Monday, September 16, 2013

Review: 479° Sea Salt Caramel Artisan Popcorn

A long while back, I hooked up with a product review site at and they sometimes send me a box of products to review.  In my most recent box, I found a bag of this 479° Sea Salt Caramel Artisan Popcorn made from a company out of San Francisco.  Being that caramel popcorn is my preferred kind of popcorn, I was more than anxious to try this one out.  Before I dive into the review, I should disclose that this bag was 1.0 ounces and was 100 calories for the entire bag, so it makes a perfect calorie friendly snack from a numbers standpoint.

I could not be more eloquent than the front of this bag with a product description, so I'll type it out there:  "light, crunchy caramel sprinkled with delicate flakes of sea salt."  Pretty enticing, don't you think?  Anyway, as you can see above, nothing about this looked any different from a typical caramel popcorn and to me, that is a win.  The piece of popcorn were very well coated with that melted and then hardened caramel, so they had an exterior that definitely would at least lead the indication that it would be crunchy.  According to the product description, that's a good.  The smell of each these pieces also had a strong smell of caramel (the burnt variety) mix with a strong smell of salt.  All in all, these artisan popcorn pieces delivered beautifully from a visual perspective.

In terms of flavor, they delivered everything as promised as well.  The exterior caramel portion was crunchy and once I made it through that crunchy shell, it was a light popcorn on the interior, just as the bag said it would be.  That caramel flavoring was potent and was alternately sweet and burnt tasting.  What I didn't expect was that the sea salt would have such a strong presence in the flavor of this.  It definitely announced itself with authority and actually tamed the sweetness of the caramel quite a bit, which allowed these popcorn pieces to perfectly alternate between being sweet and salty.  That saltiness will require some liquid to be nearby when eating this, but there's nothing wrong with that at all.  It's just something that needs to be known going in.

Buy It or Fly By It?  While this was a bit more salty than I typically prefer my caramel corn, I still found this to be quite tasty, so they get a BUY IT.  I'm glad that Consmr sent me these as a free sample and if you see this product in a store or just want to make a purchase from their website itself, I would encourage you to do so because these are a tasty and calorie friendly snack.


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