I really do get sent the nicest things. I was recently sent a box of some really delicious cracklecorn from Portelbay Popcorn. Portlebay is a small company in the depths of Devon,which creates all of their products by hand. I was sent both the Chilli & Lime and the Wasabi & Sweet Ginger flavours to try.
These are really unsual flavours. I am not normally that fond of overly spicy things. What would I think of these???
Chilli & lime: I was a little bit unsure about this flavour on the approach. I normally find red chillis much to hot for my taste, and even the sweet chilli sauce can burn my taste buds, but I have to say I was pretty amazed. It was sweet yet spicy from the chilli, with an almost salsa like taste which the lime cut through, ensuring that it wasn’t too sickly sweet. I found the heat not at all unpleasant. It was crunchy and just sweet enough, with a bit of a nice but not overwhelming heat.
Wasabi & Sweet Ginger: I have a special fondness of Wasabi Peas. It's the one snack I can eat that the dog doesn't beg me for, so I can enjoy them without being stared at the whole way through. They can be hot, but not so hot that I don't like them. I have to say that this is most deliciously different and exciting popcorn I’ve ever tasted. It really was unusual, but quite tasty. The Wasabi wasn't overwhelming, but there was a really nice Ginger taste which I would say was the predominent flavour in this. It wasn't quite as sweet as the Sweet Chilli and Lime. I quite liked it as well.
Both would be fab snacks to break out for watching the footie or rugby!
Of course these are only two in the wide range of flavoured Kracklecorn that Portlebay produces. There are also Applewood Smoked Cheddar, Crispy Bacon & Maple Syrup and the Original Cracklecorn flavours.
There are a quite a few companies out there at the moment who are trying to bring something new to the world of popcorn, but it's been my experience that most of them don’t deliver on flavour. It either gets lost as a mere dusting over the corn, or drowned in a candy coating. Portlebay Popcorn, on the other hand, is without doubt packed full of flavour. Popped in the pot with raw cane sugar to give it a more brittle, crunchy texture, and then sprinkled with a little sea salt along with their specially developed natural seasonings, this Krackle Corn is designed to tingle your tastebuds in a really special way! I highly recommend this if you are looking for a snack which is delicious, wholegrain and naturally high in fibre.
They also do a range of sweet popcorns, which I have never tasted but which sound really scrummy, with flavours such as Lemon Sherbet, Cinnamon Swirl, Very Berry and Cappuccino!
They come in small packs which are made for snacking, or big bags which are perfect for sharing with friends. Available at Tesco's, Booths and Budgens across the country as well as a network of independant shops and stockists.
To find out more check out http://www.portlebaypopcorn.com/
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