This is a completely unsolicited review. I just happen to have gotten a free sample, and since I have this blog, I felt compelled to post my thoughts.
When it comes to popcorn in general, Orville Redenbacher's has always been my favorite, especially when you make it yourself on the stovetop. When it comes to microwave popcorn, I'll pick up a few different brands depending on the cost at the time where I'm shopping. My top two microwavable options are Orville Redenbacher's and Newman's Own.
I could (almost) eat one of those jumbo tubs of movie theater popcorn on my own. I think popcorn and watermelon are my two favorite foods, so if your hand ever comes near me when eating either, be prepared to leave with teeth marks. I'm not someone you want to share popcorn with at a movie. ;)
So what did I think about Orville Redenbacher's Pop Up Bowl?
Hmmm, doesn't feel like there's much in it.
I thought you weren't supposed to microwave plastics?
OK, where do I pull? Got it!
I guess that's enough ... for just me!
Ha! Looks like an old ice cream shop hat!
Bottom line ... If it's about the same price as the regular bags where you shop, and you would normally pour it from the bag into a bowl and are trying to save on doing dishes, then go for it! If it's more expensive, I'd just stick with the bags. The popcorn was great, but the bowl concept was just ehhh.
I think the premise is that you won't have to stick your hand into the bag and get the oil and flavoring all over your arm when you get toward the bottom. If that's an issue for you, but you still don't want to pour it into a bowl, just do what I do. Once you have eaten what's on top, fold the bag down into itself. I do the same thing with chips.
I would also have to assume that the regular bags are more environmentally friendly given the plastic pull tab on the top and the expandable bottom. It was a nice try, and something different, but they already have the big tubs - why not just make smaller ones too??
My other problem with this is if you have kids who may have seen a movie with an old ice cream shop where they wore hats like this - or old nurses' uniforms. The last thing you want is for your kid to eat the popcorn then stick the bag on their head!! I had to resist that impulse myself! OK, I confess, I did put it on (open-side-up) for chuckles. See!!! Wear with caution! ;)