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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Toasted Rav Pop from Poptions

Posted By on Tue, May 10, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Poptions! Toasted Rav Popcorn - ROBIN WHEELER
  • Robin Wheeler
  • Poptions! Toasted Rav Popcorn

The oft-maligned toasted ravioli - such a signature of St. Louis cuisine, but so often served from the freezer and lacking in flavor and texture. Who in the world would make something with that manufactured, frozen flavor?

Poptions!, a locally-owned gourmet popcorn shop tucked into The Village at Schneithorst's in Frontenac, has done it with the flavors that should be present in toasted ravioli: sharp Italian cheeses laced with basil, finished with the bright tomato burst of marinara.

Does it taste just like toasted ravioli? No, but it's an excellent hit of Hill-inspired flavors in tasty snack form. Poptions! isn't just tossing seasonings on run-of-the-mill popcorn. Huge kernels, full of the fluffy pieces everyone tries to snatch first, are fresh, and there's no skimping on the seasoning. No kernel goes undusted, so the flavor's consistent and thorough.

While Poptions! sells big tins of popcorn, opt for a single-serving bag of Toasted Rav Pop. Buy it early in the day, when it's at its freshest. Gobble immediately. The popcorn holds well, but when it's brand new, it's so good it'll make you forget about grease-saturated pasta.

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