Italians have been drying tomatoes for centuries as a way to enjoy fresh tomatoes during the long winter months. Now a culinary staple, they’re a gourmet complement to our fine blend of aged hard cheeses and garlic. Our Sun-Dried Tomato & Parmesan popcorn delivers a surprising pronounced flavor thanks to our imported tomatoes and smooth Reggiano Parmesan finish. As sophisticated and complex as popcorn gets, this is a flavor to truly savor.
Oogie’s Gourmet Popcorn is available at Petit Amuse. (they have lots of other intriguing flavors too!)
Because this popcorn has so much flavor on it’s own, I didn’t go with a flavored tea. Instead, I chose something a little more straightforward and simple: White Peony from Peony Tea S. This tea is crisp and refreshing, offering lovely fruit notes that contrasted with the zesty seasoning of the popcorn, and seemed to help clear the palate to ready it for more! This combination was simply delicious!
What I Think:
Right now, I have a lot of different types of popcorn in my pantry! Not only do we have our old stand-by microwave popcorn that we keep on hand for when we want popcorn with a movie (I have got to get myself a hot air popcorn popper, I soooo prefer air popped popcorn to the microwave variety), but I also have a couple of other gourmet-type popcorn selections – including this one – that I need to get busy and start tasting. So I decided that the time to get busy and start tasting was NOW!
This is really good. With so many sweet gourmet popcorn selections out there, it is kind of refreshing to try a savory popcorn now and again. This is a very Italian-tasting popcorn with the tomato and Parmesan cheese, and there is a hint of garlic in there too. It isn’t too salty, it’s my guess that Oogie’s wants to let the other flavors speak for themselves and not overwhelm the palate with salt.
What makes this gourmet flavored popcorn really work, though, is that the flavorings and spices are not too heavy – the sweet yet savory flavors of the popped corn stand out as the strongest flavor here. And the result is a popcorn that tastes as though it’s been dipped in marinara sauce… yet a very light “dip” — more like one took the popped kernel and barely tapped the marinara sauce, taking away with it a touch of tomato-y goodness that’s been simmered with a little bit of garlic and Parmesan cheese. YUM!
My Final Thoughts:
I really like this snack. It’s got a nice crunch, and a whole lot of flavor. I like that it isn’t overly salty, and I don’t miss the buttery goodness that I usually crave with popcorn because it has enough other delicious flavors going on that I don’t need the butter. And best of all, by the time I was finished with the package, I had only found ONE un-popped kernel in the whole bunch. This is a great snack, one I think I’ll be needing more of very soon!