03 September 2011
Update: I've just posted a bacon popcorn recipe, for anyone who fancies making their own.
It's been a while since I posted anything now - between going on holiday and having been a bit ill, I basically haven't had the time to cook/take pics/write lately. That will all change soon (with the Bacon Guacamole recipe I mentioned on Twitter, which was sent to me by one of my visitors - but more on that later); until then, here's a quick review of some Bacon Popcorn I found in TK Maxx (of all places!) a short while back. They're made by J&D, whose other creations include the infamous Baconnaise and Bacon Salt (I still haven't had the pleasure to try either, but will definitely order some in and review them, too, later on).
The first thing I'd like to mention is that I love their packaging; both the box and the bags have a sort of old-time look to them, which can be described by no word other than awesome. With that out of the way, I suppose I should say something about the actual popcorn as well. A few seconds after you put the bag in the microwave there's a lovely bacony smell (despite their complete lack of actual bacon - it's a vegetarian product), accompanied by the feel-goody sound of the corn popping and trying to break free of the paper bag - so far, so good, in other words. In terms of taste, they aren't quite as bacony as I would have expected - don't get me wrong, there is definitely bacon there, and it's good, it's just rather more subtle than the smell had led me to expect.
At first I wasn't sure whether this subtleness was good or bad - being a true bacoholic I'd normally say more is better - but having munched my way through 2 bags I don't actually think they need more flavour. At the moment they're bacon flavoured popcorn, whereas should they be more bacony they may just become popcorn-textured bacon (which would clearly be delicious, but a different product altogether). They're basically a meatier and much tastier version of standard salted popcorn, and I reckon they could make a killing if they were available as an alternative in cinemas. Overall I'd give them 5 out of 10 for satisfying bacon cravings, but a solid 9 out of 10 as a quick and delicious snack. If you want to try it yourself, you can pick some up over at Amazon (UK/Europe) or pick some up over at Amazon (US).
I'll be making my own bacon popcorn in the near future as well - using actual bacon fat and pieces of proper crispy bacon - and perhaps do a little taste duel between J&D's and the real deal. Stay tuned. Edit: Done, see link up top!