I've been trying to find some snacks that aren't chocolate, sweets or ice cream and these Butterkist Discoveries Hickory BBQ Pulled Pork flavour popcorn sounded so disgusting I had to try them.
I like popcorn, I like BBQ sauce, I like pulled pork but I didn't like the idea of the three together.
They did give me an excuse to use my popcorn holder that I bought last Valentine's Day and forgot about though...
The popcorn is made with nice and healthy wholegrain but I think the BBQ and pork flavourings and the smoke seasoning may counter that! They're also suitable for vegetarians so if you're a meat craving veggie you can get stuck right in.
They smelt sweet and not very porky or BBQ-like. It was a mixed bag at the start, I was eating one at a time and each kernel seemed to be differently flavoured and seasoned. There were kernels that were purely Hickory BBQ flavoured that seemed to have a dried syrup like coating that did have a BBQ flavour that was strangely sweet but still savoury. Some parts had a smokey, salty flavour, others were plain and a small amount had a pork like flavour - not necessarily pulled pork, not a bacon (the most used pork flavouring) but porky enough that I noticed it. The pork was actually the tastiest of the four individual flavours I came across and it reminded me of crisp flavourings.
Nobody eats popcorn by the single kernel though so I started shovelling handfuls in and this was were I started to enjoy it, all together it ended up with a tangy, smoky, salty, savoury taste that had a sweet BBQ flavour to it. As I didn't seem to have many pork flavoured pieces in my bag I didn't really notice it against the stronger BBQ flavour but it didn't matter so much, it was very addictive as it was and I ate the bag in no time - completely surprising myself. I really didn't expect to like this!
Blind taste testing my inconsistently flavoured bag, I'd have called this as a sweet BBQ flavour, the pork got a little lost but other bags may well have stronger pork flavours.
I didn't think I'd say this but I'll buy it again!