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Im usually a Butterkist Cinema Sweet popcorn addict but I received this Poppycock Almond and Pecan packet in a Christmas hamper and decided to try it out, waste not want not and all that. I had never heard of the company before but the popcorn seemed appealing and I do like almonds so I gave it a go.
"Poppycock® is sweet indulgence, a gourmet popcorn lovers dream for over 40 years. Crunchy and splendidly scrumptious, Poppycock clusters are a sinfully savory sensation. Loaded with premium nuts, fluffy popcorn and topped off with our Amazing Glaze coating, Poppycock is a potpourri of tantalizing tastes guaranteed to have you yearning for more." -lincolnsnacks.com
Poppycock Almond and Pecan-
Described as "clusters of almonds, pecans and popcorn covered in an amazing glaze" Poppycocks almond and pecan popcorn comes in a 100g foil bag in the most sumptuous red and gold tones, the Poppycock logo is emblazoned across the front and the pack features images of the nutty popcorn clusters you will find inside.
Simply tear along the top of the pack (indicated by the "Tear here" arrow) to open the packet.
Mixed nuts 27% (Almonds 18% Pecans 9%) Glucose syrup, Sugar, Butter 12%, Popcorn, Brown Sugar, Salt, Soya Bean Oil, Emulsifier.
Nutritional Information per 100g-
513 kcal/ 2147 kJ
Carbohydrate- sugars 43.0g
Cashew Lovers Popcorn
Chocolate Lovers Popcorn
Pecan Delight Popcorn
Deluxe Nut Mix
Price and availability-
The Poppycock range is available in supermarkets and also online. A 100g bag is approximately £2.25
I tore open the pack a little dubious as to what I would find inside, I had never tried this kind of popcorn before so wasn't sure what I was going to find. The first thing I noticed was the smell, expecting a certain amount of nut in the aroma I found myself disappointed that it only smelt like standard toffee popcorn.
The first cluster I pull out looks little like the ones pictured on the pack, a clump of 5 pieces of popcorn stuck together but with no sign of any almond or pecan, I try for a 2nd cluster and this time get 4 pieces of popcorn and a brown thing that I seriously hope is a nut. Somehow I'd imagined the 27% nut content would actually have some physical presence. Ok so I try for a 3rd cluster, and theres the nuts! a big ugly cluster of coated popcorn and 3 very scary looking almonds.
I take my first bite, from cluster number 2 as it's the more appealing, the coating is sweet with a toffee like taste, like the sugary sweet coating on a toffee apple but not as sickly as Butterkist Toffee coating. The popcorn is quite crunchy and not much like the "fluffy popcorn" described on the back of the pack, the almonds and pecans are overpowered by the toffee coating and only after several moments chewing do you get any hint of the nuts flavour. The popcorn leaves a faint sugary after taste in your mouth but nothing overpowering or unpleasant.
The coating is simply too hard and crunchy for my liking, I'm more worried that I'll loose a tooth than be able to really enjoy the snack. The popcorn tastes nice enough but is nothing really special and as for how it looks, well it's pretty unappetizing all clumped together covered in the shiny, syrupy coating. I think it would be easy to finish the 100g bag as there's not really that much popcorn in there but it would take a while to get through it because of the texture of the snack, it isn't a snack you could quickly devour. I personally only had a handful, it told me all I needed to know about the flavour of the snack and it's never good to eat too much of an unhealthy snack anyway (which this definitely is) I don't think I would make any special attempts to have this particular variety of Poppycock again but may be tempted by the other varieties.
Clusters of fluffy popcorn with premium nuts coated in an amazing glaze. Crunchy and scrumptious.