I was delighted to discover Cosmos Creations, aka, "Heavenly Morsels of Baked Corn Creations". Not popcorn exactly, because there are no kernels or hulls involved. Instead they are made from cornmeal that is extruded and then baked, more like a corn puff. Like any good snack food these days, they are also gluten-free, non GMO. I'm still not sure why I should be happy to avoid kernels and hulls though, but their marketing certainly drives this point home.
Cosmos Creations come in both sweet and savory varieties. I did not try the savory flavors, but I could imagine them being like cheese puffs. I also wasn't able to try their original sweet flavor, caramel, but instead got to try the rest of the sweet product line.
The satisfied my munchy cravings, and I'd happily try out more varieties.
Since they are a puff, they are lighter and not as crispy as popcorn. I like the crunch of popcorn more. I do see some appeal of not ever having unpopped kernels though. But overall, the form factor wasn't great.
But my real problem was the flavor. Caramel can often have a bitter taste, in a good way, but this was a bit bitter in a bad way. I didn't really taste salt, which should be a distinguishing feature of a salted caramel flavor.
Other samplers said, "these are like cereal, but better!" Others said they couldn't quite decide if they liked them, but they had to keep eating them because they were so "intriguing". We were interested enough to try another flavor, but wouldn't purchase this flavor again.
The cinnamon caramel was sweet, but the cinnamon flavor was quite intense, so they were more spicy than sweet. Really quite good.
I gladly shared the Salted Caramel flavor with others, but these I kept all for myself. I intended to save a few to try with coffee, which I think would have been fabulous. Black coffee paired with cinnamon and sweets? Yes! But ... alas, the bag was gone before I knew it. I also intended to save a few to heat up in the toaster oven, because they actually recommend this on their web site. But ... alas, I devoured my bag in record time. Whoops.
I'd certainly eat these again.