What are popchips? Popchips are a snack that has been building a following in the US and has now come over here for us to try. I’m not sure how they are made exactly, but the description given is: ‘never fried. never baked. popchips are popped with heat and pressure’. They’re a snack that claims healthy credentials: ‘less than half the fat of fried crisps, fewer calories and none of the fake colors or flavours’ and ‘less than 100 calories for more than 17 crisps in each single-serve bag’.
What are they like to eat? They have a different texture and thickness compared to normal crisps and I’d describe them as a cross between prawn crackers and crisps in this regard. The taste is pleasant, but they do not taste that much like crisps. I think they need a little getting used to and I found that after eating a few packets that the taste grew on me.
They aren’t greasy and the fat content compares well to normal crisps. I did find the packets a bit small, but this might help with portion control. The flavours are strong and true, maybe even a bit fierce: the salt and pepper was a bit fiery. Flavours available: Original, Sour Cream & Onion, Barbeque, Sea Salt and Vinegar and Salt & Pepper. Popchips cost 69p for a single serving 23g bag and they are available from Waitrose, Ocado, Planet Organic, Wholefoods and other stores. I felt this was a bit on the pricey side.
Overall Popchips did feel healthier to eat than normal crisps and I think they are a good alternative to use if you are cutting back on calories or cholesterol. It does take a little while to get used to the difference in flavour and they are more expensive than ideal. I would buy them again though, particularly if they were on offer.