Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Angie's Pumpkin Spice Popcorn - Wegman's: Cherry Hill, NJ

Angie's Pumpkin Spice Popcorn - Wegman's: Cherry Hill, NJ
So far, reviewing a pumpkin/pumpkin spiced item every other day has been working out great! For the first two years of my pumpkin-specific food review galleries I ate/reviewed over 20 pumpkin products in a row, and it was just way too much pumpkin. After a while, everything starts to taste the same, so having this little break between seasonal foods has kept my pumpkin-palette from getting overwhelmed.

Today I have a new item, something I haven't reviewed before in any form, pumpkin spiced popcorn!

This is my first time trying anything from the Angie's line, is it really popular? I honestly hadn't heard of it until I saw this mixed in with a few seasonal items on an end-cap. (But I rarely buy popcorn.)

I'm surprised I haven't noticed this brand sooner, because the packaging's really interesting. The bag's delicate design and bold mixture of matte and metallic colors really makes it stand out from the other pre-packaged popcorns. Imagine seeing this next to bags of Herr's, Smartpop, and Pirate Booty. I feel like this product and it's packaging is meant to appeal to mom's and ladies in their 20-30's. (I fall in that range and it totally attracted me.) It's kind of hard to tell in photos, but the bag is made from that crinkly matte foiled plastic that I like (it usually photographs really well), but the metallic accents kept reflecting light no matter how I adjusted the bag or the lights. (Damn you glare!) So a crazy food photographer, like me, might find this item to be a photo-nightmare, but as a consumer I really love the look of this bag. (Kinda worth noting, but the term "Holidrizzle" sounds like a dad imitating Snoop Dogg on the holidays.)

Inside, there are puffy popcorn kernels that have been heavily seasoned with the pumpkin pie spices and a bit of a white confectionery drizzle. The popcorn smells sweet, heavily spiced, and a bit like a Bath & Body Works product. The closer my face is to the bag, the more food-like the aroma, but the initial smell under my hot lights was pretty candle-y.

The pieces are unevenly coated, so there will be some with no white candy drizzle, some with a ton of spices, some with barely any spices at all, therefore this product isn't too consistent with it's seasoning. Personally I like it better this way, so there is a bit of variety to the bag, but people hoping for a sugar coating on each bite might disagree.

I popped a moderately coated piece into my mouth, and the first thing I could taste was cinnamon and that super sweet white candy coating. That drizzled icing stuff melts really quickly, and it's very sweet, like cake icing or a thicker confectionery version of the icing that comes with Toaster Strudel. After the sugary flavoring melts away, you're left with a fluffy, slightly salty, spiced piece of popcorn. The spice mixture seemed cinnamon heavy at first, but as that drizzle melted away I could taste a bit of ginger and nutmeg, mix that with a hint of salt and a well popped-popcorn, and this snack is pretty tasty.

After trying a few more pieces with the coating it started to grow on me, but I found myself searching for bits of popcorn that were drizzle-less or at least very heavily spiced. If any of you remember that Cinnabon popcorn that was available a few years ago, this is a lot of that (but this is a lot less messy to eat).

I liked this quite a bit, but I don't know if I would repurchase it. (Accidental rhyme?) If they lost the drizzle, I'd buy it for sure, otherwise it's just too sweet for my general snacking needs.

On a Pumpkin Scale of 1-5 (5 being the most pumpkin-y) I’d give this a 3.5. It's a nice seasonal blend of spices that gives off a great fall feeling, but it's more spicy than pumpkin-y, so it can't get a full 5 stars. Why not make that vanilla drizzle pumpkin pie flavored? 
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