Reviewer’s note: Samples of the products discussed here were provided at no cost in exchange for my honest review.
So, with two (albeit mild) snowfalls under our belts and temperatures racing ever lower, it should surprise no one that we at FlavorfulWorld.com have turned our attention more toward indoor downtime activities than outdoor ones. Chief among these are family movie nights, with the best of them spent piled onto the sofa under several blankets. As tends to happen when people enjoy a flick while dressed in pajamas, snacking is a big part of what makes it so much fun, and one standard movie-viewing go-to is fresh popcorn. So, when a trio of popcorn kernel varieties recently arrived on our doorstep courtesy of Women’s Bean Project, it felt like serendipity.
Women’s Bean Project is a Denver, Colorado-based non-profit with the self-appointed mission of helping chronically unemployable women toward self-sufficiency. Aimed at ending the cycle of poverty among women by employing them to produce gourmet packaged foods, the women-run enterprise pools a workforce of women with histories that range from incarceration to having been victims of domestic abuse. WBP has offered thousands of women a second chance at life over the years by providing them not with a handout, but with the tools to sustain themselves and their families for the rest of their lives.
As for the trio sent to us, we received samples of Blue Popcorn with Salted Caramel seasoning, White Popcorn with Garlic Parmesan seasoning, and Rainbow Popcorn with Himalayan Salt and Black Pepper seasoning. Available on the Women’s Bean project website as a gift bundle set, the popcorn used for each variety is derived from Amish kernels that tasted great and popped up with few if any unpopped kernels left behind. Each variety tasted fresh and popped up light and airy, and each showed us a distinctive personality. The white popcorn earned points for its subtly chewy texture, whereas the blue popcorn’s visual—that of large white kernels with dark centers—called to mind fun images of flowers in bloom. The rainbow kernels, on the other hand, brought to bear the best of multiple shades and textures for an all-around satisfying flavor blend. As tasty as each is on its own, finishing them with a dusting of the powdered seasonings that accompany each variety elevates the eating experience with a dash of sweet or savory layered onto a pleasing crunch that, in our experience, caused the popcorn to vanish quickly when shared.
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