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Posted: 11:48 Fri 07-11-2003.
Snackspot reports: An near-unanimous response to our last debate on the merits of Coffee vs Tea, with a vast majority favouring the Briton's traditional beverage over Starbucks' overpriced concoctions, with some noting that tea can also act as a hangover cure, [or] almost a meal, and furthermore appears to be ideal when you're either ill or upset in some way - though what that tells you about life in the modern United Kingdom, I wouldn't like to guess. Anyway, this week's topic was suggested by "cokeco" as part of a discussion about last Friday's debut of alcohol flavoured popcorn: What popcorn (or general snack) flavour do you most prefer: salt - or sweet? (The picture shows a close-up of a specialist popcorn shop I saw in San Jose which, as you can see, offered flavours ranging from "white cheddar" to the - frankly terrifying - "extreme cheese".)

...Did you get to try the Sambuca or Irish Cream popcorns on Halloween? Are you in agreement with the public who suggested this should be followed by fish and chips, pesto, vanilla and strawberry cheesecake flavours? Or do you think that our snack cuisines should be bolder in combining the traditionally separate worlds of savoury and sweet, as in the (definitely salty) Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, the slightly salty Mars Snickers, many kinds of digestive biscuits, or the perceptibly sweeter buns and relishes you get in a lot of burger bars?


Posted: 12:46 Fri 07-11-2003 by "charl" # permalink comment
Comment: when at the cinema and off the low carb wagon i go for half and half. sweet in the bottom, salt on the top. the crossover point is most enjoyable. pesto popcorn? yeuch.
Posted: 13:05 Fri 07-11-2003 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: of course the tongue has 3 other taste receptors that could potentially be utilised for popcorn enhancement purposes - bitter, sour and umami (japanese food): http://users.rcn.com/jkimball.ma.ultranet/BiologyPages/T/Taste.html
Posted: 17:11 Fri 07-11-2003 by "Kaptain Korolev" # permalink comment
Comment: When the Kaptain is at the kinema he will generally place an order for salty popping corns. His theory being that the salty salt will induce an imbalance in the osmotic concentration of his bloodstream, there by forcing his body to absorb more of the 1 litre soda pop beverage he has just purchased and make him urinate less.

At other times he enjoys sweet popping corns, drizzled with a little of the Canadian maple syrup if he is feeling messy.

Posted: 18:10 Fri 07-11-2003 by "Saramond" # permalink comment
Comment: Has to be sweet but........

Don't you just hate eating the unpopped corns in a handful of popcorn as it's too dark to notice them and also........

Does anybody else feel compelled to polish off the entire bag before the film even starts?!

Posted: 15:57 Sat 08-11-2003 by "cokeco" # permalink comment
Comment: Well I love salted popcorn. With butter. Sweet popcorn here in the uk just tastes like burned sugar. And its so satisifying to sip on that huge cup of tango after all the saltiness. After that I love cheese popcorn.
Posted: 15:59 Sat 08-11-2003 by "Kim" # permalink comment
Comment: Sweet all the way. Although I do quite like things like Snickers that have a slightly salty taste to them, it's the chocolate I buy them for. Even when I'm eating nuts I prefer honey roasted ones. And salted popcorn? Ugh.
Posted: 17:18 Sat 08-11-2003 by "Saramond" # permalink comment
Comment: If you have trouble finding Reese's Peanut Butter Cups you can make them really easily,


Make sure you don't refrigerate them too quickly, they need to cool down properly first

Posted: 16:15 Sun 09-11-2003 by "JT" # permalink comment
Comment: went on d&w today, there daily question is where do we go when we die, take a look - dandw.0cath.com
Posted: 16:26 Sun 09-11-2003 by "JT" # permalink comment
Comment: sorry the address is http://www.dandw.0catch.com
Posted: 10:51 Mon 10-11-2003 by "Nebbish" # permalink comment
Comment: Salty or sweet popcorn? Neither, if Im going to the cinema, beforehand I buy sweets and crisps from the supermarket and smuggle them in in my bag, like any sensible person.
Posted: 11:42 Mon 10-11-2003 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: I was once stopped from carrying an entire McDonald's meal into a cinema in Oxford - rather than scarfing it down in a couple of minutes outside (which can really spoil the delicate interplay of tastes and textures), I just popped out, concealed the various packages inside my coat, and walked back in again no problem!
Posted: 14:03 Mon 10-11-2003 by "Nebbish" # permalink comment
Comment: Sounds like that Alexi Sayle sketch where he takes a kebab out of his inside jacket pocket.
Posted: 14:08 Mon 10-11-2003 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: The large size coke was the trickiest
Posted: 19:33 Mon 10-11-2003 by "cokeco" # permalink comment
Comment: salted salted salted
Posted: 14:37 Mon 17-11-2003 by "Mike Gray" # permalink comment
Comment: For me, it's definitely the salt and vinegar popcorn that was available at "Kernels" over in the Eaton Centre in Toronto. Brought a packet of the flavouring back with me. It was worth the cost of the holiday on it's own. Initially an "ugh, what where they thinking" experience, it quickly becomes moreish to the point of addiction.

Sadly, the flavouring long since ran out and I can't afford to go back. Anyone want to bring me some? :)

Posted: 20:08 Mon 17-11-2003 by "cokeco" # permalink comment
Comment: Mike, you can buy the flavourings online at cybercandy. Or in Walmart
Posted: 10:52 Tue 18-11-2003 by "Mike Gray" # permalink comment
Comment: The salt and vinegar one? I think you've just made my day. :)
Posted: 10:57 Tue 18-11-2003 by "Mike Gray" # permalink comment
Comment: :(

Can't find the salt and vinegar one on Cybercandy.

Posted: 13:59 Wed 19-11-2003 by "cokeco" # permalink comment
Comment: Sorry Mike! I couldn't remember what flavours they sold. My fav is the white cheddar. I love kernals popcorn too though. Being a Canadian, now living in the UK, I can commiserate.
Posted: 15:35 Wed 19-11-2003 by "da candy man" # permalink comment
Comment: i hate cyber candy every thing is over priced!!! 25.89 for 24 cans of drink + 3.99 p and p
Posted: 17:30 Wed 19-11-2003 by "Alex" # permalink comment
Comment: Reece's Butter Cups are in full stock at (sorry Snackspot!) Asda
Posted: 20:32 Thu 20-11-2003 by "cokeco" # permalink comment
Comment: And yet when you consider how much it would cost you to fly to the US to buy the candies perhaps cybercandy is not so expensive after all.
Posted: 05:26 Tue 11-05-2004 by "Jerry" # permalink comment
Comment: I'll take buttered and salted in preference to the overly sweet concoctions available today, but in the 1950's, and again for a brief period in the early 1970's, there was bagged popcorn in a mixture of pink and white that was mildly sweet but not glazed or sticky. As with anything worthwhile, it became extinct, but after puzzling over it for years, I finally have an idea how it might have been made: with cotton candy (and possibly powdered sugar on top of that)!
Posted: 20:41 Wed 12-05-2004 by "cokeco" # permalink comment
Comment: Jerry they still have that pink popcorn in the U.S. and Canada. It is quite nice, not like the sickening sweet popcorn they sell here in the UK.
Posted: 22:41 Sun 11-Dec-2005 by "Barbara" # permalink comment
Comment: Where in the U.S. can we buy pink popcorn?
Posted: 23:40 Sun 11-Dec-2005 by "Stevie Nicks" # permalink comment
Comment: Ohio
Posted: 16:00 Mon 12-Dec-2005 by "juankerr" # permalink comment
Comment: Buttered and salted for me (almost) everytime.
Posted: 02:05 Mon 17-Apr-2006 by "polarbear" # permalink comment
Comment: I like both but i prefer salted popcorn and do you what i hate those halfwits that say to you at the cinema when you order salted popcorn instead of sweet, "Why you getting salted for?", (stupid look on their halfwit face), "because i like salted" i say, "but it tastes like cum" (even stupider look on their halfwit face) wtf??? ok this is the last time i go to the cinema with you... 84587 73
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