Best Butter Flavor
Alternative: If you don't live near a ShopRite, we also liked the Black Jewell brand.
Most Insanely Buttery "Movie Theater Style"
Closest to the Old-Fashioned Stovetop Kind
This was the most real-tasting of the brands we tried. It tasted like how corn husks smell. Now, if you're taste buds are more accustomed to the junk-foody experience, this will definitely disappoint. "Like a bad ricecake, or styrofoam," said these tasters. But it would be much better doctored-up with real butter and a few wrist's worth of sea salt.
Best of the 94% Fat Frees
"Not too buttery, but buttery enough" ... "Honestly corn-flavored" (as opposed to those dishonestly flavored ones!). Of the seven we tried in this category, Jolly Time didn't scream "I AM LOW-FAT."
Most Candy-Like Kettle Corn
Most Sophisticated Kettle Corn
As previously mentioned (in the Closest to the Old-Fashioned Stovetop Kind category, which Black Jewell also won) they start as black kernels and pop white. You don't see that everyday in the microwavable popcorn world, folks.