Buttered Popcorn

Homemade Popcorn

"Popcorn is such a great snack. It is easy to forget how easy and cheap it is to prepare at home." (Leanne Brown, Eat Well on $4 a day, Good and Cheap). Thanks to Leanne's encouragement and a $2 bag of popcorn, the Bautista family has been enjoying homemade buttered popcorn as a treat and snack. My eight year old may not care much about price or nutrition, but she is of the opinion that buttered popcorn "is fun" and screamed in delight when she pulled the lid off the popcorn pot too early.  My twelve year old also has an opinion, "I didn't think I liked popcorn until I tried homemade buttered popcorn", because "it tastes good. Can I have some more? LEAVE SOME FOR ME!!" There are aroma chemicals that smell like popcorn, but I have … [Read more...]

Erin’s Jalapeño White Cheddar Popcorn, flavor review

erins jalapeno popcorn

Jalapeño brings in 2013 with a bang!  Erin's all natural Jalapeño White Cheddar Popcorn is amazing. Once I got over my fear that this popcorn would set my mouth ablaze, I ate over half the bag. Did I already kill my new year's resolution to eat healthier? Not so much: Erin's is high in fiber and "about half the bag" is merely 300 cal. Whew! Erin's also advertises on the back panel that their popcorn is a great choice for healthy snacking. Erin's is manufactured by the same company that makes Tim's potato chips. Tim's offers a jalapeño flavor as well, but I've never been brave enough to try it. I'm a whimp when it comes to hot food. Jalapeño and white cheddar are the perfect combination. The flavor reminds me of really good nachos. The … [Read more...]

Lay’s Classic BLT (bacon lettuce tomato) flavored potato chips, flavor review

Lay's Classic BLT flavored potato chips

Tomorrow I have a final exam. My typical way to prepare for a big exam is to load up on junk food.  Not smart, but emotionally soothing. Currently my snack of choice is Lay's classic BLT flavored potato chips (all natural).  I'm on my second bag and have mixed feelings about finishing the second bag;  sad because they are gone but happy that I will finally stop eating. Lay's BLT (bacon lettuce tomato) potato chips are amazing and I am in awe. These chips taste exactly like biting into a bacon lettuce tomato sandwich. I can distinctly taste a lightly toasted bread, mayonnaise, fresh tomato and fried bacon flavor. The bacon flavor is distinctly bacon; not just smoke flavor. The BLT flavor is subtle and perfectly balanced for a those of us … [Read more...]

Orville Redenbacher’s Gourmet Popcorn, White Cheddar review

New!  Orville Redenbacher's Whte Cheddar Popcorn, review

My daughter introduced me to white cheddar popcorn and now it's a staple in our pantry. Occasionally, we branch out and have microwave butter flavor popcorn, but white cheddar is our favorite. On a recent visit to the supermarket, we found Orville Redenbacher had a microwave white cheddar flavor popcorn for $1. What a great deal; compared to $3 for bagged popped corn. There is a bit of prep work involved microwave popcorn as opposed to bagged popcorn. Minimal prep work for the reward of warm, pleasant smelling popcorn. Orville Redenbacher supplies a White Cheddar Seasoning pack to sprinkle on the popcorn when popped. It is very easy to prepare.  The downside is that it smells very cheesy, almost like the "dirty feet" cheese. Unless you … [Read more...]

Doritos Limited Edition: Salsa Rio & Sour Cream Onion flavor review

Doritos Tortilla Chips, limited edition flavors

It's Superbowl Sunday and I am a huge fan of the snacks and the food us Americans enjoy today.  There are special displays in grocery stores set up for people buying food for the Big Game. Usually they are built out of beer and soda with lots of snacks intertwined. I managed to walk by the Oreo shaped footballs, but couldn't resist trying the new Doritos flavors. Doritos are always "delicious".  I think it's the perfect blend of salt, cheese, MSG, disodium inosinate and disodium guanylate that this brand of chips has. Used in very small amounts, flavor enhancers (MSG, disodium insinuate and disodium guanylate) give a delicious full-bodied flavor to products. My entire family enjoyed the sour cream & onion chips. Surprisingly so, … [Read more...]

Pretzel Crisps review, white chocolate & peppermint flavored

White Chocolate Pretzel Crisps with Peppermint

These yummy pretzels were another good find at Target. I honestly didn't think too much of them when I saw them. Pretzels and peppermint don't sound good.  However, it was nearly impossible to stop eating these Pretzel Crisps once I started. They were so good.  The buttery crisp, salty pretzel blends well with the sweet, milky creamy vanilla coating. The cool, sweet peppermint candy compliments the buttery creaminess perfectly. Interestingly enough, no FD&C colors were used in this snack. The manufacturer, Snack Factory, used beet juice for coloring in the peppermint candy. Traditionally, FD&C colors are used in candy, they are brighter, stronger, easier to use, and less expensive. Lately, consumers are looking for more natural … [Read more...]

Special K cracker chips, sour cream & onion review

Special K Cracker Chips, Sour Cream & Onion

With obesity on the rise, who doesn't want healthier snack options? Kellogg's Special K just launched a new cracker chip baked snack for consumers looking for lower calorie, healthier snack options. Trouble is lower calorie, healthier snack options just don't taste good. Usually, I find problems with the texture, the chips don't crunch right or remind me of styrofoam.  Special K cracker chips have a surprisingly good texture, crispy & crunchy with only the slightest styrofoam character. The taste of the Kellogg's Special K cracker chip, sour cream & onion flavor needs to be fixed, though.   The first chip I tasted wasn't too bad, there were some decent sour cream notes, but when I ate a few I had a bad aftertaste in my mouth. … [Read more...]

Hawaiian Hurricane Popcorn Mochi Crunch & Nori Review

Hawaiian Hurricane Popcorn , Mochi crunch & Nori

The other day my husband came home very excited. He had a surprise for me and couldn't wait to give it to me. My first thought was that he been to the neighboring city that has my favorite chocolates, See's candies, and picked up a box. Therefore, when he gave me a bag of Hawaiian popcorn, I wasn't as excited as I should have been. Hawaii Popcorn Company, whose motto is "We're Poppin in Paradise", has a delicious popcorn product. Preparing this microwave popcorn product was a touch more involved than standard popcorn. Enclosed in the bag of Hurricane popcorn came a microwave popcorn bag, a bag of mochi & nori, a bag of buttery topping and a plastic bag where you mix all (the hurricane). It was very easy to prepare and it was great … [Read more...]

Lay’s Garden Tomato & Basil Flavored Potato Chips Review

Lay's Garden Tomato and Basil flavored Potato Chips

Lay's could have called these potato chips pizza flavored, but instead they called them garden tomato and basil flavored.  It must have been the marketing department, not the flavor scientist, that chose garden tomato and basil.  The flavor is distinctly pizza.   By pizza I mean this chip has a sweet malty/bread note like a pizza crust, a cooked tomato character like pizza sauce, an Italian Seasoning note (more oregano like than basil),and a cheese note. The package of Lay's garden tomato and basil advertised the link to the soup recipe that inspired Garden Tomato Basil flavored chips:  http://www.fritolay.com/recipes/recipe/garden-tomato-and-basil-soup Comparing the recipes for tomato soup and pizza sauce; there exist … [Read more...]

Tim’s Vlasic Dill Pickle Flavored Potato Chips review

Tim's Cascade Style Potato Chips, Vlasic Dill Pickle

I don't love dill pickles, nor am I pregnant with strange cravings;  but I do love Tim's Cascade Style Potato chips.   Tim's chips are extra thick and crunchy and always delicious.  My favorite chips from Tim's are the reduced fat, because they taste like regular potato chips.    Tim's is well-known for their flavored  chips, especially the Hot Jalapeno Seasoned chips.  The jalapeno chips ranked # 1 snack food on Taquitos.net  ( http://www.taquitos.net/snacks.php?snack_code=415) I can't recall seeing a dill pickle flavored chip before, but when I googled it, 31 items came up.   This is the first time I have tried a dill pickle flavored product and I like it.   The aroma of the open bag is  fresh dill and the taste follows through.   … [Read more...]