Posts Tagged ‘Oogies’

Product Description:

Oogie’s Popcorn just may be the perfect snack. Made from the highest-quality non-GMO corn, perfectly popped in small batches, it’s delightfully light, airy and crisp with a dash of white cheddar tang. Plus, it’s healthy to boot.

I received this sample bag of Oogie’s popcorn in my November Goodies Box.

Tea Suggestion:

I usually prefer iced tea when I have popcorn, an icy cold beverage just seems to go perfectly with the salty goodness of popcorn!  I chilled some of this Key Lime Ceylon from Fusion Teas, and I thought it made a delicious pairing with the salty, cheesy, spiced flavor of the popcorn.  A refreshing and zesty snack!

What I Think:

Having previously tried the Sundried Tomato & Parmesan Popcorn from Oogie’s, I was fairly confident that I’d enjoy this White Cheddar gourmet popcorn, also from Oogie’s.  I mean, really … what’s not to like?  Cheddar cheese & popcorn?  YUM!  Yes please!

The popcorn is light, fluffy and crispy.  Each kernel is coated with a seasoned powder that is salty and cheesy, with hints of garlic powder and onion powder, just to keep it interesting.   Perfect for when you want a salty snack, I’d take this over potato chips anytime!

My Final Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this bag of popcorn … and I found that it disappeared way too quickly!  It was deliciously savory, and neither I nor my palate felt weighed down after snacking on it – and usually both my palate and I feel a little weighed down after snacking on something like chips, so I’d say that this popcorn, in addition to being a healthier snack choice, is definitely a WIN-WIN!  I don’t know that it’s necessarily what I’d consider a healthy snack, but it is definitely better for you than something that’s been fried, like a potato chip.

The box arrived on the afternoon of November 20th.  I was kind of surprised, really, because I have gotten used to the box arriving much closer to the end of the month… but it seems that with each month, the Goodies Box arrives just a little sooner than it did the month previous.  I’m OK with that.  They’re ironing out the kinks, and still managing to keep the price at just $7 per month.  I’ve been happy with this subscription.

The theme of this month’s box is “Entertaining Made Simple,” and while I don’t usually do much entertaining (I am agoraphobic, and I usually have trouble with one guest, more than one is positively anxiety-inducing!) I do enjoy the foods one might serve at a dinner party … as they make fantastic tea-time treats.

And, incidentally, this box does include a tea!  Granted, it’s bagged tea (Hey, Goodies Company, get in the know!  Loose leaf is the only way to go!) but it’s still tea.  Bigelow Tea’s Pumpkin Spice tea, to be precise.  I’ll be reviewing that tea on the SororiTea Sisters blog at some point!

The other goodies in this month’s box include:  American Vintage Wine Biscuits, Lotus Bakeries Smooth Biscoff Spread, Bobbysue’s Original Flavored Nuts, Pumpkin Souffle Mix from Flourless Bliss, White Cheddar Popcorn from Oogie’s, and a Dark Quinoa chocolate bar from Alter Eco.  Yum!  Looking forward to these yummy items … and they are all new-to-me!  Bonus!

And speaking of bonuses, this box did include a special bonus gift!  Upon opening the box, I was greeted immediately with a reusable, canvas shopping tote!  Wow!  The card insert that is included with every box explains:

We are grateful to have you as one of our first subscribers!  To show our thanks we are excited to gift you the enclosed Goodies Co. Farmer’s Market Bag.

Yay!  I do try to bring my stash of reusable bags every time I shop … sometimes, I forget, but, I do try.  And it will be nice to have yet another to add to my stash!  It will definitely be put to good use.

This is the best box from Goodies Co. yet!

Photo from Petit Amuse. Click on the Pic to go there!

Product Description:

Italians have been drying tomatoes for centuries as a way to enjoy fresh tomatoes during the long winter months. Now a culinary staple, they’re a gourmet complement to our fine blend of aged hard cheeses and garlic. Our Sun-Dried Tomato & Parmesan popcorn delivers a surprising pronounced flavor thanks to our imported tomatoes and smooth Reggiano Parmesan finish. As sophisticated and complex as popcorn gets, this is a flavor to truly savor.

Oogie’s Gourmet Popcorn is available at Petit Amuse.  (they have lots of other intriguing flavors too!)

Tea Suggestion:

Because this popcorn has so much flavor on it’s own, I didn’t go with a flavored tea.  Instead, I chose something a little more straightforward and simple:  White Peony from Peony Tea S.  This tea is crisp and refreshing, offering lovely fruit notes that contrasted with the zesty seasoning of the popcorn, and seemed to help clear the palate to ready it for more!  This combination was simply delicious!

What I Think:

Right now, I have a lot of different types of popcorn in my pantry!  Not only do we have our old stand-by microwave popcorn that we keep on hand for when we want popcorn with a movie (I have got to get myself a hot air popcorn popper, I soooo prefer air popped popcorn to the microwave variety), but I also have a couple of other gourmet-type popcorn selections – including this one – that I need to get busy and start tasting.  So I decided that the time to get busy and start tasting was NOW!

This is really good.  With so many sweet gourmet popcorn selections out there, it is kind of refreshing to try a savory popcorn now and again.  This is a very Italian-tasting popcorn with the tomato and Parmesan cheese, and there is a hint of garlic in there too.  It isn’t too salty, it’s my guess that Oogie’s wants to let the other flavors speak for themselves and not overwhelm the palate with salt.

What makes this gourmet flavored popcorn really work, though, is that the flavorings and spices are not too heavy – the sweet yet savory flavors of the popped corn stand out as the strongest flavor here.  And the result is a popcorn that tastes as though it’s been dipped in marinara sauce… yet a very light “dip” — more like one took the popped kernel and barely tapped the marinara sauce, taking away with it a touch of tomato-y goodness that’s been simmered with a little bit of garlic and Parmesan cheese.  YUM!

My Final Thoughts:

I really like this snack.  It’s got a nice crunch, and a whole lot of flavor.  I like that it isn’t overly salty, and I don’t miss the buttery goodness that I usually crave with popcorn because it has enough other delicious flavors going on that I don’t need the butter.  And best of all, by the time I was finished with the package, I had only found ONE un-popped kernel in the whole bunch.  This is a great snack, one I think I’ll be needing more of very soon!

As I’ve mentioned in previous articles, Foodzie is changing.  Foodzie was recently acquired by Joyus, and what this means to me is that the Foodzie boxes will no longer be a subscription service that is automatically shipped to me.  That part wouldn’t be so bad, it’s the EXTRA ten bucks a month that is going to be tacked on to the tasting box that gets to me.

When the price was $19, I was happy.  A little skeptical at first, but once the boxes started coming in, I really felt like I was getting my money’s worth.  Then, the price jumped up to $29 late last year, and I was floored.  I wasn’t sure if I would continue the tasting box subscription, but I gave it a chance and for the most part, I was happy with the boxes, even though I did feel like it was a bit too pricy for my pocketbook.  But we all have to have our little indulgences, right?

But now that the boxes are going to be $39, that’s a deal-breaker.  I simply can’t justify spending that much on these boxes.  I might shell that out once in a while, so it is a good thing that it’s a one-off deal, and if I see something that entices me enough, I might cave in and buy it.  But I couldn’t subscribe to the box at $39 per month. 

But recently, I received a note from Benjamin at Petit Amuse, who introduced me to their Sample Box.  This box is very much like what Foodzie’s box was at the start for $19, filled with samples of different, delightful gourmet foods, a taste of something that you might not otherwise get the opportunity to try without the box.  But one big difference between Foodzie’s old box and the Petit Amuse Sample Box is that the Petit Amuse box is just $10!  Yes you read that right – that’s TEN dollars.

I just received my first box, and inside was a package of Sundried Tomato & Parmesan Popcorn from Oogie’s, Ice Wine Jelly from Caramoomel, Salted Rosemary Shortbread & Cha-Chas Cookies from Lark Fine Foods, and a Garukabar from Garukabars.  Of these items, the only one that I’ve tried before was the Salted Rosemary Shortbread cookies, but they were so amazing the first time, that I don’t mind indulging again!

Now that’s an impressive array of goodies for just $10.  No additional charges, no shipping or handling or anything else!  And what is also great about Petit Amuse is that they’re a one-stop type of shopping experience.  If you like one of the items you try in your box, you can order it from Petit Amuse, but if you like more or ALL of the products in your box, you can order them ALL from Petit Amuse at just one low shipping charge.  I LOVE that!

Also included in the box was a “contents” card which tells what is in each box on one side, and on the other, lists the ingredients of each of the items in the box.

Watch my blog for reviews of each of these items!  I can’t wait to start digging in.