I gave it a shot this weekend because I ran out of lump and didn't want to drive to restock on Wicked Good tonight. It's a no go. Snap, Crackle, Pop....oh my God! I thought I was going to catch on fire every time I lifted the lid. No weird taste and smallish, average pieces. But it pops like crazy throughout the cook. I won't buy this again unless I'm in a pinch and have to.