So recently, I spied an opportunity to test out a popcorn brand. We all know that I love food but did you know that I also love popcorn. It isn’t something I eat that often because I often get carried away with it. You know, like when you open a big bag of crisps and at some point in the next 10 minutes find yourself hitting the bottom of the bag? That happens to me and popcorn too. However, having not sampled any crunchy kernels for some time, I thought it would be a nice thing to do. So, say hello to Popcorn Shed. A brand I had not heard of previously.
For the sake of transparency, these products were gifted to me to review. However, as always, all views and opinions are my own.
Within the box of samples received were 7 smaller snack bags and two bigger boxes., known as sheds.
Here is what Popcorn Shed have to say about themselves:
‘Popcorn Shed is the UK’s first super-premium gourmet popcorn brand. We incorporate TEXTURE into our popcorn through chunks of nuts, chocolate and dried fruit, in order to maximise the taste of our popcorn and enhance ‘mouth feel’. Our popcorn is the first UK popcorn brand to be packaged in beautiful popcorn ‘shed’ cartons, each with its own unique personality and theme. Our shed cartons make fantastic use of colour and have great shelf presence’.
So, onto the flavours. There are 7 flavours available in the range. I received 7 snack packs, one of each flavour.
I roped (I say roped, there wasn’t much arm twisting required) Mark into helping me sample the popcorn in order to formulate a more rounded review. With somewhat of a sweet tooth, it is safe, and perhaps an understatement, to say that he was keen.
We decided to rate the popcorn in order to establish our favourites. As we munched our way through, we found each of the 7 flavours to be consistent in terms of texture and quality. We loved them. Therefore, the scoring depicted our favourites when it came to a preference for flavour.
First up, we tried Salted Caramel.
Both agreed that it was well coated with a thick covering of caramel. However, to my surprise and pleasure, it wasn’t sickeningly sweet. It was crisp but not too crunchy, tasty and delicious. Salted Caramel is one of Mark’s favourite flavours so I gave this one an 8/10 and Mark gave it a 9. I will list the results
Next up we sampled Pecan Pie. One of the two nutty flavours. This was also lovely. It had a subtle but full pecan flavour. Again, a good coating with a good crunch. Mark and I both scored this one 7 out of 10.
Butterly Nuts is the second of the nutty flavours. This bag was slightly more calorific than the others. 130 calories for this snack bag but with peanuts involved, it may not be a surprise. This one had a subtle nut flavour but the same fab coating. Not too sweet but enough to satisfy a sweet tooth. 8 from Mark and 7 from me.
On to Berrylicious. I really wasn’t sure what to expect with this one and found the lovely sugary glaze to be delightful. It seems to seal in the crispiness. Berry flavoured without being tooth-rottingly sweet, this was another favourite. 7 from Mark and 9 from me.
Pop ‘n’ Choc
Pop n’ Choc was next on the agenda. This one had the same great coating as the others but a little less flavour in my opinion. Still nice and, again, not overpoweringly sweet. For me, this was nice but not my favourite. Mark loved it. Mark 8 but just 6 from me.
Sweet Cheesus came next and we were both intrigued. Cheese and caramel flavour mixed together? I couldn’t imagine. After both having a good chew we agreed that it was weird but good. Really good. The cheese aspect reminded me of toasted cheese. When you have had it bubbling under the grill and the taste deepens to downright delicious. Mix that with classic caramel flavour and you have Sweet Cheesus. You have to try it to believe it. In Mark’s words ‘curiously different and strangely addictive. 7 out of 10 from Mark and 9 out of 10 from me.
Finally, we tasted the Cheese flavour. I initially expected this one to be my favourite as I am more of a savoury than sweet, type of lass. This one had a great depth of flavour and is awesome for cheese lovers. However, it was ever so slightly too cheesy for me. Reminded me of those cheese footballs you can usually buy at Christmas, just a bit posher. I gave this one a 7 and Mark gave it a 6.
|Pop ‘n’ Choc||6/10||8/10|
Salted Caramel was the clear winner for Mark but then salted caramel flavours usually do. That one was lovely for sure, we really liked all of them. However, for me, Berrylicious and Sweet Cheesus won. Both flavours are incredibly different to anything I have tried before and both were delicious.
You can find out more information and take a look at the available flavours over on the Popcorn Shed website.
So, have you tried Popcorn shed? Which is your favourite flavour?
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