Taste test: The bag contained large round yellowish kernels with lots of sugar on them, and it was hard to tell whether this was real kettle corn or coated popcorn.
By taste, there was definitely much more sugar than salt on this popcorn, and this was confirmed by reading the ingredients, as Sugar and Corn Syrup were the first two ingredients (before even third-place Popcorn), while Salt was fifth. The taste and texture were both good, as there was good popcorn taste, nice sweetness and a light crunch. It didn't really feel entirely like coated popcorn, but the sugar came so close to being an actual shell that it just didn't seem likely that it all got there in the kettle-cooking process, rather than in some sort subsequent coating. Still, pretty good popcorn, and a very good deal at $1 for a 9-oz. bag.
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Smell test: Smells like very mildly burnt popcorn.
From the package: “All the flavor without the guilt!” ... “Smartsnacks offers a classic old-fashioned treat that uses only the highest quality popcorn available. No hydrogenated oils, no preservatives, and is low in fat. Enjoy!”
Online store: Buy popcorn on Amazon
Company: Brandventure Inc.
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This snack was discovered by Jeremy at Dollar Tree. Review published .