic alone.  There also appears to be this somewhat creamy, and certainly rich, flavor layer that according to the list on the back is none other than popcorn’s best friend – BUTTER.

The Buck Wild popcorn kernels are irregular with some big, and some little, some uniformly round, while others were oddly shaped.  The kernels had a solid body delivering a toothsome bite, while still providing a light and crispy freshness.

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

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BIJOU-REVIEW: The Little Kernel – Pink Himalayan Salt Mini Popcorn

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The Little Kernel - Pink Himalayan Salt Mini PopcornWhat a cute little colonel kernel.  Waiving his cute little flavor flag, on his cute pink bag.

And you know what?  The popcorn itself is actually cute and little.  The bright white miniature kernels are probably one half the size of a traditional popcorn kernel.

But, really we don’t get it.  Or, let’s just say we aren’t falling for the kernel’s cute little smile, and cute little kernels.

The mini popcorn just seems like one more gimmick to trick us into buying another new product on the market.

The popcorn itself is alright, but nothing special. Light and crispy kernels, with a hint of olive oil flavor, but definitely lacking in salt content.  We would have really liked more seasoning.

Getting back to that “we don’t get it” mentioned above.  Popcorn is already a snack where a handful of it can be picked up and tossed into your chomper.  So, why would it be necessary, or for any reason practical, to make it any smaller?  It is not as if you are taking kettle cooked potato chips, and making them miniature so we can cram an entire handful into our chip eaters, rather than grabbing one or a couple of chips and crunching them.  In other words – we just don’t get it.

Popcorn discovered at Mariano’s; Westchester, Illinois

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BIJOU-REVIEW: Chef’s Shoppe – Jalapeño Ranch Cheese Popcorn

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Chef's Shoppe - Jalapeno Ranch PopcornThis is not Chef’s Shoppe’s best offering by a long shot….

Maybe they just set the bar too high with the likes of their amazing Sriracha, and Beer, and Bacon Cheddar flavored Popcorns.  Or, maybe we just scrutinize them too harshly??  Either way, this flavor doesn’t come close!

Too salty.  And we love salt.

Too cheesy.  What?  Too cheesy?  That’s right, in this case the cheese powder completely overwhelms the other flavors.

Ranch = creamy garlic.  That’s we really taste.  No tang, and certainly no mention of any herbal notes, like dill.

Wheres the jalapeño?  Sure, we feel that tickle in the backs of our throats, but we don’t really taste any of the actual vegetal chili flavor.

Of course the Chef’s Shoppe’s popcorn itself is top notch as usual, but all we were thinking the whole time we were eating this flavor was why we hadn’t just gotten bigger bags of those other great flavors mentioned above?!

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