Thursday, March 12, 2009

Product Review: Barbeque Popchips

If you have been frequenting the blogworld then I am sure you have already heard about Popchips. However, despite the raves about how "awesome" they are and how they taste, what I have missed are descriptions of the texture and appearance. Popchips are a unique species of snack food. They are healthy, but they aren't baked. They are crisp, but not fried. They are flavorful, but they are not potato chips.

At least not how you would imagine a potato chip.

When I received some samples of Popchips to try, I busted open my favorite chip flavor in the world. BARBEQUE. If you have been following my blog, you know that one of my favorite sandwiches is a peanut butter, honey and barbeque potato chip sandwich. I love the essence of barbeque flavor... it takes me back to my childhood when we would meet up with my dad's friends out on an island in the delta, barbeque tri-tip, swim in the cold murky water and have a blast! We would enjoy barbeque potato chips in the front of the boat while whipping across the wake from larger boats and screaming in excited fear.

Popchips have captured my summer memories with the flavor of their product. It isn't underseasoned like so many of the baked chip products are, while maintaining a balance between the potato and the flavoring. Which is a unique task for this heat & air produced product. The Popchip is thicker than a normal potato chip, resembling more of a mini rice cake in appearance. It is thinner than a rice cake, and much more crisp. This gives it the refreshing crunch of a potato chip.

How does it fair in my favorite sandwich? FABULOUSLY. I packed a Barney Butter and honey sandwich (since my school has a peanut free policy) in my bag this morning alongside a 0.8oz bag of barbeque Popchips. When it was time to eat, I opened the sandwich and layered in some of the Popchips. I closed up the sandwich and took a bite. The flavor and crunch were perfect. It was what this sandwich should be. And it required fewer chips because of the depth of texture and flavor!

Popchips are all natural and contain no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. I will definitely be replacing potato chips in my future sandwiches!

Ingredients: Potato flour, potato starch, safflower oil and/or sunflower oil, barbeque seasoning (sugar, whey, onion and garlic powders, salt, torula yeast, brown sugar, tomato powder, yeast extract, spices, natural flavors, natural smoke flavor, citric acid, paprika extract), rice flour, salt, soy lechithin

Nutritional Information: 100 calories, 3 grams of fat, 1 gram of fiber, 1 gram of protein

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