Skip to main content

Trader Joe's Baconesque White Cheddar Popcorn

A few weeks ago, everyone on the internet freaked out because they found out that bacon causes cancer. The bacon haters were validated in their smug self-righteousness that bacon and other processed meets "do cause cancer"* while those who would give up bacon when it is pried out of their cold dead hands stood their ground

*Calm down people. If bacon really causes cancer, then according to the standards from that study, everyone who eats 2 slices of bacon per day would get cancer. Furthermore, WHO issued a clarification statement that referenced a report from the International Agency of Cancer Research (IACR) that "does not ask people to stop eating processed meats" (..why?) and stated "reducing the consumption of [processed meats] can reduce the risk of colorectal cancer." And of course, the evidence still shows that smoking cigarettes increases your risk of getting cancer way more than eating processed meat. End rant.

Which brings me to this popcorn, which I purchased when it first came out but never got around to reviewing it. Then it occurred to me with all this bacon-sort-of-causes-cancer news frenzy, some people would be desperate enough to get their bacon fix by eating a "baconesque" snack instead of the real thing. 




"Bacon Like Seasoning." That's French for IT'S NOT BACON. 


Please no one sue over this. They've made it abundantly clear that THERE'S NO BACON HERE. 


The first time I tried this, I was moderately surprised. It tasted remotely like bacon. Then my then-boyfriend A burst that bubble, said it tasted smoky but definitely NOT like bacon. Gotta trust the carnivore's assessment here. Can a baconesque product with NO bacon ever taste close to bacon? Absolutely not. Maybe it tasted like bacon then because I wanted it to taste like bacon. It tastes like bacon the way bacon bits taste like bacon. Mostly smokiness with a strong white cheddar dust. Not the most complementary flavors in my opinion. The smoky flavor actually gets kind of old after a few pieces. I was not able to finish this snack before the popcorn went stale the first time or the most recent time. The most recent time, I found this popcorn savory, smoky, but unappetizing. 


Interesting concept, but it just didn't work in popcorn format like the pickles did. 

TL;DR: Trader Joe's Baconesque White Cheddar Popcorn. It ain't bacon. I wouldn't sneak this one into the movies. 4.5 out of 10. 





Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Trader Joe's Sliced French Brioche

"THIS IS LIKE CRACK." No it's not (but it certainly could be), but A says that's how I tend to overhype stuff. The funny thing is that I know I overhype a lot of things, so I actually try not to overhype it. Because I don't want to proclaim, "THIS IS THE BEST THING I'VE EVER TASTED" about everything I try. But sometimes I can't help it, and the overhype spills out. Anyway, this is my meager attempt at NOT overhyping this bread (because it is pretty good actually and you should give it a try but I'm trying to restrain myself). 

Trader Joe's Matcha Green Tea

Dear reader, you may notice in the coming days that there are changes coming to this blog. Not nearly as dramatic, controversial, or dlfjepotigfjad;lkgjadsf (for my readers not as fluent in internet speak, that was a keyboard pound of frustration) as say, the government, but changes nonetheless. Mostly because there is coming a day where I will not live within a stone's throw of a Trader Joe's store. A sad sad day. But probably a good day for my wallet. :P 

Trader Joe's Kimchi

This is one of those foods that elicits one of two distinct responses from most people. "YAAAAAAAS. LIFE." Or if you can't stand the fermentedness, the sourness, or the spice - it's a *stink face.* I'm trying not support the deterioration of English language to mere emojis, but c'mon. Stink face is pretty darn appropriate for some. And while yes I like to categorize people and things, I acknowledge that you could be indifferent. Or uninitiated. Either way, you can't deny its presence. This is the lifestuff stuff of an entire people.