Tuesday, July 26, 2011
This is not a sponsored post, and I am in no way being compensated for this review. I paid for the product (purchased at Hy-Vee at Peony Park), and the opinions expressed are entirely my own.
I don't go through much popcorn-a couple bags a year perhaps, but this is the popcorn I will be buying from now on. Produced locally (well, sort of locally-I think Bellwood is out near Columbus) grown without insecticides or herbicides, and not that much more expensive than the big, corporate brand (also produced locally, but with less of a 'feel-good about it" vibe) this is really excellent popcorn.
I pop mine in a large kettle with oil (gasp! the horrors! the calories!) and using this method I get very few unpoped kernels from the Hilger popcorn. That's not something I can say about most popcorn. I also don't need to lay in a supply of dental floss to deal with the after effects of a bowl of popcorn. The popcorn stands up nicely to caramel coating, butter, being shaped into popcorn balls, or any other thing I subject it to, without getting soggy or crumbling. That seems like such a small detail, but I'm the sort of person that cares about those things because I'm the sort of person that likes to Hoover the carpets every day because I get a deep sense of satisfaction from seeing the lines all going in the same direction. So yes, I do get some excitement into my otherwise predictably stable, boring life on the farm when my popcorn kernels all pop, and don't break into pieces when subjected to boiling hot caramel.
I don't know if Hilger popcorn is available outside of Nebraska, or the Midwest, but it is worth purchasing if you see it. While you may have better ways of bringing excitement into your life than admiring the beautifully popped corn in the kettle, I trust you can still appreciate something that tastes delicious, and is a good value for the money.