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I am a fan of savoury buttery popcorn. Now I do own a popcorn maker, and I can make lovely plain or salted or sugared popcorn at home. But somehow, I don't seem to be able to master the art of making buttery popcorn. When I try to spray the butter on the popcorn it goes melty and gooey instead of nicely coated in butter. Not so good!
So, when I'm being good and trying to be healthy, and keeping costs down, I make my own and just have it salted. When I'm being naughty and want buttery popcorn, I buy Butterkist Butter Popcorn for the microwave.
This stuff is gorgeous. It's expensive, bad for you, not good for the environment (packaging), but it does taste soooo good. Call it a guilty pleasure if you will. Each piece of popcorn is perfect, and is salty and buttery tasting. The pieces are crisp and not soggy, and the flavour is just right.
The packaging is a box with what looks like 3 sachets in it. Each sachet is actually a waxed paper bag that unfolds as it cooks, so if you live in an area where you can recycle paper/board that's been near food, then you can recycle it ok (we luckily can), if not then it's a bin job sadly. Each sachet is wrapped in a cellophane wrapper which does have to go in the bin no matter where you are, and being a leeeetle bit of an eco warrior (I try not to let it show too much), I do hate putting things in the bin.
The cost is terrible. I can buy a 500g bag of popcorn that will make us at least a dozen big bowls of popcorn for around 85p, or I can buy a pack of this which does 3 bowls and costs me around £1.50-£2.00 depending on where I buy it.
It is incredibly easy to use. Open the box, take out a sachet, remove cellophane wrapper, and unfold the sachet. Place it the correct way up in the microwave and set the cooking time as indicated. Stay close to the microwave and be prepared for lots of popping to occur. When the popping drops to just one every 2 seconds no matter how much time is left on the clock stop the microwave, remove the now full bag and give it a good shake.
Empty the contents into a bowl and go eat! We like to have a good film ready to go at this point. I believe if you leave the popcorn in the microwave for too long you can burn it, but I've never done so, but then we are always on the listen for it to reach the right point to stop cooking.
The bag contains 100g (including the flavourings), so you do get a good big bowl full of popcorn which is plenty for two to share, or even for a family if you like smaller portions (yes we're greedy I know!), and as I've already said, it does taste divine, it's the cost and the packaging waste that make me blush when I buy it though, so we do only have this occasionally as a special treat. The only disadvantage to eating this stuff is that I do find that you seem to get more kernels that adhere to the popcorn with this than you do with home made popcorn, which means more bits that get stuck between your teeth.
Overall; wonderful flavour, but overpriced and over packaged, and only justifiable really as a special treat.
We had to buy 2 lots of Popcorn for our lazy night in just me and the wife. This is her favourite one, whereas I eat a bit of this, but prefer the sweet kind.
This sells for around £1.80 for the box of 3, but we stocked up a little bit when these packs were on offer in Sainsburys the other month for £1. Any saving is a good saving.
These come in a simple cardboard box. The 3 pouches are folded and are in a plastic wrapper.
Easy to make this. You just take the bag out of the wrapper, unfold and put in the Microwave. Depending on the wattage of your microwave will obviously depend on the cooking time, but the wife always hovers near when cooking this. No matter how long the instructions tell you it will take to cook this, whenever the popping slows down to the odd pop every couple of seconds then that means that this is ready. We've never burnt this, but I would image it would burn quite quick.
The bags come in a 100g bag, and when cooked this little flat bag you popped in the micro is nice and full - almost bursting out the top!. The popcorn that comes out looks light and fluffy with a bit of yellow tinge to it. The flavouring is nice on this, as it does taste nice and Buttery, but it just isn't my choice of flavouring.
I would say 100g is perhaps a lot for 1 person to eat through, but it can be done. I've seen the wife do it many times, but it's a good share size.
The wife would give this 5 stars, but I give 3 as there is nicer flavours out there than this one.
It was Mr Kimbles's birthday on Thursday. He was the grand olde age of 24! What i'd give to be 24 again (yeah I may only be 27 but that 3 years to me makes a difference). So anyway on my weekly shopping trip to Morrisons I got some veg to prepair for Roast Pork for tea. On my way around the Aisle's I also noticed some Butterkist Microwavable Popcorn.
I am not generally a Popcorn person. When we do have that rare night out to the cinema I prefer to have Nacho's with Cheese and a Coke. But as we were having DVD's after Scarlet baby had gone to bed on the night of Mr Kimbles's Birthday I popped some into my trolly.
I have tried this Popcorn before and remember cooking it when I was a Kid. We most did the butterkist Saucepan Popcorn which was so much fun because my Dad would always forget to take it off the cooker before taking the lid off and Popcorn would fly everywhere. And I knew I liked this one so it inspired me more to pay the £1.60 for 3 x 100g packs.
Butterkist off this popcorn in a range of flavours including Toffee, Butter, sweet and salty. They also offer ready made popcorn but I don't find this as nice as the Microwavable one and it is more expensive for just one bag.
This Butter Popcorn comes in a yellow box with the Butterkist heart at the top with the Great to Popcorn Butter flavour underneath with a picture of the Popcorn underneath. The bags themselves are indivually wrapped and are folded flat in a brown colour.
Right with Scarlet in bed, the film on stand by, prignles out it was time to start popping. Operning the clear plastic wrapper I could already smell the butter flavour and was really looking forward to it. On the side if the bag is the instructions of use.
It has a side which needs to be facing down and I later found out this is because it has a metal looking (obviously not metal though as it wou.ld bow the microwave up) which heats the Popcorn from the heat in teh microwave. You then pop it into the Microwave for about 4 minutes or until the 'pops' are 2 seconds apart and then you are ready. And it even tells you how to open the bag so you don't burn yourself.
The proper instructions on the box are as follows -
* Remove plastic wrap.
* Unfold pack and place "This way up" in centre of Microwave.
* Microwave for 2 - 4 minutes.
* When rapid popping slows to 2 seconds bewtween pops - STOP
* Life the bag from Microwave and shake gently.
* Hold two corners and pull apart.
* Careful - HOT CONTENTS, Beware of steam and Keep away from face.
As soon as the popping slowed I couldn't wait to get stuck in. The smell was so lovely and the butter really strong just from being in the Microwave and I was hoping this would continue once the bag was open. I shook the bag and opened as advised.
Sitting down and digging in I couldn't believe how nice the Popcorn was. It wasa soft but crunchy popcorn that was not hard on poor old teeth and so moreish. The taste of the butter was just right and the bag was gone in second.
The only downside I found was that A) There was too many kernols in the bottom which could have made more delicious Popcorn, B) The smell on my fingers was sickly, C) I had bits stuck in my teeth for days and D) it left a long lasting butter smell in my Microwave that only Bicarb Of Soda got rid of.
Here is also some Nutritional info for you aswell because the calories are high in this one. This is per 100g -
* Energy - KJ 1665 & KCAL 395
* Protien - 8.3g
* Carbohydrates - 49.5g
Of Which Sugars - 1.2g
* Fat - 18.5 g
Of Which Sugars - 9.0g
* Fibre - 8.5g
* Sodium - 0.96g
However, I will certainly be getting this for more DVD nights snug at home.
I have recently switched to microwave popcorn instead of the instant packs... I used to get Butterkist instant, so I decided to try their microwave variety of the sweet version.
In each box, there is a pack of three. The box is a thin card, and within, each pack is plastic wrapped, and has a paper bag with the corn inside, with which you just need to follow the easy instructions to prepare.
~~~EASE OF PREPARATION~~~
The popcorn is extremely easy to prepare, and all you have to do is put the packet correctly with the wings facing up and microwave for about three minutes. You should be able to see and hear it pop (which is an extremely cool and fun experience) and be able to smell it...
I found that it is quite difficult to microwave perfectly. I always get corn that doesn't pop, and if I leave it in any longer, it starts to burn... however, I tend to have it slightly before burnt, and just as I smell the burnt-ness, I turn it off... This seems to work, and for the remaining unpopped corn, I just put back in the microwave afterwards.
~~~APPEARANCE, TASTE AND TEXTURE (AND SMELL!!)~~~
Once the popcorn has been prepared, they should be a nice pale cream with tinges of golden brown and yellow. It should smell deliciously sweet, a light smell of corn as well. It is such an appealing smell, you will want to grab some instantly.
The popcorn tastes the best when it is just cooked, and when it is slightly warm, it is soft and crunchy and sweet. I love that it isn't overly sweet, and that it isn't hard. It is really nice and soft, with crunchy edges.
It is difficult for all of it to be equally sweet, and some of the corn just doesn't come in contact with the sugary syrup during microwave, and they just aren't sweet enough, but the majority is a nice and even sweetness.
You can get these for about £1 for three packs which is SO much cheaper than buying them pre-prepared!
I would definitely recommend microwave popcorn over instant popcorn, but whichever brand you get it doesn't really matter. Out of all the ones I've tried, Butterkist is one of the best.
If you're craving for popcorn, get some of this, it's simply great!
When it comes to quick snack our choice is butter taste popcorn. Usually I have some packs stocked up just in case... It fits well a bottle of cold beer. I found that Butterkist Butter Popcorn is one of the best available popcorn on the market.
Butterkist is a brand of the UK based Tangerine Confectionery. It is a company with several well known brands such as Anglo Bubby, Princess, Lion, Barratt and naturally Butterkist.
Price and package
Microwave butter popcorn comes in a yellow paper box with a lot of popcorn on it. There are 3 sachets in the box, each of them contains 100 g high quality corn in butter. It is available in larger supermarkets. Its price in Sainsbury's is 1.95 pounds for the box of 3 but now (24 Nov 2009) it is on offer for 1 pound only.
Popping Corn, Vegetable Oil, Salt, Flavouring, Colour (E160b)
How to prepare it?
Probably most of you have already made popcorn in the microwave oven but let me tell you how I prepare it. So the box contains 3 sachets of popcorn. They are wrapped in a paper sachet which is carefully folded into 3 then wrapped in a transparent foil. I open this foil and throw it out then I put the popcorn in the microwave oven. I put it for 3 minutes but I stay there and listen the popping of the corn. At about 2 minutes and 30 seconds (in my microwave oven) I hear that the rhythm of the popping is slowing down and there are only one or two pops. This is the perfect time when I turn off the microwave oven and take out the paper bag filled with hot, tasty and delicious popcorns. If you leave it longer the ready ones will get burnt and they taste bitter.
Nutritional information per 100 g
A pack of Butterkist Butter popcorn contains 395 kcal energy. There is 8.3 g protein, 49.5 g carbohydrate, 18.5 g fat of which 9 g saturates, 8.5 g fibre and 0.98 g Sodium.
Popping corn is a delicious snack, great thanks for the Native Americans for inventing it. I really like to stock up a few sachets of it because there are evenings when we watch a movie together with my husband and it is very treating sitting together with a large bowl of freshly popped popcorn and a bottle of cold beer in our hands enjoying the film.
It is easy and quick to pop them out. I never considered buying a machine for popping corn. It is very convenient in the microwave oven. Actually it can be popped in a large bowl on the gas too. You just have to open the paper bag and put the butter and the corn in the bowl and cover it with a lid otherwise it will pop all around the kitchen.
It has a very characteristic and strong smell which lasts long in the house. I popped a sachet half an hour ago and I can still smell it in the air. I don't really mind because we love it. My elder son loves popcorn very much.
Although there are several sweet version of it we tried one but it was quite strange. We are used to the butter or the salted version. I recommend everyone with a bottle of beer.
Popcorn is 1 of my favourite snacks. I can't decide if I prefer Salted or Butter. I'm not so keen on sweet though, must be my Savoury tooth.
This is on offer at Sainsburys at the moment for £1 for 4 bags, which is a saving of about 80p. This is found up the Crisp aisle.
This is packaged in a box which is eye catching enough. It has the Butterkist logo on it quite largely and the main colour on the box is yellow to symbolise the Butter flavouring. There is a picture of some popped Popcorn and it all looks alright. The bags are pretty flat inside the box as they are folded up. The bags are in cellophane bags which I think is a bit un neccesary.
The cooking instructions are on the back of the box and each individual bag. You change the amount of time depending on your Microwave wattage. The time is anything from 2 minutes up to 4 minutes. You are advised to keep an eye on this cooking and when the Popping slows down to a pop every couple of seconds then the Popcorn is ready. Although I havenever burnt this, I can see it would be easy to burn if you didn't keep an eye on it. The annoying thing is you are always left with some unpopped kernals, but I guess that is better than burnt Popcorn.
The bags only come in 100g when cooked, which is a pretty large amount when poured into a bowl. I am the only 1 here who likes Popcorn, and although I can eat the whole bag it's just a pity it didn't come in 50g bags.
The bag expands in the Microwave and puffs right out. It is hot when you bring it out, and you open the paper bag by pulling apart the 2 corners and this opens the bag easily.
When cooked the Popcorn tastes hot, fresh and the coating of Savoury Butter is just right. You will notice that some bits have a more yellow tinge to them, and those bits are the nicest as they are Buttery and yummy. The Popcorn is large bits as well and this is the best Microwave Popcorn i've had.
Each 100g has 390 calories and 16g of fat.
A great snack while cosy in the house.
I am inclined to nibble and it seems to me that with the exception of fruit- nibble means piling on the pounds, as nibbles are highly calorific.
So when I read that salted microwave popcorn was a nibbler's delight as you could both share a pack and nibble thru a whole bag and have only consumed 205 calories each- well Butterkist went straight onto my shopping list.
The box contains 3 inner packs each containing 100g of popcorn- which I think is plenty to share. It couldn't be easier to make, all you do is take off the plastic wrap, unfold the inner container and place it- (right way up) in your microwave for 2-4 minutes and Hey Presto.Now it says 2-4 minutes, but of course in microwave terms thats is a huge timespan- so you're told that when the popping slows to 2 seconds between pops - the popcorn is ready. Now I did this and in a category E microwave this took 2 and a half minutes- on opening the bag- which was now large!- my tasty nibbles were all ready.- Or so I thought- as I worked my way thru the contents I found about 25% of raw kernels at the bottom of the bag- so obviously I should have left on for a little while longer- and on the next occasion I found 3 minutes cooked 99%.- so bear that in mind.
Now they taste just like the salted popcorn you buy at the cinema- so if you like that you will be pleased with these- especially as they are so very much cheaper. To be honest if I fancied popcorn at the movies from now on- I would pop these before I left home as the bag is well sealed until you open it. (Naughty I know- but we are in a credit crunch).
The remnants at the bottom if the pack- are loved by the birds-so yet more happy customers.
The contents are Popping Corn, Vegetable oil and salt.
BUT - people allergic or intolerant to soya must avoid as they may contain traces.
The 100g pack contains 20.7g of fat of which almost half is saturated fat- so they are not the healthiest of snacks-but far better than many of the alternatives and let's face it most of us aren't angels in the food choice department all the time.
Everyone has there weaknessess right? Well not being a huge fan of chocolate, I prefer more savoury things and popcorn has always been my weak spot. I could easily go through the 3 bags that come on the box.
This Butterkist Butter Mircrowave popcorn, is one of the best out there retailing at around £1.79 in tescos's its works out at extremely good value for money.
The taste is to die for, it isn't over powering but has that subtle hint of butter, that makes you wanting to make more and more. You can get it in other flavour such as Salt, and Sweet but this by far has to be the best. You can in most supermarkets buy just once sachet of the stuff (if you are wanting to watch your weight or its a treat) which is abou 60p. I take this stuff with me when I go to the cinema, and it is just as good, because I don't know about your cinemas but Im not paying up to £5.45 for a large popcorn when I can have so much more for £1.79.
This stuff is really simply to make, and almost fool proof, simply un wrap it from the cellophane wraper and open it up, so its unfolded. Now depending on the wattage of your microwave it reccomend on the packet between 2-4 minutes but I have a 800 W microwave and I put it in for 2 minues 20. Obviously the lower the wattage the greater the time left in. Then wait and hear it pop it takes around 30seconds for it to get warmed up before it starts going crazy and popping like mad, but you need to listen out, because I have been stung before where I left it in to long and it burnt (which is the worst thing in the world) Once the popping slows down to about 3-4 seconds it should be ready to take out.
Leave it to cool for 10 seconds or so, because it is very hot and if you open it up straight away all the steam will burn you. Once its done you can open it into the bowl and voila, fresh hot popcorn is ready. This really is a delicious treat for anyone to enjoy.
We don't tend to be big on buying snacky things when we go shopping - for the simple reason that we would eat whatever we could get our hands on, and would all be rather larger than we currently are!
Also, as a very busy family, it is quite a rarity for us all to be at home together.
So this Saturday evening, we decided that we would watch the final of Strictly Come Dancing, with a bowl of popcorn. I had done the weekly grocery shop at Morrisons and they had boxes of microwave popcorn for 88p.
There are other flavours - plain, or sweet were available, but we chose the butter popcorn. There are three bags in each box, which works out at incredible value.
This popcorn is as easy as it gets - you put a bag in the microwave, turn it on for 2 minutes, and listen to the popping! Be careful, because the corn continues popping after the microwave has gone "ding" so if you opened the bag too soon, it would go everywhere and would be very hot!
Once the bag has stopped "popping", open it up and voila, a load of freshly made delicious buttery popcorn!
Because this is air popped, with no oil needed, it is very low in fat, so those of us in the house that are worried about our weight (ok, that's just me then!) could tuck in guilt free!
One bag was enough for four of us to munch through quite happily, and worked out at less than 30p.........an excellent treat at a fantastic price!
The taste was just right - you could definitely taste the butter. Just rich enough without being too sickly or too bland.
I would definitely recommend this product to anyone and will be happy to try the sweet version next time I am looking for an excuse to munch.
It would be well worth keeping some of this in the house to make as a treat when the children bring unexpected friends home after school, or to save a fortune when going to the cinema!