(Editorâ€™s Note #1: Itâ€™s Day Two of Reader Request Week here at the Impulsive Buy. Today, we will be reviewing Jolly Time Mallow Magic microwave popcorn, which was requested by kirkkitsch at My So-Called Strife.
(Editor’s Note #2: The winners for this month’s prize drawing have been selected. See sidebar to find out who won.)
Iâ€™m skeptical of things that claim to be â€œmagical.â€
For example, Magic Markers. I havenâ€™t found anything â€œmagicalâ€ about them, except when I sniff them for too long, which causes me to â€œmagicallyâ€ prance around naked on all fours, pretending to be a pretty, pretty little pony.
Also, those Magic: The Gathering playing cards, they â€œmagicallyâ€ give my friendâ€™s little cousins the ability to totally kick my ass at something.
Finally, thereâ€™s David Blaine, who claims to be a â€œmagician,â€ but all the things he does isnâ€™t really magic, like stand on a flagpole for 35 hours, or spend seven days underwater in a see-through coffin, or live in a plastic box suspended over a river for 44 days, or stand at a truck-stop urinal and pee for 3 hours.
So I wasnâ€™t expecting much from the Jolly Time Mallow Magic microwave popcorn.
The concept of Mallow Magic is much like the Orville Redenbacherâ€™s Cinnabon Popcorn I reviewed earlier this month. Itâ€™s microwave popcorn with a sweet creamy topping.
Also, like the Cinnabon Popcorn, each box of Mallow Magic comes with two bags of unpopped popcorn and two pouches of creamy marshmallow topping.
I liked the sweet Cinnabon Popcorn, so I was looking forward to trying the sweet marshmallowy taste of the Mallow Magic Popcorn. So I put the flat bag of popcorn into the microwave and set the time for 2 minutes and 30 seconds.
I carefully watched the flat bag of popcorn in the microwave. Then suddenly, I heard a pop. Then another. Then another. Then another. I looked at the bag of popcorn and I couldnâ€™t believe my eyes.
â€œOh my God! The bag…Itâ€™s growing in the microwave!â€ I yelled.
â€œI believe!!! I believe!!!â€
After I took the bag out of the microwave, I instantly noticed that it was slightly smaller than all other microwave popcorn bags Iâ€™ve seen. I looked at the Cinnabon Popcorn box and the Mallow Magic box, and it turned out that the Mallow Magic bag had about one-fifth less popcorn than the Cinnabon Popcorn bag.
So, of course, this meant less popcorn.
After I added the creamy marshmallow topping, I dug into what turned out to be a nice sweet treat, that I think tasted better than the Cinnabon Popcorn.
However, they were such a nice sweet treat, that I ate an entire bag in one sitting, while trying to NOT watch American Idol.
Item: Jolly Time Mallow Magic
Purchase Price: $2.00 (on sale)
Rating: 4 out of 5
Pros: A nice sweet treat. Like kettle corn, except a lot more messy. Popcorn has fiber.
Cons: Bags are smaller than most popcorn bags. Not magical, just like David Blaine.