Taste-Test

We tried Kettle's Maple Bacon and Sriracha popcorns

Sriracha and maple bacon Kettle popcorn
Lee Breslouer

According to anyone with taste buds and a pleasure center in their brain, Sriracha and bacon are both delicious. So it's no surprise the makers of Kettle chips recently released two new popcorn flavors: Sriracha and Maple Bacon. Since it's our job to taste everything under the sun that looks interesting, we dug in.

See if they're worth your money below:

 

Sriracha popcorn
Lee Breslouer

Sriracha Popcorn

Like the famous rooster sauce, this popcorn has that strong spicy kick that's so gosh darn addictive. And unlike some other addictions, you'll still be able to pay your mortgage after eating these -- even if the Phillies don't cover the spread. And they never do.

My co-worker thought Kettle's attempt at Sriracha chips was good, but they didn't quite measure up to the sauce itself. This similarly can't touch the sauce. And while the aftertaste isn't as strong as it would be if you squeezed some on your popcorn, at least you don't have to get carpal tunnel from squeezing that bottle all the time.

maple bacon popcorn
Lee Breslouer

Maple Bacon Popcorn

Opening the bag, you're immediately hit with a wave of smoky scents. I happened to taste-test this with a woman who would not take her nose out of the bag. That's a stamp of approval if I've ever seen one. Or maybe she just didn't want to talk to me anymore. We'll never know.

After taking a few chews, maple flavors overtake the taste buds, followed by a tasty bacon-y aftertaste. And as hard as it was to believe, it's not a fake bacon flavor. It tastes genuine.

Sriracha and maple bacon Kettle popcorn
Lee Breslouer

Conclusions

Despite not being someone who eats a lot of spicy food (or Sriracha), I preferred the Sriracha to the Maple Bacon popcorn. But that's not to say the Maple Bacon isn't worth picking up.

Next time you're about to curl up on the couch with Netflix and you're craving some popcorn, we recommend mixing up the typical microwaveable fare by picking up a bag or two of Kettle's unconventional flavors. Your taste buds (and pleasure center) will thank you.

Lee Breslouer writes about food and drink for Thrillist, and wants to meet the geniuses who somehow got bacon flavor in popcorn. Follow him at @LeeBreslouer, because you can't make up a name that good.