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As we have a lovefilm.com membership now we have a fair few movie nights at home to save ourselves some money and still have fun. Therefore, there is often lots of snacks in the house now for the nights when we are going to watch a film. One of our new favourites is this Butterkist microwave sweet flavour popcorn. The popcorn comes in 3 sachets which is provided within a cardboard box. These sachets are very handy as you just peel off the plastic wrapper and then place the small bag of popcorn in the microwave. There is a handy pointer on the bag telling you which side down it should be laid for the popcorn to cook properly. To cook the actual popcorn you just need to lie in flat in the microwave for 2-4 minutes and then you will need to stay by the microwave. The popcorn will begin to pop and once there is a few seconds between pops then you will know that the popcorn is ready and you can stop the microwave. Once the popcorn has finished cooking then you can just remove the bag from the microwave and give it a gentle shake for a few seconds. This will ensure that all the popcorn is getting coated in the sweet flavouring and that there is no popcorn stuck all over the bag. You can then hold the two corners and pull the bag apart (avoid opening too near your face as the bag will have lots of hot steam in it), we usually just pour ours in to a bowl at this point. The popcorn normally cooks very well in the microwave and after about 2 and a half minutes we are able to remove ours from the microwave and it's ready to be eaten. I love how the bag of popcorn opens up in the microwave and the first time that we made this I was convinced that is was going to blow up and we spent the few minutes in front of the microwave arguing about when the popcorn was going to be ready to be removed and waiting for the popping to die down. The popcorn itself is actually very tasty, most of the pieces are well cooked and in our first bag we did have a fair few bits of corn that hadn't been fully cooked but this was probably my fault for being hasty and opening the microwave a little bit earlier because I was convinced that the bag was going to explode. The flavouring on the popcorn is sweet and it's hard to specifically label this as being one kind of flavour. Most of the popcorn is well coated after a generous but gentle shake and after we had made this a few times we seemed to have the knack of making it perfect and not leaving lots of unpopped bits of corn in the bottom of the bag. It's quite important that you shake it a fair bit as soon as it has finished in the microwave as otherwise you will end up with bits of popcorn that are stuck to the bag and break up as you try to pull them away. Also, the bag is very hot once removed from the microwave so you end up leaving these bits all over it and having to pick them off later for the food recycling bin! The quality of this popcorn is quite high and with each bag containing 410 calories, 54.6g carbohydrates (of which 1.1g sugars), 17.7g of fat (of which 8.5g saturates) and 7.9g of fibre this is a naughty but nice treat for our film nights in. There is a surprisingly small amount of sugar considering this is a sweet popcorn but then they have used sweeteners for this rather than pure sugar. I don't like to eat lots of products that contain sweeteners but then I don't want to have lots of sugar either as I am insulin resistant so I'd prefer this product to one laden with sugar. The popcorn is yummy and this bag is enough for a whole bowl for us which usually sees us through to the end of whatever film we are watching without too many squabbles about who has eaten the most. There is a very large bowlful from this bag but if you were giving it to more than two people then I would definitely recommend making another bagful. This was on offer in Sainsburys with 3 x 100g bags available for just £1 but I believe the usual price is over £1.50. However, I'd happily pay this price as our film nights are so much cheaper than going to the cinema anyway and it's just over 50p a bag which I'd personally say is a right bargain for the large quantity of popcorn that we get.
I like more savoury snacks rather than sweet, and would always choose a bowl of Popcorn or Crisps before some Cakes and Sweets. I buy a pack of the Microwave stuff and can nibble at a whole pouch myself, but it does take me a little while to get through it. I usually choose the Savoury Butter one, followed by the Salted one (There's never nearly enough salt on it, and I have to pile a lot more on - yes, I know, not that healthy!) I decided to buy this kind last month when I saw it on offer in Sainsbury's for £1 for the pack of 3 bags. I think it normally costs around £2 in most shops, and probably most certainly in Sainsbury's as it is expensive there! Anyway. A small-ish cardboard box. This is a sort of grey/silver colour and has the lettering quite large on the box and a nice picture of some Popped Corn. Just like the Dooyoo picture in fact - funny that! Each bag inside is 100g, and is folded into 3 folds. The bags are wrapped in a cellophane wrapper, and you remove this wrapper, place the bag on the side with the bottom down and put the Microwave on. The sides are clearly marked, and to look at the bag there is only the way it goes, or if you try and put the bag with the 2 folded bit on the bottom of the Microwave then this is the wrong way around. Per 100g bag this has 410 calories and 17.7g of fat. There is the cooking instructions on the back of the bag and also on the back of the outer cardboard pack. It depends on your Microwave wattage as to how long this takes. You are best to stay quite near to the Microwave, as this doesn't take long to cook, and even 20 seconds too long makes the difference between fluffy tasty Popcorn, and burnt singed bits! You listen to the Pops and when the popping slows down to a pop ever 3-4 seconds then that is it cooked. My Microwave is a 900watt and It takes about 2 minutes 30 to cook this bag. Once cooked you jsut open the bag at the top. This is easy as it is paper, and tears easily enough. Watch out for steam though, as you will probably see some escaping when you rip this open. Just pop in a bowl and enjoy. The only thing I don't like so much about Microwave Popcorn is if you cook the bag you have to eat or bin the bag. It still stays fresh the day before, but it is a little stale-er, and if only this could be in smaller bags such as 50g, then it would suit if you just wanted a bif of a nibble. Therefore if you wanted a larger munch, then you could just cook 2 of these. I liked this taste. It isn't 1 I would eat that often, as i'm not so used to Sweet Popcorn. It wasn't overly sweet, but it tasted like Cinema stuff with just a hint of a Sugary taste. I will buy this again on the odd occasion.
I have been looking for this box of Microwavable popcorn from Butterkist after reading reviews on here about how nice it was, I was out of luck in Tesco but finally I stumbled across a box containing 3 sachets in Morrisons and had to buy some in. Contained in the silver box as illustrated above each sachets contain 100 grams, the flavour is described as "sweet" and the beauty of these is that you cook them yourself in the microwave. Instructions are explained and it is as easy as putting a sachet into your microwave and nuking for 2 minutes until the popping stops and the contents are ready to eat. Taking care not to burn yourself on the steam the bag is easy to open and the popcorn is ready to be poured into a big bowl, the aroma is sweet and I was reminded of the concession stands in the cinema. Popcorn has always been a favourite of mine and over the years I have tried many varieties each with varying degrees of taste. Butterkist is a familiar name which to me is always associated with popcorn and I always enjoy a bag of the pre-popped treat especially when watching a film on an evening. Once popped and allowed to cool a little the taste of these is indeed sweet, although not as sweet as the "cinema style" popcorn that you can buy in the silver bags, I did find this to be slightly disappointing to be honest as I imagined that the taste of this would be the same as the bagged variety but it was still light-years better than the popz variety I had already tried and reviewed here. I was pleased to see that there were not that many unpopped kernels left in the bag and that the popcorn was beautifully white and fluffy. I usually find popcorn to be incredibly moreish and was more than happy to sit watching a film munching away through the bowl in front of me. Nutrition wise a 100 gram serving (a full bag) will provide 410 calories, 17.7 grams of fat - of which 8.5 grams are saturates and 1.1 grams of sugar. 100 grams is a lot to be fair and even with my love of popcorn I couldn't manage to eat the whole lot myself so I do think that this makes for a great treat to share. Ingredients reveal that there are artificial sweeteners included - Isomalt and sucratose - and the taste is evident after a while so if sweeteners are of concern to you then this may not be the product for you. Overall I found these to be the best of the microwavable popcorn I have tried although admittedly this is only the second variety I have tasted, the popcorn pops perfectly in the microwave and provides a sweet, tasty treat that is convenient and great for sharing. I was slightly let down by the price and didn't find it as moreish as I thought, preferring the bagged variety overall. For me though, Butterkist Sweet flavour Microwave popcorn rates a good 4 out 5 Dooyoo stars, excellent value for money at around £1.75 for a box containing 3x100 gram sachets which is far cheaper than buying the prepopped bags that cost around £1.00 each. The flavour lets it down slightly as it does taste artificial and sickly especially if over eaten so do enjoy in moderation.
I love popcorn so when I very recently saw a box of this containing 3 sachets of the stuff in my local Sainsbury's for a pound I couldn't resist grabbing it for me and my Step-Farther as we both love it! The Packaging: Metallic, silver box of which the front and the back are the same and the information given on there is that I'm told it is Butterkist 'Great To 'Pop'corn', Sweet Flavour Microwave Popcorn and the microwave simple is displayed and I'm told that the box contains 3x 100g serving and there is a photograph of the popcorn on there too. Other information on the box includes ingredients and allergy advice (Contains: Soya), there is a full nutritional chart on there, instructions for heating it up are given and contact details for Monkhill Confectionery are listed (the manufacturer of the product). Nice box, informative enough and not huge, I like the way that it is easier to store than buying 3 standard bags of popcorn! The Popcorn: All you do is you get 3 brown bags with instructions and warnings listed on them. Take a bag, don't open it and cook it in the microwave for between 2-4 minutes. You have to listen as when the pops become less than 2 seconds apart and the popcorn is ready to eat! You have to be careful opening the packet in case any popping corn decides to explode at you and watch for the steam as it's hot and will burn if your not careful! What you get for the most part is light golden and bobbly looking popcorn! You get loads in a bag, it really isn't one bit greasy or too dry and simply tastes sugary rather than appearing caramelised. It's tasty, easy to prepare and very moreish and my Step-Dad eats it just warm and just out of the microwave me.... I prefer to cover mine in syrup and make it real sticky! Verdict: A very good value product that isn't rocket science to get right. You are left with a few pieces of unexpanded pop corn in the way of kernel's...avoid them or risk breaking your teeth but this is very good quality and not too sweet popping corn at it's best in my opinion! Nutritional Information Per100g Energy:4.10 Protein: 7.7g Carbohydrate: 54.6g of which sugars: 1.1g Fat: 17.7g of which saturates: 8.5g Fibre: 7.9 Sodium: 0.01g Available to purchase in most good supermarkets etc.
This is yet gain another food i love- popcorn!! I love cinema popcorn and normally just eat sweet, so when i went down to my local Sainsburys and saw this microwave popcorn was on offer, i had to buy it! In the box there was packets and in them it has 3 small bags, which have instructions on them and tell you how to work out whether the popcorn is done or not, and how it had to be put into the microwave. I followed the instruction which basically told you to take out the popcorn when it started to stop popping. In the bag you got a lot of popcorn, too much really. You had to hold the edges because it was so hot, it had a nifty opening system where you puled the too hot edges away from each other and the bag seam to magically tear a large whole in the top. I quckily poored alll the popcorn into a large bowl and sat back down on my sofa, and carried on watching my film.Only to find how nice ht epocorn was. I normally only eat the ready made cinema pocorn, but this was really light compared to it. It was luke warm and crinchy in the middle and soft around the edges. The sweet falvour lasted untill i had had a drink of juice, i was constantly licking my lips, gums and teethe as it tasted so good from the flavor left behind by the popcorn. I looked at bag, it seamed to had left some sort of sticky paste on the inside, i just assumed that that was what the flavor was, and was sprayed into the bags so it flavored the popcorn. I only payed 1 pound for my set of 3, when it was on a promotion, so i think it was a very good buy. I would recommend it.