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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
Popcorn is always a go to snack in our house, and a staple each week in Miss 5's lunchbox as not only does it taste great but it is also a whole lot healthier than other snack foods on the market such as chips and crackers which often market themselves as being healthy! I am a huge fan of the Proper brand and it's delicious chips so I was delighted to see them branching out and creating a range of popcorn to add to there already awesome products.
As per usual their packaging is stunning and it lists absolutely everything that you need to know about the product, I love that it is firstly made in New Zealand and secondly that it is a "100% natural real food" meaning it is gluten, vegan and dairy free friendly as well as having no nasty flavours, colours or additives in it. Looking at the image on the back of the package before opening it I was more intrigued by what the actual product would be like as it shows the 3 stages of popcorn being un-popped, half-popped and fully popped, in the past I have obviously eaten fully popped corn before, but I have also had corn kernels which have been cooked, flavoured and turned into a healthy snack food option I was very curious as to what half-popped would be like... there was only one way to find out.
Opening up the package I was pleased with the amount of corn it contained and was impressed by the way it looked as it was exactly how you would picture half popped corn to look. Trying a few pieces I was happy with the texture and taste of the corn, it wasn't at all oily and had a lovely saltiness to it, Miss 5 was quick to notice the bag I was holding and her and her friend (also 5) were soon over for a sample of their own, they both stated it delicious and asked for more so were each given a small bowl full with a handful of M&M's and sprinkled tossed through as a treat, the sweet and salty combo worked perfectly together so much so that I ended up making a small bowlful up for myself.
With half a bag of the popped corn still left I decided to use the remainder of the bag for the way I initially intended to as part of a slice. I melted together some sugar, honey and butter and then added in the rest of the popped corn and a cup of rice bubbles. After popping the mixture into a baking tray I placed it in the fridge to set, when set I cut it into pieces. The result delicious, I loved the crunchiness and slight saltiness the popcorn added it was a nice change and texture to the usual slice with only rice bubbles in it, and the whole family loved it.
This was a definite hit in my house and I will be buying it again, I have been on the look out at my local supermarkets but have yet to come across it, so am hoping it will hit the shelves soon.
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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A filling, tasty snack of perfectly cooked rice and delicious Teriyaki sauce with chicken and real vegetables. Sealed in a foil pouch, ready to eat at any time of the day...
Contains: soy, gluten, sesame.
May contain traces of: Crustacea, egg, fish, milk, peanuts, tree nuts.
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