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SmartFood Chocolate Cookie Caramel Pecan Popcorn Clusters Review

Reviewed by Tanya Jackson | Apr 14, 2010
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SmartFood Chocolate Cookie Caramel Pecan Popcorn ClustersPopcorn goes hand in hand with the life of a college student because it is the perfect thing to munch on while studying late at night. However, sometimes, if one is not eating a 100 calorie pack of popcorn, portions can go out of control. As for me, a boost of sweetness is always a plus. Hence, when I spotted SmartFood Chocolate Cookie Caramel Pecan Popcorn Clusters for the first time, I knew that I had to try them (and that name alone is a mouthful).

NUTRITION FACTS
Serving Size: 28 grams (1 ounce)
Calories: 120
Total Fat: 2 grams, 3%
Saturated Fat: 0%
Sodium: 75 mg, 3%
Carbohydrates: 24 grams
Fiber: 5 grams, 21%
Sugars: 10 grams
Protein: < 1 gram

The packaging is very sleek and appealing. However, you will immediately notice that the individual bag is tiny. I mean pour it out in your hand....and that's it (not exactly conducive to fulfilling your munchies). I took along a little bag as a snack between classes, which turned out to be a bad idea, because after consuming your small portion, you are left with sugar coated teeth and a desire for something more. Furthermore, despite possessing such a complicated name, SmartFood Chocolate Cookie Caramel Pecan Popcorn Clusters, it's not very far from simple caramel corn. Sure there are a teeny cookie pieces dotting the popcorn clusters, but they are generally masked by the sugary coating.

Each baby 1 ounce bag of SmartFood Chocolate Cookie Caramel Pecan Popcorn Clusters provides 120 calories, 3% of the daily value for total fat, no saturated fat, 3% of the DV for sodium, 10 grams of sugar, 5 grams of fiber (21% of the DV) and less than 1 gram of protein. Each package is also fortified with a variety of vitamins and minerals. The ingredient list is short and is MSG free.

Unfortunately, I will not be buying SmartFood Chocolate Cookie Caramel Pecan Popcorn Clusters again. They tempt your sweet tooth (leaving you with a desire for more), come in mouse-sized servings and are probably 50% (or more) sugar. I paid around $3.25 for five 1 ounce "smart packs"... I am not sure how "smart" of a decision it really was. If you have some late-night/ mid-afternoon munchies, try South Beach Living Snack Pack Delights Dark Chocolate Covered Soynuts, Jolly Time 100 Calorie Healthy Pop Popcorn Minis, or Orville's All Natural Wild Berry 100 Calorie Mini Popcorn Cakes instead.

Rating
Taste: 2.5
Nutrition: 4
Price: 3
Overall: 2.5
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