“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Popcorn „
Popcorn is a favourite in our house when, as a family, we all sit down to watch a film, or more recently a disgraceful performance by the England team in the world cup. Sainsburys basics cinema style popcorn is our preffered choice. As a snack, it's as addictive as bingo to a pensioner, and it's tactile nature makes it's consumtion a participation sport - try having a contest to see who can throw the most pieces into somebody else's mouth.
Thebags come in 160g packs, which may not sound very much, but due to the fact that popcornhas roughly the same density as a mouse's burp, it means that the bag it comes in is bigger than some pedal bin liners I have known.
We find there to be plenty in one bag for our family of four as we sit round the brain rotter throwing pieces at the England goal keeper. As the product is billed as cinema style popcorn, then for authenticity I can recommend that you trample a load of it into your carpet and then, for every piece you eat, drop four more down the back of your couch.
The popcorn itself is well made and not plastered in a sticky coating, nor is it full of unpopped kernels - top marks to the man in the factory who must inspect every piece for the offensive tooth cracking kernels - you deserve every pay rise you'll ever get!
So, let me recap the main points: it's useful to throw at the telewhen England play badly and as for value, you will be finding and eating pieces for weeks every time the sofa cushions are lifted off for tidy up. Yum. (yuk!)
five stars, well worth them.
I have tried many types of popcorns in cinemas all over the world and my favourite has to be sweet popcorn (in my opinion popcorn can never be sweet enough) but when I go to a country that doesn't offer sweet popcorn I absolutely hate it just because then I have to eat my alternative popcorn which is salted popcorn (which I absolutely hate but I cant go to the cinema without eating popcorn) salted popcorn just doesn't really taste good, the Americans have buttered popcorn as one of their options and that for me still doesn't do it, but for some reason every country has salt has one of there options and never sweet.
One evening me and my girlfriend wanted to watch a movie at home and went out to Sainsbury's to get some snacks, well when we came across the snacks section we saw this pack and what caught my eye was the writing on the front, now don't get me wrong I'm not one to go for that white and orange packaging which everyone knows as Sainsbury's basic back but it said " Cinema Style Sweet Popcorn" that's what really attracted me was the CINEMA Part well that was it I thought I'll give this a try and see what its like, I mean for under a pound how can you go wrong. And As you can probably guess the popcorn did not disappoint at all, and from what I remember neither did the film.
As I opened the white and orange bag up that makes it recognisable as the Sainsbury's basic product and poured the popcorn into our "popcorn bowl" the smell wasn't that strong, it has a slight scent of how it smells at the cinema and it did bring my anticipation down a bit, as we started to eat them they didn't crunch as much as the cinemas and the taste was slightly less sweet than the cinemas..and when I say less I do mean like if the cinema is 100% then this bag was 85% pretty close.
Protien 5.9g per 100 grams
Carbohydrate 57.5g per 100 grams
Fat 21.8g per 100 grams
Fibre 11.1g per 100 grams
I personally think this was a great choice for at-home-popcorn but I wont be sneeking a bag of these in to the cinema anytime soon. And for all you calorie watchers out there, there is close to zero calories, But I'm not advising you go on a popcorn diet.
I love Popcorn and could happily eat it before Crisps and Chocolate. I normally go for Salted Popcorn, but Savoury Butter is alright too. Sweet isn't 1 I would often go for, but I don't mind it now and again. I wasn't expecting that much from this budget brand anyway.
This huge bagful only cost me 80p. Not sure exactly how big the bag is, but I seem to think it was 200g. I could be wrong though as I don't have the bag to hand just now.
The packaging isn't that exciting looking. A plain white bag with the orange writing that the Sainsbury's Basics brand has. Basics is Sainsbury's budget brand of goods.
The Popcorn is full to the top of the bag, which is easy enough to open. The bits of Popcorn are large and fluffy looking. There was a few unpopped bits, and some harder bits, but the majority of bits were large, light and tasty. Although you could taste the slight oiliness on bits of it, it wasn't overly greasy or that.
I was right, there wasn't too much sweet taste to this, but I would say the sweetness is kinda like what you get at the Cinema. Not a sugery sweetness, more a subtle nicer sweeter tang. A few bits didn't seem to have much flavour to it, and they tasted more like plain popcorn, but even the flavoured bits weren't bursting with flavour.
This only has 90 calories per 20g serving, so since Popcorn is light you get a good portion for that amount of calories, so a healthier choice for you.
A nice enough snack and great value for money, but if you want really sweet Popcorn, this wouldn't be to your taste.
Last night we all decided that a film night would be a great idea after a few very expensive (and heavy) nights out in the centre of Leeds. So we split up, i was sent to get the snacks and my flatmate headed off to Headingley to get the DVD.
Unfortunately, he chose badly - Snakes on a plane. Fortunately, and the real highlight of the evening was that i had chosen this stuff as the snack. A really great tasting product for a really great price.
At just 98p for an absolutely huge bag of popcorn (160g) we were able to enjoy it without feeling our purse strings tightening. This was exactly what i wanted after some expensive nights out.
The bag was easily enough for the 4 of us watching the film and so it worked out at just 25p each, absolute steal!!
I have to admit, i am not the biggest fan of popcorn. It is like tuna or cottage cheese. I am very happy to eat it, but would not usually buy it.
However, this stuff was good. Very sweet tasting and just as good as i have stolen off various girlfriends in the cinema over the past few years.
If you split the pack between 5 of you -
Total Fat: 4.4g
Obviously this is not horrendous. Ok, so it is never going to be good for you but equally it is ok for a nice little snack every now and again. I really enjoyed knowing that i was eating popcorn without piling on the popcorn.
A highlight of the evening. Buy this. Do not buy snakes on a plane!!!
I don't know about you, but my favourite kind of pop corn has to be all butter toffee. None of this savory malarky, or even pop corn with a sprinkling of sugar. I need sweetness and calories!! However in these times of tightening our belts (credit crunch and weightloss hand in hand!) I realised that I may need to set my sights a little lower.
Whilst trawling the aisles in Sainsburys I spied their Basics range Cinema style sweet pop corn. At only 96p for a huge bag (160g) I felt this was worth a taster.
So a family DVD was planned. The pop corn was divided equally between myself and my 3 kids (I weighed it out as my middle child has often been given the title of the 'food police' - he always notices if someone has more than him!) We watched the film and munched.
According to the packaging each 20g serving contains Calories: 90, Total Fat: 4.4g, Carbs: 11.5g, Protein: 1.2g . We all had double helpings, but that's only 180 cal so not too bad.
The packaging is very bland and boring, but it's what you expect with the Basics range. A white bag with orange writing.
On opening the bag, the aroma wasn't amazing. The pop corn looked ... you guessed it like pop corn but each cauliflower look-a-like piece was almost as white as the bag! It certainly wasn't all butter toffee pop corn, but would it be sweet? Would I like it?
I ate my 40g and yes it was - sweet and sugary. Each piece of pop corn had a sweet flavour - not overly sugary. Each piece was softish, as you would expect from this style of pop corn. It doesn't have the crunchy coating (sadly!).
Would I buy it again?
Yes - probably not for me, but definitely for the kids. They ate it all and with no complaints. Why pay 98p (100g) for Butterkist cinema sweet or a whopping £1.45 (100g) for toffee pop corn when Sainburys Basics does the job. It would be great for large groups or parties - so I suggest you give it a go!