Trader Joe’s Partially Popped Popcorn!Posted: March 17, 2015 Filed under: Trader Joe's Brand | Tags: 3 stars, Gluten-Free, Kosher, popcorn, Snacks, Trader Joe's 5 Comments
Trader Joe’s Partially Popped Popcorn? Trader Joe’s Partially Popped Popcorn! Not only has TJ’s brought us a new product that sounds absolutely insane, but judging by the exclamation marks, they’re very excited to being doing so.
Trader Joe’s Partiall yPopped Popcorn is, astoundingly, exactly what it sounds like. Ever tried to pop a bag of popcorn in a microwave? You know htose partially popped kernles that are lawys left on the botto? That’s what this is. An entire bag of nothing but popcorn rejects. Essentially, Trader JOe’s has hit on the idea of selling you some of the trash you would normally throw out.
But wait. Is it trash? After all, who among us hasn’t found themselves idly trying to munch on some of the half-budded misfit kernels when all the good popcorn is gone. Is it true that not only have you tried to eat these kernels, but that maybe, every now and then, you have found one that was semi-popped in just the right way, formed just enought that it crunched beneath the teeth with an enjoyable, salty little crunch?
Friends and readers, I’m shocked to see myself write this, but Trader Joe’s Partially Popped Popcorn is not just good, but strangely addicting. –addicting in the weirdly compulsive way that leads you to repeatedly chawing on those partially cooked kernels in your own Pop Secret bag. The difference here is that the kernels in this bag are all precisely cooked as to be half-popped, fully roasted and pleasantly chompable, without any molar-busting, underdone seeds in the mix. The result is more like a roasted Corn Nut than anything else. They have about that same level of sturdy, hard-shelled integrity, that gives way to a crunchy, salty core after a brief moment of tense, inter-dental resistance.
A nutty crunchy, salty, snack – that’s what these really are at the bottom of it, despite their strange origins. Maybe Trader Joe’s isn’t peddling us their rejects, so much as they’ve discovered a previously untapped resource.
Would I Recommend Them: It’d be hard to, without being laughed at.
Would I Buy Them Again: Yeah, I would. I love Corn Nuts.
Final Synopsis: Basically smaller, off-brand Corn Nuts.
About a year ago, Whole Foods had cute little bags that advertised the same contents – partially-popped corn kernels – and I was SO excited, because I’m the one at the party who hogs the bowl when there are no popped kernels left. They were utterly unsatisfying: much more like mini popped popcorn, with very little crunch. So when I bought this item the week before last, I was prepared for more disappointment. These are delicious!! I agree with your corn-nut comparison, though I think the crunch is a little more delicate, but they’re salty and worthy of eating fistful upon fistful. My only sort-of complaint is that I’m not in love with the butter flavor, but if they made these kettle-corn style, I’d be hoarding them. Thanks as always for the review!
Can you tell me which trader joe’s is carrying this product
I know they have it here in Southern California – I’m not sure where else outside that.
Ours in CT carry them, as well.
This is my favorite part of the bag- totally genius! I like the catchy name and the unique and personable way the person wrote this article on it.
Way to go! I will definitely have to try this,