Product Review: Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop Holidrizzle Pumpkin Spice Kettle Corn

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Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop Holidrizzle Pumpkin Spice Kettle Corn

Product: Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop Holidrizzle Pumpkin Spice Kettle Corn – $4.99+

Thanks to my dear friend, Jenn, I was able to get my hands on a bag of the latest Holidrizzle flavor from Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop Kettle Corn line.  Because, I never did get my hands on a bag around here.  I just couldn’t find it.

So, up until then, I figured the Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop Holidrizzle Pumpkin Spice Kettle Corn was simply a rumor.  But, I have friends who are beyond aware of my obsession with pumpkin…EVERYTHING (save pumpkin pie…gross!).

Yep.  I’m one of those pumpkin freaks.  But…even more important, I am a popcorn freak.  It is, by far, my favorite snack.  EVER!  I love popcorn and could eat it every day.  And when Angie’s came along with their extensive lineup of Boom Chicka Pop popcorn flavors…life got a little sweeter for sure.  And then…one winter season around Christmas…the first of the Holidrizzle bags arrived.  And I was hooked for life.  The original two flavors: Dark Chocolatier Sea Salt and White Chocolatier Peppermint – and, trust me, they were beyond addictive.  I could eat an entire bag if I didn’t dole out serving sizes to nosh on.  They are that amazing.

So, when summer faded into fall and the first of the Pumpkin Spice treats began emerging (I think everyone waits on Starbucks and the latte).  And I had heard of this new Holidrizzle flavor from Angie’s.  But, all I could find out here was the Candy Corn flavor.  I don’t like candy corn, so I wasn’t interested.  I was, however, beyond interested in the Pumpkin Spice variety.

And Jenn picked me up a bag.  And last night…after my delicious dinner…it was dessert.

Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop began in a garage in Minnesota where Dan and Angie Bastian wanted to do something fun with their kids, while showing them the value of hard work.  And, from that decision, their amazing kettle corn recipe emerged into a business, with product being sold at local events.  Soon, even the NFL team, the Minnesota Vikings, took notice.  The rest was history.  The Boom Chicka Pop kettle corn recipes are all non-GMO and certified gluten-free.  Every product.  All of them.  Every variety is a better-for-you snack with simple ingredients, calorie transparency, and great taste.  It pairs well with EVERYTHING and ANYTHING.  Trust me.  I ate mine after eating Chinese food.  HA!  It doesn’t get much better than small-batch popcorn being made with simple ingredients and wowing even the casual popcorn lover with flavor and taste.

So…the Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop Holidrizzle Pumpkin Spice Kettle Corn was ripped into last night.  I breathed it in.  And it smelled…like buttery popcorn.  Huh.  Interesting.  I dished out a serving in a really awesome skull and crossbones bowl and served it up to my roommate.  From the initial handful, I noticed that the popcorn pieces were dusted (some more heavily than others) with different seasonings.  I didn’t see a drizzle anywhere.  But when I went to dish up mine…my fingers round the melty bit of white chocolate on one of the pieces.  There was my delicious, sweet, and addicting drizzle.  I was trying to figure out how it could be a Holidrizzle without a drizzle…so, thankfully, the drizzle was there.  Panic averted.  I asked Cathy what she thought of it and she said, “It tastes like cinnamon…I don’t really get pumpkin.”

And…she’s right.  So, if you’re “not a fan of pumpkin” then you will actually like this.  Because when I tested it, I got the warm fall spices (cinnamon, nutmeg…and then the sweetness from the very light drizzle that some of the pieces were treated to.  It was definitely delicious.  And I would certainly eat and eat and eat these quite happily…but if you are one who wants that powerful pumpkin flavor, this is not the mix for you.  Not at all.  But, if you like a pumpkin spice latte…that’s what this is.  That’s the flavor.  Delicate spices…but not really pumpkin.  Just…pumpkin-y…without any real…pumpkin.  It’s a gentle, generous flavor and it blended so well with the sweet and salty nature of the kettle corn.  Beyond addictive for sure.

Let’s look at ingredients, shall we?  Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop Holidrizzle Pumpkin Spice Kettle Corn is made with cane sugar, popcorn, sunflower oil, palm and palm kernel oil, whey powder, nonfat milk powder, spices, sea salt, natural flavors, and soy lecithin (emulsifier).  This popcorn is certified gluten free.  And certified tasty.

As for nutritional information, Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop Holidrizzle Popcorn is not bad…or a drizzled treat.  A serving of this popcorn is 1-1/2 cups (28 grams).  There are about 4.5 servings per bag.  In this serving, you will be consuming 140 calories, 8 grams fat, 3 grams saturated fat, 0 grams trans fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 80 mg sodium, 18 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams fiber, 11 grams sugars, and 1 gram protein.  Not a filling treat, but then again, it doesn’t need to be.  Careful though…it’s addictive.

While I think a part of me expected a little more of that BOOM…PUMPKIN flavor in Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop Holidrizzle Pumpkin Spice Kettle Corn, it doesn’t deminish the fact that this popcorn is awesome.  It’s light, salty, sweet, and tastes like fall.  If you are a snob about your pumpkin flavor, this may not be the product for you.  But, if you love something that screams pumpkin spice flavors…with a little drizzle of sweet heaven…then I encourage you to purchase a bag of this popcorn and eat it at your own risk.  Trust me, it won’t last long.

Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest – Indianapolis, Indiana – August 23, 2014

GF Jules and me at the Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest in Indianapolis, Indiana!

GF Jules and me at the Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest in Indianapolis, Indiana!

This past Saturday, I had the honor of being able to attend the Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest up in Indianapolis, Indiana.  I love going to gluten-free expos and events and Indianapolis seems to always have one at some point during any calendar year.  This year was no exception, and I was thrilled to read about the new location for this year’s event – the Indian State Fairgrounds.  With all the vendors and exhibitors I saw listed, I knew this year’s event was going to be HUGE! I was not let down at all.One of the magazines I currently subscribe to, Gluten Free & More (formerly Living Without), was putting on the Living Without Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest in various cities this year as a way to show those with food allergies and/or sensitivities that we can live life without deprivation and missing out on delicious food.  It was a coming together of the magazine, as well as over a hundred of their favorite exhibitors to celebrate living well.  And it was open to anyone who wanted to stop in.

Tickets went on sale and, as a subscriber, I received a free entry, and then received a discount code for another ticket…so I had Cathy taken care of as well.  So, on Saturday morning, we ate a light breakfast before climbing into the car and hauling up to Indianapolis.  We timed it perfectly because we burned through our breakfast just as we got up there, about 30 minutes after it officially opened.

And…there was already a line waiting to get in.

Oh…that made me happy, indeed.

It was a hot summer day already and standing outside in the blazing sun didn’t sound like too much fun…but it wasn’t going to be a long wait.  Just about 5 minutes, at the most.  And while standing in line, I got to listen to people who have done expos like this before (like me) describe the events and how things work to the first timers.  I even got to geek out over favorite products and the like for a few moments.  I love making gluten-free friends!

Before we knew it, we were inside the doors, in the air conditioning, and getting the tickets scanned.  We were given blue wristbands to wear (for re-entry purposes and to show we paid!).  Cathy and I put them on and headed into the expo proper.  We were greeted at the door by people passing out reusable shopping bags from Glutino (a personal favorite!).  Perfect for all the samples and products you are bound to pick up and buy.

Trust me, you don’t walk out of these events empty-handed.

Cathy and I decided that we were going to be systematic about our approach to each table/vendor/aisle.  We’d start on one side and then work our way up, then come back down the other side.  This was a good plan in theory, and we decided to start in the middle aisle to avoid the congestion of the end aisles.  We soon found out…no matter what…it was just hopping and congested.  People were surrounding tables, getting free samples, trying products, trying local baked goods, and the like.  So, we ditched our original systematic plan for the…let’s just see what there is and wriggle into open areas when we can.

We’re pros.  HA!

That being said, we began our Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest at the Glutino/Udi’s/Earth Balance booth, which was giving out samples of Udi’s Gluten-Free Salted Caramel Cashew Cookies as well as Glutino’s Gluten-Free Multigrain English Muffins, schmeared with Earth Balance Creamy Coconut and Peanut Spread.  It was all crazy, crazy delicious.  I actually have the Glutino English Muffins in my freezer, I just haven’t tried them yet. Now…I know buying them wasn’t a mistake at all.  They were delicious.  And that Earth Balance Creamy Coconut and Peanut Spread…out-of-this-world good!

And from there…it only got better.  We made a point to stop by each vendor’s table and talk to them about their products, if we had tried them.  If we hadn’t…we would ask all about them.  I made a point of raving to the Pamela’s Product people about the Figgies & Jammies.  Because they are awesome and worthy of praise.  I talked to the Hodgson Mills representative and when I mentioned being a food blogger he said to reach out to the Hodgson Mills team anytime.  I was told the same thing by various other vendors as well.  And one local vendor who was selling the most amazing bar-b-que sauce and seasoning (which we purchased) said to tag her on Facebook when I use their products so they can read my blog.  I was having a great time.

I think, though, the best moment had to come at the Freedom Foods table.  Because, as many of you are aware, Freedom Foods only makes my favorite gluten-free cereal, Tropic-O’s.  NOM NOM!  I can’t find this cereal here anymore, since my Whole Foods stopped carrying it, so my parents ship it to me from Birmingham, Alabama.  We have a system down.  But, recently, they put out a gluten-free, dairy-free, and not-free version of Nutella…which I fell in love with.  My local Kroger is the only place that had it…and I bought the last jar of it a few weeks ago.  It has never been restocked.  So…I stocked up on some Quinoa Pancake Mix, lots of “Smudge” (that’s the Nutella stuff!), and a few other products to try, all the time raving about how much I love their products and how they honestly care about what ingredients go into all of their stuff.  It didn’t hurt that the guy at the table had a New Zealand/Australian accent.  HELLO!  I actually ended up going back to the table before leaving that day and buying 4 more jars of Smudge.  I hadn’t opened the one I had at home for fear I would never find it again.  Now…it’s on!

I was able to sample some of the best gluten-free Snickerdoodles I have ever eaten.  And this pasta that was made from lentils that tasted exactly like regular pasta…but I couldn’t afford the hefty price tag on it.  Unfortunately.  It was nice to sample it, however.  At the very back of the building, for those over 21, was the gluten-free cider/beer tasting area.  There was so much food and samples…so I was glad we ate light.  And Cathy and I have a system down…where we split a sample so we aren’t filling up on our own.  It always works at these events.

However, I have to say the greatest moment ever was when I finally got to meet GF Jules in person. GF Jules (formerly Jules Gluten Free) was one of the first Celiac/Gluten-Free bloggers/recipe makers/amazing people I started to follow on social media after my diagnosis.  While I have been to events where she has been present, I have never been able to actually meet her.  That changed.  We discovered that we were food allergy soul sisters, both of us being vegetarian Celiacs who also can’t handle dairy.  Go figure.  She was so nice and just so easy to talk with.  I picked up one of her cookbooks, which she signed, and she was kind enough to take a picture with me.  I might have geeked out a little bit.  Or a lot.  You know how it goes…

And soon, after a couple hours of tasting, testing, buying, talking, and exploring, our time at the expo drew to a close.  We were going to meet our friend, Greg, for lunch that day, so we bid adieu to the fantastic event and made our way out to the car.

This event was probably the best one I have attended so far.  Great people, great vendors, great information all around.  And I came home with samples and products to try in the very near future.  Can’t argue with that, right?  Right!

I hope they return next year.  I’m already making plans to attend.  If one of these events happens near you…I definitely encourage you to go!

Product Review: Little Lad’s Lemon Herbal Popcorn

Little Lad's Lemon Herbal Popcorn

Little Lad’s Lemon Herbal Popcorn

Product: Little Lad’s Lemon Herbal Popcorn – $2.25+

Popcorn.

When done right, popcorn can be one of the healthiest snacks out there.  I gave up microwave popcorn ages ago (for the most part…sometimes…it’s the only option), and have been using the hell out of my air popper.

Truly, it is almost a nightly tradition to enjoy some air popped popcorn, seasoned with herbs and a little drizzle of olive oil (healthy fat that is also a belly flattener).  Usually enjoyed while watching a Gordon Ramsay show or Torchwood or Dr. Who or…American Ninja Warrior!  Something.  I don’t watch much TV…but I usually unwind at the end of a long day with some sort of television show on Netflix or Hulu.

And I grew up feasting on popcorn while watching a movie at home or winding down at night.  And every Sunday…it was my family’s dinner.  Honestly.  Popcorn has always been a favorite food in my family…and I carry that tradition with me today.

I was actually really excited when my July Cuisine Cube arrived and I pulled this bag of popcorn from the box.  For one thing…the words popcorn were enough to entice me.  But toss the word “lemon” in front of it…and you have a really happy girl.  Lemon is one of my favorite seasonings and often do a lemon pepper popcorn at home as one of my seasonings.  This…had it done for me.

The item I received was a bag of LIttle Lad’s Lemon Herbal Popcorn.  Little Lad’s is a small family restaurant in Portland, Maine.  Their mission was to create a place where people could bring their families and friends and enjoy a restaurant quality meal that focuses on bold flavors and high nutrition.  One of the creations that this restaurant created was an herbal popcorn that their customers raved about and couldn’t get enough of.  This was no dull popcorn either.  And the Lemon Herbal Popcorn version is one take on this popular product.

Little Lad’s Herbal Popcorn is made from organic lemon and fresh herbs.  Yes.  Organic and fresh.  Bet you didn’t see that coming.  This variety of popcorn doesn’t use any animal products and is gluten-free.  And, the Lemon Herbal Popcorn is made with whole grains!  According to the package, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this popcorn goes towards health education in Africa.

Like I said, I usually air pop popcorn at night, but last night, I was feeling lazy.  Master Chef was on and, for once, I didn’t want to drown it out with my air popper.  So, I went to my pantry and pulled out the Little Lad’s Lemon Herbal Popcorn, pouring it into two bowls and giving one to my roommate while I settled in with the other one to watch the show.

Here’s the deal…packaged popcorn is either going to be amazing or fall flat.  I knew the moment I opened the Little Lad’s Lemon Herbal Popcorn bag that it smelled fantastic.  That was a good start.  I popped one of the popped kernels into my mouth…and it was settled.  This popcorn definitely fell into the good side of packaged popcorn.  In fact, what it reminded me of was day-old movie theater popcorn (movie theater popcorn tastes the best a day later, seriously!) with lemon flavoring.  Seriously.  You may not think that sounds appetizing, but, honestly, it does.  The balance of lemon flavor and savory herbs is perfection.  You get this great sweet and sour take on the seasoning, which plays well on the palate.  And the lemon doesn’t take over and completely overpower the product.  There is never too much lemon and too little to counterbalance it.  And that is a difficult balance to find.  One that I’m still working on when I make my lemon pepper popcorn at home.  So, I was quite content snacking on Little Lad’s Lemon Herbal Popcorn last night.  It was refreshing and delicious.

So, how wholesome and nutritious is Little Lad’s Lemon Herbal Popcorn?  You know I was going to get to that.

Little Lad’s Lemon Herbal Popcorn is made from non-GMO popcorn, organic evaporated cane juice, organic lemon, herbs and spices, non-GMO soybean oil, and sea salt.  This popcorn is gluten-free, cholesterol free, and vegan.

As far as nutrition goes…it’s pretty outstanding.  A serving of Little Lad’s Lemon Herbal Popcorn is 30 grams (or half of the 2 ounce package).  This serving will provide you with 120 calories and 7 grams of fat.  A serving will give you 45 mg sodium and 2 grams of sugar.  And, you will be consuming 2 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein.

Not bad for a snack last night, right?  That’s right.  I’ll never stray from my air popped popcorn, but having this option last night was a delicious, easy treat.  Thank you, again, Cuisine Cube, for your continued success in bringing me products I had never hard of before…would probably never hear of without these deliveries…and that actually taste amazing.  Another winner from my monthly selection.

Little Lad's Lemon Herbal Popcorn

Little Lad’s Lemon Herbal Popcorn

Angie’s Uncommonly Salted Caramel Popcorn uncommonly lightens up snack time

Angie's Uncommonly Salted Caramel Popcorn

Angie’s Uncommonly Salted Caramel Popcorn

Product: Angie’s Uncommonly Salted Caramel Popcorn – $3.99+

Two of my favorite words.

Salted.  Caramel.

It doesn’t get much better than that salty-sweet richness of caramel speckled with flakes of salt.  There is just something so tantalizing, mouthwatering, and sinfully delicious about anything that remotely involves something salty and caramely…especially when mixed together.  That is heaven.  Heaven in whatever salted caramel form said delicacy takes.  Pure and simple.

Over the holidays, my friend Shana, directed me to Target in search of this amazing sounding (and it was super yum, btw) holiday popcorn – Holidrizzle Dark Chocolatier Sea Salt Popcorn by Angie’s.  I searched, I hunted, I discovered, I took home and devoured.  Seriously epic.  My coworker bought the other Holidrizzle flavor – White Chocolatier Peppermint and it was super delish as well.  It made for good eats while at the office.  Trust me.

Upon discovering this epic popcorn, however, I needed more of it.  I got online and looked up Angie’s Web site.  And there I found a plethora of flavors just awaiting my discovery.  The only problem was…finding the regular flavors.  I couldn’t.  Not anywhere.

Until the New Year rolled around and I was in Columbus, Ohio visiting my friend Jenn.  We all piled into the car one snowy morning and took a road trip down to Cincinnati to visit Jungle Jim’s…the most epic grocery store in the world.  Seriously…foodie heaven.  No joke.  And the gluten-free section.  HA.  The gluten-free section was HUGE!!  No joke.  And waiting for me on a few shelves…were a variety of flavors of Angie’s Popcorn.

OH. MY. POPCORN. GODDESS!

I knew my pantry was already stocked, so I settled on one flavor…and only one flavor…this time.  And the winner of said luck-of-the-popcorn-draw: Angie’s Uncommonly Salted Caramel Popcorn.

I had a few (okay…a lot) of products to work through before I could get to this popcorn.  And it sat in my pantry up until yesterday…mocking me.  Begging me to open it up…take a taste…fall in love.  I behaved.  I resisted.  But I polished off the protein bars that were nearing their sell by date and this was the next item up on my pantry list.  I couldn’t have been more excited.  I might have squeed in anticipation.

I dished up a serving of the popcorn, which is 1-3/4 cup (or if you weigh your servings like I do…28 grams).  I packed it up to haul to work with me and then had to eagerly wait for my 3 p.m. snack time to roll around.  I was ready for it when it did, and out of my drawer this popcorn came.  I opened it up, grabbed a light, fluffy kernel, and popped it in my mouth.

Amazing.  It is sweet, without being too sweet.  The saltiness isn’t overwhelming at all.  In fact, it’s more sweet than salty.  The darker bits of popcorn is where the flavor magic happens.  Those are the popped kernels that are harboring the golden caramel flavor with that burst of saltiness.  It is fantastic.  It’s much lighter than you would expect caramel corn to be.  And I found that the sweet and salty flavors were rather balanced…more sweet than anything.  The interesting part of this popcorn is that you will feel satisfied after eating a serving, but you won’t feel like you gorged on something bad.  No kidding when I say how light this popcorn is…even when coated with that golden caramel.

A serving of this popcorn will set you back 140 calories and 8 grams of fat.  The fat content seems a little high…but this is caramel corn, right?  Let’s not dwell on that.  A serving of Angie’s Uncommonly Salted Caramel Popcorn has only 70 mgs of sodium, 2 grams of fiber, and 1 gram of protein.  As for the sugar content – only 8 grams.  Not too bad for a sweet treat, yes?

And the ingredient list is so recognizable it’s craziness.  Popcorn, sunflower oil, evaporated cane crystals, invert cane syrup, natural flavor, sea salt, caramel, and annatto (a seed used in South America for cooking and body paint), which is added for colors.  LOVE that.  This popcorn is also made from whole grains.  It is all-natural, non-GMO, vegan, kosher, gluten-free, cholesterol free, contains no trans-fat, and no high fructose corn syrup.  AWESOME!

What you get from Angie’s popcorn is a natural goodness.  Bite-for-bite you will fall in love with the amazing flavor, the lightness of the popcorn, and just how delicious it is.  I recommend you portion it out into serving sizes, less you risk eating the entire bag in one sitting.  It really is that good.  There is nothing uncommon about Angie’s Uncommonly Salted Caramel Popcorn.  The only anomaly here is that you have yet to try it.  Go.  Find it.  Eat it.  Enjoy it.  Devour.  Start again.

Oh yeah…I’ve fallen hard for popcorn.  And Angie’s fits my taste profile perfectly.

479° Popcorn perfects caramel corn with elegant and fanciful Fleur de Sel Caramel Organic Popcorn

479° Popcorn Fleur de Sel Caramel

479° Popcorn Fleur de Sel Caramel

Product: 479° Popcorn Fleur de Sel Caramel – $3.99+

Okay…I copped out on a review prior to this one…mostly out of sheer terror of the product and the fact that I threw it away immediately after tasting it.  And yes…it was the 479° Popcorn brand.  That flavor was Black Truffle & White Cheddar.  While the white cheddar was delicious the truffle was overpowering.  Perhaps my taste buds aren’t “posh and sophisticated” enough for that flavor combination.  But it didn’t taste good at all.

So, the next snack up for the afternoon munchies at work was the other 479° Popcorn I purchased while out grocery shopping one day.  This one – Fleur de Sel Caramel.

Salted Caramel.  How can it go wrong?

It can’t.  That’s the best part.

According to 479° Popcorn, Fleur de Sel is harvested by hand from salt evaporation ponds on the coast of Brittany, France.  These natural salt crystals are delicate and flaky, with a subtle hint of oceanic flavor.  That being said, 479° Popcorn takes organic popcorn, coats it in a buttery caramel and then tops it off with a sprinkle of Fleur de Sel.

What comes of this combination?  The classic sweet and salty combination that salted caramel brings to anything it is added to.  And on popcorn, it’s like a sophisticated caramel corn.  Honestly.  The organic popcorn is light and airy.  The buttery caramel that drenches each kernel isn’t too heavy or overpowering.  In fact, it’s the right amount.  And there at the end…the finishing touch…is the Fleur de Sel.

Magic in every bite.  And trust me…you’ll want to keep eating these.  One is never enough.

Thankfully, a serving size is 1 cup.  And as far as nutrition facts go…this is actually a surprisingly healthy choice.

479° Popcorn’s Fleur de Sel Caramel flavor contains 100 calories per 1 cup serving.  Each serving has 4 grams of fat (not bad for caramel corn!), 160 mg sodium, and 13 grams of sugar.  That is definitely a bit higher on the sugar content than I would like for an afternoon snack…but it’s caramel corn.  It’s going to have more sugar in it than regular corn.  Call it a treat, savor each bite, and don’t worry about sugar for a few moments.

I am a huge fan of salted caramel goodies as it is…but this is just an amazing snack.  Far better than the Black Truffle and White Cheddar flavor I tried just moments before this.  And, wow…am I ever glad I did that.  I couldn’t imagine being at work, biting into that popcorn and immediately having to spit it out in my garbage can.  Thankfully, my roomie and I tried a piece beforehand…and moved on to the epic deliciousness of the Fleur de Sel variety.

With the elegant and fanciful flavor of the Fleur de Sel Caramel popcorn, you’re treating your taste buds to something special.  Trust me…they will thank you for it.

I’m already craving more!

If you love caramel corn or are a huge fan of salted caramel goodies…this Fleur de Sel Caramel popcorn from 479° Popcorn is well worth snacking on.  SO GOOD!

Dark Chocolatier Sea Salt Holidrizzle Kettle Corn from Angie’s Artisan Treats a salty-sweet treat indeed

Angie's Artisan Treats Dark Chocolatier Sea Salt Holidrizzle Kettle Corn

Angie’s Artisan Treats Dark Chocolatier Sea Salt Holidrizzle Kettle Corn

Product: Angie’s Artisan Treats Dark Chocolatier Sea Salt Holidrizzle Kettle Corn – $4.99+

Okay…it doesn’t get much better than this:

Popcorn.

Dark chocolate.

Salt.

What this provides is this amazing salty-sweet blend that is one of my favorite tastes ever.  I guess that’s why I love chocolate covered (gluten-free) pretzels so much.  Salty-sweet is my favorite thing because it honestly is the best of both worlds.  Why choose when you can have both?

I had never heard of Angie’s Artisan Treats until my friend Shana posted a picture of the bag of Dark Chocolatier Sea Salt Holidrizzle Kettle Corn on Facebook.  I was immediately intrigued.  In fact, I was immediately craving.  I asked her one simple question – is it gluten-free?  Her response: YES!  And she said she found it at Target, so when I was at Target a couple days later…I hunted and found it on the end cap.  I grabbed the last two bags.

And then…the time just never seemed right to open it up.  I mean…who really needs to make time for dark chocolate drizzled popcorn?  But I have an air popper and that’s usually what I do for popcorn at night.  Until last night…when I spent a majority of the evening baking up requested Triple Chocolate Mint Truffle Blossom cookies for my roommate (per her request) and had no counter space in order to set up the air popper.  Her suggestion: why not eat the popcorn we bought at Target?

Brilliant!!

So, that evening, I dished up 1-2/3 cup of popcorn for each of us (yes…I do actually measure this out!) and served it up with our nightly cup of tea.  As I settled in for the evening, I picked up one piece of popcorn, perfectly drizzled with dark chocolate, and took my first bite.

OH. MY. GOD.

If heaven was made of popcorn, then it would surely taste like this.  So delicious.  I love the sweetness of the dark chocolate and how it plays with the soft texture and the saltiness of the popcorn.  It doesn’t feel heavy at all.  In fact, the entire snack seems very light as you eat it.  And yeah…it’s pretty damn amazing.

Angie’s Dark Chocolatier Sea Salt Holidrizzle Kettle Corn only has 13o calories per serving and will set you back 6 grams of fat.  That isn’t too bad.  These are all natural, gluten-free, contain no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.  No artificial sweeteners are used in this popcorn either.  This snack is a great source of whole grains and is non-GMO!

The best part is…it is super delicious…perfect for a snack to satisfy every craving and flavor you might have.  I am so glad my friend Shana posted this on Facebook or I might have gone the rest of my life without this snack in my life.

Dark chocolate sea salt popcorn…how sweet it is!!

Angie's Artisan Treats Dark Chocolatier Sea Salt Holidrizzle Kettle Corn

Angie’s Artisan Treats Dark Chocolatier Sea Salt Holidrizzle Kettle Corn