Popped corn, of course, shows up as accompaniment to Peruvian ceviche - but is also the ubiquitous accompaniment to fake butter flavoring and blockbuster movies. Coupled with textural crunch, the little nooks and crannies serve as pockets to hold on to added flavoring agents - though the very flavor of popcorn itself can be simply accentuated with a little salt. For all of this, popcorn as a snack has a couple of pretty significant flaws: it grows stale rather quickly; it is best freshly popped but has very little shelf life to speak of. I'm sure you'll agree that the prepackaged popped corn cannot hold a candle to the freshly cooked stuff. And then there's a matter of those hulls. Small, thin, very hard, they find themselves lodged into uncomfortable areas in between teeth and gums.
But perhaps processing has solved these flaws.
|Popcorn Chips. L: Chip'Ins BBQ flavor, R: Popcorners Kettle Corn flavor|