I recently heard about “Popchips” via Jillian Michaels and her saying it was one of her approved snack foods. When I found out that the chips were popped and not fried or baked, I was intrigued. Seemed like I wasn’t close to any store that carried them, and none of the Canadian online stores I shop at carried them either. iHerb carries them, but due to their 4lb weight restriction, it wasn’t worth the cost of purchasing any. However, I went to one of the large supermarkets in town that had been gradually renovating and adding more and more “health” products and I stumbled upon a few of the popchip flavours! Woohoo! I picked up a couple of days to try out. They are only the 23g bags, and they cost $1 and it feels like there may only be around 6 chips in the bag…we’ll soon find out… I will show the popchips calories as well as the pop chips nutrition so you can see if they are right for your approved snacks.
Note: Not a sponsored post. All Popchips were purchased at a local grocery store.
- Popchips Nutritional Information
- Are Popchips Vegan?
- Quality: How They Taste, Texture, Crispiness
- Popchips Calories – How many calories per chip / per serving
- Where to buy Popchips
- Contains no preservatives, artificial flavours or colours
- No cholesterol
- No trans fats.
- No Soy
- No Nuts
- All Vegetarian, Select Varieties are Vegan
On the front it says “never fried. never baked“. I have no problem with baked chips, but popped sounds good too and certainly better than fried. Before we get to the taste test, let’s take a look at which varieties of Popchips are vegan:
Are Popchips Vegan?
Not all the Popchip flavours are vegan. For instance, the Sour Cream & Onion kind of not, and it also has a dairy symbol on the back. Check the ingredients before purchasing if you are unsure. The ones that contain dairy are: Barbeque, Sour Cream & Onion, Parmesan Garlic and Cheddar Flavors. Popchip flavours that are vegan are:
- Salt & Vinegar
- Salt & Pepper
- Chili Lime
- Sweet Potato
All other flavours are vegan. Mm I want to try the Jalapeño and Chili Lime
A quote from Popchips (2010) when they started to introduce vegan flavours:
“Our original popchips are vegan, and as of July 1, 2010, our sea salt & vinegar and salt & pepper popchips are too. As long as your bag has a “best by” date after July 1, 2011, you can rest assured you’re snacking on a vegan bag of sea salt & vinegar or salt & pepper popchips. And, yes, all of our flavors entirely vegetarian too.”
Taste Test Review: Salt & Vinegar Popchips 23g bag (bag = 100 calories)
Texture: Nothing wrong with it – not gritty or stale or chewy…all good.
Crunch-Factor: Very crunchy. Definitely tastes like a chip…sometimes things are labelled as “healthy chips” but really don’t taste like one. They remind me a tad of the mini flavoured rice cake chips you can get, only very flattened out versions. They are not light and flakey, they are thicker and not solid, which I prefer. I like food to have substance and density. I find that if things are very light and fluffy, it’ll take me longer to feel satisfied and I’ll be more likely to overeat them.
Flavour: Very nice. Nothing artificial or fake about it. Also, it’s not too salty or vinegary. When I used to eat regular salt and vinegar chips, I remember some were so strong that it would irritate and even slightly burn my mouth.
# of Chips in 23g bag: 17 (could be 18.. a few were broken). That makes each chip around 5-6 calories. The 2nd bag had 17 chips and a few crumbs so it looked like you generally get 17 1/2 chips
* The Popchip bags are not currently recyclable, but the company says that they are working on it. Hopefully they will be recyclable soon!
HEALTHY TIP: Instead of buying the small 23g (100 calorie) bags, I would suggest getting the larger 85g bags in order to cut down on packaging. If you are concerned about overeating them, just count out 17-18 chips and put them into reusable mini containers so you can just grab one and still know you are sticking to the 100 calories. You’ll get almost 4 servings out of the larger bag.
Conclusion: Would I include these as one of my healthy snack options? Definitely! Even though 17 chips might not seem like a lot, I’ve found that it has been a perfect amount for me. I’ve had a 100 calorie bag three times after my work outs (with the addition of a large salad or something of similar substance and nutrition) and it satisfies any crunchy salty craving I may have. However, they are slightly hard to find in Nova Scotia. Not sure how readily available they are in Canada in general, so for now they will have to be a special occasion. Plus, they are pretty expensive where I got them. Each bag was $1, which I guess isn’t too bag, but it does add up. Shouldn’t be a lot easier to get better deals if you are in the US.
Where to Buy Popchips
- On Jillian Michaels’ Website (sells in packs of 24)
- iHerb (7 varieties – large bag sizes only)
- Whole Foods
- Shoppers Drug Mart
- Atlantic Superstore