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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

SHOT O' JOE: Trader Joe's Partially Popped Popcorn with Butterscotch & Sea Salt

Editor's note: Shot O' Joe is a new feature we're trying out this holiday season to get to as many new, interesting products as we can. Don't worry, we'll still have our full length reviews on a regular basis. Hope you enjoy, and we welcome any feedback on making this the best we can!


 With a little intuition, you could guess that Trader Joe's Partially Popped Popcorn with Butterscotch & Sea Salt is a lot like the original bag of wannabe widows, except it's butterscotch this time around. And, lo and behold, you'd be right. So the only question we got here is: Does it work?

Answer: Sort of. Butterscotch can be a tough flavor to pull off, especially in dusty form. That's the case here. As is usual with these type o' snacks, some bites were very heavy on butterscotch-y flavor, others not so much. With those that were lacking, I wanted more. But with too much butterscotch came too much juxtaposition between the sugary caramel-y sweetness and the natural grainy flavor from corn. I've yet to find a perfect bite, but not from lack of trying.


 Sandy rather enjoys it as a sweet, salty, crunchy treat, and honestly, for once, I wouldn't be too upset if she happened to have a little more than me.I think I just liked the original better, and I'd prefer a savory variation over a sweet one...hrmm...maybe something a little more baconesque? Please? Sandy's keeping her original score, while I'm knocking mine to match the price: 2.5.

Bottom line: Trader Joe's Partially Popped Popcorn with Butterscotch and Sea Salt: 7 out of 10 Golden Spoons

5 comments:

  1. I also prefer their savory over their sweet popcorn. Have you seen is interesting comparison yet? http://m.eonline.com/news/722333/trader-joe-s-vs-the-real-deal-here-s-who-makes-your-favorite-foods-best

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  2. Have you tried the large green olives that TJ's is featuring as a holiday treat this year? I can't decide whether to buy them or not. They look interesting but also a little scary!

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    1. Interesting but a little scary is definitely right! Have seen them but definitely intimidated - put this down as a "maybe"? :)

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  3. Thanks for all of your reviews! Still haven't tried the partially popped popcorn. I keep checking to see if you have tried the shrimp toast.

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  4. I love butterscotch *anything* and was so happy to find these. I ripped open the bag as soon as I got home. What a letdown. They have a chemical taste to them and the butterscotch is sickly sweet. I threw away the bag after having just a few. Thankfully their salted butterscotch caramels are perfect, I hope they don't stop carrying those.

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