Apologies for the cobwebs; this review’s been sitting in my head for awhile now.
But seriously, people; Boom Chicka Pop is awesome.
I have pretty strict rules when it comes to popcorn in general. I don’t like cold butter popcorn (i.e., those shitty bags of Wise movie theater buttered popcorn they sell in depressing vending machines), and I’m rarely in the mood for hot buttered popcorn, either (though if I’m gonna go with buttered popcorn, it damn well better be hot). Moving on.
Up until now, I’ve held Popcorn Indiana’s incredibly overpriced white cheddar popcorn as the standard against which I measure all (store-bought popped) popcorn. Don’t get me wrong; I still love that one, but it’s gotten harder to find every year, and frankly, I’ve given up.
A close second to the white cheddar popcorn from Popcorn Indiana would be their kettle corn. You just can’t go wrong mixing salty and sweet! But again, Popcorn Indiana is the Carmen Sandiego of the junk food world, and I’m getting too old for the chase (have I mentioned my bum knees?).
Cue the Boom Chicka Pop.
My boyfriend was the one to introduce this to me, after he had what I’m going to call a very successful trip to Costco about a month ago. And I’ll admit it: I was skeptical at first.
I’m not exactly sure why; maybe something to do with the feminine packaging? I thought this was going to be one of those “so-healthy-you-can’t-even-taste-it” snacks (anyone here ever try Skinny Pop?). Was I in for a pleasant surprise!
You really do taste both the salty and the sweet flavors. For me, with my Gene Simmons-esque tongue, I find that the sweet taste comes out first, quickly followed by the salt. The important thing to note here, though, is that neither one is overpowering; not too much sugar or too much salt. This is the Goldilocks of kettle corn, folks.
And it is a true kettle corn. Don’t be surprised if the texture has more of a crunch than your traditional popcorn. It’s not on the level of that gross caramel popcorn they sell in giant tins at Christmastime (seriously, who eats that?!), so don’t be discouraged, but there is an above-average crunch.
As I mentioned before, we bought our Boom Chicka popcorn at Costco, so needless to say, the bag was the size of my torso. It barely lasted us a week.
So far the Sweet & Salty Kettle Corn is the only flavor I’ve tried from this brand, but if they have a white cheddar one, I’m trying that sucker next!
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