Sunday 18 February 2018

Taste test Flavoured popcorn

Katy McGuinness

Popcorn seems like a reasonably innocuous snack, and the calorie count of the ones that we tested is modest, so long as you don't eat a share-size bag on your own.

Joe&Seph's Caramel with a Hint of Sea Salt, 80g, €3.95, 10/10

Good texture to the popcorn, well-popped and not bitty, nice and salty. Our testers said that this was popcorn perfection - 481 calories per 100g, 96 calories per serving of which there are four per packet. Good luck with that.

Proper Corn Smooth Peanut and Almond, 25g, €1.45, 9/10

Not as crisp as the winner, and less sweet, but with rich peanut-y flavour. Really delicious - 481 calories per 100g, 120 calories per packet, making this a less risky choice.

Marks & Spencer Salted Caramel Popcorn, 5 x 27g, €3.90, 8/10

The five individual packets contain nicely crunchy popcorn that's coated in salted caramel and Belgian milk chocolate - 443 calories per 100g and 120 per packet. Pretty fine.

Butterkist Toffee Popcorn, 200g, €1.79, 7/10

This is sugary but not salty, and will appeal to those with a sweet tooth - 424 calories per 100g and 106 per serving, of which there are eight in a packet. Our testers worried that this large bag could be consumed solo in one sitting.

Aldi Specially Selected Sweet & Salty Popcorn, 80g, €1.29, 6/10

Our testers found this Aldi popcorn a little dull and thought that while the sweet popcorn in particular had good texture, the salty ones could have been saltier - 453 calories per 100g, 136 per 30g serving.

The Gourmet Popcorn Company, Sweet and Salty, 80g, €2, 6/10

Thumbs up for being hand-made in small batches in Ireland, and for a nice flavour from the sweet popcorn in particular. Overall, a touch bland though - 506 calories per 100g, and 101 per 20g serving.

Irish Independent

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