Rating: ©©-3/4 chips (tolerable)
PopCorner’s slogan used to be “The New Shape of Popcorn,” apparently now it has changed to “Simply the Better Choice.” So, the question then arises, was that “simply the better choice”, for “the new shape of popcorn?”
First, let’s point out PopCorner’s beautiful new sophisticated packaging to our left. The bright white, eye-catching bag with bold orange and blue font popping off of it is eye-catching to say the least.
These chips intrigued us from the get go. We have always been fans of the popped popcorn chips, but we’re pretty sure that we have never tried any that included popped beans (there has to be a joke in there somewhere in there right?)!!
Just like with the packaging, the actual chips are also quite visually impressive. Hexagonal in shape, with colors of blue-ish-black, and green mixed in with the typical yellows and whites of popcorn. The chips sort of reminded us of a multi-colored granite counter top.
Unfortunately, the chips also taste like that same granite counter top…. no, we’re just kidding, they aren’t quite that bad. But, we can tell you that it is very apparent, right from the first chomp, that this is not your typical popcorn chip party. Beans, of three types (black, green split and yellow split), have crashed this shindig, and taken control of the crunchy refreshments!
The beans give the chips a tougher texture and chew, and definitely cause them to dry out quite a bit. We were reaching for some water after only a couple of chips.
Even probably more odd than their texture was the chips’ seasoning. The mango salsa seasoning started out just like any other mango salsa flavoring, delivering a sweet and tangy, tropical fruity flavor, but that quickly diminished and the seasoning went somewhere we just did not enjoy following.
We don’t know about you but when we think of mango salsa we do not think of paprika, cumin or cinnamon. Do you? Didn’t think so. Pretty sure this seasoning included all three.
Last little gripe, we could have used more salt on these chips to keep them in the savory realm as opposed to the sweet
Chips discovered at World Market; Oak Brook, Illinois
Popcorners Official Website
Chip Ratings Scale:
© – return to sender
©© – tolerable
©©© – notable
©©©© – lip-smacking
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