Finn lives in California's central valley. He enjoys writing food reviews.
Today, popcorn is available in many flavors. You can get it coated with cheese or chocolate. It is available with extra butter or just plain. Many people like to cook up their own in a home popper, while others prefer to use a microwave.
Prepared popcorn is popular. Most people would agree that popcorn is better when it's freshly popped, but when you don't have access to a stove top or can't buy it fresh, you can always buy a bag of it from the store, just like a bag of chips. It may not be as good, but it can hit the spot.
History of Caramel Corn
According to an online source, "Caramel popcorn came to be due to two brothers, Frederick and Louis Rueckheim, who immigrated to the United States of America from Germany and settled in Chicago. In 1870, they opened a popcorn store and began experimenting with unique flavors and toppings." As you can see, it has been around for more than a hundred years. Funny how some people just stumbled upon it so long ago.
Is Popcorn Healthy?
According to an online site, "When it's air-popped and lightly seasoned, popcorn is an efficiently healthy snack. That's because it is a whole grain, and high-fiber whole grains have been linked to a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, some cancers and other health problems. Federal dietary guidelines say half of all grains consumed should be whole grains, and popcorn packs more fiber per serving than whole-wheat bread."
What this means is that it depends on how the popcorn is prepared in order to determine how healthy (or not) it is. Overall though, it looks like it is a good food. It is inexpensive, can fill you up, and once it's cooked it is easy to carry. It doesn't require refrigeration and is light as air.
According to WebMD, "There are a few health benefits to eating popcorn. In addition to being high in fiber, popcorn also contains phenolic acids, a type of antioxidant. In addition, popcorn is a whole grain, an important food group that may reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension in humans."
While I don't think it is good to adopt an all-popcorn diet, it looks like a good snacking option.
Is Smartfood Caramel and Cheddar Mix Healthy?
If you look at the panel above you can see that this snack is fairly low in calories, and sodium is relatively minimal. The overall fat content is not too bad, but the sugar content may be a concern to some.
Cheese and Caramel
Now to the heart of my review. How does it taste?
Each piece of popcorn is pretty good. The cheese has a mild cheddar taste and is covered with a thin powder. The popcorn has a fresh, clean bite to it and is pretty good overall.
The caramel is sweet and the popcorn pieces are almost fully coated. They have a nice crunch to them and the kernels are done just enough.
Occasionally you will get small kernels that were not quite cooked. They are hard to bite down on and get caught between your teeth. There are not that many, but enough to be a turnoff.
Overall, I don't care too much for the mixture. I'd rather have regular caramel corn itself or regular cheese popcorn. The mixture of the two flavors wasn't my favorite.
Overall, it's not bad—but I'm not sure I'd go buy it again.
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