Think of popcorn and I think of going to the cinema. Popcorn plus drink and watching a movie go hand in hand. And it conjures a happy feeling because it means a time of relaxation, being entertained and indulging in the snack.
When given the opportunity to review The Kettle Gourmet’s popcorns, I was expecting to just do a taste test of the two familiar flavours — saltish or sweet (just like at the cinema counter).
I was blown away when the packages arrived with each box containing eight different flavours. Each is a unique taste, some very Singaporean — chilli crab, chicken floss, chocolate, fish head curry, kaya butter toast, nasi Lemak, pulut hitam, and salted caramel.
It’s hard to fathom how the local flavours will taste as a popcorn — my head’s still wrapped around just saltish or sweet popcorn.
This is not a job to be done alone (can’t afford to consume so much) so I got the family to take part in the taste test. What stood out in common are that the popcorns are crunchy and have a good bite feel. That’s our preference as we would rather each such popcorn instead of the soft and chewy version.
In terms of taste, different ones have different preferences.
One was intrigued by the chicken floss flavour, which is caramel coated and mostly sweet. Only wish is to have more chicken floss.
Another liked the curry fish head version, which is mildly spicy, adding a nice kick to the popcorn.
The pulut hitam popcorn looks and tastes like pulut hitam. It has a milky taste and strong flavour, dividng opinions in our family.
More than the flavours, The Kettle Gourmet’s offerings score on creativity.
- Packaging — We love the packaging and the fact that parts are perforated and can be repurposed as Christmas decor. It’s simply brilliant and so thoughtful. Also, the brightly coloured boxes make lovely gift packs for giving as presents, giving a happy feel to the recipient.
- Size — The packs come in handy sizes with the 30g version fitting nicely into the palm of the hand. Additional, they are resealable with a ziplock so one is not compelled to finish everything at one go.
- Well-curated — The flavours offer a mix of sweet and savoury so there’s something for everyone.
The Kettle Gourmet’s snack pack of eight flavours come in two sizes — classic with eight 65g packs (S$40) and mini with eight 30g packs (S$24). They make great Christmas gifts for families and groups of friends, who can hold a tasting session to see who likes what.
Taste: Hard to grade because of individual preferences
Bite feel: 👍👍👍👍