Review by: Dawn
“Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks. I don’t care if I never get back…” Remember Cracker Jacks? I’ve always liked them, but I’ve never really known WHY. Let’s face it – they aren’t very good. Great concept – flawed delivery. Popcornopolis took the very basics of the Cracker Jacks concept, and they went crazy with it in the form of their new product line, aptly named Zebra. With Zebra, Popcornopolis expanded the flavor possibilities from the traditional Cracker Jacks foundation, and most importantly – they improved on the quality of the product by making it fresh (and a bit less sinful… although you’d never know that by the depth of the indulgent flavor)! Driving home the appeal of the Popcornopolis offerings – the company is family-owned and operated – something we always respect and support whenever possible.
The new, decadent Zebra line features five gourmet popcorn flavors. all of which are gluten-free, non-GMO, made with USDA certified organic popcorn, and popped in coconut oil. Hand-selected ingredients of the highest quality include premium chocolate, pure cane sugar, and creamery-fresh butter – all free from artificial colors, flavors and preservatives.
Chocolate Stripe: Dark and White Chocolate Drizzled Caramel Corn
Chocolate Peanut Butter: Milk Chocolate and Peanut Butter Drizzled Caramel Corn
White Chocolate Macadamia: White Chocolate Drizzled Caramel Corn with Macadamia Nuts
Chocolate Candy Cane: Dark Chocolate Drizzled Caramel Corn with Crushed Peppermint (Holiday Edition)
White Chocolate Pumpkin Spice: White Chocolate Drizzled Caramel Corn with Pumpkin and Spices (Holiday Edition)
This is probably where I should admit that I am not a fan of flavored popcorn. Even my Cracker Jacks appreciation only comes in waves, and any other efforts I’ve made over time to try a wide array of assorted popcorn flavors have just left me disappointed. I suppose I’m just traditional – a salt and butter kind of gal. I especially didn’t know how to feel about chocolate-infused popcorn, and some of the Zebra flavorings aren’t necessarily among my palate’s favorite tastes. (Yes, I’m one of those rare weirdos who doesn’t have a pumpkin spice fetish or an appreciation of peppermint. Oh, the horror – I know!)
My entire family dove into our Zebra popcorn, and we all had that stereotypical look of pleasant surprise with each new taste. Keeping with our open-minded obligation, we each tried every flavor, with no resulting regret. Even the “holiday editions” that I just knew I’d turn away from promptly lured me back for more. Somehow, the paradoxical ingredients work, and I never expected that. Though the holiday editions weren’t my ultimate preference, the pumpkin spice was a definite hit within our tasting circle. If we were to decide on a group favorite, it would easily be the Chocolate Peanut Butter. This was the first one we tried, and it set the bar. The flavor is rich and generous – almost as if a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup were melted directly over the popcorn – and somehow, the popcorn is fresh. As covered as it is, it’s not hard to eat, which is a legitimate concern for many of us who find nothing but nuisance in a lot of our popcorn-related taste adventures.
I could easily see this being a great grab and go snack for theme park excursions, road trips, and park outings, but it’s classy enough to be a fantastic party treat or holiday potluck inclusion.
Zebra popcorn snacks, and other Popcornopolis products, are available for purchase on the company’s website, www.Popcornopolis.com or at the following locations:
Bristol Farms – LA
Gelson’s – LA
Stater Brothers – LA
Safeway – Seattle and Portland
Von’s – Southern California
Albertsons – Southern California
Publix – National
Walmart – National