I love popcorn but don't eat it anywhere near as often as I would like. I have a problem, ya see.. I will buy a big bag and eat the entire lot - They may say its a healthier option but with the quantity I can eat.. Not so much! I decided to treat myself to this "smaller" bag from Joe & Seph's, Gourmet Popcorn Chef & Connoisseur with the theory that the better the quality, the less I'd eat!
I picked up the 80g packet at Snape Maltings in Suffolk for £3.50 - A price I don't mind paying for the promise of "gourmet". I struggled to decide which flavour to pick as they had every flavour under the sun including some very quirky offerings but did eventually make a decision and opted for the Salty & Sweet of air popped corn coated in caramel and generously infused with flakes of sea salt.. Because I am ridiculously boring.
Look at those gleaming pieces of corn! They smelt as amazing as they looked - Full on buttery caramel that was quite similar to the original Butterkist. The nobbly puffs were pretty much perfect - All were evenly and generously coated with no unpopped kernels, lurking at the bottom of the bag. I got munching and a deep, rich taste of sweet caramel came when bitting through the satisfyingly crunchy yet light and airy pieces. A real saltiness came through at the end which surprised me as more often than not, these Salty & Sweet popcorns aren't all that salty! It went perfectly with the sweet and balanced the flavours out perfectly. Faultless and flawless!
So my theory has totally been blown out of the water - The higher quality of popcorn didn't prevent me from scoffing this bag in quick succession! There really is no comparison when it comes to a "gourmet" product and a cheaper equivalent.. It may smell like Butterkist but believe you, me - Its a million times better! I also picked up Joe & Seph's Strawberry Cheesecake Popcorn which will be up for review in the not so distant future. Its 2 thumbs up and almost full marks from me - 4.5 out of 5!