I stopped off at the grocery store this morning on my way to work to pick up a box of tissues (I’ve been fighting allergies ever since we started kicking our furnace in; kicking up some dust). While there, I decided to pick up something to snack on since I had a somewhat small breakfast (this was before I learned one of my co-workers was bringing in donuts).
Since I had a limited amount of money to spend, I went in search of something that was $1 or less and eventually decided to buy a bag of Palo Popcorn. Normally, I don’t bother with pre-popped, pre-packaged bags of popcorn (especially those that don’t have cheese on them). But, the bag was just 50 cents so I figured I would give it a try.
As I just mentioned, I’m not a big fan of pre-popped popcorn like this one simply because I have tried it from several brands in the past and have yet to find one that was worth my money. Most of the time, the popcorn is stale. I also have found quite a few bags that went overboard with salt (likely in an effort to hide the staleness). So, when I bought this brand, I honestly wasn’t expecting too much from it; I was just hoping it would be filling enough to get me to lunch.
After trying the Palo popcorn, I can’t really say it did anything to prove my doubts wrong. But, I will say it was a little better than other brands.
One of the first things I noticed about this brand is the popcorn did taste fresher. It didn’t taste like it was just popped. But, it wasn’t overly stale like other brands. I suspect that might be because it was packaged here in Wisconsin (the back of the bag says Sheboygan Falls) rather than another state 1,000 miles away.
However, other than the freshness, the popcorn really didn’t offer anything special. Like other brands, there was a little too much salt. Well, actually, about half the bag was too salty. The other half didn’t taste like it had any salt at all. And, shaking the bag really didn’t help with the distribution.
Like other pre-popped brands, I also discovered a lot of hard, crusty stuff attached to the popped kernels; the kind of stuff that gets stuck in your teeth or in the back of your throat. As a result of this, I only got through about a quarter of the bag before taping it shut and taking the rest home for the squirrel feeder.
Considering it was just 50 cents, it met my primary criteria for a snack today. But, other than the low price, I can’t see any legitimate reason why I would recommend this product.