Kim’s Magic Pop, freshly made puffed cakes
We were making our way around the Central Market maze, and when we rounded the corner from the deli there was a crowd of people hovering around a stand. There was a man operating some machine like this was a circus sideshow act. Of course, the kids, hubby, and I had to stop and rubberneck.
There was a stainless steel looking table top machine, about the size of HEB’s coffee grinders, spitting out disks of something. We had no idea what it was, but each time the disk shot out of the machine, it made this popping noise not unlike the optometrist doing that eye puff test. We grabbed a sample along with a scoop of Nutella from the communal table.
I grabbed a bag for a look. ”Made with wheat, brown rice, and corn.” Huh. A puffed, multigrain snack cake. The texture looked like Japanese rice crackers for babies that my grandmother used to buy for my daughter, but puffier and the size of a tortilla. The taste is a cross between a traditional rice cake and popcorn. By itself, it is bland but toasty in a Cheerios sort of way. Each Magic Pop cake is 15 calories, with no preservatives, and they are popped fresh at the store. How fun!
My little guy loved them. Absolutely loved them. They melt easily in the mouth. My daughter wasn’t so convinced. She was still eyeing the popping machine suspiciously, but when she did come around to taking a bite, she loved them too. We grabbed a bag of Kim’s Magic Pop to take home.
My daughter tripped on the way out of the store, and her hand hit a sidewalk bench. The puffed cake smashed into a zillion pieces, and I swear if she hit it just right, the thing would just vaporize. Kim’s Magic Pops are definitely a fun, low calorie little snack.
We have never seen a Kim’s Magic Pop stand anywhere else, but they do have it at Central Market. Watching these get popped is half the fun.
Original Flavor: unbleached wheat flour, rice flour, tapicoa starch, white corn flour, water, sugar, soy lecithin, long grain parboiled brown rice, rice powder, salt, soybean oil, natural flavor, stevia (natural sweetener)
Does anyone know where else you can buy these things in the Austin area?