Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Kernel Season's 8 Seasoning Gift Basket: Review & Giveaway!

 


 In 1999, the founder of Kernel Season's, Brian Taylor, began trying to make his popcorn more flavorful and exciting by mixing seasonings together. Shortly after, Brian teamed up with experts to develop a seasoning line which would have international success during 2005. Today, Kernel Season's is the leader in popcorn-seasonings, and also sells popcorn, popcorn oil, and popcorn poppers! Kernel Season's believes in making high-quality products that are chemical free and made with real ingredients. All of their products are gluten, MSG, and fat free!

Besides the items which are featured in this review, Kernel Season's offers the following:

  • Butter Spritzer
  •  Premium Popping Corn
  • Topping Oil
  • Hot Air Popper and Microwave Bowl
  • Popcorn Buckets and Grocery Totes
  • Caddies and Hats
  • Snuggies and T-Shirts
  • Popcorn Salt Seasoning, Milk Chocolate Caramel Seasoning, Buffalo Wing Seasoning, Cheesy Jalapeno Seasoning




Kernel Season's was extremely generous and offered to send me an 8 Seasoning Gift Basket in exchange for this review. I was thrilled, because guess what my favorite snack food is? That's right...POPCORN! I'd go as far as to say it may even be one of my favorite types of foods. I've loved popcorn ever since I was little.. from the microwave kind, to the kind you get at the movies, to the kind that you can air pop at home! Here's what came in this phenomenal gift basket: White Cheddar Seasoning, Nacho Cheddar Seasoning, Kettle Corn Seasoning, Butter Seasoning, Garlic Parmesan Seasoning, Bacon Cheddar Seasoning, Ranch Seasoning, Caramel Seasoning, and two microwave popcorn packets - one in "light" flavor and the other in "butter" flavor.

Each of Kernel Season's seasonings should be shaken well before use and should be stored in a cool, dry place. They will have a shelf-life of 18 months. They are very easy to use! If you have microwave popcorn, all you have to do is sprinkle one cap-ful on it once it is freshly popped, then close the bag and shake well. For air-popped popcorn, you should spray with Kernel Season's Spritzer or use some kind of butter to help the cap-ful of seasoning stick. These seasonings, although made with popcorn in mind, make great additions to many other dishes - the options are endless!



The Ranch Seasoning comes in a 2.7 oz container. In each serving (95 per container), it has 2 calories, 0g of fat, 65mg of sodium, 0g of carbs, 0g of sugar, and 0g of protein. It contains the following ingredients:

Buttermilk flavor blend (coconut oil, and corn syrup solids, salt, sugar, hydrolyzed corn protein, butter and buttermilk solids), onion powder, garlic powder, citric acid, sodium caseinate (from milk), parsley flavor, tomato powder, disodium inosinate and guanylate, silicon dioxide




Kernel Season's Ranch Seasoning is great on potatoes, pasta, pizza, vegetables, salad, and more. I am not a huge fan of ranch dressing and I LOVED this. I put it on air-popped popcorn, as well as on my mom's homemade vegetable pizza. It is full of flavor, and definitely a unique taste on both popcorn and pizza.



The White Cheddar Seasoning comes in a 2.85 oz container. In each serving (100 per container), it has 2 calories, 0g of fat, 75mg of sodium, 0g of carbs, 0g of sugar, and 0g of protein. It contains the following ingredients:

Cheddar Cheese (Blend of Cheddar Cheese, [Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes], Whey, Soybean Oil, Whey Protein Concentrate, Lactose, Maltodextrin, Citric Acid, Lactic Acid, Yeast Extract, Lecithin), Salt, Whey, Butter Milk Solids, Dextrose, Hydrolyzed Corn Protein, Disodium Inosinate and Guanylate, Onion and Garlic Powder, Silicon Dioxide


 







The White Cheddar seasoning, besides popcorn, is wonderful on potatoes, pasta, eggs, vegetables, salad, and more! It was really hard to pick favorites when it comes to Kernel Season's, but this one was definitely high up on the list. In fact, this container is nearly halfway gone, because we can't stop eating it! It is the perfect addition to microwave popcorn, giving it just that extra boost of yummy flavor. I also tried this seasoning on an assortment of vegetables one night and on my summer squash the other night -- both were amazing! It really accents the flavor.




The Butter seasoning comes in a 2.85 oz container. In each serving (100 per container), it has 2 calories, 0g of fat, 60mg of sodium, 0g of carbs, 0g of sugar, and 0g of protein. It contains the following ingredients:

Maltodextrin, Butter Blend (Whey, Butter, Buttermilk), Salt, Dextrose, Oleoresin Turmeric, Disodium Inosinate and Disodium Guanylate, Annatto, Silicon Dioxide








The Butter Seasoning is great on potatoes, pasta, eggs, vegetables, rice, and more. This is another one of our favorite seasonings! It adds what I like to think of as that "movie theater" flair to your popcorn, without all the nasty chemicals! It has that awesome buttery taste that you just can't get enough of. We made this for movie night, and then many times after, because this bottle is also getting low. When we had tacos one night with rice on the side, I sprinkled a little on my rice and it was so good!



The Kettle Corn Seasoning comes in a 3.0 oz container. In each serving (70 per container), it has 5 calories, 0g of fat, 0mg of sodium, 1g of carbs, 1g of sugar, and 0g of protein. It contains the following ingredients:

Sugar, Salt, Natural Flavor and not more than 2% Silicon Dioxide added to prevent caking.

The Kettle Corn Seasoning is great on fruit, waffles, oatmeal, toast, nuts, and more! My boyfriend and I are more into salty flavors on our popcorn rather than sweet (with the exception of caramel corn), so I let my mother be the taste tester for this seasoning. She said it was amazing, and added just the right amount of sweetness to air popped popcorn. I haven't tried it on anything else yet, but I think I might make pancakes and give it a try on those. :)



The Bacon Cheddar Seasoning comes in a 2.85 oz container. In each serving (100 per container), it has 5 calories, 0g of fat, 85mg of sodium, 0g of carbs, 0g of sugar, and 0g of protein. It contains the following ingredients:

Cheddar Cheese (Blend of Cheddar Cheese [Cultured Milk, Salt, Enzymes], Whey), Salt, Coconut Oil, Maltodextrin, Bacon Flavoring, Corn Protein, Sodium Caseinate, Citric Acid, Chives, Onion, Parsely, Silicon Dioxide 

The Bacon Cheddar Seasoning is great on potatoes, chicken, pizza, vegetables, salad, and more! The Bacon Cheddar Seasoning was my boyfriend's favorite seasoning! He is the kind of guy that puts mounds of cheese on everything and eats more than half the package of bacon in one sitting (but somehow doesn't gain weight..no fair), so this was right up his alley. He says this popcorn is addicting and has a nice, smokey and cheesy taste. I know he will be putting this on all of our grilled food for the remainder of the summer.



The Nacho Cheddar Seasoning comes in a 2.85 oz container. In each serving (100 per container), it has 2 calories, 0g of fat, 75mg of sodium, 0g of carbs, 0g of sugar, and 0g of protein. It contains the following ingredients:

Cheddar Cheese (Blend of Cheddar Cheese, [Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes], Whey, Soybean Oil, Whey Protein Concentrate, Lactose, Maltodextrin, Citric Acid, Lactic Acid), Salt, Butter Milk Solids, Onion Powder, Paprika, Hydrolyzed Corn Protein, Parsley, Tumeric and Paprika Extractives, Tomato Powder, Disodium Inosinate and Guanylate, Spice, Silicon Dioxide 

The Nacho Cheddar Seasoning is great on potatoes, fries, pasta, eggs, vegetables, and more. This was another seasoning in the competition of which was my favorite. One of my guilty pleasures used to be getting those nachos at the movie theater, which have the amazing but so-bad-for-you cheese sauce. Although the texture isn't the same, you can still enjoy that yummy taste on your popcorn or your chips with this seasoning!



The Caramel Seasoning comes in a 3.0 oz container. In each serving (85 per container), it has 5 calories, 0g of fat, 0mg of sodium, 1g of carbs, 1g of sugar, and 0g of protein. It contains the following ingredients:

Sugar, Brown Sugar, Natural Flavor, Caramel Color, and not more than 2% Silicon Dioxide, Tricalcium Phosphate and Soybean Oil added to prevent caking.

The Caramel Seasoning is great on oatmeal, toast, ice cream, fruit, coffee, and more! While I usually am a fan of the salty and not sweet popcorn flavors, this is definitely an exception. My mom has been making caramel corn a lot lately, and it is so good! This doesn't have that same hard texture as homemade caramel corn, but the flavor is definitely there -- which is good, because I don't get to visit home as often, lately! I tried this on top of frozen vanilla yogurt and it was so good! It is weird not to have the texture of liquid caramel, but when you mix it in it really tastes the same, with less mess.

 

The Garlic Parmesan seasoning comes in a 2.85 oz container. In each serving (102 per container), it has 2 calories, 0g of fat, 75mg of sodium, 0g of carbs, 0g of sugar, and 0g of protein. It contains the following ingredients:

Cheddar Cheese (Blend of Cheddar Cheese, [Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes], Whey, Soybean Oil, Whey Protein Concentrate, Lactose, Maltodextrin, Citric Acid, Lactic Acid, Yeast Extract, Lecithin), Salt, Whey, Sugar, Garlic, Coconut Oil, Corn Syrup Solids, Hydrolyzed Corn Protein, Butter, Disodium Inosinate and Guanylate, Onion, Silicon Dioxide

The Garlic Parmesan Seasoning is great on pasta, vegetables, fries, bread, and more! If I had to pick an absolute favorite seasoning (can you tell that I just love them all?), it would probably be this one. Why? Because my boyfriend and I are both extreme garlic lovers (we put it on everything), and we were fighting over the bowl of popcorn with garlic Parmesan on it. I had never tried garlic on popcorn before this, and it is like two worlds colliding - the best of both rolled into one. I love the flavor! It really packs a punch, and is great on french fries also. When I went to find the Garlic Parmesan Seasoning to take a picture of it, I couldn't find it! My boyfriend probably hid it somewhere.



Kernel Season's Microwave Popcorn Packets were amazing as well, and we loaded them with yummy seasoning. I actually liked the "light" as much as the "butter", which is great, because I have a hard time giving up the butter flavor usually!

The entire Kernel Season's 8 Seasoning Gift Basket is amazing. This gift basket is VERY reasonably priced for the amount of product that you are getting, and I think it is the perfect gift for any occasion! When it comes wrapped in cellophane, it looks like a very expensive and fun package. If you are feeling extra generous, you can even open up the cellophane and add movie tickets or a personal touch to even further increase the value of the basket. I am in love with Kernel Season's seasonings, and I am definitely going to be a customer in the future. I want to try their butter spritzer as well! I recommend using an air-popper to make popcorn, because it is super easy and makes a large bowl that is great for families to share. When you control what you are putting in, the popcorn is even healthier (and I think it tastes better). I use margarine, melt it on the top of the popper, and then pour it over the popcorn before added Kernel Season's seasonings.

I brought my air-popper and my new collection of seasoning on vacation, when I went to visit my boyfriend's family and went home for a few days. Nobody could get enough of the seasoning -- I saw fingers running along the sides of the container being licked off. I warn you...once you start eating it, you won't be able to stop. It is the perfect, addicting snack for a movie night, or even to bring to any social gathering! I know my friends and family really appreciate the fact that I got to review these seasonings. With so few calories, and no artificial ingredients, how can you say no? I can't believe that I can get such great flavor without having to worry about adding a ton of calories or fat. I'll stop here (I could go on and on), but it is safe to say that I give Kernel Season's two big thumbs up!

You can purchase Kernel Season's products online at their website, here. You can also purchase their seasonings, popcorn, and oil toppers in many major grocery stores internationally. Individual, smaller jars of seasoning retail for just $3.99, and larger, jumbo jars retail for $6.99. The 8 Seasoning Gift Basket is a great deal for any popcorn enthusiast at just $24.99. You can also purchase the other gift sets: the Complete Seasoning Kit for $29.99, the Popcorn Party Pack for $9.99, and the Seasonal Party Pack for $8.99. All orders over $29.99 qualify for free shipping!

Interested in learning more about Kernel Season's and their products? Check out the links below:


One lucky reader will win an 8 Seasoning Gift Basket, courtesy of Kernel Season's! All you need to do is enter on the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. readers, 18 and over, unless you have permission from your parents. Please be honest when submitting Rafflecopter entries -- remember, I DO check all of your entries for verification, and I will throw them out if they are false. If the form has a spot for you to enter information, please provide me with the appropriate username, link, etc so that it is easier for me to verify your entries! I am not responsible for the shipment of the prize, that is the company's duty. I will contact the winner via email (so make sure to use one that you check) and you will have 48 hours to respond with your shipping information. If you have any questions or if the Rafflecopter is not working properly, you can always contact me via Facebook or email (links on the sidebar). Good luck!! 


50 comments:

  1. Those are some great sounding flavors. I would love to try the ranch.

    Michelle F.

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  2. did I win??? I like some flavorings but can't see myself eating ranch flavor popcorn....
    but nice review anyways!!

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  3. Taking popcorn to all new levels with all those new taste sensations. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Kernel Season's looks delicious! I can't wait to get my hands on the bacon cheddar flavor. Mmmm... bacon.

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  5. What a great basket- it looks so cool! I know I personally would love to receive this- popcorn is my go to snack!

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  6. I hate it when the butter is globbed on and you need tons of napkins.. the seasonings sound so good and not like the other way of doing it. I will need to see if our local stores carry this.

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  7. I love popcorn! Though I've never seen these seasoning things, they look good to try.

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  8. We have a popcorn machine and make a lot of popcorn. I had no idea there were so many different seasonings available. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. SO many differnt options! Loved the jars design as well, so colourful. And so cool to be able to try them all!

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  10. We use seasonings for popcorn and haven't heard of this brand until now. I love how they have many different seasoning flavors. Yum =)

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  11. These all sound go tasty. I haven't had flavored popcorn in awhile.

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  12. Sounds like a lot of great flavors, but I am a kettle corn lover. Although the garlic parmesan one sounds delicious as well! I also love making homemade popcorn rather than the microwave kind.

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  13. Ooo I really want to try the ranch and white cheddar. Anything is good in popcorn!

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  14. What a fun and delicious giveaway! I would love to try the caramel seasoning. It sounds sooooo good.

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  15. These would make an awesome gift idea with all the different flavors. They sound really good. Thanks for the giveaway and sharing.

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  16. Those seasoning look fantastic! My family would love these, we heart popcorn!

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  17. My son loves eating popcorn and the only flavor we always have is cheese. Those flavors look yummy! I'm interested on White cheddar and Butter flavor. Good luck to all joining the giveaway!

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  18. Great giveaway! Looks like a great selection of flavors for those that like to their popcorn!

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  19. This must of been a fun review to do. Love how they offer all types of flavors to add to your normal popcorn. Great review!

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  20. My hubby and kids adore popcorn. The butter spritzer is right up their alley to make it taste more like their favorite movie theatre style popcorn!

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  21. My hubby and kids would love the butter spritzer. Popcorn is one of their favorite snacks.

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  22. We love popcorn. I think my kids would go crazy if we won this giveaway. They would be so excited.

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  23. The caramel seasoning sounds great!

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  24. I'd like to try the white cheddar. I have the nacho cheddar and I like it.

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  25. That's an awesome giveaway. I would love to try the different flavors.

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  26. The White Cheddar looks the best to me.

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  27. the colours are so cute! i would love to have them all!

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  28. My son would love the Ranch. I think the Caramel would be good!

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  30. This is a fantastic basket, looks really cool :0.

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  32. I enjoyed looking at all the delicious recipes for snacks, dinner, and dessert - one of my favorites was the Sweet &Spicy Jalapeno Poppers! http://www.kernelseasons.com/recipe/99/sweet-spicy-jalapeo-poppers.html
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