This is one of the reasons why I started a blog.
Story time: Yesterday I went to TJ Maxx for the first time in years to make a last-minute sunglasses purchase, but I got sucked in to the food wonders that are available at TJ Maxx. I was actually already standing in line to check out with my discounted Oscar de la Renta gold-rimmed glasses when I spotted a brown bag full of vanilla and sea-salt flavored soft caramels in a rack in front of the cash register. I KNOW I KNOW I KNOW that they put those delicious looking things there to get you to make an impulsive purchase, but I was still sucked into it. SUCKED IN! I abandoned my place in line to find the home goods section to see what other caramel collections they had, because apparently I do my grocery shopping at department stores now.
I was pleasantly surprised to see the range of specialty grocery items in the home goods section. Every single brand there was one that I had never heard of before, and all of the cookies, candies, and macarons (!) looked so good! And they were cheap, too! There were so many varieties of caramels there that I couldn’t even decide which one to pick. There was also a brand that had both triple-chocolate cookies and cranberry-almond cookies, and I couldn’t decide which one to get so I didn’t get either. So I looked for something new to try, and spotted this s’mores popcorn from a brand I’ve never heard of: The Popcorn Factory.
So what’s the first thing I do when I want to try a new food? I whip out my phone and start Googling reviews. I was so dismayed when I couldn’t find one for this popcorn! I rely on the internet to tell me if a food, makeup, clothing brand, book, etc. is good or not because there is no worse feeling than buying something you end up not liking or not eating, because it becomes a waste of money. So, I bought this popcorn anyway, and I’m going to review it so at least there would be one opinion out there on record in the world. At least one.
And that is one of the reasons why I started this blog.
On to the review!
If you love chocolate, and you love sweet stuff, you will love this popcorn. Both of those requirements are mandatory. This popcorn is incredibly chocolaty, and the kernels themselves are very sweet. It’s basically caramel corn popcorn covered in chocolate with the occasional graham cracker and marshmallow.
The graham cracker pieces in the popcorn is definitely the best part in my opinion, too bad I could only find two! I found my first graham cracker when I first opened the bag, and combined with the kernels it really gave the popcorn that s’mores flavor. I was so disappointed then when I had to eat my way to the very bottom of the bag to find more, only to be greeted with sad graham cracker crumbs.
I did find ONE other full graham cracker though, during my journey. Yes, the graham crackers are really that good.
I was slightly hesitant to buy this popcorn because of its claim to also have “real marshmallows”, because I don’t like marshmallows. Well, if you do like marshmallows you may be disappointed, because I couldn’t find any in this bag. The popcorn does taste faintly of marshmallow, but it must be flavor-infused in the kernels because I couldn’t find any mini marshmallow bits, which is what I was expecting.
All that being said, I do this this popcorn is very, very good. You really have to be in the mood for a sugar rush, though, because it really is more of a dessert than a snack. It’s sweet, which can be overwhelming if you eat too much of it. You know that stomach ache you got when you were 5 years old after eating too many Skittles and chocolate bars? Yeah, I got that last night, and I’m not 5 years old.
Overall, this is a good, sweet snack. You get a pretty unique product for only $3.49, and I saw another flavor at TJ Maxx too – caramel corn! The packaging claims that the popcorn was “fresh popped”, but it doesn’t taste fresh at all. The fact that this expires in September leads me to believe that it was fresh popped five months ago.
Would I repurchase: Yes, but I would have to learn some self-restraint. This stuff will get your insulin going like no other.