Hey everyone, baseball’s back! I should admit, I’m not a huge fan of the sport myself. But even I can’t deny there’s nothing quite like America’s pastime: sitting in one spot for several hours and half-paying attention to what’s happening on the field, all while stuffing your face with food.
My favorite part of baseball is figuring out which snack I’m going to sneak into the ballpark. I have three basic criteria in making my decision:
#1: the snack must be loosely related to baseball (peanuts, popcorn, Cracker Jack, etc.);
#2: it must be able to fit in Mrs. Snack Cellar’s purse (this also works well for going to the movies); and
#3: it must have more calories than an apple, but less calories than the helmet nachos that could feed a family of four, but always seem to be eaten by a man of one.
Stepping into the batter’s box: Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop S’mores Kettle Corn. It at least meets #1 and #3 of my initial test, so it’s off to a good start. Let’s see if it’s good enough to get me through watching Joe Mauer hit his third ground out of the game!
Like all of Angie’s popcorn flavors, this S’mores Kettle Corn is light and simple. It’s covered in a glaze throughout, with some pieces also drizzled with chocolate. The appearance alone is really appealing, and paired with the graham scent that wafted out when I opened the bag, I was excited to dig in.
The popcorn itself has a pleasant texture and tastes fresh. The chocolate drizzle is surprisingly decadent. The package notes that the drizzle combines real cane sugar and cocoa powder, and those ingredients produce a remarkable milk chocolate flavor. There’s a good saltiness throughout, too, brought out by the salt in the drizzle and the sea salt covering the popcorn.
In a few bites here and there, I picked up on a decent graham flavor and some hints of sweetness, but it was really inconsistent. This is where Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop S’mores Kettle Corn misses the mark a bit, in my opinion. Although all of the pieces appear to have some sort of glaze on them, the ones with the actual chocolate drizzle are easily the most flavorful.
I tested my theory by eating a few pieces with little or no drizzle on them–they basically just tasted like sweet and salty popcorn. Then, I ate a few drizzled pieces and could taste some graham flavor along with the obvious milk chocolate. It seems like all of the s’mores flavor is actually in the drizzle, so if you grab a handful of plain pieces, you’re basically just eating kettle corn.
It became clear as I ate Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop S’mores Kettle Corn that this is kettle corn first and “s’mores” second. Of course, being an Angie’s flavor, I knew the popcorn wouldn’t be doused in flavoring. Still, I think this could have used a bit more–or at least, more consistent–flavor to really bring out the taste of s’mores.
Taking this as popcorn, it’s pretty good. The chocolate drizzle is definitely a great touch and a new approach for Angie’s. On the other hand, the fact that most of the flavor is contained in the drizzle results in an uneven distribution of flavors. Having said that, it’s good enough to at least earn a spot in my snack rotation.
|Item:||Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop S’mores Kettle Corn|
|Price and Place of Purchase:||$3.29 at Target|
|Nutrition Facts (serving size-1 and 1/3 cups):||140 calories, 70 calories from fat, 8 grams of fat, 3 grams of saturated fat, 1.5 grams of polyunsaturated fat, 3.5 grams of monounsaturated fat, 85 milligrams of sodium, 18 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of dietary fiber, 11 grams of sugar, 1 gram of protein.|
|In a Nutshell:||Looks great, and chocolate drizzle is a tasty new feature for Angie’s popcorn. Flavor is inconsistent, resulting in some handfuls of mostly plain kettle corn. Centuries from now, historians will debate whether we used helmets more as safety gear or food containers. It’s probably the latter.|
|Overall Score:||7 out of 10|
Our friends at Junk Banter also reviewed Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop S’mores Kettle Corn. Check it out!
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