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Popcorn Palace

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | March 31st, 2011 | Tasty Thoughts
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I am not a popcorn fanatic.  Of course, maybe that’s because there are so many poorly done types of popcorn available.  I don’t eat popcorn at the movies, though most of my family and many of my friends adore it.  Popcorn covered in “butter flavored oil” just seems nasty.  Microwave popcorn tends to have interesting ingredients to give the popcorn its flavor.  I also don’t like popcorn that is doused in butter, even if it’s real butter.  So, rather than wrinkling my nose at most popcorn, I just pass on eating it.

However, when I was offered some samples of popcorn from Popcorn Palace, I decided to give it a try.  I figured a few of my family members might be willing to help with taste tests.  Unsurprisingly, I did have volunteers who enjoyed not only eating the popcorn but offering in-depth analysis of each type.  Popcorn Palace was kind enough to send five samples:  Chocolate Drizzle Caramel Corn, Fleur de Sel, Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper, Chipotle Cheese, and Softly Salted.

Fleur de Sel was the first flavor we sampled.  As noted by my daughter, there is a delightful caramel taste that is followed by a hint of salt.  For anyone who likes the combination of sweet and salty, this popcorn is the perfect choice.

Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper was next, tried by just my husband and me.  While I liked the saltiness of this popcorn, I found the cracked pepper to be too strong.  However, I don’t enjoy spicy foods, so I decided that it was matter of personal preference.  That was verified by my husband who has a stronger affinity for spiciness and enjoyed every bite of this popcorn.

Chocolate Drizzle Caramel Corn was appraised with two of my children.  I do not enjoy most chocolate-covered foods, so I did not have high expectations for this popcorn.  However, considering that it was covered in chocolate, it was decent.  For the kids, who adore chocolate, this popcorn was fantastic.  (I would trust their judgment more than mine.)

Again, my two younger taste testers were available for the Chipotle Cheese sampling.  This popcorn presented itself with a cheese-forward flavor, followed by the smokiness and light heat of chipotle, noted my son.  It seems that it would pair well with a cola for the kids and a margarita for the adults.

Finally, Softly Salted was tested by all of us.  To me, the popcorn tasted a little more than slightly salted but was thoroughly enjoyable.  As the kids were silent while they devoured their bowls of popcorn, it was apparent that they liked this popcorn a lot.

While the five samples had unique flavors, they did have commonalities.  All of the popcorn was incredibly fresh, so fresh that you would think someone had just made a batch on the stovetop.  Additionally, each package of popcorn was filled with many, full-sized pieces of popcorn and relatively few crumbs.

For a person who isn’t a fan of popcorn, I enjoyed sampling the various flavors that were sent, as did other family member.  To learn more about these flavors from Popcorn Palace, or any of there twenty-five other flavors, visit their website.

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