Opopop imparts unique flavors to microwave popcorn

There’s always room for popcorn—it’s a bit like jelly in that regard. Popcorn is a perfect snack for many reasons, but it can get a little boring. Opopop wants to shake up the popcorn space with lots of interesting flavors that are as easy to make as a microwavable bag.

Opopop offers two different options: a smaller, more snackable size with pop cups, and a slightly larger bag with flavored kernels. They both microwave in the same way, with the Opopop popcorn popper and lid on, which only takes a few minutes.

I wasn’t expecting to try a new version of popcorn – I thought this food was innovative. Yet I’m also someone who constantly scours the grocery store aisle for new flavor powders to sprinkle on my popcorn. I always want more of this than a bit of butter or salt, so I loved sampling my way through the variety of flavors Opopop offered. Anyone looking for a new way to snack without resorting to candy should try this gourmet homemade popcorn.

TL;DR

advantages:

  • Lots of flavor options
  • As easy to make as a bag of microwave popcorn

Disadvantages:

  • Tidying up can be messy
  • More expensive than regular microwaveable popcorn

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How opopop works

Each serving and flavor comes in its own packaging.
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Opopop changes popcorn flavors and how those flavors are applied to popcorn, but the cooking process is very familiar. Open a packet of kernels in any of their available forms and pop them into the popper. Place the lid on the opopop popper and microwave for about 2 to 4 minutes, depending on your oven.

I found it took just as long to pop as a traditional bag of popcorn, but Opopop offers a test bag just to be sure. The Pop Cups contain fewer kernels than the Flavor Wrapped Kernel Bags. I set the smaller amount for 20 seconds less and it worked great. Once it’s ready, shake the bowl a few times and it’s ready to eat. The pop cups offer a single serving that isn’t great for sharing, while the flavored seed pouches are enough for dividing two small servings.

All flavors are gluten-free and non-GMO, and all except Fancy Butter are vegan. The popper is BPA-free and dishwasher safe. That makes me clean up. Preparing popcorn in the popper is easy – but cleaning it up is a little more involved.

The flavor-coated kernels make the most of the mess. They squirt their spices around the popper, onto the lid, and in some cases through the holes on the top of the lid. The results can be a bit greasy, so simply rinsing the bowl is not an option. You really need to use hot water and soap and scrub it out of the popper with a sponge or dish brush.

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Some flavors make more mess than others, and cleaning can be a little tricky.
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Cleaning the popper is by no means a deal breaker when it comes to whether opopop is worth trying, but it does feel disproportionate to how easy and quick the popcorn is to make.

popcorn flavors

The list of current flavors includes the following options:

  • Vanilla Cake Pop
  • cinnamon like
  • Maui Heat
  • chedapeño
  • Craving for butter
  • Salted umami
  • Salty Caramel*
  • Like Buddha*
  • vanilla vanilla*
  • lightly salted*

*These flavors are only available in pop cups.

Some flavors are available in pop cups and some are flavor packed kernels. I suspect this is because the different methods of coating the popcorn favor one method or another. For example, I would like a large bag of Salty Caramel, but it only comes in the smaller pop cup.

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Cinnalicious has a visible coating of cinnamon spice.
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I’ve tried all options. Before any popcorn hit the tongue, I was hooked on half the selection. After trying it, I’m still hooked on half the flavors – just not the ones I initially thought of. I don’t usually like caramel, but I think Salty Caramel is my favorite. It’s the perfect blend of sweet and savory that suits most snacks. I always find it desirable, no matter the circumstances.

I also particularly enjoyed the Fancy Butter, buttery Like Buddahh, and Lightly Salted options. I could eat these anytime. But they are also the most generic flavors.

I enjoyed Maui Heat (a slightly tangy pineapple flavor) and Vanilla Cake Pop, which was more pronounced and substantial than the hint of vanilla in Vanilla Vanilla, but these options are a little more idiosyncratic in flavor. I realized I had to be in the mood for a touch of flavor.

Chedapeño, Cinnalicious, Salted Umami, and Vanilla Vanilla were all good to eat once, but I didn’t think of buying more. I also think that the chedapeño needs a bit of an overhaul as its aroma and flavor don’t quite match up as they should. It smelled like cheddar but didn’t taste like it. It was also the only thing that kept the house fragrant long after it was made.

After working through these flavors and finding a few that I really like, I want even more choices to try. Hopefully the company will continue to launch new ranges and maybe even introduce some limited seasonal runs like Candy Corn for Halloween or Peppermints for Christmas.

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The opopop popper is collapsible for easy storage.
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Should You Buy Opopop?

Adding some flavor to popcorn won’t make people who hate it when the kernels get stuck in their teeth change their minds about the food. You must enjoy eating popcorn to get into Opopop’s offering. Also, getting started here is a small investment, starting with the popcorn popper. Be aware that even if you start with the bowl and some seeds, it’s still not the cheapest way to snack.

But folks who like popcorn and are flexible enough to consider something more than a lightly salted option will find a really enjoyable snack. The cleaning process takes more effort than throwing away a bag of popcorn, but I think the taste is worth it.

Buy a starter kit from Opopop for $24.99.

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