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At Proper we wanted to bring you a Popped Corn with a difference. Yes! A partial popped kernel-bringing you the perfect crunch in each munch. We think it is so moreish, that we decided it was worth sharing one of the oldest snack foods of the Americas, with New Zealand.
Now of course we've added our Proper touch, using New Zealand's finest Lake Grassmere Marlborough Sea salt.
Wholegrain Corn, High Oleic Sunflower Oil, Sea Salt. That's all!
• Gluten Free
• Vegan Friendly
• Dairy free
• No MSG Added
• No Trans Fat
As far as snacks are concerned, popcorn is one of the healthiest. I occasionally pop my own, but that is not always convenient, so it was good to find a ready-to-eat version which does not go soft as soon as it is opened. in fact, the contents were still crisp several days after opening, so that was a bonus indeed. Two of us shared half of the packet, then a few days later we shared the rest with another friend. She has false teeth so her first comment was "Great! It isn't too hard - I can chew it! More please!"
We had the first half of the packet as a side dish - my friend had a glass of red wine and I had lager, and we made up the plate with camembert and grapes. We both loved the combination of the different textures and felt that the popcorn was equally delicious with both. She had been doubtful about whether she would like it when she tried her first piece, but by the third she was hooked.
Both of us felt, however, that the corn is better eaten in combination with something else rather than on its own. The cheese and grapes both complemented it perfectly with the mixture of salt and sweet, soft and crunchy. When eaten on its own, the popcorn is very similar to lightly salted potato chips but once it is combined with other foods it really holds its own; unlike potato chips, which go soggy when paired with anything squishy like fruit, the popcorn retains its crispness.
When we paid our elderly friend a visit, we took the rest of the popcorn along with some sesame crackers and a cheese spread. The idea was to serve the spread on the crackers and have the popcorn separately, but it did not quite work out like that. After she had tried a couple of pieces on their own first, we then ended up decorating the crackers with the spread topped with a couple of the popped kernels and eating them like that. The sesame flavour was subtle but we could taste it nonetheless because the popcorn itself was not too heavily salted.
I like the idea of having a pack of these in the car. Often I get hungry when I am travelling but don't want to load up on junk food - especially when I am heading home for a proper meal when I arrive. Eating popcorn is not quite so bad as at least it is proper food, so it is not such a bad choice to make. Knowing it is going to stay fresh after opening is a bonus too. I have been a fan of Proper Crisps for a long time now, so it is good to welcome this new addition to the range. I look forward to trying other flavours as they come on to the market.
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