I mean, just infromally, do you like them enough to eat just pancakes?

Pancakes, to me, are merely a delivery vehicle for yummy maple syrup and whipped butter. If they independantly have any flavor I am unaware of it. I remember eating a bite of plain pancake once, and I’m damned if I’m gonna do THAT again.

Popcorn, I can see, yeah it has very little flavor unless you doctor it, but at least eating a wad of popcorn will keep the mail moving along. Still, the best use of popcorn is to be coated with molasses flavored candy and mixed with peanuts.