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Orville Redenbacher's Cinnabon Cinnamon Popcorn
OFFICIAL SNACK REPORT
Sanctioned By WASAW Snack Committee
Reviewed By: Paddy O'Poppycock
Location: Stop & Shop
OFFICIAL NAME OF SNACK:
DESCRIPTION OF SNACK:
SSI RATING (SNACK SATISFACTION INDEX - 1-10): 7.2
UPSIDE: Orville Redenbacher microwave popcorn as a rule is good-quality. Few unpopped kernels, nice and fluffy, and the cinnamon topping they've magically affixed to the popped kernels is just right. And c'mon - Cinnabon is world-known for its sweet frosting. Now imagine that on tasty cinnamon popcorn. Your leg twitches just a touch thinking about it, right? What possibly is there not to like?
DOWNSIDE: You could drench Cinnabon topping on a table leg and it would taste delicious. Is popcorn really it's second-best match after the bun?
Orville Redenbacher's Popping
First 4 Cinnabon Topping Ingredients
DO YOU RECOMMEND THIS SNACK? (YES/NO - EXPLAIN):
Yes - but prepare yourself and the kids for a sugar rush. So, for example, if you were thinking of serving this to the kids while they and their friends are over for video games, forget it. You'll be cleaning the sticky video game controllers for weeks. Right after you're done pealing your kids from the ceiling.
HOW DID YOU PREPARE THIS SNACK - HOW DOES THE CINNABON SWEET GOODNESS GET ON THE CINNAMON POPCORN?
1) Pop the popcorn in the microwave until it looks like so:
2) Pour popcorn into bowl. If done correctly, it will look like this:
3) Take Cinnabon pouch of sweet goodness, open it and pour contents across top of popcorn, stirring all the while.
4) Realize a few seconds into the pouring that as wonderful as that sweet goodness is going to taste on the popcorn, some of it should be enjoyed unspoiled by the salty popped kernels.
Good question. It's very sweet and addictive. But I guess I look at it this way - I like popcorn. The salty, buttery stuff. I don't often eat it at home, but when I do, I want a nice, light snack. And THEN I'll go for dessert. Dumping partially hydrogenated soybean oil and sugar all over popcorn seems wrong. I mean, what's next - grabbing the ol' Hershey's Chocolate and pouring away? Taking the whipped cream from the fridge and dousing the bowl?
It's a combo that works, don't get me wrong. Popcorn and most anything sweet works. (Poppycock, Fiddle Faddle, etc. are testament to that.) But I fear that if I continue going down this path of sweetening my regular popcorn snack, I may forever lose my taste for the non-sugary, traditional version.
That said, I'd be willing to buy this snack just for the Cinnabon topping pouch and pouring it over items that truly need a little help. Like broccoli, cauliflower, or meatless chili.
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