Review of nom salted maple popcorn

Now I have to confess to being a bit of a popcorn addict. Popcorn that is dairy free is fairly easy to find and makes for a nice sweet treat for me to enjoy. The only problem is that it is often gluten free as well which means I have to share it with my mum. I am always looking out for new brands and flavours of popcorn to try. I recently reviewed a nom bar which I really enjoyed so when I discovered that they made popcorn I just had to give it a try. I personally like sweet and savoury popcorn and choose their equivalent which was salted maple flavour.
I loved the packaging of this popcorn from the bright vibrant pink colour through to the cascading popcorn to the side at the font of the packet. The popcorn is clearly labelled as being gluten and dairy free and suitable for vegans. It is also labelled as being organic, having no refined sugars and being high in fibre. There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list but there is a warning that the popcorn is made in an environment where nuts are occasionally handled.
On opening the bag I was greeted by a subtle aroma of both sweetness from the maple syrup and saltines from the Himalayan salt. I did my usual close sniff up test and this didn’t change. On closer inspection inside the bag the popcorn seemed to contain two types of popcorn, the savoury which was a pale cream colour and the sweet which was a darker caramel colour. The caramel coloured popcorn seemed to be a piece of popcorn fully encased in the maple syrup with many of the these popcorn pieces being smaller in size. I grabbed a couple of pieces of popcorn at random from the bag. On biting into the popcorn I immediately got the saltness this was nice as it was just right balance of this flavouring. I had several pieces of the salty before I stumbled across a sweet one. I was a tad disappointed by this if I am honest as I had hoped for an even distribution of both flavours of popcorn. Gosh the sweet part of this popcorn was very sweet in fact too sweet but that said they complimented the savoury part nicely. I think it because there were less sweet pieces the saltines made the popcorn coated in maple syrup stand out more. The flavours worked really well together only if you ensured that you were trying both flavours together. I found that if I had the maple syrup popcorn by itself it was far to sweet for me. As for the texture of this popcorn it was like I was eating two different popcorns the salty pieces light an airy, whist the sweet pieces were slightly hard and crunchy. Both textures complimented each other well.
So would I recommend this flavour of Nom popcorn, probably not. It’s a tough one if I am honest. It is great to have another sweet and savoury flavour of popcorn available that is safe for me to eat. I like the fact it is organic and refined sugar free making it a healthier snack to enjoy. What I was disappointed with was that the sweeter pieces of the popcorn mainly seemed to be smaller in size and encased in too much maple syrup this made them very sweet if eaten alone. There was also less of these in the packet I personally think that if there more pieces which were not so heavily coated in the maple syrup it might lead to a more balanced eating experience. If I had this popcorn again instead of just diving into the bag I would try to ensure that I have a more even mix of both flavours. To me this takes the fun out of eating the popcorn. So if you follow a dairy free, gluten free, refined sugar free, or a vegan diet than I wouldn’t recommend that you give this popcorn a try. Sorry nom but this was popcorn on this particular occasion just wasn’t for me.


  1. June 12, 2016 / 2:45 pm

    Luckily, popcorn is something that I don’t really have to watch out for.

  2. June 12, 2016 / 7:21 pm

    The packaging is very attractive – It’s too bad that the product inside wasn’t very good.

    • June 12, 2016 / 8:12 pm

      I’m a sucker for packaging. At least there are lots of other popcorn I can try.

  3. hayleycarse
    June 12, 2016 / 7:59 pm

    Love the packaging; I’m definitely more of a sweet popcorn person. My favourite is Metcalfe’s skinny popcorn, they do so many flavours and are gluten free x

    • June 12, 2016 / 8:15 pm

      I will have to look at Metcalfe’s popcorn thank you ?.

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