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[product review] gaslamp popcorn
March 13th, 2013Mary, productsmary 0 Comments

Popcorn is one of those snacks that I sometimes just really crave. I love the light, airy, crunchy texture of popcorn and I often can’t resist it’s allure when I go out to the theaters. I also usually keep a bag of microwaveable popcorn in the cabinet for when the craving arises and I don’t feel like shaking a pot over the stove.

I haven’t tried too many bagged popcorns though, so when I got the offer to try Gaslamp Popcorn I was more than willing to take it for a taste test. Gaslamp Popcorn was originally made in the Gaslamp District of San Diego back in 1998 when they had a storefront Downtown. The popcorn is now made further up north in Riverside, CA but still retains the name and history!

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I was sent two of their bags – White Cheddar and Kettle Corn. They also have a Cinnamon Caramel Popcorn – I have to admit, I kind of wished they had sent that one along, too.

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The white cheddar popcorn came in nice, fluffy pieces with a white cheddar coating on every piece. I liked that the pieces seem to be a little big bigger than what I’d get if I popped a microwave bag of popcorn. Also since it was white cheddar, you didn’t get that awful orange all over your fingers which happens sometimes with cheese popcorn.

The white cheddar is a good flavor for this – and it’s not overpowering or too strong. I probably could have even handled a little cheesier of a flavor, but overall it was quite good.

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The other flavor I got was the Kettle Corn.

I tried to make my own Kettle Corn once and the top was really good… but I totally burnt the bottom of the batch! Homemade Kettle Corn can be quite pesky and now I know why they are constantly moving the popcorn when you see them making it at street fairs… that stuff burns quick!

This was a nice way to easily get Kettle Corn without the risk of burning anything…

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I loved how the popcorn has a kind of “sparkly” look to it from the sugar. This Kettle Corn had a nice, sweet flavor along with the crisp and airy popcorn. I kind of wished for a stronger salty-sweet combination. The sweet is definitely upped a bit more on this popcorn. The thing that I’ve always like about Kettle Corn is the contrast of salt and sugar so I think this would benefit from a little more “salty”. I’d enjoy eating this with a bag of regular, salty popcorn though and throw in handfuls of this throughout to make a better mix.

I found myself leaning much more towards the White Cheddar popcorn in the end for the salty flavor, though both flavors are quite good and use good quality kernels (ie: big fluffy popcorn!).

A list of retailers that carry Gaslamp Popcorn is still in the works, but if you have a serious hankering you can always order a bag of popcorn for yourself online. If you try that Cinnamon Caramel one, be sure to let me know all about it!

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My name is Mary and I live in San Diego. I've been blogging since 2006 as a hobby - it's my fun, creative outlet! Some random things about me: I'm a front end web developer, I love peanut butter, cookies, warm cupcakes, puppy noses, star gazing, new bags of sugar, sprinkles, cupcake wrappers, egg rolls, eating french fries with ice cream, driving with the windows down, snuggling, wes anderson movies, staying up too late reading a good book and Jake. These are my adventures in all things food. Hope you enjoy the ride.
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