Mike Pop Corn (salt & citrus)

Posted in 2.5 Wasabi Pea Rating, Savory at 7:15 pm by Boo

Here’s the second flavor of Mike Pop Corn which has sparked a debate between Badmovie and I. He originally was the one who told me that ‘Mike’ was the Japanese word pronounced ‘mee-keh’ (or was it more ‘mee-kay’? Hrmmm) and not the name, but when I popped over to the J-box snack site they went on about how it wasn’t ‘mee-keh’ but in fact the name ‘Mike’. So I thought that they might have the right of things as neither Badmovie nor I speak Japanese and J-box seems like they really ought to. So I went with the name.

Badmovie and I had a bit of a back and forth about this until it was discovered that I was looking at the description for this flavor pop corn while he took the description from the butter and soy sauce flavor. I can’t verify his statement as I couldn’t find the butter and soy flavor description and he can’t verify my statement since he didn’t find the salt and citrus flavor description so I guess this means that we are both right. After all, J-box told us that soy and butter Mike is the Japanese word pronounced ‘mee-keh’ and salt and citrus Mike is the name ‘Mike’. Maybe it’s like a seasonal thing; on odd days Mike Pop Corn is the name and on even days it’s the word. Who knows.

I’ll tell you what I do know about Mike Pop Corn (salt and citrus) is that citrus is an odd popcorn flavoring. I can’t say that it’s exactly bad, although I’m quite positive it can be done better, but it isn’t…standard. Soy and butter was doable. Cheese is always doable, even caramel is fine. Mesquite, salt & vinegar, garlic, ranch…any of these flavors would seem perfectly natural in bagged pop corn but citrus? Didn’t even make the list. Yet here it is.

It’s sort of a flowery perfume-y smelling citrus and don’t be expecting lemon butter pop corn either. The citrus is more of a subtle citrus hinting that hides behind some tasty salt (nice solid pop corn salt there) and even the flavor of the pop corn itself. Sort of one of those flavors that sneaks to the back of your tongue and then floats up into your sinus cavities. I’d say that I guess it’s kinda tangy in a generic citrusy tang way but I can’t help thinking as I eat these fellas that the citrus could have been done tastier. Also, I’m eating the mostly full leftovers from a JSFR snack tasting in which both the Butter and Soy flavor and this one was present. I don’t think the butter an soy lasted more than an hour but the salt and citrus is still mostly intact. If you have a choice, the Butter and Soy is the clear winner between these two flavors.

As far as general bagged popcorn, Mike Pop Corn seems to be a solid tasty bagged pop corn worth munching on. I might not go out of my way to munch on the Salt and Citrus flavor, and neither would any of my Pigs, but it’ll do. In terms of pea points, give these a nice solid three peas minus a half pea for a disappointing citrus for a total

Rating of 2.5 wasabi peas of out of a possible 5 wasabi peas.


  1. Kevin said,

    October 3, 2007 at 5:23 pm

    Yeah, this sure wasn’t bad. And I have to agree that the salt was really good, but the miscellaneous citrus could have been more miscellaneously citrusy.

    2.5 seems fair.

  2. Mike in Japan said,

    July 8, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    I just asked my Japanese co-worker (in Japan) and found out it is pronounced mee-kay みけ not Mai – ku マイク like my name..

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