Is that just the way air-popped tastes? (And if it is, why do people rave about it?)
Does air-popped popcorn always taste so stale?
Many companies will send coupons to replace a stale or damaged food so that you can taste it as fresh as it should be.
(we eat a lot of popcorn in our house, our favs are: popcorn cooked in coconut oil then melted butter, cinnamon, sugar or melted butter, celtic sea salt, and nutritional yeast---yummy!)
Yes but...the term taste is one thing, but the consistency in your mouth is another.
Air popped popcorn takes out moisture and is ALWAYS chewy in consistency - exactly like stale popcorn. So it doesn't really "taste" stale, but chews like it.
Which is why no one likes those things. Too bad - the popcorn "looks" great! It's easy. No oil.
But that damn chewy taste. Dealbreaker.