Taste test: This version of Smartfood had lots of strong red seasoning, with quite a bit of variation in red coverage from one kernel to the next but an average coverage near 50%.
I crunched in to find an immediate kick of heat and a nice crisp feel. The heat was fairly strong (but far from killer) and was far more noticeable than any cheese, and indeed amid all the heat, I couldn't really notice any of the delicious cheddar that I've come to expect from Smartfood. Some snacks combine cheddar with hot spices for a great combination, but in this case, it was really all about the heat, not a flavor standout.
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Smell test: Nice cheese smell, but couldn't notice any heat.
From the package: “When Smartfood® launched in 1985, it was with one very smart idea: Create great tasting popcorn with quality ingredients. You can taste a passion for popcorn in all the delicious varieties of Smartfood® created since. We believe in air-popping our popcorn for a light & airy crunch made with classic Flamin' Hot® heat. The result is delicious, mouthwatering popcorn with a kick without any artificial flavors.”
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Company: Smartfoods, Inc.
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